WBEZ | thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/tags/thanksgiving Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Recipes for Thanksgiving Success http://www.wbez.org/recipes-thanksgiving-success-113958 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/squabble.jpg" style="height: 203px; width: 540px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">Cooking up dinner for a finicky family? Loathing the passive microagressions bound to fly across the table? Well this list is for you; the cynic that wishes they were the White House&#39;s pardoned turkey; the one that needs help avoiding ignition of a combustive crowd (again). Click around for ways to be thankful through the drama ...or whatever.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/how-survive-and-maybe-even-enjoy-thanksgiving-dinner-113923"><img alt="How To Survive (And Maybe Even Enjoy) Thanksgiving Dinner" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/how%20to%20survive.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 290px; margin: 10px 5px; float: left;" title="How To Survive... And Maybe Even Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner (iStockphoto)" /></a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/gratitude-good-soul-and-helps-heart-too-113957" target="_blank"><img alt="Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gratitude.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 290px; margin: 10px 5px; float: right;" title="Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too (Todd Davidson/Illustration Works/Corbis)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/addressing-sensitive-topics-with-family-over-thanksgiving-dinner" target="_blank"><img alt="Addressing Sensitive Topics with Family Over Thanksgiving Dinner" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85%20%281%29_0.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 290px; margin: 10px 5px; float: left;" title="Addressing Sensitive Topics with Family Over Thanksgiving Dinner (Flickr/Mr.TinDC)" /></a></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/how-dodge-political-squabble-gobble-day-113947" target="_blank"><img alt="How To Dodge Political Squabble This Gobble Day" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/addressing.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 290px; margin: 10px 5px; float: right;" title="How To Dodge Political Squabble This Gobble Day (Flickr/Mr.TinDC)" /></a></p><div><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/how-talk-kids-about-thanksgiving-113949" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gobble.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 290px; margin: 10px 5px; float: left;" title="How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving (LA Johnson/NPR)" /></a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/pitfalls-politics-holiday-dinner-—-and-how-handle-them-113948" target="_blank"><img alt="The Pitfalls Of Politics At Holiday Dinner — And How To Handle Them" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pitfalls.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 290px; margin: 10px 5px; float: right;" title="The Pitfalls of Politics At Holiday Dinner -- And How to Handle Them (/Didriks)" /></a></div></p> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/recipes-thanksgiving-success-113958 Startup Creates Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Sharing http://www.wbez.org/news/startup-creates-neighbor-neighbor-food-sharing-113952 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Silva handing off package to Golden.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><div id="file-295124"><img alt="" id="1" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/files/styles/primary-image-766x447/public/Silva%20handing%20off%20package%20to%20Golden.jpg?itok=I-8J6frI" style="height: 362px; width: 620px;" title="Lissette Silva hands off a to-go package to customer Lisa Golden. (Lesley McLurg) " typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><div><div><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A new Bay Area start-up</span>&nbsp;is trying to make a business out of neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing.&nbsp;You can order homemade dishes online and then pick them up from a neighborhood cook. This week&rsquo;s menu includes sweet potato biscuits and pumpkin pie.</div></div></div></div></div><div><div id="story-content"><p>Cook Lissette Silva works out of the kitchen in her neat craftsman home in Berkeley. It&#39;s filled with the smell of garlic and onion.&nbsp;Today&rsquo;s dish is Caldo Gallego, a Galician stew with beans, chorizo and ham hocks.&nbsp;Silva packs to-go soup containers for two of her regular customers.&nbsp;The&nbsp;new service is called<a href="https://josephine.com/">&nbsp;Josephine</a>. It&rsquo;s been a way for Silva to make money since she was laid off from a corporate job last spring.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/files/Lissette%20Silva%201web.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Lissette Silva in her kitchen, where she cooks meals to sell through the sharing service Josephine. (Lesley McLurg)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><div><div><p>Here&#39;s how it works: You go online and order dishes made by home cooks and then pick them up from their houses.&nbsp;</p></div></div></div></div><p>Mandy Schmitt regularly orders lunch from Silva.&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of like walking over to a friend&rsquo;s house and picking up a delicious meal,&rdquo; said Schmitt. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a lot of stuff that I wouldn&rsquo;t normally cook for myself. I wouldn&rsquo;t take the time to do it!&rdquo;</p><p>Other options on the Josephine menu this week include Tom Kha soup or salmon burgers.</p><p>But, some Californians &nbsp;have mixed reactions when you ask them about eating from someone&rsquo;s home.&nbsp;&ldquo;I would have some concerns about other people&rsquo;s kitchens, and their cleanliness for their food handling,&rdquo; said Richard Lincoln. &nbsp;</p><p>Christine Campos, also of California, agreed. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty shady, you don&rsquo;t know what their put in it and like sanitation-wise.