Dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving
November 23rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Dealing with a child who is a picky eater is tough enough, but trying to satisfy the tastes of a picky eater at Thanksgiving is nearly impossible.

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Thirteen-year-old Mitchell Lefreve is one such picky eater. “I like cheese and meat,” said Lefreve. That’s pretty much it. But it gets even more interesting. He’ll eat cheese pizza, but not with meat on it. He’ll eat French fries but with cheese, hot dogs also with cheese, no other condiment.

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Thanksgiving hotline: How low can you go?
November 23rd, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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We're sharing our time-tested Thanksgiving hosting tips and recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities, hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on the other side with your sanity intact.

This burning question just in from our PBnO-obsessed colleague Jo Parker:

My husband is freaking out over my desire to roast turkey at a lower-than-he-likes temperature. How low can we go? I was thinking 250-275°F. We usually do the Alton Brown method - temperature way hot for 30 minutes, then something lower for the rest of the time.

The reason Alton Brown - and a whole other slew of folks for that matter - crank up that oven temperature at the beginning is to get a crisp-skinned bird.

But just like there's no right way to mash potatoes, oven temperature is all about personal preference. If low-and-slow yields a tastier result in your honorable opinion, then giblets away!
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"A time of record need" for food insecure
November 23rd, 2011
02:15 PM ET
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Students gathered as the chef sliced tomatoes with a plastic knife in a Brooklyn public school cafeteria. Their eyes followed as she held up a slender green cylinder before the crowd of parents and kids in plastic aprons and hairnets.

"What's that?" kids shouted.

"It's a scallion. But don't eat it now," warned Leigh Armstrong, a culinary student and volunteer chef. "It doesn't taste like celery."

Armstrong was helping at Cooking Matters, a free, six-week class that teaches parents and kids how to shop for and prepare healthy, inexpensive meals. The program launched 20 years ago through the nonprofit Share our Strength, and it now serves more than 11,000 families across the country.

Read the full report - 1 in 5 U.S. children at risk of hunger



November 23rd, 2011
01:45 PM ET
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iReport – Thanksgiving for under $30
November 23rd, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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We're sharing our time-tested Thanksgiving hosting tips and recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities, hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on the other side with your sanity intact.

Economically speaking, it's pretty scary out there, and plenty of people are feeling the pinch at the supermarket. iReporter Ecotraveler submitted this simple and thrifty budget for a full Thanksgiving meal.

"I was surprised that a family of four to six, plus a few friends, could enjoy this holiday dinner together for under $30," she said. "And they were all name brands, which this year were less than generics. Great news for families on a budget and in this economy."

She continued:

It's surprising how inexpensive Thanksgiving dinner could be this year, if you're willing to read the sale ads and shop 'til you drop.

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T minus 1 – Get these tasks out of the way today
November 23rd, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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We're sharing our time-tested Thanksgiving hosting tips and recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities, hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on the other side with your sanity intact.

Know what? You're going to have an incredible Thanksgiving - even if you haven't given it a single thought until today. None of these dishes are rocket science and if you're clever, you're going to take our advice and accept all offers of help.

Still, our inner Boy Scout would be most cross with us if we didn't do everything in our power to get you prepared to have a calm and blissful day with the people you love (or at least put up with once a year).

Grab our buying guide, consult our killer list of tips and recipes and leave any questions in the comments below. Just because Eatocracy isn't gonna sleep 'til Black Friday doesn't mean you can't.
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'Twas the night before Thanksgiving...what's for dinner?
November 23rd, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

If you're not much into food, all the pre-Thanksgiving hype might seem as inescapable as a Kardashian wedding/break-up. As with reality TV star nuptials and divorce proceedings, there's no avoiding the holiday meal, except maybe to decide that your focus is Thanksgiving Eve, when the rules are yours to make or break.

Consider some of the following options:
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Breakfast buffet: National espresso day
November 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

It's Thanksgiving eve; get up and go! November 23 is National Espresso Day.

Having a little trouble cranking your eyes open all the way this morning? Instead of pulling a Popeye and reaching for a can of spinach, slurp down a tiny cup of espresso and just wait for the magic of caffeine to propel you forward.

Espresso is blessed with having more caffeine per unit volume, even if one shot has a third of the caffeine of your average office coffee. This concentrated drink gets its reputation from forcing pressurized, nearly boiling water through finely ground coffee. The end result? A thick, concentrated and foamy shot of energy!
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Coffee klatsch
November 23rd, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.
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