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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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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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Quest for a Kind Egg

Quest for a Kind Egg

Yep, I love eggs: scrambled, poached, deviled, fried, boiled, and my favorite, egg in a basket. They are the perfect breakfast or power-ball snack. I also love the idea of purchasing eggs from farms that raise them with kindness and humanity, and that has proven a bit challenging. There are many terms to decipher, but […]

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Carving the holiday dinosaur: a phylogeny of wishbones

Carving the holiday dinosaur: a phylogeny of wishbones

A wishbone from a theropod and a turkey.This week, many of us celebrated one of the most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. Following tradition, most of us probably had a bite or two of turkey — if you were one of the fortunate to get your hands dirty, you may have used this New York Times […]

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