Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Some argue it’s the biggest food holiday of the year here in the U.S. We have a panel of Berkshire chefs in the studio with us today, here to talk about cooking and dining for the holidays, and to answer your questions.
Well, folks, the frost has covered our windshields, the jack-o-lanterns are in the compost, and the great testing of recipes for Thanksgiving is underway. (This year I think I’m going to try adding some oyster mushrooms to my stuffing. And is it too decadent or heart attack inducing if I try to wrap the turkey in bacon? Thoughts?) Anyway, while we’ll be in the kitchen creating our dishes, the folks at NPR have done some testing of their own and this month we’ll sample their latest menu, as it were. Let me explain.
It's the day before Thanksgiving... are you ready for the holiday? The New York Farm Bureau is out with its 2013 Market Basket Survey - shoppers across 11 districts of the state went to the store with shopping lits of 12 traditional holiday food items, ranging FROM turkey to celery to whipping cream. The average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s national average of $49.48.
As this year’s momentous Thanksgiving Day approaches, adorned with marketing grossness and all-out efforts at political pay-off, pay-back and pontification, this commentator’s conscience is belabored by the habitual harking back to less volatile times, when we were regaled with more memorable tales of Native-American generosity, that made the First Thanksgiving not only possible but seemingly more worthy of our remembrance. Tragic but true, the selfless generosity shown by Native-American tribes to far too many of those who came here seeking ownership, instead of apportionment, was eventually repaid with rapacious plunder and greed. Former Poet-Laureate, William Jay Smith (of partial Native-American extraction, himself) has immortalized the inhumane treatment of American –Indian tribes in his now historic poem: “The Cherokee Lottery,” hailed as one of the “great works” of American literature.
Break out the latkes, turducken and HE’BREW Beer, it’s time to celebrate Chanukah – which begins on Wednesday and Thanksgiving on Thursday. We do so this morning with the assistance of Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park. Overlapping for only the second time since President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday — the last time it occurred was in 1888 — these two holidays are renowned for enjoying delicious foods and libations.
Shmaltz has a brand new 20,000 square feet brewery in Upstate New York. Their 4th Annual HE’BREW Holiday Gift Pack includes a chance to make a beer menorah. Paul McErlean is the Head Brewer at Shmaltz Brewing Company and joins us this morning with suggestions on how to celebrate this Chanukah/Thanksgiving hybrid holiday.