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What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey or Cormorant?

What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey or Cormorant?

A project that revives traditional food knowledge for Pacific Northwest tribes could leave you thinking about your food choices this Thanksgiving.

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Turkey Trouble: Genetics Gone Too Far?

Turkey Trouble: Genetics Gone Too Far?

No, this isn’t a blog about genetically modified organisms — that has been argued enough lately! Instead, in honor of Thanksgiving, I want to talk about regular old selective breeding and the monsters it can create.

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You Say Sweet Potato, I Say New World

You Say Sweet Potato, I Say New World

As you fill your grocery cart with food for Thanksgiving, pause for a minute and think about where that food came from. I don’t mean is it local or organic or hormone/pesticide /gluten-free—I mean is it Old World or New World? On what continent did that food evolve?

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A Superfoods-laden Thanksgiving

A Superfoods-laden Thanksgiving

Four prominent Thanksgiving food items could be considered 'superfoods.' Are these on your table?

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Give Thanks for Wild Turkeys

Give Thanks for Wild Turkeys

As Thanksgiving approaches, all thoughts turn to turkeys – especially when I see a gang of wild ones in the Berkeley hills.

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The Science Behind Brining a Turkey

The Science Behind Brining a Turkey

One of the things I hated growing up at Thanksgiving was overcooked turkey. It is dry, flavorless and feels like eating cardboard. I would often forgo turkey because of how dry it was. Brining has been my preference for the past three years because it is far healthier than deep fat frying and it cuts the cooking time in half. Most importantly is creates a juicy delicious Thanksgiving turkey.

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Turkey and Tryptophan

Turkey and Tryptophan

It is a commonly held assumption that eating copious amounts of turkey, which contain the amino acid Tryptophan, will trigger the drowsiness felt after a large Thanksgiving meal. Is this assumption true?

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