These are important questions, though I must say it is a little late for you to be asking considering that Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Thanksgiving is a feast, and feasting is something humans do in many cultures (but not all, probably). A while back I wrote a piece of feasting that you should read to prepare yourself for Thursday:

The Feast (A Thanksgiving Day Story)

There’s a lot of ways to cook a turkey and everybody has their favorite. But this way is the best:

How to cook a turkey

In case you were wondering about the origin of the turkey, here’s the info on that:

The Domestic Turkey and the First Thanksgiving

In case you were feeling bad about cooking the turkey (or other animals) you can find out how to do a Vegan Thanksgiving here.

Meanwhile, you might want to make gravy, in which case you will need information on how to make stock as well:

How to make stock

How to make gravy

Comments

  1. #1 Michael Kelsey
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    November 25, 2013

    A small typo, or perhaps a Freudian pun: “… feasting is something humans do in man cultures …” (along with football, presumably). :-D

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    November 25, 2013

    Ha ha. Looks pretty Freudian to me!

  3. #3 Sou
    November 25, 2013

    Greg, what other cultures have a thanksgiving or equivalent? I only ever associated it with North America. (The one thanksgiving meal I attended was out of this world amazing – all home cooked right down to the chocolates, more plates than I’ve seen outside of an Asian banquet, some of which I’d never tasted before – and much of the food was home-grown, too. Unforgettable.)

    I’m an ignorant Aussie :)

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    November 25, 2013

    The thanksgiving banquet at the first thanksgiving was a feast. Feasts are found in many man cultures.

    IN Australia the equvivilant might be the big Spinifex get together in the Victoria Desert!

  5. #5 L.Long
    November 25, 2013

    Thanksgiving is the whites celebrating the fact that the American Indians had a really REALLY bad immigration policy!!

  6. #6 me
    United States
    November 26, 2013

    To prepare a turkey:
    1. Capture turkey
    2. Pet the turkey to calm him
    3. Explain the inevitability of death to him
    4. Blindfold the turkey
    5. Chop his head off.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees, 20 minutes per pound.

  7. #7 Russell
    December 1, 2013

    A shotgun eliminates steps 2 through 5 providing time to pluck the turkey, a step disraught vegetarians all\ too often omit.