We know, we know…sometimes the hype surrounding America’s favorite food holiday can lead to a bit of paralysis. Not feeling up to the challenge? We’ve assembled our favorite sources of Turkey-Day solace. Now get out there and cook!
- Thanksgiving newbie? NPR to the rescue!
- Prefer your Turkey day high-tech? Try these Thanksgiving-oriented iPhone apps.
- Burnt turkey is preferable to a burnt kitchen…we promise. Get your kitchen safety tips here.
- Prefer what’s tried, and tried, and tried, and true? Cooks Illustrated has you covered.
- Confused about your (gasp!) Butterball turkey? Operators are standing by.
- Last-minute menus and plenty of cocktails are on tap at Epicurious.
- Need video tutorials and tips? Turn to CHOW for help.
- Sometimes it’s time to just give up. Westword lays out recommendations for five Front Range restaurants that stay open on Turkey Day.
Dare we ask if you have a hostess gift in mind for that fabulous fete? We can help. Drop by the Cook Street Café…we’ve got gift cards and plenty of gift-ready packages to make sure you don’t show up empty-handed!
Now that we’re done running around waving our hands in excitement, can we get a collective sigh of food-nerdy love for a gourmand’s favorite holiday?
This holiday we’re thankful to our inquisitive, hard-working students, our incredible staff, and Denver’s vibrant food scene. And in return, we thought we’d offer you a quick round-up of our favorite Thanksgiving-related links:
- Epicurious serves up all things Thanksgiving, including a menu planner and budget tips
- James Beard Foundation asks chefs what they like to serve with turkey
- Sam Sifton promises to be there for you during Thanksgiving
- Ask Metafilter, in its infinite wisdom, dishes up some incredible Thanksgiving recipes http://ask.metafilter.com/138082/Great-dish-for-a-Thanksgiving-potluck and http://ask.metafilter.com/72208/Thanksgiving-Recipes-Revisited
- Ready to go uber-traditional this holiday? NPR has recipes for way-back-when Thanksgiving desserts (including real mincemeat!) here.
- Cafe Westword tells us which Thanksgiving traditions should die…now
- The Onion tells it like it never was
- Cook Street provides the perfect hostess gift
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Want proof that Denver’s foodies have taste? Check out these entries to our Recipe 10 contest (and cheer on our four contestants Friday night at our fun, free 10-minute tastes event!). It’s incredible to see the ingenuity and creativity displayed by Denver gourmands in search of the perfect quick taste.
MOUNTAIN BISON SLIDERS – Tara Griffith
6 mini ciabatta rolls, halved
1 lb. ground bison, formed into 6 patties
6 thick slices sharp provolone cheese (approx 1/2 lb)
1 large head raddichio, quartered
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2 inch thick discs
1/4 cup Store-bought Green Goddess dressing (recommended: Annie’s Natural)
3 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper
Preheat grill to medium to medium-high heat. Drizzle raddichio and onions generously with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Grill raddichio until tender and just starting to crisp around edges, approx 7-8 mins, turning occasionally. Roughly chop the leaves (discarding core) and set aside. Grill onions until they begin to soften and turn sweet, 3-4 mins on each side, set aside. Grill bison patties 2 mins on first side, turn, placing one slice of cheese on each patty, and continue cooking until cheese melts, another 2 minutes approximately. Meanwhile, spread butter on insides of rolls and place on grill to toast. To assemble sliders: spread enough Green Goddess dressing on ciabatta rolls to generously cover both inside halves. Take a couple onion rings and place on bottom half of roll, followed by burger, and topped with a few leaves of raddichio, followed by top half of roll. Enjoy! Note: Onions and raddichio are grilled simultaneously, as with the burgers and ciabatta rolls.
CHICKEN PASTA SALAD WITH WALNUTS, TOMATOES, AND KALAMATA OLIVES – Radelle Knappenberger
1 (12-ounce) box Rotini or Penne pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened or melted
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
4 cooked chicken breast halves, meat diced
Salt and black pepper to taste
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, optional
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Serves 8.
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