Are you ready to roast your Thanksgiving turkey this week? I am not. I haven’t bought a turkey yet and thankfully my sister and brother-in-law are hosting us in their new oil boom town home in western North Dakota. I am only responsible for bringing a few side dishes, bread and a relish tray. I’ll share a recipe tonight as a part of what is usually my Wordless Wednesday linky. Instead today and tomorrow, through the weekend, it will be your favorite holiday recipes linky. I am going to award randomly 3 winners my new copies 3 different favorite cookbooks. More tonight!
As I was searching around for a few recipes while I flew home last night from my…drum roll…last business trip of the calendar year and came across turkey facts. I am so tired right now after fighting a cold/flu for the past week that I am thankful I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year. But I am thankful for antibiotics which are making me healthy again, family and friends, of course turkey, plenty of food for our family and for the farmers that grow it. You can share your FoodThanks this week on Twitter by sharing #FoodThanks or learn more details here.
|My best attempt at basting a Thanksgiving turkey came when I hosted my family a few years ago.|
With that I bring you my FoodThanks for Turkey and…Top 10 Turkey Facts.
• Approximately 46 million turkeys will be eaten at Thanksgiving. Another 22 million will be eaten at Christmas.
• When purchasing a whole turkey, plan to buy at least one pound of uncooked turkey per person. You’ll have enough for the feast and leftovers too!
• The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
• Turkey is healthier than any other protein source. A three-ounce serving of cooked skinless turkey has fewer calories from fat, zero saturated fat and eight percent more protein than chicken.
• Many people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey often receives the blame, studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number of tryptophans in the brain.
• Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with a live turkey and two dressed turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving.
• The National Thanksgiving Turkey has been the Grand Marshall in the Thanksgiving Day Parade at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the past four years.
• President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
• Benjamin Franklin, who proposed the turkey as the official United States’ bird, was dismayed when the bald eagle was chosen over the turkey.
• Minnesota is the top turkey producing state, followed by North Carolina.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving? Roasting a turkey? Or going with a different menu? Share your favorite recipe on the linky party I have up tomorrow.