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Thanksgiving

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Worhals Closes In A Flash, BurgerFi Ventures to Sugar Land & Vallone's Welcomes Its First Diners

    Being the week of Thanksgiving, it's no surprise that it's been a slow one for restaurant openings and closings. Thanksgiving Day was a sad one for anyone hoping to bring a pie from House of Pies on Kirby to the dinner table. After its roof caught fire a few weeks ago, the Kirby location was forced ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Toasting the Turkey: Seven Top Wines for Houston Thanksgiving 2013

    Hopping around the city last week as I did my Thanksgiving wine shopping, I couldn't help but be reminded what a great time it is to be a wine lover in Houston. These days, as the city continues to become one of the top destinations in the U.S. for fine wine -- driving value and broadening the spect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving Vino, Part 2: Sommeliers Sean Beck and Vanessa Treviño-Boyd Guide You

    It can be complicated and difficult to properly pair wines with the Thanksgiving dinner. You have so many different types of dishes -- spicy, sweet, savory -- and with so many different types of wines to choose from, which ones should make it to the Thanksgiving table? We spoke with two of Houston' ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Weather Week: Beautiful Turkey Day on Tap as Temperatures Slowly Warm Up

    If you feel like Christmas shopping just doesn't feel right unless the weather outside is rather nippy, well you're in luck as Black Friday approaches. For the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area has seen some extremely cold weather for November. Days with highs in the 40s have pushed ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis of LSU Head Coach Les Miles Fantasizing About Thanksgiving Dinner

    I wasn't around for the invention of Thanksgiving, but I'm fairly certain that, at its forefront, it had a purpose that paid homage to our forefathers who paved the way for us as Americans to have a better life. I think that was the original reason for the holiday. Pretty sure. Somewhere along the ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Foolproof Thanksgiving Cooking Class, An Award-Winning Risotto, and Gingerbread Doghouse Benefit

    It's not too late to learn how to make a great Thanksgiving meal. Sur la Table will host several Thanksgiving cooking classes centered around recipes from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. On Sunday, November 24, the Houston River Oaks location will host a class from 2:30-5:30 p.m. for $95 per pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Homemade Green Bean Casserole and Pecan Pie Rugelach

    Smitten Kitchen: Everyone has their opinion about casseroles, and the green bean varietyis one that evokes strong opinions -- you either love it or hate it. But, for those who don't enjoy the casserole made from canned ingredients and fake fried onions, try this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    A Veteran of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Dishes on Saving Thanksgivings, Welcoming Men to the Helpline, and Thawing Methods

    Carol Miller has had a hand in more Thanksgivings than most chefs. She's there when the turkey doesn't thaw in time, and when the oven repeatedly turns off, and when, despite all your best efforts, dinner gets burned. She's there even when your family has completely given up on you. Miller, who cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Spotlight On Thanksgiving Sides: Revival Market's Erbazzone Should Be On Your Table

    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. Shame is not usually the first feeling I have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Spotlight on Thanksgiving Sides: Spinach Kugel Soufflé from Kenny & Ziggy's ... Mazel Tov!

    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. This year is very special. For the first time i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Hubbell & Hudson Wants to Cater Your Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

    It's not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner, and if you are not going to cook everything yourself this year, restaurants and grocery stores around Houston and the surrounding neighborhoods can help you serve a traditional, comforting meal -- you don't have to cook in your home to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Spotlight on Thanksgiving Sides: You'll Want Some Mac N 5 Cheeses from Jonathan's the Rub

    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 one or more to add some variation to your Turkey Day feast. Ah, the ignorance inherent i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    5 Better Places to Hide If You're Stalking Lady Gaga

    Most likely you were at home with your family on Thanksgiving, watching the game and stuffing your face. But if you were a completely psychotic "Little Monster," you might have preferred to spend that time with 35 others camped out in the garage of Lady Gaga's mansion. Yes, boys and girls, some 35 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Mayo Clinic Talks Turkey: 10 Tips for Choosing & Preparing a Thanksgiving Bird

    We love Thanksgiving and its star -- the beloved turkey -- but making the perfect bird can be pretty intimidating. But fear no more: Thanks to the gang over at the Mayo Clinic, everything Turkey Day -- from selection to serving -- has been demystified. Check out these 10 Tips for Choosing & Prep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    A Crunchy, Low-Alcohol Wine for Thanksgiving from California Naturally

    Of the California winemakers who thrill me the most, three of them are bottling fruit grown in California's El Dorado AVA in the Sierra Foothills -- the heart of historic Gold Rush country. They've been attracted to the area, they tell me, in part because they've found older vines (some in vineyard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Doing Penance on Thanksgiving Day, How Screwed up are Americans?

