The 99% series
Chances are the majority of turkeys you've ever had have been the Broad Breasted Whites. In the past few years, though, there has been increasing interest in heritage turkeys. These older varieties are free-range and fed differently. They're smaller and more expensive, but they also taste better – richer and much more flavorful than the cardboardy Broad Breasteds that have done so much for cranberry relish. Heritage turkeys may not be as tender as you're used to, but you'll understand what our forefathers ever saw in this bird. You can read more about heritage varieties here and find a bird (but don't wait to order) at Union Square Greenmarket vendors like Quattro's, Mary's Turkey's, or a good butcher shop.
Roaster? Brining bags? Carving board? Thanksgiving necessities from Broadway Panhandler.
Henry Westpfal & Co., 115 W. 25th [6th/7th] 212.563.5990, has been sharpening knives since 1874 – so you know your blades are in good hands. And you can do a lot of damage to your knives by taking them to a local store (or roaming truck) that sharpens by putting the blades into a machine. The only good way, which the company uses, is the wet wheel method, in which the blade is carefully pressed against a spinning wheel that is frequently lubricated with water. Sharpening without water can burn the metal. The skill of the grinder is important, too: one wrong touch and your blade will never be the same. For Japanese-style knives, Korin, 57 Warren [W. Bway/Church] 212.587.7021, does good work.
Some cheese before or after? Buy American for the holiday—an Uplands Rush Creek, a triple creme from Cowgirl Creamery, a Dunbarton Blue—available at Murray's.
Every year since 1971, NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg has been sharing her mother-in-law's recipe for cranberry relish on the air.
Garnishes, condiments, hors d'oeuvres, gin, bread, ice cream, chocolate—check out our Brooklyn is Delicious album for borough-inspired ideas.
Clinton Street Baking
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Little Pie Company
Two Little Red Hens
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
sat 2-6pm: sample 10 wines from champagne to zinfandel paired with thanksgiving foods prepared by chef/food blogger alissa schrieber at bottlerocket wine + spirit's annual wine + food workshop. $20 admission includes $10 wine credit and benefits city harvest.
sat-sun: turns out harry potter fans are jocks! 100 teams of broom riders compete in the 'super-bowl-meets-medieval-festival' quidditch world cup. randall's island, $9.99+.
thru sun: the rolex art weekend showcases public performances, readings, and discussions featuring brian eno, danny glover, peter sellars, tracy k. smith, ben frost, jessye norman, anish kapoor, more. nypl, various prices.
thru 11/21: canstruction = giant sculptures made entirely from full cans of food go on display before being donated to city harvest. wfc, free.