&quot;</p><p>Anticipating such questions, company officials from Josephine said they send an&nbsp;outreach team to vet potential cooks and inspect their kitchens before they can work through the company. At the moment, Josephine only operates in the Bay Area.&nbsp;</p><p>The small kitchen in Lissette Silva&rsquo;s home is immaculate.&nbsp;But, Josephine&#39;s business still may not be legal because the cooks&#39; kitchens are not inspected by the public health department, like &nbsp;a commercial kitchen would be.</p><p>Alameda County is currently investigating whether the service is violating the California Retail Food Code. The law says you can&rsquo;t sell food out of a home to the public without a health permit. The county refused to talk to Marketplace, citing its open investigation.</p><p>Jesse Catlin, a marketing professor at Sacramento State University, predicts the business will face legal challenges.&nbsp;&ldquo;Ultimately a lot of it depends on how you actually classify the business,&rdquo; said Catlin. &ldquo;Are these independent people operating restaurants, or are they thought to be independent people simply selling small amounts of food out of their home?</p><p>In any case, Josephine is growing fast.&nbsp;There are now more than 40 Bay Area cooks, and the company is eyeing Seattle and Austin.</p><p>For Silva it&rsquo;s a great way to meet people in her neighborhood.&nbsp;&ldquo;They come on in. They get their meal. We chit chat, and they take off!&rdquo; she said. &nbsp;</p><p>She charges between $10 and $15 per individual meal, which means she grosses between $200 - $250 per batch. And she loves working from home so she can spend more time with her kids.</p></div></div><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.marketplace.org/2015/11/25/business/startup-creates-neighbor-neighbor-food-sharing" target="_blank"><em> via Marketplace</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/startup-creates-neighbor-neighbor-food-sharing-113952 Thanksgiving and Syrian Refugees in Two Ridiculous Charts http://www.wbez.org/news/thanksgiving-and-syrian-refugees-two-ridiculous-charts-113951 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RTX1V4GV.jpg" alt="" /><p><header><figure><div id="file-94098"><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_main/public/story/images/RTX1V4GV.jpg?itok=hBs_EQHd" style="height: 349px; width: 620px;" title="Syrian refugees wait to disembark from a luxury yacht used by about 250 Syrian refugees to travel across the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast in the Greek island of Lesbos. Balkan countries have begun filtering the flow of migrants to Europe, granting passage to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan but turning back others from Africa and Asia, the United Nations and witnesses say. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><div data-p=",,0,b,,,,,287,,,-1,">&nbsp;</div><div data-p=",,0,b,,,,,287,,,-1," id="LocationName">&nbsp;</div></div></div></figure></header><div><div><article about="/stories/2015-11-25/thanksgiving-and-syrian-refugees-two-ridiculous-charts" typeof="sioc:Item foaf:Document"><header>&nbsp;</header><div><p>How much do you plan to spend in the coming Thanksgiving weekend? According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2015/11/23/americans-to-spend-25-more-over-thanksgiving-weekend-versus-last-year-says/" target="_blank">latest research</a>&nbsp;from Deloitte, Americans plan to spend $369, almost 25 percent&nbsp;more than last year.</p></div><p>How many Syrian refugees has&nbsp;the US accepted? From 2011 to November 24 this year, the total number is 2,283, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wrapsnet.org/Reports/InteractiveReporting/tabid/393/EnumType/Report/Default.aspx?ItemPath=/rpt_WebArrivalsReports/MX%20-%20Arrivals%20by%20Nationality%20and%20Religion" target="_blank">US Refugee Processing Center</a>. President Barack Obama has pledged to accept another 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016 despite stong objections from the Republicans.</p><p>So what is the relationship between Thanksgiving spending and Syrian refugees? The chart below explains it.</p><div><iframe frameborder="0" height="26950" scrolling="no" src="http://admin.pri.org/sites/default/files/syria-black-friday-chart.html" style="width: 709.5px;" width="100%"></iframe></div><p>Note: The estimated&nbsp;five-year cost&nbsp;to resettle a Syrian refugee in the US is $64,370, or $12,874 a year, acccording to the&nbsp;<a href="http://cis.org/High-Cost-of-Resettling-Middle-Eastern-Refugees" target="_blank">Center for Immigration Studies</a>, a think tank that advocates immigration reduction in the US. The cost was estimated in a study to prove that relocation of Middle Eastern refugees to the US is a costly effort.</p><p>Now you get it. Apologies for the ridiculously long chart.</p><p>The objection against accepting Syrian refugees gained significant momentum after the terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of November 13 that killed 130 civilians. Critics of Obama&#39;s refugee policy were afraid that the increase of Syrian refugees in the US could lead to more terrorism in the country.</p><p>But the fact is, people are already dying in Syria, and the death toll is way beyond any terrorist attacks that we have seen. Here&#39;s another ridiculous chart.</p><div><iframe frameborder="0" height="7020" scrolling="no" src="http://admin.pri.org/sites/default/files/death-toll-syria-paris.html" style="width: 709.5px;" width="100%"></iframe></div><p>Happy Thanksgiving.</p></article></div></div><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-11-25/thanksgiving-and-syrian-refugees-two-ridiculous-charts" target="_blank"><em> via PRI&#39;s The World</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/thanksgiving-and-syrian-refugees-two-ridiculous-charts-113951 How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/news/how-talk-kids-about-thanksgiving-113949 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gobble.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457242128" previewtitle="Parent and child hand turkeys have a heart to heart."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Parent and child hand turkeys have a heart to heart." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/thanksgiving-turkeytalk1_custom-c5fac29b7022215b40a6cfb12f8198e75c75e7d1-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 386px; width: 620px;" title="Parent and child hand turkeys have a heart to heart. (LA Johnson/NPR)" /></div><div><div>You know the drill: Trace your hand, then add the details. Two feet, a beak, a single eyeball. Color it in, and voila! Hand becomes turkey.