NetDestinations: Talking Turkey on the Net
Added: (Tue Nov 23 1999)
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By Jonathan Oatis
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Looking for last-minute tips on preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal? The Internet's bounty of information is another thing to be thankful for.
The Net bubbles with cooking sites, such as Epicurious (http://www.epicurious.com), Cooking.com (http://www.cooking.com) and the online outpost of cable television's Food Network (http://www.foodtv.com).
Cooking.com was clever enough to obtain the title to the address: http://www.thanksgiving.com, meaning you'll go to their site (http://www.cooking.com) if you punch it in.
At Cooking.com's recipe section, food celebrity Burt Wolf offers a Thanksgiving planner aimed at making it easier to put together what is traditionally the biggest, most complex home-cooked meal of the year.
Wolf also provides turkey tips, his favorite Thanksgiving menu -- the main course is ginger peach glazed you-know-what -- and an equipment checklist.
The Food Network's site boasts a
Turkeylator'': two online calculators you can use to figure out how big a bird you'll need to feed a given number of people and to determine what time it needs to go into the oven, depending on whether it's stuffed or unstuffed and whether it's a fresh fowl or defrosted.
"Don't worry -- our estimated turkey sizes leave room for leftovers, so you'll still have meat for those late-night refrigerator raids," the site says.
Food Network's site also contains guides on making turkey, stuffing, side dishes, pies and leftovers (hungry yet?); 'Kitchen Disaster 911' for dealing with 'Turkeytastrophes' and other problems; and psychologists' tips from for dealing with holiday stress.
In a feature similar to the 'Turkeylator,' Better Homes and Gardens magazine has an online roasting guide that helps you calculate the poundage and cooking time for a ham, rib roast, turkey or other roast. It's at http://bhg.aol.com/food/hroast.html .
Epicurious has cooked up a special Thanksgiving section for easy access to its tips on buying, preparing and carving the perfect bird; instructional videos ('Close-Up on Gravy') and a full menu of other resources. Find it at http://food.epicurious.com/e-eating/e04-thanks98/fullthanks.html. The videos are best viewed via a high-speed Net connection, as opposed to conventional dial-up.
Epicurious also provides recipes from the late cooking great James Beard's 'Turkey Cook Book,' Thanksgiving menus with 20 themes -- including colonial Charleston, Southwest, Shaker and 'California' -- and a 'Menu Maker' you can use to put together a personalized selection of dishes, which you can then print or e-mail.
Epicurious, part of the Conde Nast publishing empire, draws material from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines, and has links to both.
Looking for live online help? Martha Stewart Living magazine food editors Susan Spungen and Susan Sugarman are scheduled to take questions and give advice on Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST at http://www.marthastewart.com/meeting-place/QandA/index.asp.
You'll find still more Thanksgiving features in Good Housekeeping (http://goodhousekeeping.women.com/gh/eatwell/cooking/b9ghth16.ht m), Ladies Home Journal (http://www.lhj.com/kitchen) and Cooking Light (http://www.cookinglight.com/food/food-focus.asp?aID-374).
MSNBC offers tips from Pam Anderson, author of 'The Perfect Recipe: Getting it Right Every Time,' at http://www.msnbc.com/news/216079.asp#BODY.
Feel like cooking your turkey on the grill? Check out the Weber grill company's guide at http://www.weberbbq.com/Public-Weber/index.asp?section-cookbook
For vegetarians seeking help on celebrating a meatless holiday, Epicurious offers 'Everything but the Bird' at http://food.epicurious.com/b-ba/b02-menus/meatlessthanks.html, and Vegetarian Times magazine provides some of its most requested Thanksgiving recipes at http://www.vegetariantimes.com/thanksgiving/index.html. About.com, which prides itself on providing human guides to help surfers, offers Vegetarian Thanksgiving Central, whose recipes and articles include one on how to be a vegetarian guest at a non-vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner.
Still not stuffed? If your favorite newspaper is online, there's an excellent chance it will talk turkey, too.
Online discussion groups such as newsgroups offer a way for Internet cooks to talk amongst themselves about recipes and other holiday meal matters. Check out the newsgroups rec.food.cooking, alt.cooking.chat -- or maybe alt.support.diet -- for holiday-related chit-chat. You can access those discussion groups using newsgroup-reading software like Outlook Express or Web sites such as http://www.deja.com, http://www.talkway.com or http://www.remarq.com.
Once Thanksgiving 1999 is over, you can relax.
Until, of course, you remember all that holiday shopping you have to do. Time for the Internet cavalry again.