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Watch Awkwafina Make Friendsgiving Dishes With Chef Brooke Williamson In This Hilarious Cookalong

This Friendsgiving season, things might be a little more different for many of us, especially with the vicious pandemic still active. Our gatherings may be much smaller if they even happen at all, and many of us will have to rely on our own two hands in case that top chef friend isn’t coming this year. 

For those stressing over such a feat, the cavalry’s arrived. 

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Awkwafina is teaming up with lauded chef Brook Williamson, in a partnership with Chase Sapphire, to create a Friendsgiving-themed cook along.

The pair will be tackling dishes like cheesy souffle potatoes with mushroom gravy and a spicy pomegranate mezcal margarita. 

“There’s this kind of emphasis lately with staying indoors while still exploring what’s possible for trying to make those connections with the outer world. And we really can’t do that nowadays without a system,” Awkwafina told Foodbeast. 

While an artist of many talents, Awkwafina admits she’s not the best in the kitchen.

“My relationship with food and cooking was not a great one,” she laughed. 

 “I was raised by my Chinese grandma, who pretty much dominated the kitchen and wouldn’t let me cook because she thought I would mess everything up.” 

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Fans of Awkwafina’s Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens may remember a scene where Nora and Cousin Edmund were making dumplings. Nora, played by Awkwafina, was failing pretty terribly at stuffing and folding the dumplings. 

Awkwafina revealed to us this actually happened growing up. Once, her grandmother even had to scold her for eating a dumpling raw in front of guests. ”I love food. I love all kinds of foods. I’m not a picky eater.” 

“Last [Friendsgiving], I’m going to be honest, I ordered 500 Korean fried chicken wings out of pure laziness,” she admitted. “Friendsgiving, I think, is always better than a normal family Thanksgiving, it’s a little bit looser. It’s a little less formal, which is nice about it.” 

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Sure many of us won’t be able to spend Friendsgiving, or even Thanksgiving, with our loved ones due to current circumstances.

That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with digital media assistance and celebrate with them regardless. 

“The best thing I learned from Chef Brook from our Friendsgiving is that she said something really interesting: ‘Cooking is knowing what you like in outside places and duplicating them with your own items. You can recreate it at home and add more of what you like.’ 

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Before parting ways, I asked Awkwafina if there was any bit of culinary advice she could give us from her experiences. 

“Definitely don’t add seltzer to an alcohol shaker because that’s an explosion.” 

Check out the hilarious digital cook along in the video above. Maybe it’ll spark some culinary inspirations, perhaps it’ll calm your nerves this holiday season, or maybe it’ll just make you laugh. Stay safe out there, everyone. 

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Fast Food

Popeyes Has Flexible Thanksgiving Options, Think Deep-Fried Turkey

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It’s safe to say that this Thanksgiving season will be far from normal. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging across most of the world, leaders in the United States, including many governors, are calling for people to limit gatherings, which includes massive Thanksgiving feasts.

For those who are unable to travel or attend these gatherings, there are different ways to still enjoy similar foods while connecting with loved ones virtually. Some of the better deals for those eats come from Popeyes, who is serving up a couple of ways for people to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Those in the know are well aware that Popeyes is a regular in the Thanksgiving turkey game, as they sell whole fried Cajun turkeys that are ready to heat and serve. Turkeys are still available for those that call in to their local Popeyes and check to reserve an order, but they are quite popular. They sell for roughly $40 a bird.

Popeyes has also teamed up with UberEats to create a smaller feast that’s meant for smaller crowds. Their “Choose Churkey” bundle features an 8-piece order of fried chicken, along with a large side of your choosing and a biscuit.

The meal goes for $19.99, but if you spend above $20 when ordering on UberEats, Popeyes is also gonna throw one of their bespoke chicken sandwiches in.

2020 is definitely going to be one of the toughest Thanksgivings to get through. However, as long as we’ve got food and a way to connect to family, we can still celebrate, get through the holiday and pandemic, and hopefully be able to partake in a full celebration next autumn.

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Stove Top Cooks Up Thanksgiving-Themed Line Of Formal Wear

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Thanksgiving is about a week away, and just because holiday gatherings are put on pause doesn’t mean you can’t dress up and enjoy the festivities with your household. 

This year, Stove Top has added a line of Thanksgiving-inspired formal wear that elevates any family meal with a touch of class. 

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Stove Top’s line includes: 

  • A red velvet dinner jacket complete with stuffing lining
  • A reversible Stove Top shawl
  • Stufflinks (stuffing cufflinks set)
  • Stuffed headband
  • Stove Top handkerchief that doubles as a pocket square
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Not gonna lie; these look pretty awesome. I could see myself in that dinner jacket for many holiday parties. 

For anyone interested in checking out the Stove Top line, you can purchase the formal wear at LetsGetStuffy.com. Here’s to a safe Thanksgiving, everyone! 