</div></div></div><p>You know the rest too: The Pilgrims fled England and landed on Plymouth Rock. The native people there, the Wampanoag, taught them to farm the land. In 1621, they sat down together for a thanksgiving feast, and we&#39;ve been celebrating it ever since.</p><p>It&#39;s a lesson many remember from childhood, but the story has some problems.</p><p>There is evidence, in the form of a colonist&#39;s letter, to suggest the feast did happen, but the holiday didn&#39;t take off nationally until the civil war, when writer Sarah Hale advocated for it as a way to unite the country.</p><p>And, of course, it leaves out what happened to native communities over the next few centuries.</p><p>Bettina Washington, the Wampanoag tribal historic preservation officer, says it&#39;s crucial to acknowledge what happened. &quot;It&#39;s not a pretty history by any stretch of the imagination,&quot; she says, &quot;but we need the story to be told truthfully.&quot;</p><p>Each year, elementary teachers across the country search for the best way to address the elephant &mdash; or turkey &mdash; in the room.</p><p>There isn&#39;t a guide: Social studies standards vary by state. Most are intentionally vague.</p><p>In many states, Thanksgiving is not explicitly mentioned in the standards. And yet children bring their lives into the classroom, leaving educators to decide how to tackle a holiday fraught with broken treaties and forced exodus.</p><p>Here are some of their strategies.</p><p><strong>Shift the focus</strong></p><p>When the 20 or so second-graders enter Crystal Brunelle&#39;s library, she keeps the lesson simple.</p><p>&quot;Other people celebrate Thanksgiving besides us. Some people have turkey,&quot; says Brunelle, a library media specialist at Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska, Wis. &quot;Others may celebrate in a different way or not at all.&quot;</p><p>Brunelle tells her class: &quot;Lots of cultures have a holiday to give thanks and many cultures celebrated a thanksgiving prior to the Pilgrims.&quot;</p><p>She focuses on the distinct ways different cultures show gratitude, from China to Mexico. And she makes sure to include readings from the nearby Ho Chunk Nation and books written by native authors &mdash; a challenge considering&nbsp;<a href="http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp">just 20</a>&nbsp;of the 5,000 children&#39;s books published in 2014 were written by Native Americans.</p><p>Brunelle says second grade is a critical time.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a time when they&#39;re still forming their opinions and they are very open and accepting of others,&quot; she says. &quot;I don&#39;t want to miss that time. Later is too late.&quot;</p><p><strong>Make connections</strong></p><p>Rebecca Valbuena has been teaching mostly third and fifth grade for 27 years. She has seen the whole range when it comes to teaching Thanksgiving.</p><p>&quot;I know school districts that are very tight and there are no holidays. Other schools, they&#39;re talking about how nice it was for those natives to share their meal,&quot; says Valbuena, who coaches teachers in the Glendora Unified School District in California.</p><p>Valbuena says one timely strategy is to connect Thanksgiving to the Syrian refugee crisis.</p><p>&quot;Make it relevant to today,&quot; she says. &quot;Turn it into a lesson of what a pilgrim really is. These people left looking for freedom. It&#39;s a really strong connection to people of the past.&quot;</p><p>Bettina Washington, of the Wampanoag tribe, agrees that making connections is key but says it can be as simple as emphasizing that all students have ancestors.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re not using clay pots anymore. We use a stove just like you. We&#39;re still here,&quot; Washington says. &quot;Where were your ancestors from? What were they wearing and how were they cooking? It&#39;s very important to make that connection.&quot;</p><p><strong>Emphasize critical thinking</strong></p><p>Brunelle and Valbuena both say Thanksgiving is an opportunity to get students to ask questions and focus on multiple perspectives.</p><p>&quot;We want to teach children how to be historians,&quot; Valbuena says. &quot;We talk about reading the book but also reading behind it: Who&#39;s the author, what&#39;s the message, and what&#39;s their motivation?&quot;</p><p>With her fourth- and fifth-grade students, Brunelle pulls out a history textbook and asks students to examine the portrayal of Native Americans.</p><p>&quot;We see Native Americans in a particular way and then we don&#39;t see them again. They disappear,&quot; Brunelle says. &quot;We talk about that and look to see who is missing.&quot;</p><p>For Washington, that disappearance is what matters most. No matter how you teach the complicated history of Thanksgiving, she says, keep students talking about it.</p><p>&quot;We always get called in the month of November and then we&#39;re not here the rest of the year,&quot; says Washington, but she added: &quot;The positive thing about this time of year is that we are thought of. That opens the door to greater learning and understanding.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/11/25/457105485/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-thanksgiving?ft=nprml&amp;f=457105485" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-talk-kids-about-thanksgiving-113949 How To Dodge Political Squabble This Gobble Day http://www.wbez.org/news/how-dodge-political-squabble-gobble-day-113947 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/hires_custom-c93300253e3504e533e6249a142b4bd278d232de-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res456895961" previewtitle="The arrival of election year could mean even more opportunity for cringe-worthy conversation around the holiday dinner table."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="The arrival of election year could mean even more opportunity for cringe-worthy conversation around the holiday dinner table." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/21/hires_custom-c93300253e3504e533e6249a142b4bd278d232de-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 620px;" title="The arrival of election year could mean even more opportunity for cringe-worthy conversation around the holiday dinner table. (Vanda Grigorovic/iStockphoto)" /></div><div><div><p>It&#39;s common wisdom that families should avoid talking about politics around the Thanksgiving table.</p></div></div></div><p>But if you&#39;re reading this, you might be in an NPR family. And coming up on election year &mdash; with polls and gaffes every day &mdash; won&#39;t it be hard to talk about Car Talk the whole night?</p><p>So we turned to Miss Manners, aka&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=901868">writer Judith Martin</a>, to ensure our etiquette&#39;s up-to-date this holiday season.</p><p>For Martin, the age-old rule, &quot;don&#39;t talk politics,&quot; still stands.</p><p>&quot;If you don&#39;t know what the politics are of the people,&quot; she advises, &quot;it&#39;s a good thing to avoid it.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Interview Highlights</span></strong></p><p><strong>On what happens if a Bernie Sanders supporter sits next to a Ben Carson supporter</strong></p><p>Let&#39;s hope that one of them doesn&#39;t hit the other one with a drumstick. But things tend to get nasty. You know, I think of Thanksgiving as this adorable holiday. Personally, I love it. Gratitude is a wonderful thing. But, on my column, I hear nothing but squabble, squabble, squabble.</p><p>It&#39;s &quot;Do we have to go?&quot; and, negotiating the terms, &quot;We have to go to three different households because we have divorced parents,&quot; and this. They start dictating, and &quot;You should have it at this hour because we have to go there.&quot; Then there&#39;s the food issue. &quot;We don&#39;t eat this or that. We don&#39;t like this or that.&quot; People fight over the leftovers. I mean, I can&#39;t believe it.</p><div id="res456889922"><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>First time I got a letter, saying that grandma had been charged for Thanksgiving dinner. I thought it was a joke, and every year I get them. There are people who might give out food assignments but if they don&#39;t, they say well, it&#39;s &#39;x&#39; dollars a head. The spirit of gratitude &mdash; isn&#39;t that wonderful.</p><p><strong>On family issues possibly being the most hazardous topic of conversation</strong></p><p>The people who think it&#39;s a good opportunity to ask the single people why they&#39;re not married. Or the pregnant woman, why she&#39;s adding to the world population. Or that kind of thing.</p><p>&quot;Oh, it&#39;s family, we can talk about anything.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Momma liked you best,&quot; and so on.</p><p>Yes, that&#39;s even worse. It would be better to fight over politics than to go down that road.</p><p><strong>On topics of discussion not off-limits</strong></p><p>Oh, &quot;How&#39;s the weather?&quot; How about that? ... maybe there isn&#39;t a safe topic. Art, what movies did you see, sports, anything can turn nasty if you really put your mind to it. But let&#39;s hope that there&#39;s a certain amount of restraint that people will exercise and realize this is a day to be thankful. You&#39;re there with your loved ones, you have enough to eat. Where&#39;s the gratitude? And that&#39;s what I ask myself every year when I get all these letters. I mean, it&#39;s turned into a melee. What&#39;s the matter with us? I know what&#39;s the matter and I&#39;m trying to solve it, but let me tell you, it&#39;s an uphill battle.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/11/21/456884913/how-to-dodge-political-squabble-this-gobble-day?ft=nprml&amp;f=456884913" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-dodge-political-squabble-gobble-day-113947 The Strange Truth Behind Presidential Turkey Pardons http://www.wbez.org/news/strange-truth-behind-presidential-turkey-pardons-113943 <p><div id="res457267346" previewtitle="Liberty, a 45-pound turkey, is seen at the White House before being pardoned in 2011. The bird died two years later due to heart failure."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Liberty, a 45-pound turkey, is seen at the White House before being pardoned in 2011. The bird died two years later due to heart failure." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/ap_111123024197_wide-bb97f38d470ca664eca35b4c644209fdf6f7a139-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="Liberty, a 45-pound turkey, is seen at the White House before being pardoned in 2011. The bird died two years later due to heart failure. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>The annual presidential turkey pardoning event at the White House, which took place again today, is a peculiar one. Presiding over his sixth one last year, even President Obama seemed confused by it all.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;It is a little puzzling that I do this every year,&quot; Obama said, &quot;but I will say that I enjoy it, because with all the tough stuff that swirls around in this office, it&#39;s nice once in a while to just say, &#39;Happy Thanksgiving.&#39; &quot;</p><p>He says a lot more than that. He makes embarrassing dad jokes, while his daughters stand next to him, about turkeys with punny names &mdash; and how they will live out their golden years in splendor. (Though &quot;years&quot; is a stretch. More on that below.)</p><p>&quot;Time flies &mdash; even if turkeys don&#39;t,&quot; Obama said Wednesday before looking off to his right for his daughter Sasha&#39;s approval.</p><p>There&#39;s always lots of laughter for a lighthearted moment the day before Thanksgiving, but the truth behind the turkey pardons is a strange and sad tale with a long and myth-filled history.</p><p>So, who are these overstuffed fowl? Where did they come from? And how did this whole thing get started, anyway? We try to answer those questions, and more:</p><div id="res457260183" previewtitle="A class of fifth-grade students from Eisenhut Elementary School in Modesto, Calif., cheered for their favorite turkey as Foster Farms staffers picked the prized bird for this year's turkey pardon."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="A class of fifth-grade students from Eisenhut Elementary School in Modesto, Calif., cheered for their favorite turkey as Foster Farms staffers picked the prized bird for this year's turkey pardon." