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    How to Make Turkey Stock

    Turkey stock is so simple to make and it adds a great deal of flavor to soups and casseroles. Use up the leftover Thanksgiving preparations and get one more use out of the turkey bones. More

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    Sparkling Wine For Thanksgiving

    What kind of sparkling wine goes well with Thanksgiving dinner? On this quintessentially American holiday try serving an American bubbly. A few years ago I wrote about the Best Thanksgiving Wines and while the usual suspects of Pinot Noir and sweeter wines like Rieslings were common recommendations, this year I’m thinking of serving some festive American […] More

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    Vegan-izing Your Holiday Favorites

    As the holidays approach, so do the family get-togethers, office parties, and dinners. For those of us living a vegan lifestyle, finding something to eat can be challenging, to say the least. The good news, however, is that it is easier now than ever before to choose vegan eating options – even during the holidays. Many holiday favorites can be “veganized” with a little advanced planning. More

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    Vegan Thanksgiving: Celebrating a Turkey-Free Table (Recipes Included!)

    So you’ve realized there’s no good reason to bother any turkeys, in order to enjoy a day of abundance and thanks. Wonderful! Now let’s get down to business: celebrating Thanksgiving vegan-style, in our meat-soaked food culture, can pose special challenges. Maybe it’s your first Unturkey Day since going vegan, and you’re wondering what to serve. Perhaps you’re traveling to visit non-veg relatives, or hosting omni guests. Social pressure to conform to others’ visions of ‘tradition’ can be daunting, especially coming from family members or close friends. Not to worry! With a bit of planning and forethought, there’s no reason for your vegan Thanksgiving to be anything other than joyful and delicious. More

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    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? More

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    Christmas Party Ideas: Bitesized Stuffed Peppers

    While struggling today a bit on what to make for a Christmas party tomorrow night, I had a small light bulb go on in my head. I really wanted to make stuffed peppers, but they are too big for something like a potluck Christmas dinner, so I made them bitesized. More

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    Celebrate Thanksgiving With Local Foods Recipes

    Local foods play a big role in my life. I’m dedicated to eating as locally as possibly, and growing as much of my own food as I reasonably can. When there are foods I need to buy, I try to make sure they are organic and seasonal. More

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    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. More

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    Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

    With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about our impending food choices.

    The typical Thanksgiving fare is not the most healthy, but with a little bit of preparation, you can make this year’s Thanksgiving a healthier one. Here are some great tips that will allow you to look and feel great after the holiday, without depriving yourself of delicious holiday food. More

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    That Free Thanksgiving Turkey isn't Free

    As Thanksgiving, aka “Turkey Day” to most Americans, draws near once again, supermarkets across the country are offering free turkeys as holiday promotions. The deal, of course, is that when you spend X dollars in the store, you get a free turkey to feed your family on Thanksgiving day. This enticement not being enough, the […] More

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    Top 10 Healthy Travel Tips

    The holidays are upon us and with it comes stress in many forms. What to buy, who to visit, what not to eat, etc. Traveling is another biggie but this year, you can do it right.

    Check out some of these tips that you can use to keep healthy and sane this holiday travel season. More

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    Holiday Binge Might Alter Gut Microbes

    Overeating on holidays like Thanksgiving is more than acceptable in our culture – it’s expected. Why not binge on mashed potatoes, gravy, and pecan pie?  Thanksgiving only comes once a year, after all.  Sure, you might gain a few pounds over the holiday season, but you have until New Year’s to worry about those. New […] More

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    Savoring Gratitude: Three Tips toward Thanksgiving Appreciation

    As we head into the Thanksgiving season, all eyes (and mouths) fixate on that key holiday ingredient:  food.  From turkeys to pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving gifts us with a list of seasonal traditions that celebrate our love for good food.  While these all rank important holiday elements, let’s not miss the key ingredient rooted in the […] More

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    The True Thanksgiving Day History: Thank Journalism, not Pilgrims

    As you recover from your day of Thanksgiving feasting, you might be curious as to whom you should really thank for your day off from work or school day of celebration. There are many stories, myths, and misinformation surrounding Thanksgiving history. Equally significant are the many strong emotions and opinions evoked this holiday, including everything […] More

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    Appetite for Gratitude: Three Questions to Express Green Thanks this Thanksgiving

    From local turkeys to seasonal root crops, Thanksgiving gifts us with a list of seasonal opportunities to green the holiday. While these all rank tangible, important actions to take, let’s not miss the golden green opportunity rooted in the inherent concept of Thanksgiving: gratitude. A mindset of green gratitude emphasizes positive abundance, relishing the glass […] More

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    How Local Will Your Thanksgiving Be?

    The phone rang on Friday. It was our CSA farmer, “Farmer Dan.” We then went through the list of everything he had from the greenhouse and field and how much I needed. Arrangements were made for a special drop at one of the restaurants he sells to. Ten minutes later, part of my menu for […] More

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    Give Turkeys a Reason to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving

    Long before the Puritans decided to cop a squat on Native American land and then had the first “Thanksgiving” meal featuring turkey meat (at least as the legend goes), someone managed to discover that the turkey was a good bird to eat. Somehow, despite all logic, some hungry human looked at this rather odd-looking (okay, […] More

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