To help you prepare for the coming week, two zingers from the archive of The Gurgling Cod:
"Thanksgiving is to cooking what New Years Eve is to going out and getting drunk -- a time when amateurs feel the need to compete with experienced pros. As a result, it seems to me that Thanksgiving offers a window into the way many Americans feel about cooking in general -- a tedious chore, fraught with peril."
--The Gurgling Cod, "Turkey Postmortem," 30 November 2005
Even if you just know you could take Alton Brown, don't go all Martin Luther on Thanksgiving dinner. There are 364 days a year to innovate, so let Gramma put Bacos in the salad if that's the way Gramma rolls. Order a homeshchooled suckling pig from Niman Ranch to make next week for your friends if it makes you feel better. More than any other meal Thursday is about the asses in the seats, and not the dishes on the table. Enjoy your meal, and travel in a safe manner.
--The Gurgling Cod, "Modest Thanksgiving Proposal," 22 November 2005.
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