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If it happened there...

If It Happened There … America’s Annual Festival Pilgrimage Begins. This is the fourth installment of a continuing series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries. Previously. Previouslier. Previouslierest.
posted by blue_beetle on Nov 28, 2013 - 29 comments

Jeff Ansorge - Thanksgiving Inspiration

Jeff Ansorge from five star dining to free lunch. A chef's spiritual transition. (SLHuffPo).
posted by bquarters on Nov 28, 2013 - 4 comments

Thankfully, the Constitution says you only have to do this once a year.

It's time for Americans to gather around the dinner table, eat too much, and argue about politics! A new genre of Thanksgiving-themed web pages seems to be taking off this year, that being the "How to argue with your [opposite political party] family members at Thanksgiving" genre. From the left side of the political spectrum, the Democratic National Committee has launched "The Democrat's Guide to Talking Politics with Your Republican Uncle", and The Huffington Post chimed in with "Here's Every Argument You'll Need To Win Your Obamacare Debate This Thanksgiving". Not to be outdone, conservatives have responded with cheat sheets of their own, including RedState.com's "Thanksgiving dinner with your liberal relatives" and The Washington Examiner's "The Thanksgiving guide to making conservative arguments liberals can understand". [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 28, 2013 - 126 comments

How do you do the thingy with the thingy?

Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday
posted by Artw on Nov 28, 2013 - 44 comments

Native Intelligence

On March 22, 1621, a Native American delegation walked through what is now southern New England to meet with a group of foreigners who had taken over a recently deserted Indian settlement. At the head of the party was an uneasy triumvirate: Massasoit, the sachem (political-military leader) of the Wampanoag confederation, a loose coalition of several dozen villages that controlled most of southeastern Massachusetts; Samoset, sachem of an allied group to the north; and Tisquantum, a distrusted captive, whom Massasoit had brought along only reluctantly as an interpreter. Massasoit was an adroit politician, but the dilemma he faced would have tested Machiavelli. About five years before, most of his subjects had fallen before a terrible calamity. Whole villages had been depopulated. It was all Massasoit could do to hold together the remnants of his people. Adding to his problems, the disaster had not touched the Wampanoag’s longtime enemies, the Narragansett alliance to the west. Soon, Massasoit feared, they would take advantage of the Wampanoag’s weakness and overrun them. And the only solution he could see was fraught with perils of its own, because it involved the foreigners—people from across the sea.
The Indians who first feasted with the English colonists were far more sophisticated than you were taught in school. But that wasn't enough to save them In addition to providing a beautifully written account of what happened, the article does something subtle but incredibly cool in using a Native centered perspective that really illuminates how dramatically silenced and othered Native voices are in other accounts.
[more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 28, 2013 - 92 comments

Cheap Bourbons, Ranked

A Timely Ranking of Cheap American Bourbon in Time for the Holidays
posted by Renoroc on Nov 25, 2013 - 107 comments

Thanksgiving Etiquette: On Whether to Upset the Family Bigots

Stephen Pretow's thoughts on enlightening the family homophobes at Thanksgiving. (SL NYT)
posted by bearwife on Nov 22, 2013 - 106 comments

"And enough L-Tryptophan to knock you on your sorry Thanksgiving ass!"

The grand Thanksgiving tradition of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" Turkey Day Marathon hasn't been seen since 1997. But all hail the Internet! The Marathon has been revived by none other than Joel Hodgson himself. He plans to host six classic episodes at his new website on Thanksgiving Day. If you have a suggestion as to which ones to air, then you are encouraged to tweet the man himself before the big day.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 20, 2013 - 155 comments

Stuffed.

Occurring once before in 1888 and possibly not again for another 77,798 years (really), the two holidays of Chanukah and Thanksgiving will overlap. The result? Chefs, food blogs, and nearly everybody else scrambling to create distinct fusion menus that draw from the delicious traditions of each holiday (NYT). Buzzfeed's massive Thanksgivukkah menu. Gothamist: Four Easy Fusion Dishes. Food 52's recipe challenge (in comments). Serious Eats' response ( Latke-Crusted Turkey Stuffing Fritters With Liquid Cranberry Core and Turkey Schmaltz Gravy) . NY Daily News asks Chef Zach Kutsher for ideas.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 7, 2013 - 61 comments

Gentlemen, let's talk turkey.

