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Thanksgiving

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Thanksgiving Recaps, A Look At Foodgasm and Christmas Recipes Galore

    Urban Swank: The ladies at Urban Swank attended the Southern Star Beer Dinner at Fusion Taco with Southern Star Brewing Company and feasted on five courses with beer-taco pairings. They loved the wonton shell taco with tuna tartare and avocado paired with the Grisette, as well as the barbeque pork t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    These Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving in the Houston Area For the Non-Perfect Planners Among Us

    We know we'd all like to be super duper planners, but just in case you aren't perfect and you're cooking dinner at home on Thanksgiving and you forgot something like the butter or the Cool Whip or the stuffing, or maybe you're trying that once-in-a-lifetime recipe and who knew it needed crushed fres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    What's in a Space Station Thanksgiving?

    Way up there in outer space, the International Space Station crew is being deprived of the traditional Thanksgiving we're all enjoying -- you know, that complicated dance of balancing gobbling turkey, stuffing, pie and enough booze before someone you're related to brings up either politics or religi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Thankful for Thanksgiving: Five Reasons It is My Favorite Holiday

    Everyone has a favorite holiday. I would dare say for many that is Christmas. Others might prefer July 4 or the always scintillating President's Day. For me, it's Thanksgiving. Much of that is likely owed to the fact that my family hosted the holiday every year and it was the one time when, at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    The Top 5 2013 Political Topics To Avoid at Thanksgiving Dinner

    In this age of pluralistic families, we are likely to encounter at our family Thanksgiving dinners folks of all political stripes. Perhaps you have a very conservative uncle/nephew/father, who thinks Obama is a raging socialist. Perhaps your younger sister is coming back from college imbued with a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Gabby's BBQ Gives You a Great Opportunity to Give Thanks Before Thanksgiving Day Arrives

    What's the best way to get into the Thanksgiving spirit? Well, yes, giving thanks for life's blessings is a good start. A tastier option is to pregame for The Big Meal at Gabby's BBQ, which is offering turkey and all the trimmings as part of their menu options. Okay, O'Leary, but what exactly do y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The Ultimate Thanksgiving Prep Guide 2013

    If you have ever made the entire Thanksgiving Day feast at home, you know how much preparation is required. The turkey must be bought on a certain day so it can thaw in time for you to stuff it and put it in the oven; your ingredients must be purchased in advance, otherwise you'll be fighting over t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Thanksgiving Advice From Houston Chefs: Make a List, Brine Your Bird, and Drink Wine

    Thanksgiving is a national day of cooking and eating until you're completely stuffed...then eating some more. For those in the culinary profession, Thanksgiving is a little different than it is for the rest of the country. Some spend the entire day cooking in the kitchen of their restaurant; some en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    There's a New Pie in Town: Fresh Market's Crusts Are Exceptional, and Pliable and Moist

    Judging by the number of work trucks in the parking lot, House of Pies will keep its vow to reopen before Thanksgiving. I certainly hope so. My mom always made a pecan pie and a pumpkin pie for the holidays, but we threw tradition under the Metro when we discovered the Banana Cream Pie at HOP, cream ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Never Done Thanksgiving Take-Out Before? We Give Ouisie's Turkey and Sides a Lunch Tryout

    My family has never celebrated Thanksgiving in a huge way. We all love to eat, and my mother and I are pretty great cooks (if I do say so myself). But we're a family of three, so it never seems worth it to spend our day off slaving over a hot stove while my dad watches football in the other room, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Spotlight on Thanksgiving Sides: Veal and Meatball Lasagna at Prego

    Looking for non-traditional (at least for your family) side options this Thanksgiving? This series highlights the unconventional, interesting twists on sides available for sale at Houston restaurants. Pick up some to add some variation to Turkey Day. If you're accustomed as I am to Italian-American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Top 5 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Please, Please, Do NOT Pass the Ambrosia Salad

    Picture it: You're sitting around the Thanksgiving table with your entire extended family, and everyone is dressed nicely, behaving themselves and getting along. It's a Norman Rockwell holiday to the T. The turkey is perfectly browned, the gravy is thick, the biscuits are fluffy, the green beans are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Go Take-Out and Let Houston Restaurants Do the Work for You This Thanksgiving

    The Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time with family and eating entirely too much food. But how to maximize both of those goals? With take-out, of course! Many Houston restaurants are offering full Thanksgiving feasts to-go, so you don't need to lift a finger (except maybe to do the dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Spotlight on Thanksgiving Side Dishes To-Go: Cauliflower Gratin from Backstreet Cafe

    Looking for non-traditional (at least for your family) to-go side options this Thanksgiving? This series is highlighting the unconventional, interesting twists on side dishes available at Houston restaurants for the holiday. Pick up one or more to add some variety to your traditional Turkey Day feas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Oaxacan Delight: Torchy's Taco of the Month, Turkey Mole, Deserves a Spot at Any Table

    Having reluctantly moved on from my favorite holiday (Halloween forever!), I am now getting in the spirit of Those Other Holidays. However, as someone who was raised in a family where Christmas decorations most definitely did NOT go up until December (after sometimes remained through January), I fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Want To Eat Out for Thanksgiving This Year? Houston Restaurants Have What You Need

    Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so make sure you have plans to feed every hungry mouth in your family on November 28. A multitude of Houston restaurants are here to make this food-centric holiday less stressful by opening up their kitchens to do the cooking for you, and you know it's g ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day

    Our guide to restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    What Are Houston Chefs Doing for Thanksgiving (Besides Cooking for You)?

