Pillowcase Turkey, Pumpkin Margaritas, Cafe Brulot
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Nothing says Thanksgiving like pumpkin, and Roxana Jullapat, Dan Mattern and Matthew Biancaniello are all incorporating squashes and gourds into their Thanksgiving meals and cocktails this year. Sara Kate Gillingham Ryan offers some great tips for setting the Thanksgiving table, and Elizabeth Heiskell and Poppy Tooker put a Southern spin on Turkey Day. Food blogger Jun Belen recounts his first American Thanksgiving at a Carrow's in Las Vegas. Stacie Hunt provides some Thanksgiving wine advice. Plus, chef Kirsten Dixon paints a picture of an Alaskan Thanksgiving, and KCRW's Matt Holzman takes us along for the ride on his annual sailing trip to Catalina Island.
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Roxana Jullapat and Dan Mattern are the co-owners of Cooks County on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood. Jullapat makes dinner rolls with kabocha squash and sage for Thanksgiving and Mattern likes to use her rolls in his stuffing.
Matthew Biancaniello is the bartender at the Library Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. He puts a pinch of soy lecithin in fresh squeezed pumpkin juice and using an immersion blender he creates a pumpkin air to top his Smoked Beer Margarita.
Setting the Thanksgiving Table ()
Pillowcase Turkey ()
Elizabeth Heiskell is the Lead Culinary Instructor at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, Mississippi and the co-author, with her best friend, of the cookbook Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing: A Hilarious Comparison Between the North and South Through Recipes and Recollections. She learned to roast a turkey in a pillowcase from her grandmother. Recipes for her turkey, gravy and cornbread dressing are on the Good Food Blog.
A Drink that Will Light Your Night on Fire ()
Taking the Stuffing out of the Turkey ()
Jun Belen, the voice behind Jun-blog, moved to California from the Philippines in 1998. His first Thanksgiving was spent in a Carrow's on the side of a Las Vegas highway. You can see his recipe for "Stuffing Balls" here.
An Alaskan Thanksgiving ()
Chef Kirsten Dixon is the co-owner, with her husband, of Within the Wild adventure lodges in Alaska. She has lived and cooked in Alaska for 20 years. Recipes for her crab cakes are on the Good Food Blog.
Celebrating Turkey Day on Catalina Island ()
KCRW's Matt Holzman of Matt's Movies shares his experience of sailing to Catalina Island on each year on Thanksgiving Day. You can see photos of Matt's trip as well as a recipe for "Buffalo Milk," the Harbor Reef's signature cocktail, on the Good Food Blog.
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Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions ()
Stacie Hunt comes to us from Du Vin Wine and Spirits and Splash Productions. All of her wine recommendations for Thanksgiving Day are below. You can find more wine suggestions and outtakes of this conversation on the Good Food Blog.
2007, Cave Vineyards, Cardonel
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