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Love Lust & Holiday Feasts: Something to be truly thankful for

Love Lust & Holiday Feasts airs Monday, November 21 at 8pm, only on Sundance Channel.

If you don’t have Thanksgiving on the brain (or the stomach) then stop reading this and get yourself to a hospital, because you might not have a pulse. For everyone else, here’s something to be truly thankful for: These last few days before we all sit down to dinner at 2pm on Thursday are the only thing separating us from the onslaught of Christmas ads, movies and music we’re going to be bombarded with nonstop from early Friday morning until the end of December. In fact, the Christmas pushers have probably already started encroaching on your last few days of pre-holiday madness. Last night I heard the first irritating strains of “Jingle Bells” as I shopped for groceries. So I guess it really is that time of year again. Sigh. It’s beginning – true – but it hasn’t completely yet begun. And until it does, until the countdown that begins December first is on, I’m going to relish all the good things about the holidays, namely the food.

The more I ask people what they’re making for Thanksgiving, the more I’m hearing about interesting renditions on classic recipes. A ham with a curry and brown sugar glaze for an Indian twist, or brussels sprouts tossed with roasted sesame oil and a splash of soy for some Asian flair. If you’re like our resident food writer, Diana Hossfeld, who’s sick of heavy, monochromatic food and even thinks pumpkin pie is gross, these holiday twists are probably more your style. But even you, oh daring Thanksgiving adventurers, oh pushers-of-holiday-food-envelopes, can join the ranks of the tried and true eggnogg chuggers and turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy, if you pleasers and tune into Love Lust & Holiday Feasts to celebrate the season of stuffing – ourselves, that is, not the turkey.

Love Lust & Holiday Feasts airs Monday, November 21 at 8pm, only on Sundance Channel. (And check the listing for rebroadcasts throughout December.)