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/ap_383413758639_wide-b95a9ff3bf3cfdb25ee267fcf8f65980364331ac-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="A class of fifth-grade students from Eisenhut Elementary School in Modesto, Calif., cheered for their favorite turkey as Foster Farms staffers picked the prized bird for this year's turkey pardon. (Scott Smith/AP)" /></div><div><p><strong>1. Where did they find these turkeys?</strong></p></div></div><p>This year&#39;s birds are from an industrial turkey farm in Modesto, Calif., Foster Farms. This year&#39;s chosen ones are named Tom One and Tom Two. Not very creative, but they were given new ceremonial names &mdash; Honest and Abe &mdash; voted on in a Twitter poll&nbsp;<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/11/24/taking-home-title-who-will-be-years-national-thanksgiving-turkey">promoted by the White House</a>. The names were submitted from hundreds of kids from California.</p><div id="res457357330">&nbsp;</div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Meet &quot;Honest&quot;. He&#39;s 22 inches tall and loves Country music <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TurkeyPardon2015?src=hash">#TurkeyPardon2015</a> <a href="https://t.co/guZ2q2MQPt">pic.twitter.com/guZ2q2MQPt</a></p>&mdash; NatlTurkeyFederation (@TurkeyGal) <a href="https://twitter.com/TurkeyGal/status/669199677863157764">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Just Tom One--Abe, in this case--stood in front of the president.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Meet &quot;Abe&quot; He has a wingspan of 6 feet and has a macho man strut style <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TurkeyPardon2015?src=hash">#TurkeyPardon2015</a> <a href="https://t.co/zdw0qZGDYe">pic.twitter.com/zdw0qZGDYe</a></p>&mdash; NatlTurkeyFederation (@TurkeyGal) <a href="https://twitter.com/TurkeyGal/status/669200272107941888">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Tom Two was selected as an alternate. Don&#39;t worry, both of their lives were spared &mdash; temporarily, anyway. The Toms were chosen out of a flock of 50, which were whittled down to a dozen finalists and picked in front of a class of fifth-graders. Foster Farms manager Joe Hedden&nbsp;<a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/63b2e9b5271d4503bea4392872bc0fbd/turkey-chosen-presidential-pardon-thanksgiving">said</a>&nbsp;Tom One was a clear winner because of his personality. He apparently really likes to strut his stuff (he gobbled quite a bit at the crowd gathered at the White House), Hedden said before parting ways with the turkeys, who boarded a first-class flight to Washington called, not kidding,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.modbee.com/news/article45524970.html">Turkey One</a>.</p><p>&quot;We want to present the president with a well-mannered and socially skilled turkey that&#39;s going to act right on the big day,&quot; Hedden said.</p><p><strong>2. Do they always get the turkeys from the same place?</strong></p><div id="res457281113" previewtitle="Men dressed as Secret Service agents stand guard next to Tom One and Tom Two, this year's turkey and alternate."><div data-crop-type=""><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-496023924_wide-bad7d3aee7611c359d04776598d0ce3cc2301828-s1200.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 348px;" title="Men dressed as Secret Service agents stand guard next to Tom One and Tom Two, this year's turkey and alternate. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)" /></strong></div></div><div><div><p>No. Here&#39;s the thing: This is an event run by the National Turkey Federation. Yes, even turkeys have lobbyists. (They have offices four blocks from the White House.) The group is so involved in the event that it even paid for the turkeys to take a presidential-style motorcade from the farm to the airport flanked by fake Secret Service agents.</p></div></div></div><p>The men in dark suits with earpieces are all part of the show, as are faux presidential decals depicting a turkey wearing a pilgrim hat at the center of the &quot;Seal of the National Turkey of the United States.&quot; The chairman of the federation usually picks a turkey from his home state, and this year the chairman is Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys, a &quot;<a href="http://www.modbee.com/news/article45524970.html">supplier of turkey breeding stock</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>3. When and why did this begin?</strong></p><p>This whole thing got started in 1947 when Harry Truman was president. And that has actually been a source of confusion. Bill Clinton in his 1997 pardoning ceremony proclaimed that Truman was the first to pardon a turkey. But that&#39;s not true. The<a href="http://www.trumanlibrary.org/trivia/turkey.htm">Truman Library issued a statement in 2003</a>&nbsp;saying:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;The Library&#39;s staff has found no documents, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, or other contemporary records in our holdings which refer to Truman pardoning a turkey that he received as a gift in 1947, or at any other time during his Presidency. ... Truman sometimes indicated to reporters that the turkeys he received were destined for the family dinner table.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>So, Truman was the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eatturkey.com/why-turkey/history">first to receive</a>&nbsp;a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation (and the Poultry and Egg National Board), but he ate it (as did Eisenhower). And that was the intention of the gift &mdash; to raise the profile of the bird and maintain its institutionalization as a Thanksgiving and Christmas staple.</p><p>The tradition of giving turkeys to the president goes much further back, though, than industry groups&#39; involvement. From 1873 to 1913, a turkey dealer from Rhode Island named Horace Vose, known as the &quot;Poultry King,&quot; became the unofficial turkey provider to the White House for Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehousehistory.org/pardoning-the-thanksgiving-turkey">White House Historical Society</a>. In 1913, Vose got some competition from a former Kentucky congressman, who claimed his bird tasted better because it was fed a diet of red peppers. After Vose died in 1913, it was something of a free for all.