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What It Would Look Like If Famous Artists Used Thanksgiving Food Instead of Paint

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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As you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, or round two or three, allow these images to inspire your plating. Rather than covering them in heaps and piles of food, artist Hannah Rothstein decided to turn Thanksgiving dinner plates into works of art. She chose 10 artists that were easily recognizable and used their signature styles to plate traditional Thanksgiving foods. While most of us could only think of the Jackson Pollock, Rothstein shows off her painting skills and creativity in this perfect Turkey Day homage. [Read more…]

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“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #320 > A Vintage Collection

Friday 11.23.2012 , Posted by

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We Love Friday! – Thanksgiving Traditions

Friday 11.23.2012 , Posted by

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”~ Erma Bombeck Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are now in the holiday party stretch! Are you sick of leftovers yet? Thanksgiving is the one day of year that most people push their hunger limits to the max and then eat some pumpkin pie! This short video clip explains the simple science of why that’s possible. Looking through Instagram it was wonderful to see how people around the world spent their Thanksgivings- some looked like they were straight out of a magazine, some showed the joys of family togetherness, and others showed pure culinary creativity! We hope your Thanksgiving was relaxing and wonderful! Enjoy this set of some of the best pictures that captured the essence of this day of gratitude. [Read more…]

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There’s Always Room For Pie

Tuesday 11.20.2012 , Posted by

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, our shopping carts are getting filled with the basics: turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and all the other traditional fixings. There’s even some specialties that each different family will bring to the table, like Grandma’s green bean casserole. Before you finish your checkout, make sure you swing past the bakery and include a nice selection of pies to your cart, because dessert is one of the most important ingredients to any successful Thanksgiving dinner.  [Read more…]

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Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

Thanksgiving has become a staple of the American holiday and tradition circuit. People’s lives have become so hectic and demanding that it has become an annual reminder to drop (most of) what your doing, and share a little TLC with the ones you love. Thanksgiving has always been a time of reflection and one be thankful for being alive. The original Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621, and the Thanksgiving we experience today is quite different than what early settlers were exposed to.  [Read more…]

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A Visual Guide to Roasting Your First Turkey

Friday 10.26.2012 , Posted by

Let’s be real: The holidays can be stressful. Your extended family’s crammed in not-so-extended quarters, your paycheck’s spent before it even arrives, and every quick trip to the store feels like you’ve entered The Hunger Games. All that merriment would drive anyone to consume every baked good in sight. [Read more…]

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The Anatomy of a Factory Farmed Turkey

Wednesday 11.23.2011 , Posted by

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! It’s the time of year in the US when waistlines widen, the kitchen smells it’s best and there’s only one thing that has to be on the table… a great big turkey! Over 240 million of the birds were raised in the US last year alone… and that kind of demand has led to some major changes in the way that the birds are raised. This graphic looks at some of the more strange things that go into a factory farmed bird… after reading it, that free-range, organic turkey at the market might look like a good option. [Read more…]

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