November 23, 2011 |
By long-standing tradition, the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner has been purchased rock-hard, frozen and cheap. That's starting to change. Turkeys are going Godiva. The same passion for eating that brought us gourmet food trucks and swelled ratings for TV cooking shows has boosted demand for top-drawer turkeys with fancy names and even fancier price tags — up to $150 for a prized Bourbon Red heritage variety. "People want a bird that has a name, a provenance, a pedigree — a bird you can brag about," said Kathy Gori, a 60-year-old screenwriter who splits her time between Sonoma and Santa Monica.
November 20, 2010 |
Wading through a knee-high sea of wattles and beaks, Mary Pitman shouts above waves of gobbles to rattle off the names of turkey breeds on her family farm in the San Joaquin Valley. She points out the Narragansett, the white Holland and the standard bronze ? birds that Americans have eaten since the days of the founding fathers. Pitman Family Farms ? which produces the Mary's Free Range Turkey brand ? sold out of Thanksgiving birds several months ago. The flock percolating around Pitman is reserved for Christmas.
November 26, 2009 |
One turkey will have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving when he is gobbling about rather than being gobbled up. He owes his good fortune to President Obama -- and daughters, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8. On Wednesday morning, Obama continued the tradition of pardoning a turkey by granting this year's lucky bird, named Courage, a reprieve from the dinner table. "I am pleased to announce that thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha . . . Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate," announced Obama, the two girls standing by his side.
November 22, 2005 |
Every November, the president of the United States is presented with the National Thanksgiving Turkey -- and promptly issues it a formal pardon. But unlike the turkeys granted reprieves from the chopping block over the last 15 years, this year's bird will not be sent to Frying Pan Park, an animal farm in the Washington suburbs, to gobble to its heart's content for the rest of its days.
November 24, 1994 |
Today's propensity for overeating might actually seem economical when you consider you that can feed 10 people for $28. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, that's the average cost for a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries and a dessert. But how much you pay depends upon where you live. This year, according to the federation's annual survey, prices per pound of turkey have ranged from 19 cents to $1.34.
June 9, 1994
Perhaps you didn't know June is Turkey-Lover's Month. So says the National Turkey Federation, which is putting its money where its mouth is with a turkey recipe contest. The winner (recipe must use at least one pound of turkey meat) gets $2,500; for more information, write to the federation at 11319 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, Va. 22090. Deadline is July 30, so you actually get to work on your recipe a little during July, which is possibly Ahi Tuna-Lover's Month.