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My Difficult Relatives And How I Will Deal With Them This Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving. When you’re a kid it’s all about the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. When you’re an adult, it’s all about rude inquisitions from your nosy aunts and your dad getting horrifically, embarassingly wasted. I don’t know anything about stuffing a bird or making a perfect cranberry sauce. But I do know a thing or two about dealing with family, seeing as I have a huge, colorful one. Gather ’round, children, and take in my wisdom from awkward family holidays past! (Also, I’m a full-blooded WASP, so take my stiff-upper-lip swamp Yankee suggestions with a grain of salt. Maybe in other parts of the country, you solve problems differently!) Keep reading »

Pumpkin Pie Turns Guys On

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Good news as we’re about to kick off this holiday weekend, ladies. New research has found pumpkin pie is the number one scent to enhance penile blood flow. Holiday holla! “Throw away the perfume and go get some pumpkin pie,” said Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center. If you are making pumpkin pie from scratch — like, using an actual pumpkin — don’t throw away the seeds! “Pumpkin seeds are very rich in zinc.” said alternative medicine expert Dr. Ralph Monserrat. “[Therefore], there will be an increase in testosterone and that increase will also increase the sexual desire,” said Monserrat. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! [via WPBF.com and Lemondrop] Keep reading »

Gobble, Gobble, Slurrrr: Yes, Vodka-Infused Turkey Exists

Some prefer their turkey day drunkenness to transpire on the couch with a dozen relatives and a football game. Others prefer their alcohol shot directly in the bird. Georgi Vodka and several New York City restaurants have infused a turkey with five different types of vodka and prepared a 100-proof vodka gravy to serve on the side. The flavors of peach, cherry, orange, lemon and apple vodka render this recipe slightly less disgusting, but not by much. Keep reading »

A Cat Pilgrim’s Progress

Few historians recall the contributions of the cat pilgrims, a small but powerful band of felines who made the perilous journey to the New World along with the regular people pilgrims. Nonetheless, when William S. Catford II and the rest of his merry band of pilgrim cats made their maiden voyage on the Mayflower, the course of history was changed fur-ever. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Dater X: Ghosts Of Thanksgiving Beaus Past

Last year, the night before Thanksgiving, I had a glorious third date with The Architect. Partly because of our easy rapport and partly because so many people leave New York City for the holidays, everywhere we went, it felt like we were the only two people that existed. At the movie theater, rather than fighting people for seats and sitting elbow-to-elbow with strangers, we got the two seats smack-dab in the middle of the theater with no one in a six-foot radius. I remember that he put his arm around me midway through the movie and pulled me close. Later at dinner, rather than the usual 30-minute wait at my favorite restaurant, we were seated instantly at a booth. I remember us making fun of the bizarre turkey centerpiece on the table. Later that night, I remember our first kiss. I described it in my column then as “one of the slowest, softest, hottest kisses of my life.” I stand by that a year later. Keep reading »

8 Tips For Surviving Thanksgiving As A Couple

Thanksgiving is one of those great holidays that are less about commercialism and more about togetherness (and food, of course). Unfortunately, all that togetherness can be a little stressful for couples — especially if it includes a hectic travel schedule and/or time with one or both sets of families. So, after the jump, eight tips for surviving the holiday as a couple. Keep reading »

Woman Is Shocked To Discover Her Thanksgiving Turkey Is Pregnant


This woman is happy carving the Thanksgiving turkey … until she discovers what she thinks is a cooked fetus inside her bird. “You got a pregnant turkey!” a family member cries. Just kidding! Her husband just stuffed a Cornish game hen inside the turkey before putting it in the oven to cook. Thanksgiving pranks are the best! Keep reading »

Girl Talk: A Shattering Thanksgiving

After two decades of service, the six-foot-high, 10-foot-wide mirror covering our living room wall started falling down on Thanksgiving Day. It came with the house, a colonial in Whitestone, Queens, which my parents bought when I was born. I was 23 and about to drive to LaGuardia Airport to pick up Tim, my soldier boyfriend of two years. He was spending the holiday with me after being stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, for the past three months.

I was in my attic bedroom putting on my “Welcome Home” outfit — black stockings, boots, a checkered skirt, and a fitted black sweater — when I heard Mom scream. I took the steps two at a time to find her and my 18-year-old brother holding the mirror up, their four hands, strained faces, and bodies looking longer in their slanted reflections. Keep reading »

Are Thanksgiving Specials The New Christmas Specials?

Celebrities have been doing Christmas specials for eons—from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Donnie and Marie, to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and Mariah Carey. But this year, stars are clamoring to do Thanksgiving specials. First, Paul McCartney got one. Then Beyoncé announced one—it’s a 90-minute program full of footage from her latest tour, complete with appearances by Kanye West and Jay-Z. And now Taylor Swift has signed on for one, called “Speak Now,” which will feature her performing songs in her tour bus, Central Park, and many other locations. So which of these Thanksgiving specials will you be watching? [USA Today, NYMag.com]
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A Thanksgiving Dinner For 6 For $6 — Is This Possible?

Even if the ingredients for your feast next Thursday aren’t from Whole Foods, I think it’s safe to say the meal will definitely cost a lot more than $1 per person. Well, self-proclaimed professional “frugalista” Jeffrey Strain is planning to spend only that on his T-giving spread. He has embarked on a mega cheapskate challenge: to purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 6 for $6. Where was this guy when I was planning my wedding? But seriously, how is this even possible? Keep reading »

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