Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Got Turkey on My Mind: Thanksgiving Links

With the Web and blogosphere inundated with all things Turkey these days it is especially difficult to navigate to pertinent and local information about Thanksgiving, the foodiest of holidays.

At Eastside Eats, we will make your job easier by providing some local link, in addition to offering up the best of everything else we have come across. Enjoy!

Puget Sound Fresh and the Cascade Harvest Coalition are spreading the gospel about local eating by getting as many people as possible to take the Eat Local for Thanksgiving Pledge by serving at least one locally grown food item this holiday. With the influx of seasonal fruits and veggies this shouldn't be too hard. Kill two birds with one stone (as if enough birds aren't being killed already!) with Local Glazed Brussel Sprouts and Apples in a Browned Butter and Cream Sauce If you need more inspiration, a list of what is fresh and local can be found here.

The Bellevue Local Table blog is offering some Wine Pairing Ideas from Dawn Smith, the Wine Director at the Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple Wine Bars & Barrio). She doesn't provide anything particularly ground breaking, but is spot on with her recommendations of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir as great pairings!

On the subject of Pinot, here is a recipe for Pinot Noir Cranberry Sauce from Epicurious that looks awesome!

While some may say wine is best, I am a firm believer that BEER is better for pairing with food. Here are some great local beer pairing suggestions from Paul Orchard on the Seattlest blog; Pairings for the Bird and Sides with a Pint. To cover all the bases, here are some Serious Pairings for Dessert from the Serious Eats blog. Personally, I find the simple yet sophisticated nuances of Saison Dupont to hit all the right notes of the holiday. Easy drinking enough for your Bud-swilling Uncle, yet still able to satisfy the palate of the geekiest of beer geeks.

If we missed anything, I would also like to share with you the most comprehensive Thanksgiving links list I have come across; "The Only Turkey Day Post You'll Ever Need" from the Cheap, Healthy and Good blog.


  1. The Seattlest just added the Dessert pairing with beer in case you are wondering.


  2. Thanks for the heads up Paul!
    You can find his Dessert Pairing at http://seattlest.com/2009/11/24/thanksgiving_pairing_suggestion_des.php

    That looks like a great pancake recipe!