</p><div id="res457262109" previewtitle="President John F. Kennedy reaches out to touch a 40-pound turkey at the White House in 1963. The presentation was made on behalf of the nation's turkey industry."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="President John F. Kennedy reaches out to touch a 40-pound turkey at the White House in 1963. The presentation was made on behalf of the nation's turkey industry." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/ap_31330392127-5e6ae6aff3709c1fe956df636d02117f0ad9ba3c-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 464px; width: 620px;" title="President John F. Kennedy reaches out to touch a 40-pound turkey at the White House in 1963. The presentation was made on behalf of the nation's turkey industry. (Harvey Georges/AP)" /></div><div><div><p><strong>4. OK, so if it wasn&#39;t Truman, then who was the first to pardon a turkey?</strong></p></div></div></div><p>It depends on your definition of &quot;pardon.&quot; An&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehousehistory.org/questions/which-president-started-the-tradition-of-pardoning-the-thanksgiving-turkey">1865 dispatch</a>&nbsp;from White House reporter Noah Brooks is the oldest-known account of a presidential turkey clemency. It was about&nbsp;Abraham Lincoln&nbsp;sparing a turkey two years earlier. It was a Christmas turkey that his son Tad had taken a liking to.</p><p>John F. Kennedy&nbsp;appears to have been the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go. &quot;We&#39;ll just let this one grow,&quot; he said. The&nbsp;LA Times&nbsp;headlined that 1963 event &mdash; in which a sign hung around the turkey&#39;s neck that read, &quot;Good eating, Mr. President&quot; &mdash; as a &quot;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/presidential-turkey-pardons-not-long-history-you-might-think-f2D11663410">presidential pardon</a>.&quot;</p><p>Richard Nixon&nbsp;also chose not to eat that particular bird and sent it to a petting zoo instead.</p><div id="res457263362" previewtitle="President Ronald Reagan is startled as John Hendrick (center), president of the National Turkey Federation, presents him with a turkey in 1984."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="President Ronald Reagan is startled as John Hendrick (center), president of the National Turkey Federation, presents him with a turkey in 1984." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/ap_8411160115-01f655b83dec0156917b3323b0cd19aa1f8abd8d-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 464px; width: 620px;" title="President Ronald Reagan is startled as John Hendrick, center, president of the National Turkey Federation, presents him with a turkey in 1984. (Scott Stewart/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>Ronald Reagan&nbsp;in 1987 was technically the first president to use the word &quot;pardon&quot; about a turkey, but it was really just a way to deflect questions about the Iran-Contra scandal and whether he would pardon key players involved &mdash; Oliver North and John Poindexter. The bird, &quot;Charlie,&quot; was already headed for a petting zoo, but after Sam Donaldson of ABC News pressed Reagan on whether he&#39;d pardon North and Poindexter, Reagan&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1987/112387d.htm">responded</a>, &quot;If they&#39;d given me a different answer on Charlie and his future, I would have pardoned him.&quot;</p></div></div></div><p>Two years later,&nbsp;George H.W. Bush&nbsp;formalized the turkey pardoning ceremony, giving birth to the modern-day tradition.</p><p><strong>5. What happens to the turkey afterward?</strong></p><p>This is where the story turns very sad. They are sent to a farm in Virginia, where a former governor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/presidents-pardon-turkeys-history/">raised his own turkeys</a>, but they do not live very long. In fact, every pardoned turkey is dead except for two &mdash; &quot;Cheese,&quot; the second half of last year&#39;s duo (&quot;Mac&quot; died in July of this year), and &quot;Courage,&quot; pardoned in 2009.</p><p>These birds, though, are bred to be eaten. Many industrially grown turkeys are fattened up with a&nbsp;<a href="http://minnesotaturkey.com/turkeys/fun-facts/">protein-rich diet of corn and soybeans</a>. They can&#39;t fly, because they are too big; their bone structures can&#39;t hold up all that weight for very long; and their organs fail if they&#39;re kept alive too long.</p><p>These unfortunate facts have been a sore point for animal-rights activists, like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA, which listed its complaints, including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peta.org/features/white-house-turkey-pardon/">noting the fates</a>&nbsp;of the recent &quot;pardoned&quot; birds. Others, including writers at the&nbsp;Washington Post&nbsp;and Vox, have called the pardon &quot;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/11/26/the-turkey-pardon-is-americas-dumbest-tradition/">America&#39;s dumbest</a>&quot; and &quot;<a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7276353/white-house-turkey-pardon">most absurd holiday tradition</a>.&quot;</p><p>But the turkey federation, of course, pushes back on that notion.</p><p>&quot;Think of the meaning of Thanksgiving,&quot; argued Keith Williams, vice president for communications and marketing at the turkey federation. &quot;It&#39;s always been about the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey &mdash; symbolic of the blessings of agriculture we have in this country. It becomes a time for the president to recall with the nation our blessings and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.&quot;</p><div id="res457263813" previewtitle="Unfortunately for the birds, pardoning a turkey doesn't actually keep the meat off the White House table."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Unfortunately for the birds, pardoning a turkey doesn't actually keep the meat off the White House table." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/ap_111024072162-e724028a843c9deda5fdd517890bb1007dcffe48-s200-c85.jpg" style="height: 186px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Unfortunately for the birds, pardoning a turkey doesn't actually keep the meat off the White House table. (Matthew Mead/AP)" /></div><div><div><p><strong>6. Why do presidents pardon turkeys? Don&#39;t they eat turkey at Thanksgiving?