The Butterball turkey hotline is seeking to hire its first male spokesperson/operators.
posted by Diablevert on Sep 16, 2013 - 35 comments

do that conga

A familiar sight in many post-Thanksgiving households: Sloopy the dancing Chihuahua (SLYT).
posted by fight or flight on Nov 23, 2012 - 24 comments

Potatoes and Math

Maximum gravy: Vi hart, daughter of George & mathemusician at The Khan Academy, cooks mathematical potatoes to go along with a symmetrical Turduckenen. Have a delicious Thanksgiving. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 22, 2012 - 21 comments

I didn’t dream up the helicopter. My memory is Jerry said a helicopter.

It may be the most notorious Thanksgiving promotion of all time. It is the 40th best television episode of all time. It's available in (semi-)entirety on HULU. And the classic TV blog offers an oral history. Happy thanksgiving, and, as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Nov 21, 2012 - 102 comments

Oh, not another one

December was Christmas. January was New Years. April was Easter. And the Fourth of July. But now it's Thanksgiving! Which is held on a Thursday, not a Friday.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 9, 2012 - 26 comments

Serious Eats' Ultimate Turducken

Just in time for (American) Thanksgiving, Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt provides an illustrated dissertation on the finer points of Turduckening. Warning: Link contains pictures of dead birds in various states of undress.
posted by benbenson on Nov 7, 2012 - 31 comments

Pardoning Thanksgiving Turkeys

Freebirds: A Thanksgiving lesson in forgiveness.
posted by homunculus on Nov 25, 2011 - 7 comments

November 25: Update Your Parents' Browser Day

Forget shopping, Friday is Update Your Parents' Browser Day!
posted by brenton on Nov 24, 2011 - 55 comments

TIGERS AND TURKEYS (also pumpkins)

Tampa's Big Cat Rescue celebrates a Thanksgiving feast (via)
posted by The Whelk on Nov 24, 2011 - 35 comments

A Pareto-optimal Thanksgiving

The most economically efficient use of a turkey is to use it for conceptual art while others starve. Generalized equilibrium theory wishes you a happy and Pareto-optimal Thanksgiving, via Cosma Shalizi.
posted by escabeche on Nov 24, 2011 - 31 comments

George, Please F*n Stop

The best Thanksgiving song for nerds ever. In which geek comedy songsters Paul and Storm essay the things they are thankful for and ask whatever motivates the universe to take a moment and deliver a special message to your friend and mine, George Lucas. (NSFW language, but if you're in the US, hopefully you're not at work on Thanksgiving.)
posted by jscalzi on Nov 24, 2011 - 9 comments

"Just put it in the oven and go for a walk!"

"Somebody's turkey might come out better and somebody's turkey comes out worse but just remember: it's just a f*cking turkey." Tante Marie offers last-minute, no nonsense advice on how to make a Thanksgiving turkey. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 23, 2011 - 80 comments

It is a called a cherpumple.

A Cherry Pie, an Apple Pie and a Pumpkin Pie, Each Cooked Inside a Separate Cake, and Then All Cooked Together inside Another Cake.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Nov 23, 2011 - 92 comments

"Odd Henderson was the meanest human creature in my experience!"

Truman Capote's, The Thanksgiving Visitor. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Nov 22, 2011 - 3 comments

29. Goes without saying, but if it snows, it's a classic.

The 32 Rules of Thanksgiving Touch Football. [WSJ]
posted by Fizz on Nov 22, 2011 - 37 comments

“All happy families are more or less dissimilar; all unhappy ones are more or less alike,”

Family Dysfunction: Some Tense Literature for Thanksgiving (Plus a Playlist) In honor of the holidays, here’s a dysfunctional family reading list and playlist to celebrate those good people who you just can’t get away from.
posted by Fizz on Nov 19, 2011 - 20 comments

YouTube Teacher

A professor integrates a YouTube video of himself into class at Biola University
posted by MHPlost on Nov 18, 2011 - 19 comments

Giving thanks with pumpkin juice and butterbeer.

