thanksgiving http://kut.org en Shop 'Til You Drop? Why Black Friday Started Earlier Than Ever This Year http://kut.org/post/shop-til-you-drop-why-black-friday-started-earlier-ever-year <p>Black Friday isn’t quite what it used to be. More stores are trying to get the jump on others by opening not only on Thanksgiving, but earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving.</p><p>This year, there may have been even more incentive to open early. That’s because there’s less time than usual before it’s time to start the pre-Christmas sales.</p><p>You might have heard that a quirk of the calendars had Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah on the same day this year. That once-in-several-lifetimes coincidence is a combination of a couple of things: an early Hanukkah and a Turkey Day that was as late in the calendar as it could be. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:24:47 +0000 Trey Shaar 9286 at http://kut.org Shop 'Til You Drop? Why Black Friday Started Earlier Than Ever This Year Thanksgiving 2013: Turkey Trot Road Detours, City of Austin Closures http://kut.org/post/thanksgiving-2013-turkey-trot-road-detours-city-austin-closures <p>Even if you’re <a href="http://kut.org/post/either-flying-or-driving-expect-crowds-thanksgiving-travel">staying off the highway </a>this Thanksgiving, your plans might still be affected by holiday schedules and street closures.</p><p>Chief among them: the <a href="http://thundercloud.com/index.php/trot-home">23rd Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot</a> takes place downtown Thursday morning, with many roads &nbsp;blocked off until noon. The course, which begins at Auditorium Shores, features a five-mile run, a one-mile walk, and a <a href="http://www.steppingstoneschool.com/">Stepping Stone School</a> Kids’ K. (See a map of related street closures below.)</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:22:40 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9281 at http://kut.org Thanksgiving 2013: Turkey Trot Road Detours, City of Austin Closures Either Flying or Driving, Expect Crowds for Thanksgiving Travel http://kut.org/post/either-flying-or-driving-expect-crowds-thanksgiving-travel <p>Getting out of town this weekend to join relatives for Thanksgiving?</p><p>Plan wisely – it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to a report by <a href="http://www.texas.aaa.com/home.html">AAA Texas</a>, 3.4 million other Texans will also be traveling for the holidays.</p><p>Most travelers will leave for their trip on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and return on Sunday, Dec. 1. For those going out of town, 3.1 million plan to travel by car.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:20:16 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9276 at http://kut.org Either Flying or Driving, Expect Crowds for Thanksgiving Travel LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner? http://kut.org/post/listen-whats-carbon-footprint-your-thanksgiving-dinner <p>As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, consider this: how much energy it takes to produce and consume that food.</p><p>Throughout the year, transportation is responsible for 28 percent of our energy consumption. And there's&nbsp;a non-trivial bump right around Thanksgiving time. According to&nbsp;<a href="http://usatoday.com/">USA Today</a>, more than 25 million people in the United States are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120784523" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:54:47 +0000 Michael Webber 9213 at http://kut.org LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner? Should You Stuff Your Turkey For Thanksgiving? http://kut.org/post/should-you-stuff-your-turkey-thanksgiving <p><em>As Thanksgiving nears, attention turns to the kitchen. And as families across the country prepare their family meals for Thursday, a debate: whether to stuff the bird.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.fieldandfeast.com/">Field &amp; Feast</a> is a weekly feature airing Saturdays on KUT and KUTX. On the Field &amp; Feast website, Cecilia Nasti <a href="http://www.fieldandfeast.com/cook-something/turkey-tips/">wades into the stuffing debate</a> and offers the following advice on how to avert dressing disasters and other Thanksgiving goofs. </em></p><p>What’s turkey without stuffing?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That wonderful </span>bready<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> filling, saturated with the savory juices of your holiday bird is heaven – that is, until it makes someone sick.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The challenges of cooking a stuffed bird is getting the stuffing to reach the food safe temperature of the cooked turkey: 165° F.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:10:30 +0000 Cecilia Nasti 9272 at http://kut.org Should You Stuff Your Turkey For Thanksgiving? On Thanksgiving, Stores Serve Up A Side Of Shopping http://kut.org/post/thanksgiving-stores-serve-side-shopping Gray Thursday may become the new Black Friday. Many big retailers have moved up the beginning of their shopping season, traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving, to Thursday evening.