    Thanksgiving - that most American of holidays and many people's (including Hair Balls') favorite given as it is to sloth, gluttony and hours of mindlessly brain-sucking TV be it parades or football - is also most American in the guilt we're supposed to feel for enjoying it. How else to explain the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Leftover Turkey

    The week after Thanksgiving is often riddled with cooks across America scratching their heads at what to do with all the leftover turkey. Not to worry. Here at Eating Our Words, we offer not one, not two, but three things to do with that leftover turkey, not to mention its bones. From sandwiches ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

    Every year, by the time we're ready to sit down and enjoy the Thanksgiving meal, I've already done multiple completely necessary taste tests of nearly everything in the kitchen and I have left no room for the bird we've been slaving over for hours. I'll take a sliver of turkey with a drop of gravy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    ICYMI: The 10 Worst Things You Will Face at Your Family Thanksgiving

    Don't get us wrong -- we love Thanksgiving. Being with family and friends, eating great food, watching football -- it's hard to beat. But it does come with some trials and tribulations. We put together a list last year of what to look out for. Not all of these happen every year, but stick around t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    The Great Escape: 8 Ways to Ditch Your Family This Thanksgiving

    The holiday of plenty is finally here. The house smells of cranberries and fried delights. Your home is a bustle of relatives, cousins, aunts... neighbors? All of a sudden a severe panic envelops your body: it's only 8 a.m. You have an entire day to spend with these people - and they just keep comin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Tryptophanatics: Thanksgiving Lullabies For Your Post-Meal Snooze

    You've finished your Thanksgiving feast and endured a few hours of awkward conversation with the extended family you never see and now it's finally time for a holiday hibernation. You deserve it, it's the third most important part of Thanksgiving, after overeating and overdrinking. No one really k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Do This, Not That: Thanksgiving Do's and Don't's for the Holiday Guest

    Being something of a professional Thanksgiving guest -- we live too far away to host any family get-togethers, and frequently travel during the holidays -- I have seen some heinous holiday behavior over the years. You would think being a good guest, especially as an adult, would be second nature, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Mosh Potatoes: Thanksgiving Recipes From Metal Musicians

    If there is one thing virtually all of us agree on when it comes to Thanksgiving, it is that we like to eat and we often do more of it on that particular day than we should. Apparently, heavy metal musicians are no different. In between blood-soaked shows filled with music that will melt your face, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Thankgiving Recipes from Metal Musicians Courtesy of Mosh Potatoes

    We all love to eat at Thanksgiving and, apparently, that includes some of the loudest and angriest sounding bands on the planet. If Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal is any indication, there are a bunch of culinary experts in the world of metal. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Thanksgiving Television Episodes That Didn't Knock Us Out From Tryptophan

    We can't lie and say that Thanksgiving television specials give us that same warm and fuzzy feeling as their Yuletide counterparts. For starters, there are very few of them and it is difficult to find them anywhere besides the Hallmark Channel. Lucky enough, regularly scheduled television uses the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    12 Odd, Racy Thanksgiving Pin-Ups of Scantily Clad Women (Semi-NSFW)

    Is Thanksgiving the un-sexiest holiday ever? Maybe. Unless the possibility of drunken sex with your tipsy divorced aunt or uncle trips your trigger, of course. But America -- back when it really was America -- was not going to be dictated to by prudes trying to keep the hawtness out of the day. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Batman & Robin: Turkey & Gravy Tips

    Turkey & Gravy, Thanksgiving's dynamic duo; one can exist without the other, but then you just end up with a guy in tights. That can't be good. Gravy is one thing, but really good gravy seems to be the ungettable get for many. It needs not be. Cue the Batman & Robin theme song -- let's get to it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Central Market's Justin Vann on His 5 Favorite Holiday Beers

    Two weeks ago, we featured our favorite local beers to take home for the Thanksgiving holidays. This week, we turn to Central Market's beer badass Justin Vann for his thoughts on the five best craft beers for the holidays. You might know Vann from Central Market's aisles, or you might know him as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Where to See Some Live Music on Thanksgiving (and the Wednesday before)

    We all need a place to mellow out after a day of dealing with family. Don't get us wrong, we love our families. It's just that, getting together with the extended crew can take a toll and relaxing with some live, local music helps take the edge off. Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving fit neatl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Comment of the Day: To Hell with the Bird

    Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In return, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    I'm a little hesitant because it's half IPA. I'm very enthusiastic, however, because it's two things just crammed right the crap together. I love a good mish mash.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we promise never to have a talking anthropomorphic food item as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    10 Thanksgiving Wines (That We Actually Drink)

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Dolcetto can deliver character without overwhelming the palate or breaking the bank.​Yes, folks, it's that predictable time of year when everyone posts their Thanksgiving wine recommendations. Among the literally hundreds of blogs and feeds that I follow, one of my favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Paneer