Great food ideas for a fantasy and sci-fi themed Thanksgiving features recipes from Inn at the Crossroads (medieval recipes/Game of Thrones), Harry Potter Recipes, and The Geeky Chef ("a collection of recipes inspired by books, movies, and video games").
posted by flex on Nov 17, 2011 - 34 comments

Stress free thanksgiving

Food Lab Filter: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt presents the "Complete Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving"
posted by AceRock on Nov 10, 2011 - 30 comments

"It’s going to end up like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July or Labor Day, where it’s all about the sales"

“I feel terrible,” [Best Buy chief executive Brian] Dunn told attendees at a conference in San Francisco. “It will change some Thanksgiving plans for our employees. It certainly changes mine...We were going to be open at much more civilized hour, like 3 or 4 [AM].”
Feeling pressure from a weak economy and escalating competition from rival retailers, stores like Best Buy are somewhat reluctantly planning to open stores at midnight on Thanksgiving evening. Traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday has become Black Midnight. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Nov 9, 2011 - 191 comments

Thanksgiving Timelapse

Thanksgiving Timelapse by Jared Foster. (SLV. Music is Mahna Mahna, by Cake)
posted by growabrain on Oct 21, 2011 - 21 comments

Dinner Fights Back

I am NOT gettting out of this car because I am SCARED of that TURKEY!
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 9, 2011 - 57 comments

Alice's Restaurant

This song is called Alice's Restaurant, and it's about Alice, and the restaurant, but Alice's Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant; that's just the name of the song, and that's why I call the song Alice's Restaurant. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 24, 2010 - 164 comments

Act 1: Dinner. Act 2: Pie. Act 3: Grousing.

Since the very beginning, PRI's This American Life has (every few years) commemorated Thanksgiving in the US with episodes about the exotic mysteries of turkeys, chicken and other fowl. They call it Poultry Slam and episodes from 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2008 are all available for your turkey day and I-refuse-to-even-look-at-a-Walmart day enjoyment.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Nov 24, 2010 - 6 comments

"Sorry for perving on your Thanksgiving preparations for three years..."

For the past three years, 28-year-old Sydney man James West has been receiving personal emails about the Thanksgiving dinner of the Tran family of Somewhere, USA. This year, he decided he wanted an invite to dinner and started a YouTube channel about his quest to track down the Trans and obtain an invite to dinner. Fortunately, his mission has been successful, and West will be attending Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow with the Trans in Florida.
posted by SkylitDrawl on Nov 24, 2010 - 42 comments

Let's Talk Turkey...

What really happens to the turkey that the president pardons at Thanksgiving?
posted by veedubya on Nov 24, 2010 - 56 comments

A bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig.

Epic Meal - It's a quail inside a Cornish Hen inside a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey inside a pig. Garnished with Baconators. It's a paean to excess. 79,046 calories and 6,892 grams of fat.
posted by Happy Dave on Nov 24, 2010 - 171 comments

Just Add Liver Hearts and Rasians

Can't think of what to make for Thanksgiving? How about Marilyn Monroe's secret stuffing recipe.
posted by Xurando on Nov 11, 2010 - 26 comments

And the Pursuit of Happiness

Back to the Land — an illustrated essay about giving thanks and food and joy and life and things to ponder and such by Maira Kalman. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Nov 28, 2009 - 16 comments

Post Thanksgiving (Just Another Friday) Video Filter

Thanksgiving may be over, but you can still join The Beverly Hillbillies for Turkey Day (1963) and (the controversial) Calvin and the Colonel for Thanksgiving Dinner (1961). Both episodes are available on Archive.org, along with another 50 or so episodes of the 274 Beverly Hillbillies episodes, and three more episodes from the 26 episodes of Calvin and the Colonel. Bonus bits: Jerky Turkey [YT] (1945, directed by Tex Avery), and Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers (1940).
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 27, 2009 - 9 comments

