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Your Bird’s Wingmen: Three Recipes For Classic Thanksgiving Sides

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, because it’s not about gifts — it’s about family, friends, and food. This year, I’ve ordered a local, organic turkey for the first time. (It’s being delivered today!) And though the turkey is always the star, it would be nothing without its wingmen. In honor of family, friends, and food, I’m […]

November 18th

Turkeys, Marketing, and Thanksgiving Tradition Invention

Many Americans struggle to even imagine celebrating Thanksgiving without a deceased turkey on the table. Most don’t realize that in fact it’s a completely invented ‘tradition,’ woven from thin air about 200 years after the colonial celebration this holiday commemorates. The idea (surprise!) caught on like wildfire among industrial turkey producers; and the rest, as they say, is history. Modern Thanksgiving customs show clearly how we make up our own ‘traditions’ to follow – so why not create new ones, better suited to our own values of compassion and nonviolence?

November 17th

The Anatomy of a Genetically Modified Turkey [Infographic]

The folks at Ethical Ocean shared an infographic with us breaking down the trouble with typical Thanksgiving turkeys. If you haven’t made it to the store yet, there’s still time to vote against these practices with your pocketbook! It’s a little bit hard to read at this size, but you can click on the photo to view a full-sized image that’s much easier on the eyes.

November 20th

How to Save Fruit and Vegetable Biodiversity? Just Eat It.

How do you save dying species of agriculturally valuable plants and animals?  The answer may be as simple as what’s on your dinner plate. A recent article outlined the “eat ’em to save ’em” method of biodiversity protection.  Simply put, rare varieties of plants and animals can be saved if consumers demand them.  Asking your […]

July 27th

What to Drink with Your Turkey?

One of the biggest headaches when entertaining, especially during Thanksgiving, is deciding what beverages to serve with dinner. As Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg (authors of What to Drink with What You Eat) wrote in the Washington Post, The prospect of choosing a bottle that will please all of your guests and complement all of […]

November 20th

The Perfect Turkey

This may sound egotistical but I know a LOT more than you do about cooking a turkey. Allow me to explain… Back in 1999, when I was teaching at the California Culinary Academy, I was involved in both the cooking and the tasting of the San Francisco Chronicle Food section’s Turkey Challenge. Over a two […]

November 17th

Turkey in August?

Too early to be thinking about Thanksgiving? I don’t think so. It’s heirloom turkey time. Order now before you miss out. Factory farms have been producing most of the meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products in the United States for decades. Although the food is cheap and convenient, this method can create a host of […]

August 26th