Your Thanksgiving Kitchen Helper

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Have you figured out where and with whom you’ll be celebrating and eating? If you’re cooking, have you begun planning your meal? If you’re a worrier, have you begun panicking? No matter where you are in the process, here are a few books, DVDs and websites to help you plan a Thanksgiving meal, figure out what to take to a potluck, or decorate.

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton
New York Times Cooking editor Sifton covers everything Thanksgiving in this short (133 page) book: planning your meal; recipes for both classic Thanksgiving dishes and for new interpretations of those classics; instructions for setting the table; ideas for decorating; and musings on the nature of the holiday. Continue reading “Your Thanksgiving Kitchen Helper”

Talkin’ Turkey

What do you call it when it rains turkeys?  Fowl Weather (of course!)

Most times, these ungainly strutting birds get no respect, not even as dinner’s main course. Take the Butterball Turkey Helpline—most new cooks are baffled by such a huge rotund bird for which large roasting pans and big ovens are required—as their many questions, often hilariously recounted, are answered.

The grocery stores begin to pile their freezer bins full of these denuded and rock solid turkeys as the holiday months loom ever closer. The frozen turkey is just another ornament, albeit an enormous one, to check off the list.

Luckily, in the world of children’s literature, the turkeys in picture book stories are still fully feathered and feisty creatures. A hilarious new book written and illustrated by Dennis Cazet, Bob and Tom, follows the barnyard adventures of two rather dim turkeys, who spend their days in often cavalier manner, seeking answers. One of their musings leads them to sit in the lake using the farmer’s wife’s polka dot swim suit as a flotation device. Or consider Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark and Rowan Sommerset, which features a crafty sheep, tricking a turkey into eating poo or as Sheep calls it, “smarty tablets.” Continue reading “Talkin’ Turkey”

Movie Mondays: Thanksgiving Films

~posted by Frank

When you hear about holiday films, most people wax nostalgic for heartwarming Christmas films. But what about Thanksgiving? While four of the most popular Thanksgiving flicks may tug at the heartstrings, eventually, it’s usually dysfunction and family drama that’s front and center. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Thanksgiving Films”

A Taste of Turkey from the Seattle Room Menu Collection

~posted by Jade D.
Melody Lane menu, 1951
Looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu? Take a look at our Seattle Room Menu Collection to start gathering ideas for your turkey dinner from some of Seattle’s historic restaurants. Continue reading “A Taste of Turkey from the Seattle Room Menu Collection”

The Best Nap of the Year …

— by Ann G.             

… is, of course, the nap after Thanksgiving dinner!  Most of us believe it’s because we are at the mercy of the chemical tryptophan, which is found in turkey, milk and quite a few other foods.  Apparently, it’s more likely that it’s the piled-high plates than the turkey itself that make us sleepy, but it’s still interesting to do a little research about the soporific qualities of this naturally-occurring drug.  Let’s take a little journey through the library’s databases, shall we?

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