    ​The realities of Shiftwork Bites cooking - little space, little equipment, one burner - dictate what I can and cannot reasonably prepare at work. A lot of my meals tend to be one-pot affairs, as this makes setup and cleanup much easier, and doesn't stretch me too thin. I am still at work, rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    That's a chewing gum turkey someone made, just in case you hadn't lost your faith in God yet.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're still trying to gather the courage to look up what a "giblet" is. In case you were abroad for this past week, or else belong to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Where To Drink on Thanksgiving

    Petrol Station​If you're anything like us, you've just about had your fill of family by now. Head to one of these fine local watering holes tonight to catch up with friends that are in town for the holidays, blow off familial steam that's been building over the last couple of days or just wash ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Top 5 Flying Saucer Pies

    Photo courtesy of out_of_rhythm​The pies at Flying Saucer are creeping up in price, and dare I say a little overrated in the taste department. But tradition is tradition. What's a Thanksgiving without waiting in line for one of their tasty treats? Here are the top five worth waiting for...and no, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Are Houston Chefs Cooking This Thanksgiving?

    Photo by Carbon NYC​Thanksgiving: A day to gather with your loved ones and give thanks? Or a day to display your culinary prowess to friends and family? Increasingly, the emphasis has been on the latter in the past few years, as people try to dress up the traditional Thanksgiving spread and im ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Five Tips on Thanksgiving Wine Pairing for the Wine Idiot

    Wine: An idiot's guide to Thanksgiving Pairing. ​The first thing we learned Thursday night was the downtown Spec's has a second floor, and wandering around looking for the secret door that leads to the elevators made us feel like an idiot. We already felt vulnerable heading to a wine class, ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    What Are Our Crazy Old Relatives Bringing to Thanksgiving? A Handy Chart

    Photo illustration by John GrayA previous investigation. Click for larger view. ​We've already shown you what your lazier relatives are going to bring to the family Thanksgiving table, but what about the family's "senior eccentrics"? Don't be shy, now, we've all got 'em: the family members who ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Cooking Through Alton: Cranberry Granita

    ​The dish Let us all give thanks, because Alton's Cranberry Granita is an absolute hit. Think sorbet with just the right balance of tart and sweet. The cranberry and lime zest blend together in absolute harmony and burst with flavor. The difficulty Alton does it again with a super-easy recip ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    The 10 Worse Things About Family Thanksgivings

    Congrats!! You're stuck next to Tea Party Dude!!​It's coming, people: Thanksgiving. There's nothing you can do about it. You will not be allowed to sit around alone at home. If you're lucky, you'll be with friends or with a nice, fun, easy-going bunch of relatives. But not everyone's that lu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Cooking Through Alton: Cranberry Sauce

    ​The dish: If you're looking to step up the typical canned cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, Alton Brown offers this nice, simple version of the classic. Made with fresh cranberries, honey, and orange and cranberry juice, this sauce is destined to be dumped over accompanying dishes. The d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Is It Called Stuffing or Dressing?

    oldsweetsong.com​It starts earlier every year. Halloween is on Sunday, but major retailers like Sears and Target are attempting unprecedented "Black Friday" sales today, almost a month in advance. Yesterday I even caught a commercial for stuffing. Well, it was actually for Swanson's Chicken br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Thanksgiving Edition

    We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving -- the Penguins traveling to the New World in the rickety Mayday; Squinty the Indian teaching the clueless newcomers how to grow potatoes (the Penguins had left Ireland because of a famine); George Washington marrying Pocahantas on Plymouth Mount.These ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Wine of the Week: Sally Swiss of Whole Foods Market

    ​Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. Who are we kidding? It's a time for long grocery lines, crazed holiday drivers, and indigestion. With the help of Sally Swiss of Whole Foods on Kirby, at least buying the wine can be easy. Swiss has been with Whole Foods for 16 years, and three of thos ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Here's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: you only have to fist a turkey once a year.​ Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we're now voting Republican, because they're the only ones fascist enough to pass this "Everyone Must Now Put Grape-Nuts in T ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Thanksgiving Recipe: Pork Chops in Apple Butter Mole

    Photo by Jasmine&Roses​Calvin Trillin has lobbied to replace the Thanksgiving turkey with spaghetti carbonara --something to do with Columbus being Italian, I think. In the Tex-Mex Cookbook, I pointed out that Juan de Onate and his Mexican pioneers held a Tex-Mex thanksgiving in El Paso ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Turducken Lovin'

    ​America has harbored an infatuation with the Turducken since John Madden mentioned it in a Thanksgiving Day broadcast several years back. The mere idea of a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken brings carnivores to their knees, thanking God, Charlton Heston, and their lucky stars ... More >>

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