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22 November 2007


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Now I expected you to write about Turkey, the PKK, Kurdish territorial aspirations and whatever else when I read the title of this thread - and now this... and it does sound like a good idea.

Happy thanksgiving from this side of the Atlantic.

Cold War Zoomie

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.



It is a great way to carve. I learned it from a chef, in the context of catering large parties. "When serving a hundred people ..." It's not just faster, you also have less wasted meat because you can peel off the entire breast without leaving scraps on the bones; and you get more uniformly sized slices which is important for "fairness" in the catering environment. Restaurants also prefer the uniform slice sizing.


The tradition of harvest festivals is old, and although
from time to time there were later presidential
convocations of the American people to give thanks to
God, the modern holiday was proclaimed by Abraham
Lincoln in 1863, the third year of the Civil War, during
which the crucial battles of Chancellorsville, a
Confederate victory, and Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and
Chattanooga, all Confederate defeats, had taken place.

In October Lincoln proclaimed a day of thanks for “the
gracious gifts of the Most High God Who, while dealing
in anger with us for our sins, hath nonetheless
remembered Mercy.” He is thought to have chosen the date
in recollection of the Mayflower’s initial landing on
November 21, 1620.

Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day was to become an annual
observance on the last Thursday in November, until
Franklin Roosevelt moved it back a week to appease
business demands for more shopping time before Christmas


Now you tell me.


I am almost in perfect agreement with Mr. Venezia. And don't carve it at the table!

I first remove the wings and thighs, then easily remove each breast half by slicing down first along one side of the breastbone, and then in along the bottom of the breast at a 90 degree angle. The entire half-breast comes off in one large piece. I repeat on the other side. These off the bone breasts are a cinch to slice, either thin or thick, but more importantly against the grain. It makes for a spectacular presentation, too, if you care.

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