    With so many great restaurants open for Thanksgiving Day -- and so many chefs working hard on a day when the rest of us are enjoying family time or simply a much-needed day off -- it's tough to find a chef who's celebrating Thanksgiving in any sort of traditional sense. John Sheely, executive chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Is One Halfway Decent Thanksgiving Pop Song Too Much to Ask For?

    Not so long ago, Rocks Off was wondering why there has never been a decent pop song about Thanksgiving. Not despairing, just wondering. Apart from all the complete shite, you could fill an entire wing of your iTunes library with quality tunes about Thankgiving's yuletide neighbor, but Turkey Day its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Say No To Dry Turkey: Top 5 Thanksgiving Alternatives

    Thanksgiving: a day full of love, laughter, and some truly great food. It's one of the best days of the year...as long as you're not the one making the turkey. Because let's face it: cooking the turkey is a bitch (okay, so I never had to make it myself but even watching other people make it is a bit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving

    Let's face it, sometimes a "home-cooked" meal in a restaurant is better than anything we can whip up at home. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful meals to make if you don't normally cook meals at home. But, there's one thing to be thankful for this year, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Sweet Potato Casserole Biscuits

    With the holiday season in full swing, Pinterest has been filled with Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes ranging from stuffing and pies to brunch and breakfast treats. I decided to make these sweet potato casserole biscuits this week to give some ideas to those of us who plan our holiday meals well i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    10 Oyster Dishes To Try in Houston: No. 2, Cajun Oyster Stuffing at Yapa Kitchen

    You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR and DecembeR? It's oyster season! During these months, oysters are at their peak. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Houston. No. 2: Cajun Oyster Stuffing at Yapa Kitchen While turkey is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    The 10 Best Food-Centric TV Episodes on Netflix, For Your Post-Thanksgiving Food Coma

    Before I had cable, I invested in Netflix's streaming video service. It continues to be the best $7 I spend each month, despite the service's recent, public misadventures. And anyway, Netflix is where the new episodes of Arrested Development will eventually air, and that news more or less made up fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs (Thanksgiving Edition)

    Wine Skinny: We're sorry to report that the Houston wine blogging scene has entirely ignored Thanksgiving (except for us). But Robyn Tinsley, author of Wine Skinny, did weigh in with a Thanksgiving recipe for Robyn's Potatoes (sadly, no wine recommendations or notes). We're looking forward to more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Butter

    Ah, Thanksgiving. Hands down the best holiday of the year. Four days off, football, usually the beginning of cooler weather, no gift-giving frenzy -- just good, old-fashioned gluttony. And what ingredient better to be gluttonous about than butter? Earlier this week, we showed you how to make bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Happy Etsygiving: Your Guide to Pointless Holiday Craft

    There are many holidays that warrant some quality, DIY craftiness. Easter is certainly the season to get your food dye on, the 4th of July, sure, sew yourself a red, white and blue scrunchie, and at Christmas time you are at free will to break out all the red and green glitter paint your heart desir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving

    "Serving" can take on many meanings at Thanksgiving.​Thanksgiving is what? It's next week? Wait, are you serious? If you, like me, are terrible at planning (or knowing what week of the month it currently is), turn to Lauren Marmaduke's excellent guide to dining out on Thanksgiving Day or orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Thanksgiving Day Dining and Takeout Options: Because Washing Dishes Sucks

    madfishestheblog.comTurkey Day doesn't have to be terrifying. ​Recently we read an article on "Facebook Depression," which is essentially a feeling of general malaise attributed to the constant comparison of one's own turbulent, unexciting existence to the seemingly glamorous and worry-free li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    The 5 Best Local Beers to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

    A bite of banana in every beer.​Just in time for Christmas, Buffalo Bayou Brewing hopes to release its first beer to the public: an 11 percent gingerbread Imperial stout that would be the toast of any Christmas dinner. For Thanksgiving, however, there are plenty of locally brewed beers that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Thanksgiving Edition

    ​Holidays frequently suck for shiftworkers. You either spend the entire day doing nothing but sleeping and working, or else spend half of it working and the other half of it running around like a madman, trying to scrape some semblance of cheer out of your growing exhaustion. This Thanksgivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    The Five Most Plentiful Leftovers Rotting In Your Fridge Right Now

    Photo by edcrowleNo no, wait... maybe don't open those.​Now, calm down. The Houston Press and Eating Our Words are by no means claiming to have any kind of psychic insight into the contents of your refrigerator, and if we did, we'd tell you to go ahead and throw away that throbbing gray mass t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 34, Bayou Body Count No. 281

