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Ahhh, November! A special month in the U.S. during which many of us plan for and dream about the big Thanksgiving meal that lies ahead. It's a special time when family and friends gather around the table to give thanks, enjoy a bountiful meal (and MANY leftovers!), and possibly take in some football games. Sally's Place is here to help you whether you're planning the entire meal, bringing an appetizer, or just looking to find that perfect bottle of wine to give your host and/or hostess.
We also have some fun facts about Thanksgiving that you can use to entertain your gathering:
President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a production total of 45.5 million in 2009.
Cranberry production in the U.S. was approximately 709 million pounds in 2009. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are the top cranberry growing states.
Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and New York are the major pumpkin growing states, together they produced 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin in 2008, with a combined value of $141 million.
The sweet potato is most plentifully produced in North Carolina, which grew 874 million pounds of the popular Thanksgiving side dish vegetable in 2008.
Three towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird, including Turkey, Texas (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, Louisiana (pop. 363); and Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 270).
Digest these facts as you digest your Thanksgiving meal this year, hopefully with family and friends.
All the best in food, wine, and travel.
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A True Thanksgiving Winner
Secrets for a happy bird by Elaine Corn.Fried Turkey
Susan & Brian Matthews enjoy this Fried Turkey on Thanksgiving, including the Fried Turkey Injection Marinade.A Thanksgiving Feast
Make this year's holiday the best ever with Lou Pappas' easy-to-follow recipes!Wild Birds Tamed
Thanksgiving will never be the same when you serve Betty Fussell's famous popcorn stuffing!Gravy -- or is it Sauce?
So you've learned how to roast the turkey -- but what do you do with the leftovers in the pan? Elaine Corn has a one word idea for that: gravy.Yams and Sweet Potatoes
Cultivated around the world for centuries, these famous tubers have been found to have some remarkable effects on populations. Jeannette Ferrary and Louise Fiszer explain.Cooking for the Holidays
Helpful hints and a recipe for Maple-Orange Wild Rice by Elaine Corn.All About Hot Chocolate
Do you know the differences between hot cocoa and hot chocolate, and are you aware of the great number of these products now available? Stephanie Zonis explains.
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Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Thanksgiving Entertaining by Lou Seibert Pappas
This is a complete guide to creating favorite Thanksgiving traditions in your own home. Equal parts cookbook and how-to manual, it presents five menus for entertaining over the Thanksgiving weekend, including three distinctive ideas for the holiday feast.
San Diego Hotels
November 15th to December 15th, 2010, Celebrate The Second Fall Edition Of The San Diego Hotel Week Event.
Visitors will enjoy great prices and added values! The San Diego Hotel Week event showcases the San Diego destination and its amazing deals on Hotels, Attractions, and Dining. Thank you to their Founding Sponsor: The Big Bay San Diego's Waterfront.
La Tienda: 10% Discount Offer
La Tienda offers Spanish Food, Jamon/Ham, Chorizo, Paella, Kitchen & Table, Wine, Gifts, Bath, and New World Flavors.
For the months of November & December, La Tienda has created a promotion code for you to use when you purchase their Spanish products. Sally's Place visitors will receive 10% off orders placed when you enter the promotion code SPHOL10 at check out. This offer expires at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time December 31, 2010.
The Most Expensive Pasta Sauce in the World from Dave's Gourmet.Dave's Gourmet has plans this holiday season to tempt your tastebuds further, with a new pasta sauce. Hand crafted, this delicate lobster and white truffle sauce comes hand packaged in a beautiful gift box. Retailing for $100, this sauce is an amazing holiday gift for the connoisseur of fine flavors. Contact Dave's Gourmet at 1-800-758-0372 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waiting list for this most amazing product. Gourmet SardiniaTABLETOP GIFT BOX--This easy to gift crate has a sliding door and is filled with the essentials for any Italian tabletop including: Fruttato Extra Virgin Olive Oil (best enjoyed crudo, or raw, its intense flavor and buttery texture will enhance any dish); Antonio Aged Balsamic Vinegar (this delicious, aged balsamic vinegar from Modena is perfect for drizzling); and Trudeau Salt and Pepper Grind (filled with multi-colored pepper corns in a sleek stainless steel design
These bags of individually wrapped delicious Sardinian cookies come in Apricot, Cherry, and Amaretto flavors. $12.50 per bag
. A good way to use them is to include them in a gift basket, a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays.GustiamoItaly's Best FoodsRare, bittersweet Wild Corbezzolo Honey from Sardinia, immediately adds dimension: use it to baste a roasted chicken or dribble some on grilled fruit.Hale GrovesThanksgiving Gift Fruit Baskets are available with citrus fruit, assorted fruit and fruit towers. Hale Groves offers oranges, pears, apples and dried fruits, to name only a few. Look for online specials and be prepared to enjoy some tasty fruit. Since 1947 Hale Groves fruit baskets have been bringing you elegant and delicious assorted fresh fruit -- the perfect gift! You'll find 3 monthly fruit clubs and gourmet food items such as chocolates, honey, jellies
, baked goods and fruitcakes.Lillie Belle FarmsChocolatier Jeff Shepherd of Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates is producing Smokey Blue Truffles. These 12 generous truffles are made with the perfect combination of the Rogue Creamery's award winning Smokey Blue Cheese, organic milk chocolate and toasted almonds. These are one of the best savory truffles ever created. Enjoy it as an appetizer or a dessert! $25 for 12 truffles.
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In his series, Exploring the Vineyards of California, Jon Rusciano pens Exploration - Paso Robles Wine Country. Jon ventures from Napa Valley to a different part of California by visiting Paso Robles in the Central Coast and Eden Canyon Winery, Grey Wolf Cellars, Booker Vineyard, Linne Calodo, Turley Wine Cellars, Denner Vineyards, Villa Creek Cellars, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Chateau Margene and Calcareous Vineyard. Monty & Sara Preiser discuss...What's Up, and What's Happening? with this year's Napa Valley grape harvest and more.Travel & Food London - A Theatre and Restaurant Special. Monty and Sara Preiser have musical theatre in their souls and after a recent visit to London, they report on Theatre and Dining.Quick Bites Seattle. Stephanie Zonis visits a city with not only the famous Pikes Place Market, but also many other food finds! Traveling with Kids Elaine Sosa Labalme & son Steven share Top Ten Cities for You and Your Kids: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn about Things to Do, Sporting Events, Culture, and Restaurants.
Good Nutrition Month, Peanut Butter Lovers' Month, Apple Month, Vegan Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, Banana Pudding Lovers' Month, Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month, National Pomegranate Month, National Roasting Month, & Sweet Potato Awareness Month.
National Fig Week (November 1-7)
November 1: Vinegar Day; National Go Cook For Your Pets Day
November 1-2: Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)
November 2: Cookie Monster's birthday, a Sesame Street character; National Deviled Egg Day
November 3: National Sandwich Day, birthday of John Montague (1718) the creator of the sandwich
November 4: National Candy Day; National Men Make Dinner Day
November 5: National Donut Day
November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day; Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 8: Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day
November 11: Veteran's Day
November 12: Chicken Soup for the Soul Day; National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day
November 13: National Indian Pudding Day
November 15: Pack Your Mom Lunch Day; America Recycles Day; Clean Your Refrigerator Day; National Bundt Pan Day
November 17: Homemade Bread Day
November 23: National Cashew Day; Eat a Cranberry Day
November 25: Thanksgiving Day; National Parfait Day
November 26: National Cake Day