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On this special 2-hour edition of Good Food, we'll celebrate Thanksgiving with some of LA's best chefs.  CJ Jacobson of The Yard in Santa Monica is making turducken.  Joseph Gillard of Napa Valley Grille is making a lemon verbena brined turkey.  Vegan and vegetarian dishes are a Thanksgiving day specialty of Akasha Richmond of Akasha.  We'll get dessert suggestions from Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.  Evan Funke uses chanterelles for his stuffing.  He'll explain how.  Kajsa Alger of Street is making traditional dishes with an ethnic flare.  Chef Randall Rosa has an idea for Brussels sprouts.  Diep Tran's family had turkey as a side dish.  Pumpkin mezcal cocktails are a favorite of Rivera's John Sedlar.  

We'll hear from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan and Aida Mollenkamp, who have creative and delicious side dish recipes.  Producer Namju Cho shares stories of Thanksgiving on immigrant families' tables.  Eddie Lin takes us to Chinatown for a Chinese-style turkey.    We'll find out how to deal with those sticky social situations that are common during family gatherings from Chow.com's Helena EchlinStacie Hunt has wine suggestions.  Barbara Spencer of Windrose Farms walks us through her incredible varieties of pumpkins.  Canadian Lindsay William-Ross explains how those North of the border celebrate.  Good Food producer Harriet Ells visits Kazi Pitelka's backyard farm where she is raising heritage turkeys for her Thanksgiving feast.  

Instead of eating a turkey, consider adopting one.  Trisha Ritterbusch explains.  Jonathan Gold tells us why he celebrates Thanksgiving twice.  Find out how the pilgrims celebrated the big meal from Kathleen CurtinCarol Meerschaert's celebrates in an unusual way.  Plus, cranberry sauce alternatives from Master Preserver Delilah SnellNick Harris of The Detroit Lions will be playing football on Thanksgiving day.  And host Evan Kleiman answers cooking questions from Good Food listeners.  


One Good Dish

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Guest Interview Kazi's Turkeys 10 MIN, 53 SEC

Good Food producer Harriet Ells visits Kazi Pitelka, who raises heritage turkeys in her backyard farm in Altadena.  See pictures of Kazi's birds here.

Guest Interview Kajsa Alger's Thanksgiving 3 MIN, 41 SEC

Kajsa Alger is the Executive Chef at Street (742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles).  She adds an ethnic twist to various traditional Thanksgiving dishes, like creamed corn (she adds coconut milk and pandan leaf), creamed spinach (she makes a saag paneer).  The recipes for these two dishes are here.

Guest Interview Turkey as a Side Dish 4 MIN, 35 SEC

Diep Tran owns Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park.  She and her Vietnamese family celebrate Thanksgiving, with some non traditional dishes.  She also explains how she roasts a turkey in a paper bag.  The recipe is here.  Here is a recipe for Diep's Vietnamese turkey.

Guest Interview Chinese BBQ Turkey 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Eddie Lin visits Hop Woo in Chinatown for their Chinese barbecue turkey.  

Hop Woo
845 N. Broadway Blvd,.


Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-3038
Guest Interview Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes 3 MIN, 3 SEC

Akasha Richmond is the chef/owner of Akasha in Culver City.  She has lots of vegetarian and vegan options at her restaurant on Thanksgiving.  A vegan pumpkin pie recipe is here.

Guest Interview Adopt-a-Turkey 3 MIN, 50 SEC

Tricia Ritterbusch, of Farm Sanctuary, comes by to give us a fresh perspective on the holiday. Farm Sanctuary rescues turkeys and organizes a holiday dinner where the turkeys are the guests of honor, not the main course. Rescued turkeys enjoy a holiday dinner of squash, pumpkin pie, and cranberries. 

To adopt your own turkey, call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-Sponsor.

Guest Interview NFL on Thanksgiving 4 MIN, 32 SEC

Nick Harris is a punter for the Detroit Lions.  They play the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day.

Guest Interview Dorie's Pumpkin 5 MIN, 11 SEC

Dorie Greenspan is best known for her cookbooks on baking.  Her latest book is Around My French Table.  In this week's sideDish, she shares a recipe for a stuffed pumpkin dish.  The recipe is here.

Guest Interview Canadian Thanksgiving 2 MIN, 59 SEC

Lindsay William-Ross is the editor of LAist and is from Canadian.  Canadians celebrate about a month earlier than Americans. More about the holiday here.

Guest Interview Chanterelle Stuffing 3 MIN, 34 SEC

Evan Funke is the chef at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar in Santa Monica.  He makes stuffing with chanterelle mushrooms. For the bread, he uses chanterelle mushrooms.  A recipe is here.

Guest Interview Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving 6 MIN, 56 SEC

Stacie Hunt is a sommelier with Du Vin Wine and Spirits and Splash Productions.  She here Thanksgiving wine suggestions here.

Guest Interview Aida Mollenkamp's Side Dish 1 MIN, 58 SEC

Aida Mollenkamp hosts Ask Aida on Food Network and foodcrafters on the Cooking Channel.  She makes a vegetarian shepherd's pie for her family's Thanksgiving dinner.  Her recipe for shepherd's pie is here.

Guest Interview Thanksgiving with Jonathan Gold 4 MIN, 51 SEC

Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer and LA Weekly columnist Jonathan Gold has a solution for those of us who want to try out new versions of classic recipes. He celebrates Thanksgiving on the Sunday before the holiday, free of all the stress and pressure of pulling off the perfect feast. It's his favorite party of the year!

Guest Interview Thanksgiving Etiquette 9 MIN, 39 SEC

The best thing about Thanksgiving is the food, but along with that comes the friends and family that make this meal memorable, or something to be forgotten. Chow magazine Table Mannerscolumnist Helena Echlin helps us navigate these treacherous social waters during the holidays.

Guest Interview Pumpkin Mezcal Cocktail 5 MIN

John Sedlar is the chef/owner of Rivera in Downtown L.A. and Playa, coming soon to Beverly Blvd.  He makes a pumpkin infused mezcal that you can make at home.  He adds heavy cream and a little cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.  The recipe is here.

Guest Interview Brussels Sprouts 4 MIN, 5 SEC

Randall Rosa is the chef at Sublime Food Lounge in Culver City's Arts District.  He shares his recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Lardons, Cranberries and Hazelnuts in a Balsamic Butter.  The recipe is on the Good Food Blog.

Guest Interview Valerie Gordon's Pumpkin Persimmon Bread Pudding 2 MIN, 40 SEC

Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections is making a pumpkin persimmon bread pudding as an alternative to pies.

Guest Interview Windrose Farm Pumpkins 1 MIN, 59 SEC

Barbara Spencer grows a variety of pumpkins and squash at Windrose Farms.  

Guest Interview Turducken 2 MIN, 41 SEC

CJ Jacobson is the chef at The Yard in Santa Monica (119 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA).  He is making a Turducken at the restaurant.  It's a chicken, stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey.  Find a turducken recipe here.

Guest Interview Cranberry Sauce Alternatives 5 MIN, 35 SEC

Delilah Snell owns The Road Less Traveled, an eco store in Santa Ana.  She is also a master preserver.  If you're looking for a local alternative to cranberry sauce, Delilah recommends plum jam, a onion marmalade or a pomegranate jelly with rosemary.  Recipes are here

Guest Interview Doritos for Thanksgiving 9 MIN, 12 SEC

Dietician Carol Meerschaert creates new Thanksgiving traditions by letting her kids design the holiday menu. The children choose foods they are thankful for.

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