4:43 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Credit Union Delivers Thanksgiving To San Antonio's Police And Fire Stations

Employees from Generations Federal Credit Union donated their time to deliver 52 turkeys and eight hams to fire and police stations across San Antonio on the day before Thanksgiving.
Credit Eileen Pace

From the driveway of San Antonio Fire Station #1, Ashley Harris directed about 25 Generations Federal Credit Union employees in their capacity as food delivery volunteers the day before Thanksgiving.

"We're donating 52 turkeys and eight hams to all of the fire and police stations in San Antonio," she said. 

The volunteers headed out for all parts of town. The police stations don’t have kitchens, so they received hams.

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From Our Listeners
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Gravy And Gallstones: Your Memorable Thanksgiving Grace Moments

Kids (and Grandpa) can inject the humor needed to make a Thanksgiving memorable.
H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:45 am

For many people on Thanksgiving, the moment may come when all the drama and noise of the week dies down. The meal is on at the table, and everyone has pulled up their chairs. Some take it as a moment to say grace.

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Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner
6:18 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

This Thursday: Giving Thanks, The San Antonio Way

Mayla Moore (right) joins other volunteers pulling turkey meat to be served.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

At least once a year, the Convention Center in downtown San Antonio rings out with the sound of music and laughter, and the giving of thanks. Inside, in the kitchens, volunteers like Mayla Moore, of the NAACP youth council, are working around the clock in preparation for an annual feast that caters specifically to those who are too old, or too alone, or just not fortunate enough to be able to afford a real Thanksgiving meal.

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The Protojournalist
4:51 am
Sun November 23, 2014

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:05 am

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.

People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash., and points in between.

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The Salt
3:18 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Put To The Test At Amish Market

A tub of Susan Stamberg's mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish made by Beth Hansen of Easton, Md.
Jackie Judd NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:42 pm

The request was forwarded to me from a distant (fifth floor — I'm on the fourth) division of NPR.

It came from Justin Lucas, the head of NPR's Audience and Community Relations team. He's the go-to person here for requests from listeners, for information or permissions.

He'd gotten a letter from Beth Hansen, owner of Soup and Salad, a small sandwich shop in Easton, Md., a charming old town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Justin read me an excerpt of the request: "I'd love to make and sell Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Chutney. A portion of the proceeds ... "

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The Salt
4:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Got A Thanksgiving Time Crunch? Food Is Just (A Few) Clicks Away

The Tyler Florence Thanksgiving meal from Williams-Sonoma goes for $399.95.
Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:19 pm

Is the Thanksgiving panic setting in? If so, you're not alone. 'Tis the season for many over-worked Americans to fret over how they're going to throw together a huge meal in a limited window of time.

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Holiday Programming
12:16 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Need Help On Thanksgiving? 'Turkey Confidential' Is Here To Save The Day

Flickr user jdolenga cc

"Turkey Confidential" is the annual live call-in show from "The Splendid Table" with Lynne Rossetto Kasper and is designed to bail you out of any last-minute kitchen emergencies and provide a backdrop as you and your family prepare for the big day.

"Turkey Confidential" airs Thanksgiving morning from 10 a.m.-noon on KSTX 89.1 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM.

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12:19 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner?

The traditional Thanksgiving fixings cost a lot of energy to produce - and consume.

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 7:54 am

As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, consider this: how much energy it takes to produce and consume that food.

Throughout the year, transportation is responsible for 28 percent of our energy consumption. And there's a non-trivial bump right around Thanksgiving time. According to USA Today, more than 25 million people in the United States are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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2:26 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Squash Your Thanksgiving With Tips From The Test Kitchen

Joe Keller Courtesy America's Test Kitchen

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 12:23 pm

Squash is the ultimate Thanksgiving food, not turkey. So says Chris Kimball, host of the PBS show America's Test Kitchen.

"Of all the things they served in that first Thanksgiving, there might not have been turkey," Kimball says. Early revelers may have dined on small birds or venison. "The one thing we know they did have was squash. So, if you want to go back to the first Thanksgiving, this is the item to start with."

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12:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Don't Stuff The Turkey And Other Tips From 'America's Test Kitchen'

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 4:24 pm

If there's one Thanksgiving mistake Jack Bishop sees more than any other, it's people rushing to carve their birds. Bishop is editorial director of the public TV series America's Test Kitchen. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "Turkey needs to rest before you carve it ... and a lot fewer juices will end up on the carving board."

Bishop and Bridget Lancaster, also of America's Test Kitchen, share their tips for buying, seasoning and cooking a turkey, and describe some of their favorite side dishes.

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