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What To Drink Now: Thanksgiving Zin, Syrah, Grenache and More

Last week I gave some ideas for pairing the Thanksgiving meal with Pinot Noir, one of my favorite varieties to enjoy all the time, but particularly with this holiday meal.  It is not the only option though, as across the country families have their traditional favorites that pair just perfectly with turkey and side dishes […]

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The Clock is Ticking. Here’s Where You Can Dine in Dallas for Thanksgiving.

It’s probably too late to pre-order your turkey and sides right now, but you can still simplify your life by dining at a restaurant on Thanksgiving day. Check out this list of 22 restaurants. I’m sure all of them would be more than happy to take your money. (New to the list: Sēr and Cook Hall.)

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The Great Turducken Question

This weekend, while I was visiting Austin, my Nigerian friend asked, “What’s a turducken?” This, of course, prompted a lively conversation inside a Korean restaurant about the pros and cons of stuffing a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey. Though I’m a happy carnivore, the thought of eating three different kinds of […]

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Not To Be Annoying, But Have You Planned For Thanksgiving Yet?

If you’re cooking, check out these recipes: Happy Hostess’ Thanksgiving menu has recipes included in a downloadable pdf. (I’m planning to make her sweet potato gratin with garlic and rosemary myself.) Also, check out Travis’ amazing green beans with bacon crumbles and fresh mushrooms. He makes it look so easy. If you’re not cooking, take […]

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Look What I Made: Thanksgiving Green Beans My Way

I love Thanksgiving. Food, family, not working on a Thursday, football. Food. Thanksgiving has it all.* Unless you’re planning on doing some banking, mailing of letters or fasting, in which case you’re sadly out of luck. Still, the food. The thing I don’t particularly like about Thanksgiving is actually… some of the food. Awkward! Look, I […]

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Be Thankful: The Happy Hostess Has Your Thanksgiving Plan

Whenever my mom and I host Thanksgiving, Mom will call me at the beginning of November to establish a game plan. The conversation is always the same: Mom: I cannot believe Thanksgiving is three weeks away. Me: I know. I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas gifts yet. Mom: Let’s not think about Christmas. What […]

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A Thanksgiving Dinner with Jing Wang, Teiichi, and Bruno Davaillon From The Rosewood Mansion

Seats are almost sold out for Tei An‘s Thanksgiving dinner. If I were you, I’d pick up my phone right now (assuming, of course, you can afford the $150 per person ticket) and call to reserve a spot. Chefs Teiichi Sakurai and  Bruno Davaillon are both preparing a four course, Japanese and French-influenced Thanksgiving dinner […]

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2012 Thanksgiving Central: Where to Pre-Order a Turkey and Where to Dine in Dallas

Thanksgiving is a high blood pressure holiday. Not only do people expect a pretty good meal on the table, but there’s that uncle who – every year, without fail – asks why you’re not making enough money. You don’t have time to make a Martha Stewart-perfect Thanksgiving dinner. You work. You have three kids and […]

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What to Drink Now: A Non-traditional Thanksgiving

If cocktails are your thing and you prefer to celebrate the holiday with a spirited toast celebrating all the flavors of the holidays, withonly a portion of the calories, try mixing up one of the tasty treats.  They are guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit, just don’t have too many…just like turkey and dressing, everything […]

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If You’re Not Cooking, You’d Better Get Booking

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: procrastination (while cool and an incredibly effective use of time) is a runinator of the third magnitude (magnitudes one and two are things like interruptions in cable service and untimely name mix-ups, respectively, which, while sucky, don’t suck nearly as much as putting on […]

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What to Drink Now: Syrah, Zinfandel and Beaujolais for Thanksgiving

Perhaps the most common wine varietals for the Thanksgiving meal, outside of Pinot Noir, would be a Zinfandel, a Syrah/Shiraz and the ever popular Beaujolais Nouveau.  Zinfandel is such a fruit forward and spicy wine that it will pair well with big Thanksgiving flavors, without overwhelming them.  Whether you prefer a Syrah from the Rhone region or from […]

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