The State of the Turkey Address

Happy Thanksgiving, MetaFilter! If you have friends from different parts of the U.S., you might have wondered why they consider certain dishes to be an essential part of a Thanksgiving feast, when you've never even thought of them as remotely Thanksgiving-related. Now you can see what dishes were popular searches on allrecipes.com in various states thanks to a series of infographics in the New York Times.
posted by grouse on Nov 26, 2009 - 70 comments

Best Friends for Sixty Years and Counting

Cloe. I am begging you honey. None of that Jello crap. No one eats it and the garbage stinks for a week after I throw it out. Margaret and Helen (mostly Helen) have a blog, thanks to Helen's grandson, and have a lot to say to America, about remembering an America where black men didn't grow up to be president, abortion, and the sorry state of the American media, among other topics.
posted by emjaybee on Nov 25, 2009 - 144 comments

Problematic

Thanksgiving is a difficult time for some people to celebrate. The holiday that Lincoln gave us has been saddled with a wonderful mythology. The real story is a bit more problematic, and involves a vicious, genocidal war. Is it possible to reclaim the beauty of this holiday, or is it too tainted by its history? [more inside]
posted by cubby on Nov 22, 2009 - 135 comments

The Super Easy Way To Cook For Morons

The Awl wants you to stop being a wuss and bake a pie crust. See also How To Barbecue A Turkey–The Super Easy Way For Morons and Fundamentalist Macaroni and Cheese. Or you can just cook a fucking steak.
posted by The Devil Tesla on Nov 20, 2009 - 63 comments

Thanksbittman

Bittmanfilter: 101 Head Starts on the Day-- "The Minimalist" gives us a hundred and one Thanksgiving dishes that can be prepared in advance.
posted by dersins on Nov 18, 2009 - 24 comments

Four Acts in Four Rooms

Thanksgiving at Dan and Jane's by Dave Eggers. [Lech, 6, under the table, pretends to be dead, in a coffin raised over the heads of hysterical mourners.]
posted by silby on Nov 27, 2008 - 10 comments

Take the Skizin Off.

Gettin' mashed with Snoop and Martha. SLYT
posted by gman on Nov 25, 2008 - 56 comments

Turkey Day ---} Techie Day

It's a geek Thanksgiving! On Here & Now, Instructables' Christy Canida shares tools for organizing Thanksgiving dinner - Gantt chart, purchasing calculator, kitchen workstation for workflow management, stastical analysis of turkey cooking, and more. You'll also find results of their Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level contest, like the giant fractal pecan pie, the 20-sided pie-cosahedron, and the recirculating gravy fountain.
posted by Miko on Nov 24, 2008 - 29 comments

No, No, Nostalgia!

NetClassixFilter: The next time you're standing clueless in the greeting cards section of your local drugstore franchise, you'll be wishing you'd visited the Gallery of Unfortunate Greeting Cards instead. For all your holiday needs: Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Weddings, 4th of July, Hallowe'en, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and of course, Washington's Birthday. [via Cap'n Wacky] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Jun 9, 2008 - 18 comments

A bear walks into a bar and says to the barman

Thanksgiving dinner with Brutus the Bear. (First link YT. Via Friday fish wrap)
posted by growabrain on Nov 25, 2007 - 15 comments

Thanks for the Laughs

Since the passing of Art Buchwald (previously on MeFi), we're looking for something to replace his traditional Thanksgiving Humor Piece (seen here), with varying success. MeFi's Own rstevens has a collection of LOLGRIMS, MeFi's own Lore offers some catering services for the 21st Century (featuring the next step in Turducken evolution). Formerly MeFi's Own Lileks has a cheap video on how to make a cheap Thanksgiving dinner. A faux-conservative blogger (who's no Colbert) suggests renaming the holiday. The "Creatures in My Head" guy has his own disturbing version of a turkey. A video game site has games that (kinda) fit the holiday. A semi-NSFW site for dudes has the Worst Thanksgiving Dishes (not sexist, but PETA-ist and NPR-ist) But the most obvious Thanksgiving tradition (via YouTube) is the WKRP Turkey Drop (and aftermath). [more inside]
posted by wendell on Nov 22, 2007 - 6 comments

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