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Bringing Pot To The Potluck: Inside A Weed Infused Thanksgiving Dinner

Take a second to envision your ideal thanksgiving dinner. For me, it’s a table surrounded by my closest friends and family. The tabletop is packed with every potato dish imaginable, stuffing, cranberry sauce and drinks. The kitchen echoes with laughter and the rhythmic clanking of dishes. In the center of the table, a large carved turkey sits, steaming, oozing the luscious, seasoned juices the night’s appointed chef prepared for us to enjoy. And the two most important things, a few homemade pumpkin pies — and my bong.

While most of us who partake in cannabis might not be able to bring our favorite party favor to a family thanksgiving, I had a chance to experience the next best thing at Blüm’s 1st Annual Blüm THCsgiving POTluck.

I was stoked for the festivities to begin, long before dinner started. I got word that some heavy weights from the Orange County food scene would be catering our potluck. Heritage Barbecue, was an awesome surprise, due to the buzz they’ve created around the OC brewery scene. For some context, Heritage has been a pop-up barbecue spot, drawing tremendous early morning crowds at breweries from Fullerton to Huntington Beach and beyond. And just based on my general curiosity surrounding the non-dairy ice cream trend, I heard Hug Life Anti-Dairy Ice Cream was on dessert duty, so my interest was definitely piqued.

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It’s been a few years since California voters decided recreational cannabis should be a God-given right to anyone over the age of 21, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. That was the vibe Blüm delivered at a private residence tucked in the Laguna Beach foothills on a foggy November evening, as strangers and new friends gathered to celebrate one of the longest unspoken practices in the history of Thanksgiving — getting high before dinner.

With the help of a few High Style THC-infused beers, a sip or two of some Kikoko Teas tasty cannabis-infused sangria, a variety of Henry’s Original pre-rolled joints and a unique Thanksgiving turkey-shaped glass pipe, I was ready to give thanks with everyone I came in contact with. Most of all, I was ready to eat! Still, nothing could have prepared me for the Turkey Day miracle I experienced at the dinner table.

Four words: Heritage. Barbecue. Smoked. Turkey. That’s the only thing I can think about since that night. This was masterful turkey, the best turkey I’ve ever eaten. It was the best turkey you’ve ever eaten. In fact, that turkey inspired me so much, my dad and I are going to smoke a turkey on Thanksgiving. I’m going to smoke other things too, but smoking a turkey for the first time ever will be a great father/son bonding experience. Even if it’s not Heritage standards.

I spoke with Danny Castillo, owner and pit master of Heritage, about what made his turkey so damn delicious. The magic happens after a five-day brine, which consists of salt, sugar, rosemary, thyme, garlic, sage and lemons. After, he uses a mixture of paprika, salt and pepper as a dry rub to coat the outside of the bird. The rest is pretty straightforward with temperature and just watching it to achieve the desired color you’re after. Thanks for the tips, Danny. If we’re lucky maybe Danny will add his artisan smoked turkey to Heritage’s menu when their first brick and mortar opens in San Juan Capistrano in 2020.

So, there I was, glassy-eyed, stuffed to the brim with a combination of the best smoked turkey ever, Social’s delicious brussels sprouts, countless dinner rolls and High Style — when the dessert tray rolled out. My eyes grew bigger with every available item, colorful Rice Krispies treats, cookies, cakes, brownies, the list went on.

If you know me, dessert isn’t always a walk in the park — when it comes to my dairy allergy. Hug Life hit the spot, but my craving for munchies was still peaking, after two cups of Reese’s Peaces I still wanted more.

When it comes to sweets, it’s pretty easy to pick what I want to eat — but not always the best choice considering my dairy allergy. Yet, I was surprised to see a THC-infused, dairy-free treat screaming my name. Kiva Camino Gummy topped No Bake Cheesecake Bites — made with dairy-free cream cheese, graham crackers and reduced Kiva Camino Gummies. I probably a dozen, at least.

As the night came to an end, I began to reflect on the evening, my body & mind vibrating with highness, my mouth stuck in a blissfully permanent grin. As we hopped in our Uber, I couldn’t wait to share this experience with my friends. Then it hit me, a few years ago, something like this might have been impossible to talk about, yet it felt so natural.

While it might take a few years before I can clear space for my bong at Thanksgiving dinner table, it was a pleasure to attend Blüm’s 1st Annual THCsgiving Dinner to enjoy some quality time with like-minded folks celebrating life as they see fit. Hopefully, my experience can illustrate that just a simple evening with friends can be accomplished anytime, with some good food, and some open minds. I think that’s enough to be thankful for all year.

So, same time next year?

 

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This Ice Cream Is Literally A Whole Thanksgiving Dinner


Salt and Straw Ice Cream has spent the better part of the last decade shocking folks with its unique flavor combinations such as Pear and Blue Cheese, and Arbequina Olive Oil.

