We are now officially within the Thanksgiving fortnight. More menus are coming to us every day. Be advised: we like you and want to make sure you aren’t just groping around in the dark. Hence this list. Your only job: make the call.
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I’m breaking the Thanksgiving wine posts up a bit this year because so many people have a set varietal they love to pour for Thanksgiving, so I’ll have a few posts with turkey day wine options for pairing one varietal or another. For me, I love Pinot Noir with the Thanksgiving meal. It is generally not as heavy and weighty as say a Cabernet, has good fruit flavors with earthiness, and pairs well with traditional fall flavors like roasted squash and sweet potatoes, roasted turkey and cranberries.
Some wine selections were sent for editorial consideration.
2008 Stoller JV Estate Pinot Noir – Jeunes Vignes, or Junior Vines, Pinot Noir is made from young vines grown on the Dundee Hills Stoller estate in Willamette Valley with an approachable, lively style. Ripe raspberry, bing cherry, baking spice and violets with a subtle touch of vanilla on the finish. An easy to drink wine with a great price tag for Willamette Valley Pinot – around $20 a bottle. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving"1 Comment »
This just in…
Continuing its 23-year holiday tradition, Norma’s Cafe, the original Dallas comfort-food icon that has served Texas home cooking for 55 years, will again host its annual free Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 24 from 11 am to 1 pm at its Oak Cliff location on 1123 W. Davis Street in Dallas.
During the event, 55 volunteers, many of whom helped start the tradition in 1988, will serve more than 4,000 home-cooked, Thanksgiving meals to hungry Dallas community members.
“The purpose of this day has never changed in 23 years – we enjoy sharing this day with the community and invite anyone who needs or wants a hearty, home-cooked meal to join us. That’s the meaning of the holiday to us,” said Ed Murph, owner of Norma’s Cafe. “At Norma’s Cafe, we are so thankful for our talented staff, loyal customers, and our volunteers and sponsors who make this event possible every year.”
Guests who partake of the Thanksgiving Day feast can expect a full spread of holiday staples, including turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce and gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, salad with ranch dressing, homemade rolls and cornbread, and fruit or a slice of the famous Norma’s Cafe Mile-High Cream Pies for dessert. In addition to the Oak Cliff event, Norma’s Cafe will be collecting monetary donations for the North Texas Food Bank and will be delivering to-go turkey dinners to several local churches and charity organizations.
This year’s event is made possible in part by several generous sponsors, including Ben E Keith, Schepps, Classic Caps, Clicks Radiator Service, Instant Whip Foods, Community Coffee, and Tyson.
While we spend a lot of time every year compiling our Thanksgiving menus into a list that contains several take-and-bake turkey options—we have yet to taste and rate every single one of the birds. So, be a pal and help Emily find the best in town:
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Has SideDish covered the best turkey to buy for Thanksgiving dinner? I can’t seem to find anything like that. I’m planning on cooking our meal from scratch, and just curious if SideDish has any input on where to buy the best fresh turkey… Have bought from Whole Foods before, and wonder if there were other/better options…
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Feeling like you need a lead-up to the Nov. 24 Turkey bonanza? Twisted Root yearns to fill the void. Behold the Thanksgiving Burger, a pile-up of ground turkey, sweet potato chips, and cranberry sauce marginally contained by a wheat bun. Jason Boso lets us know that Twisted Root will be slinging the Thanksgiving Burger at all of their locations (Deep Ellum, on SMU Blvd, Richardson, Roanoke, Fairview, Shops at Legacy, and Arlington) throughout the month of November for only $6.99. Get ‘em while the getting’s good; come December, they’re gone.
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Thanksgiving Day at the inlaws’ is not without its charms and challenges. You down a chardonnay in the shower to fortify your nerves, slip a few chestnuts into your mother-in-law’s Stovetop when she’s out of the room, and try your best to look not horrified compassionate when this year’s surprise guest (a kindly widower from down the block) floods you with stories of how every single one of his pets has died. (Spoiler alert: two of them drowned.)
Tired just thinking about it? Me too. So this is me officially giving you permission, if only for this year, to take a break the holiday shenanigans. Here are some places where you can do exactly that. Behold, the 2011 Thanksgiving menu roundup, Version 1.0.
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Okay @DSideDish TwEATers, are you lining up for the parade. Tweet details of food and drink, or any other details, to @DSideDish and we will retweet. Have fun.1 Comment »
So, where did you eat this week? More specifically, where did you eat Thanksgiving dinner? If you dined in a restaurant, we’d love to read about your experience. Here is what you wrote last week.9 Comments »
Newsflash: food that tastes crappy makes you feel crappy. That’s right; in honor of tomorrow’s impending gluttony, I give you this press release, hot off the email from the APS journal Psychological Science, that explains why your diet of Brussels Sprouts and wheat grass inspires the type of bad mood known to psychologists worldwide as moral disgust.
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From the copy and paste press release department comes this worthy notice:
Patriotic Dallasites give thanks to our troops this holiday season by serving a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DFW Airport. It’s the second time around for Debbie Wright and Franklin Pillsbury to organize this holiday meal prepared by World Master Chef Society members including Chef Salvatore Gisellu from Urban Crust.
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The folks at Norma’s Café are nothing if not generous (see the post we wrote on their Veterans Day event). Tomorrow they’ll continue on their philanthropic path by serving Thanksgiving Dinner to Dallas’ neediest for the 22nd year in a row. The event runs from 11 am to 1 pm, during which time Norma’s employees and owner, Ed Murph, plan to serve more than 3,500 plates of turkey with giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, tossed salad, and a hot, fluffy roll.
I think I speak for everyone here when I say, “Way to go, Murph!”
Tom Spicer sends a list of products he has on hand right now. Check your recipe cards and head over to Spiceman’s FM 1410.
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I know you get tired of reading information we’ve received from a PR agencies, but press releases are a necessary evil in the news business. I’m not asking for sympathy, but if you think we regurgitate a lot of info, you should see some of the crap we delete. I thought I would share one that just came my way.
News: How a Woman’s Hormones can Make Family Holiday Get-Togethers Better
Women who have upcoming family holiday gatherings to attend can make them more enjoyable (and avoid the usual holiday headaches) when they know how their hormones will be impacting their mood, energy, patience and everything else that affects how smoothly family get-togethers go.
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My mom and I have decided to go wild and cook outside of our zone for Thanksgiving. By outside of the zone I mean we are changing the side dishes of our usual family dinner: twice-baked potatoes, creamed onions, stuffing (wet and dry), some kind of green vegetable (yes, sometimes we whip up the green bean casserole), and baked squash. So I am looking for a bitchin’ corn recipe. Soufflé? Casserole? Pudding? Anything. I’m in the mood to cook all day.13 Comments »
The best part of Thanksgiving are the desserts. And so for that, I turn to the experts, our SideDish readers. Apple, cherry, pecan. Everyone wants something different. Help me dear readers, where can I find the best pie in Dallas?
PS: Don’t you wish we had a Pie Cart (PieLabPDX)?7 Comments »