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

Article: 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…

Marilyn Monroe's turkey recipe

Article: Marilyn Monroe's turkey recipe

A couple weeks ago The New York Times reviewed a new book detailing Marilyn Monroe’s life through collected letters and other artifacts of her life, which included this extensive turkey stuffing recipe written on a letterhead from an insurance company. The Times took the recipe for a “laborious” test drive with the following pleasing result:…

Eurovision: There's a Reason it's Called Euro-trash

Article: Eurovision: There's a Reason it's Called Euro-trash

A streaker (center, wearing a red cap and a t-shirt reading “Jimmy Jump”) appears on stage as Spain’s Daniel Diges performs. (Photo credit: DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images) So last Saturday I put on my sparkliest pair of pink hot pants, paid a cab with a three dollar bill and sat under a tree full of…

The Myth of Thanksgiving

Article: The Myth of Thanksgiving

Not to be a Debbie Downer but as we near every gourmand’s favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, GOOD Magazine drops by like an unwanted guests bearing some tough truths about this November American holiday of feasting and giving thanks. The popular normative and celebrated mainstream history of Thanksgiving portrays “Pilgrims in brass-buckle shoes being saved from starvation in 1621 by kindly buckskin-clad Indians bearing gifts of wild game and corn.” The first documented mention of such an interaction was a letter from 1961 mentioning a feast with Native American king Massasoit and his men, but as GOOD points out, “the purpose of this letter makes it suspect: It was sent to England to attract more settlers to Plymouth Plantation. Rather than the founding document of America’s a multicultural past, it’s something of a hyped-up real-estate advertisement.” Ah, advertising, the second oldest profession!