Fans of the shop have come to expect anything, and its Thanksgiving flavors deliver above and beyond those expectations.

This November, Salt and Straw has been scooping a Thanksgiving celebration with special flavors consisting of Sweet Potato Caserole with Maple Pecans, Roasted Peach and Sage Cornbread Stuffing, Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce, Spiced Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie, and even a Salted Caramel Turkey.

 

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Co-founder Tyler Malek explained on the Foodbeast Katchup podcast, the importance of creating new flavor combinations and how they release new ones as often as every month.

“What we do now, is the first Friday of every month, we launch a new menu,” Malek said. “We treat it almost like a Broadway show. There’s literally years-worth of build up for that menu, and it happens every month.”

While the Thanksgiving pints are unfortunately sold out online, you can still run over to any of Salt and Straw’s 20 locations, Wednesday for a last minute try.

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Fast Food

Long John Silver’s Just Became ALL YOU CAN EAT This Thanksgiving Week

Fans of Long John Silver’s fast-food style seafood spread will have something to give thanks for this week. The chain announced that during Thanksgiving week, they’ll be offering an All-You-Can-Eat special at participating locations in celebration of the food-filled holiday.

Starting now through Nov. 30, customers can dive into all the fish, chicken, and sides they can eat for about $7.99.

This includes hand-battered wild-caught Alaska Pollock, fried white-meat chicken tenders, fries, coleslaw, and LJS’s famous hush puppies.

Not going to lie, I’d go just for endless hush puppies alone.

Long John Silver’s AYCE special will be from 11am through 7pm until the end of the month. Not all locations will honor this deal, however, so best check this store locator to find out exactly which ones you can hit to get your fried seafood fix.

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KIVA Feeds Your Holiday Spirit With New Cannabis-Infused Turkey Gravy

The holidays are right around the corner and Kiva Confections have cooked up some cannabis-infused turkey gravy for your Thanksgiving grubdown. It’s a limited edition sauce you’d probably reserve for your Friendsgivings, unless your family is super cool like that. Besides the savory flavor choice, it reportedly only takes 2-15 minutes to feel the effects of Kiva’s latest invention. It’s roadrunner fast and sounds like the perfect topping for your Thanksgiving favorites. 

The fast-acting effects are achieved by using technology involving individually encapsulated molecules that transform cannabinoids. These isolated molecules are small enough to be absorbed directly into your body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors, part of the endocannabinoid system, are located throughout the body. They play a role in a range of physiological processes including mood, appetite, pain-sensation, and memory. With this technology, Kiva’s turkey gravy is fast-acting and said to offer the most bioavailable cannabinoids in edible form. Bioavailability in cannabis is the percentage of CBD that is actually absorbed into the bloodstream. You no longer have to wait 30 minutes or more like traditional cannabis-infused consumables. Fortunately, the packaging provides clear directions for first time users.

Not stopping at gravy, Kiva plans to use the new technology for an extended line of holiday-inspired products arriving this December. How does cannabis-infused hot cocoa sound? I’m willing to bet peppermint sticks is somewhere in there, or maybe cannabis-infused cotton candy that resembles Santa Claus’ beard. I’m making this up of course.

Time will soon reveal what Kiva Confections has in store for our holiday spirits. Until then, you can quell some curiosity by trying out their new turkey gravy. Southern California-based folks can get their hands on the sauce starting today at all Sweet Flower locations and in NorCal at Grassroots in San Francisco.

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Hardee’s Has A New Seasonal Meal Called Thanksgiving In A Box

Thanksgiving is a hop, skip, and a jump around the corner and Hardee’s has a fresh take on the traditional meal. They’re calling it Hardee’s Thanksgiving In A Box and it’s their first ever seasonal meal. It marries the franchise’s quality approach with familiar holiday flavors. Each Thanksgiving In A Box includes Stuffing Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Toasted Onion Green Beans and Savory Chicken Gravy. 

The Stuffing Chicken Tenders are a 100% all-white meat chicken, hand-breaded with sage and herb stuffing. It’s meant to pair well with the new Savory Chicken Gravy. The other two box-items are the Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, tossed in sweet waffle batter and fried up, and Toasted Onion Coated Green Beans, which is a spin on green bean casserole. At only $6.99, this could be the perfect Friendsgiving chip-in. 

A recent study by Hardee’s revealed a desire by Americans to break from traditional Thanksgiving dinners. I’d imagine the plant-based revolution, rise in foodie culture, and cultural crossover from the internet are factors. Reportedly, over 64% of Americans would love an alternative to the standard turkey, and 53% are hoping for new side dishes this year. 

Hardee’s will be testing out the new holiday flavors at participating restaurants in Jacksonville, FL starting November 13, 2019 – December 3, 2019, while supplies last. If you’re in the area, rather than slave over the stove, you can now suggest Thanksgiving In A Box for dinner.