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Ingredient Tue Oct 18 2011

Local Turkeys Are Lining Up

TURKEY-bronze_tom_albc_small.jpgI know we're all finalizing our Halloween costumes for next weekend's festivities, but if you were thinking of supporting your local farmer for the holidays, your local meat counter is open and ready for business.

I have used Meadow Haven Organics for my Thanksgiving turkey for the past two years and have been quite pleased with the results. Despite my sincerest intentions, I never baste as diligently as I should; does anyone? My neglect I believe, is typically due to an overabundance of pumpkin ale and cranberry wine but whenever I use a local bird, it doesn't seem to matter. Fresh birds hold their juices better, and happy local birds are more forgiving than the Jennie-O variety.

Slow Food Chicago posted a handy guide for purchasing turkeys, ham, geese, ducks, goats, beef, and lamb for your holiday meal. You can ask farmers face-to-face at your local farmers market to see if they'll be supplying the area this year. Or if markets just can't be squeezed into your Saturday or Sunday morning, check out this Local Beet listing of where to find local foods or check with the Butcher & Larder to see if they have availability.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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