</strong></p></div></div></div><p>That irony may account for Obama&#39;s puzzlement. He also joked last year that he was saving those turkeys from a &quot;terrible and delicious fate.&quot;</p><p>People are full of contradictions.</p><p>It&#39;s clearly been difficult for politicians to say on camera that they would eat the bird presented to them, especially as America has grown away from an agricultural society and grown up with Disney movies heavy on the personification of animals. Americans are far more removed from the actual process of how their food makes its way to their table.</p><p>&quot;Your grandmother (1940s) would have killed her own and prepared it,&quot; Williams notes. &quot;Since the 1950s, it became more convenient for families to have the dressed turkeys (all ready to cook), which they bought from the butcher or their grocery store. Few people actually hunt and dress their own food &mdash; we thankfully have the farmers who grow and deliver food to us.&quot;</p><p>(Side fact: The turkey federation actually provides dressed turkeys to presidents, too. Obama has donated his.)</p><p>The turkey federation seems potentially open to a return to the days when presidents ate the turkeys presented to them.</p><p>&quot;The pardoning was a recent custom begun with President George H.W. Bush,&quot; Williams pointed out.</p><p>Some traditions are hard to change. It&#39;s something to think about after you walk through the grocery store, pick out that turkey &mdash; and sit down at the Thanksgiving dinner table.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/11/25/457253194/the-strange-truth-behind-presidential-turkey-pardons?ft=nprml&amp;f=457253194" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/strange-truth-behind-presidential-turkey-pardons-113943 Flying For Thanksgiving? Distract Yourself With the Mystery Of Airport Codes http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-25/flying-thanksgiving-distract-yourself-mystery-airport-codes-113941 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/0401_airport-codes-624x406.png" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_81327"><img alt="Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn created the website airportcod.es, which links hundreds of three-letter airport codes with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport. (Screenshot from airportcod.es)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/04/0401_airport-codes-624x406.png" style="height: 403px; width: 620px;" title="Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn created the website airportcod.es, which links hundreds of three-letter airport codes with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport. (Screenshot from airportcod.es)" /><p>Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn, two web designers from the Phoenix area, love airport codes. They launched the website&nbsp;<a href="http://airportcod.es/" target="_blank">airportcod.es</a>&nbsp;in March that links hundreds of those three-letter codes&nbsp;with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport &ndash; enough to keep you busy while <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/myth-busy-thanksgiving-airport-113935" target="_blank">you&rsquo;re waiting in line at one of those airports</a> this week.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/25/airport-code-stories" target="_blank"><em>via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-25/flying-thanksgiving-distract-yourself-mystery-airport-codes-113941 Morning Shift: November 25, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/morning-shift-november-25-2015-113938 <p><p>Tuesday night hundreds of protesters took to the streets around the city&rsquo;s central district after the Emanuel administration released a dashcam video showing police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. It took authorities a year to release the video and it happened only because a Cook County judge ordered it released. Hours before the video went public, the officer was charged with first degree murder and he&#39;s now in jail.</p><p>We hear from<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation"> a number of guests</a> with their thoughts on the video itself, the manner in which the city has handled the whole situation and what needs to happen moving forward to improve police-community relations. We also take listeners&#39; calls.</p><p>Then we check in with Chicago Tribune reporter Bonnie Miller Rubin to hear how to approach <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/addressing-sensitive-topics-family-over-thanksgiving-dinner-113936">sensitive conversation topics</a> over Thanksgiving dinner with family.</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/morning-shift-november-25-2015-113938 Addressing sensitive topics with family over Thanksgiving dinner http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/addressing-sensitive-topics-family-over-thanksgiving-dinner-113936 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/thanksgiving flickr Mr.TinDC_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For most of the show, we talked about how the Laquan McDonald video is affecting the entire city, especially the relationship between police and the black community.</p><p>But then we wanted to hear how those issues are affecting families. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, we wanted to know how to talk with loved ones about the video and how to have that conversation with kids. We turned to <a href="https://twitter.com/bmrubin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Bonnie Miller Rubin</a>, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/addressing-sensitive-topics-family-over-thanksgiving-dinner-113936 For Expats In Afghanistan, A Cranberry Dish To Relish Far From Home http://www.wbez.org/news/expats-afghanistan-cranberry-dish-relish-far-home-113932 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/2015-11-19-stamberg-cranberry-0101edit_custom-240b41bdd4ec2945c640e631bf7b0aa429df73e7-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res456697268" previewtitle="Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/19/2015-11-19-stamberg-cranberry-0101edit_custom-240b41bdd4ec2945c640e631bf7b0aa429df73e7-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 406px; width: 620px;" title="Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish. (Ariel Zambelich &amp; Emily Bogle/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p><em>Editor&#39;s note: For more years than we can remember, the Friday before Thanksgiving has meant that NPR&#39;s Susan Stamberg would try to sneak a notorious and, yes, weird family recipe into NPR&#39;s coverage. And 2015 is no exception. Here&#39;s Susan.