Sorry to our international listeners, but we raise our glasses to good ol' American turkey, cranberry sauce and pie in this episode. We also find out some myths surrounding the holiday, including why those pictures you colored in kindergarten were full of lies!
This episode's wine: Marquis de la Tour Brut
This episode's cheese: Goat Cheese with Cranberries and Cinnamon (can be eaten right off the knife!)
Although James doesn't remember what Brut means, he does a pretty good imitation of the French language when introducing the wine!
Find out how you can win your own copy of Adam Centamore's book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese," which we use on a regular basis as the inspiration for our wine and cheese pairings for the podcast. This would make the perfect gift for any wine and cheese lover, or keep it for yourself!
Emily dispells some myths about the first Thanksgiving, including the fact that pilgrims did not, in fact, wear buckles, despite what you may have drawn in kindergarten.
We talk about "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie's 18-minute semi-autobiographical song. Note: The song Emily forgot about was Ray Davies' "Thanksgiving Day!" And James dispels the myths about Tryptophan in turkey making us tired and how it's not quite the roofie of the poultry world people perceive it to be. The fact that you have to be around family is more exhausting than the turkey.
And, we tell you why waiting for the plastic thermometer to pop up is not the best indicator that your turkey's done. Also, please don't try top fry your turkey indoors!
Emily finds what might be the greatest method to cooking turkey called spatchcocking -- one of the best words in the world, and we can't stop saying spatchcock! If any of our listeners have spatchcocked their turkey, please send us pictures! And tell us how delicious it was!
And our immature minds can't even deal with the word spatchcock, as you can tell!
Does your family have any Thanksgiving foods others don't have, like sauerkraut or crab? And we question where the cranberry sauce came from to go with Thanksgiving dinner. And Emily suggests ways to use the leftover cranberry sauce.
And we are obsessed with Little Man's obsession with his new bag, if you couldn't tell!
Emily gets to rant about how stupid turkeys are and how great they are to eat. We can all agree how ugly and scary turkeys are, right? And how Charles Dickens made turkey a Christmas tradition, as well. (Plus, how Scrooge in the movies makes quite a Dick-ens move!)
We also discuss the inalienable rights of truth, liberty and the pursuit of pie.
Find out about Sarah Josepha Buell Hale and how awesome she was for giving us Thanksgiving, as well as "Mary Had A Little Lamb." We also want Bank Holidays like Europe! We just want days off without people on Facebook making us feel guilty.
And we talk about what we're thankful for, including YOU! And also Mark and Kitty, our helpful friends who make the podcast possible! And, especially wine and cheese, and Adam Centamore's book!
We're also thankful for cats who wear bow ties!
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Alexander Hamilton once remarked that, "No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day."