Monday, November 21, 2005

Turkey Time Again

It's that time of the year again - Thanksgiving week, the last few days before "Christmas season" officially begins. In most of the coutry the the trees are bare and a few snowflakes may have been spotted. Here in SoCal it's almost 80 degrees and most of the trees are still leafy (our persimmon tree is a lovely orange).

It can be a trying time, with travel or preparation for relatives and friends to visit and feast. The important thing is to remember the spirit of the holiday: thankfulness for what you have.

Here are a few links to get you into the mood:

Senses Working Overtime has Thanksgiving-themed radio shows from the 1940s and 1950s. The links expire so click them while you can.

• Learn about Thanksgiving at the Whitehouse. Apparently after the turkeys are given their "official pardon", they are going to Disneyland.

• Think you can't cook? You could be worse, you could be like one of these people who called a turkey hotline.

• The Genalogue lists the Top Ten Signs You May be Descended from Pilgrims. The number one sign: "Once, when driving to Virginia, you ended up in Massachusetts."

• Listen to Martha Stewart talk about Thanksgiving and learn Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish recipe on NPR.

• See videos at Epicurious that demonstrate deep frying a turkey and other holiday cooking techniques.

Dvorak Uncensored reports on web sites that post "Black Friday" (AKA the day after Thanksgiving) specials in advance.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Update: Mom has pointed out that SFGate has a good roundup of Thanksgiving recipes and food-related information.

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