    Deadly Thanksgiving, but no charges filed​A Thanksgiving get-together turned deadly on the west side and a Harris County grand jury will decide if the shooter acted in self-defense. The incident happened about 2 a.m. Thanksgiving morning in the 12800 block of Westleigh. The identity of the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Dumpling Squash

    ​What is it? When I first spotted one, I thought it was just another gourd. Sitting there among the decorative, hollow beauties in the supermarket the week of Thanksgiving, these small, pumpkin-esque squashes looked no more edible than their cousins. But aside from making a homey centerpiece f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    NFL & College Football - Weekend's Best Bets (SEC Guy Podcast Gold)

    Who doesn't love college football? Right?​I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and got to spend some quality time with their families. Me, my family is scattered all over the country, so when it came time to find some Thanksgiving dinner after my show yesterday, fortunately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Food in Film: The 5 Greatest Pie Scenes for Thanksgiving

    Last year for Thanksgiving, we treated you to the top 5 overeating scenes from the movies (in honor of all the face-stuffing so many of us are doing today). This Thanksgiving, we're celebrating another indulgence: pie. Bonus: No footage of Mr. Creosote to ruin your appetite. You're welcome! 5. "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards: A Feast for the Eyes

    ​While searching for a photo of a Thanksgiving feast on Flickr, we stumbled across this treasure trove of old-fashioned Thanksgiving postcards from days of yore -- Creative Commons licensed and all! -- from Flickr user riptheskull. (It's not the most festive of handles, but there you have it.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    5 Houston Alternatives to a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

    A cold Thanksgiving day calls for hot pot, the ultimate communal meal.​Sometimes you don't want to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes you destroy the turkey and all of your side dishes turn out to taste like broiled roadkill. And sometimes you just want to start a new tradition o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Dining Out on Thanksgiving? Here's What's Open

    May your Thanksgiving feature freakishly large pumpkins and terrifyingly huge turkeys to eat with your enormous silverware.​Not everyone in the city celebrates Thanksgiving, and that should come as no surprise given our increasingly diverse tapestry of residents (something for which Eating Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Time Is Thanksgiving Dinner?

    Photo by photineThanksgiving dinner is ready and waiting...​That's the question for you, readers. Are you the family who eats your meal at 11 a.m., leaving plenty of time for napping and football game watching afterward? Or are you the family who has a traditional dinner at 6 p.m., after a day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    15 Things You Should Know About Thanksgiving

    Think you know everything there is to know about that most American of holidays, Thanksgiving? There's more to Turkey Day than just school plays with buckle-shoed and buckle-hatted kids, pilgrim. Check out our list of 15 things that everyone should know about Thanksgiving (but don't try to serve you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Top 5 Worst Thanksgiving Day Dishes

    ​You know them all too well. Year after year, these dishes seem to find their way to the Thanksgiving table. Why must we be subjected to these horrible creations? 5. Instant Mashed Potatoes Are our lives so busy that we must cut corners on this most sacred Thanksgiving dish? I say no. Instant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Cooking Through Alton: Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

    ​We're trying recipes by Food Network icon Alton Brown that might work for Thanksgiving. If they're good, you'll have a complete guide for the big meal. If they're clunkers, we'll provide you with alternate recipes that are tried and true. Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes The dish: This recip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Cooking Through Alton: Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    ​We're trying recipes by Food Network icon Alton Brown that might work for Thanksgiving. If they're good, you'll have a complete guide for the big meal. If they're clunkers, we'll provide you with alternate recipes that are tried and true. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes The dish: Mashed potat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Eating Out on Thanksgiving Day? What's Open

    ​Not everyone in the city celebrates Thanksgiving, and that should come as no surprise given our increasingly diverse tapestry of residents (something for which Eating Our Words is thankful). And not everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving does so with a big family dinner at home. For these folk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Thanksgiving Nightmares

    ​Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for pumpkin pie, good cheer, sweaters...and loved ones swilling booze and going at it. Yes, Thanksgiving family tension -- if not outright violence -- is a tradition as time-honored as postprandial football. Inspired by this recent article in the New York Times, we as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Is It Still Thanksgiving Without the Turkey?

    Turkeys hate us, too.​Yesterday, we offered up a selection of meatless options for Thanksgiving and those vegetarians in your life. Truth be told, we're perfectly happy not having turkey -- or any meat at all, for that matter -- at Thanksgiving. We've eaten plenty of delicious Thanksgiving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Vegetarian Thanksgiving

    Photo by Major Clanger There will be no Tofurky on this year's table.​Eating Our Words isn't a vegetarian (or -- perish the thought -- a vegan), but we have a lot of friends who are. And for those folks, Thanksgiving can be a nightmare of avoiding the main show (that dried out or deep-fried ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Pumpkin Pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen

    J.C. Reid​On a recent drive through central Texas in search of unknown barbecue finds, my friend and newbie food explorer Alison chimed in from the back seat as we drove through the small town of Smithville, Texas. "Hey, did you guys see that Dairy Queen sign back there? It said 'Pumpkin Pie B ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008
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