</em></p></div></div></div><p>I recently learned about a long ago and faraway Thanksgiving in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2011, at the height of the military surge, hundreds of Americans &mdash; soldiers and civilians &mdash; were coming into the country. Ann Exline Starr of the U.S. Agency for International Development, was on a team trying to suss out fraud, waste and abuse in government contracts. She says security at the embassy compound was tight.</p><p>&quot;You had to go under the road to get to the USAID offices, and we were actually in a bunker,&quot; Exline Starr says.</p><p>Pretty grim. For Thanksgiving, she organized a potluck dinner in her apartment. With all the Americans in Kabul, Exline Starr says, she was lucky to&nbsp;be&nbsp;in an apartment. She had previously lived in a &quot;hooch&quot; &mdash; a containerized housing unit. It&#39;s literally a tin container &mdash; 10-by-15 &mdash; with a bed, a desk, a chair. &quot;We were thinking about starting a magazine like&nbsp;Better Hooches and Gardens&nbsp;or something,&quot; she jokes.</p><div id="res456712380"><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>It was bad enough to be away from home, in a war zone, in a hooch. But at Thanksgiving? &quot;You know, Thanksgiving is such a family holiday that we tried to make it fun,&quot; Exline Starr recalls.</p><p>So she invited about 100 people for dinner. Jonathan Terra was among those who attended. He was in Kabul doing a media campaign about USAID for Afghan radio and television. He hadn&#39;t been there long and didn&#39;t know that many people &mdash; his family was far away.</p><p>&quot;Suddenly, these people you didn&#39;t know very well became your family for a day,&quot; he says.</p><p>And your potluck holiday dinner was as close to the real thing as you could get it. Local markets were too dangerous to visit, so you&#39;d nab carrots and celery from the embassy dining room. Other stuff, too &mdash; cranberry relish, for instance. That came courtesy of Andrew Hyde.</p><p>&quot;Of course, for many years I&#39;ve heard about a certain cranberry relish recipe that I thought about,&quot; Hyde says.</p><div id="res456786660"><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&quot;Wait a minute,&quot; I ask. &quot;You thought about Mama Stamberg&#39;s cranberry relish in Kabul, Afghanistan?&quot;</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s right,&quot; he says.</p><p>Hyde, a Foreign Service officer, was working with provincial governments and living in a hooch surrounded by sandbags for protection against a direct hit. He sets the scene:</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m not in an apartment &mdash; I can&#39;t bake anything. I&#39;m not that great a cook.&quot; But Mama Stamberg&#39;s cranberry relish, he says, &quot;could save the day.&quot; Not everyone was equally enthused.</p><p>&quot;When I mentioned it to somebody, they said, &#39;Is that all you&#39;re going to offer?&#39; &quot; Hyde recalls.</p><p>But, Jonathan Terra vouches, the end result was &quot;very good.&quot;</p><p>Finding the ingredients necessary was somewhat tricky, Hyde says. Sugar was readily available, as were onions. But the three-quarter cups of sour cream? Not so easy &mdash; though eventually he found some in a small convenience store on the embassy compound. The hardest part, Hyde says, was the 2 cups of raw cranberry the recipe calls for.</p><p>&quot;That was actually the single biggest challenge,&quot; he says. Somebody suggested substituting pomegranates. Instead, he found cranberry jelly&nbsp;(groan)&nbsp;in the embassy dining room &mdash; which also came to the rescue with the horseradish. (Someone had suggested substituting curry, Hyde says.)</p><p>The dining room, he says, &quot;actually had a horseradish sauce. So I took a little plastic container and filled up. It wasn&#39;t the way I know Mama Stamberg would appreciate, but it worked.&quot;</p><p>He couldn&#39;t freeze it (the recipe calls for that). So it was served mushy-soupy. And the color was a bit off &mdash; not the traditional bright pink (OK, Pepto Bismol pink, as some cruels have called it.) The Kabul Mama Stamberg&#39;s was more bubble gum pink. But they liked it!</p><p>In Afghanistan, Jonathan Terra says, it was the taste of home. &quot;Because cranberries are difficult to get abroad, when you have them, it&#39;s extra special,&quot; he says. &quot;This is the kind of thing that brings you back to being back home with your family. It&#39;s the sight and smell of cranberries. It just doesn&#39;t exist anywhere else &mdash; cranberry is something that makes us think of being home.&quot;</p><p>This year, in the U.S. or Afghanistan or wherever the holiday finds you, have a great Thanksgiving.</p><div><hr /></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Mama Stamberg&#39;s Cranberry Relish</span></strong></p><blockquote><p>2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed</p><p>1 small onion</p><p>3/4 cup sour cream</p><p>1/2 cup sugar</p><p>2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (&quot;red is a bit milder than white&quot;)</p><p>Grind the raw berries and onion together. (&quot;I use an old-fashioned meat grinder,&quot; says Stamberg. &quot;I&#39;m sure there&#39;s a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind &mdash; not a puree.&quot;)</p><p>Add everything else and mix.</p><p>Put in a plastic container and freeze.</p><p>Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. (&quot;It should still have some little icy slivers left.&quot;)</p><p>The relish will be thick, creamy and shocking pink. (&quot;OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up the turkey and gravy. It&#39;s also good on next-day turkey sandwiches, and with roast beef.&quot;)</p><p>Makes 1 1/2 pints.</p></blockquote></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/expats-afghanistan-cranberry-dish-relish-far-home-113932