<p>Brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling pressure from online retailers, which have given consumers an earlier shopping option.<p>"In the past, online retailers have had Thanksgiving Day all to themselves," says Marshal Cohen, retail analyst with the NPD Group. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:26:15 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5711 at http://kut.org On Thanksgiving, Stores Serve Up A Side Of Shopping Photos: Behind the Scenes at HEB's Annual Feast of Sharing http://kut.org/post/photos-behind-scenes-hebs-annual-feast-sharing <p><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The </span><a href="http://www.heb.com/page/about-us/community/events/feast-of-sharing" style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">H-E-B Feast of Sharing</a><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> returned to the The Palmer Events Center last night.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#000000"><font face="Segoe UI, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><font size="4">Nearly 14,000 meals were cooked and served last night for the annual free Thanksgiving meal. Throughout the evening, the number of people attending the feast was steady and flowing.</font></font></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">H-E-B's </span>Tamra<span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> Jones said that "without the amazing help of the community and all the volunteers, this event wouldn't be the same. You feel the community coming together to make this happen."</span></p><p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:20:15 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 5710 at http://kut.org Photos: Behind the Scenes at HEB's Annual Feast of Sharing The Recipe for KUT News' John Aielli-Approved Sweet Potato Pie http://kut.org/post/recipe-kut-news-john-aielli-approved-sweet-potato-pie <p>When John Aielli&nbsp;says jump, we at KUT say "how high?" So after tasting a homemade sweet potato pie that had been brought in to share with KUT staff –&nbsp;and loving it&nbsp;–&nbsp;he asked for the recipe to share with his listeners.</p><p>So here you go Austin: the sweet potato pie made by the late Bettie Winn Reeves Harris of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Jo,_Texas">Saint Jo, Texas</a>.</p><p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:35:28 +0000 Ben Philpott 5706 at http://kut.org The Recipe for KUT News' John Aielli-Approved Sweet Potato Pie Turkey Grower Calls Presidential Pardon of Bird 'An Honor' http://kut.org/post/turkey-grower-calls-presidential-pardon-bird-honor <strong>Update at 2:32 p.m. ET:</strong><p><strong></strong>Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama clearly related his own redemption this month to the turkeys he pardoned.<p>"They say that life is all about second chances, and this November I could not agree more," he said at the pardon ceremony. "The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward."<p>And like any turkey pardoning ceremony, it was not complete without a few topical jokes. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:15:35 +0000 Emma Roller 5700 at http://kut.org Turkey Grower Calls Presidential Pardon of Bird 'An Honor' Free Thanksgiving Meals in Austin http://kut.org/post/free-thanksgiving-meals-austin <p>No holiday is more closely associated with food than Thanksgiving. But many Central Texans will be thankful just to get enough to eat this holiday season.</p><p>Several free holiday meals are being offered this Thanksgiving holiday.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:35:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5697 at http://kut.org Free Thanksgiving Meals in Austin Austin Students Donate Food and Coats http://kut.org/post/austin-students-donate-food-and-coats <p>Three-hundred students gathered at the <a href="http://www.austinfoodbank.org/">Capital Area of Food Bank</a> today to drop off cans of food and warm coats as part of A Day of Service.&nbsp; They spent the morning unloading nonperishable food items out of portable storage sheds that had been installed on their campuses last month.</p><p>The event was organized by <a href="http://www.alegacyofgiving.org/">A Legacy of Giving</a>, a philanthropy organization on 33 campuses in Austin.</p><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s important that they see that it doesn&rsquo;t matter what your socio economic is, what your faith based is, that kids as kids can make a huge difference when they gather together with a common goal,&quot; said the organization&#39;s executive director Linda Brucker.</p><p><object height="300" width="400"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157628117863795%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157628117863795%2F&amp;set_id=72157628117863795&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157628117863795%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157628117863795%2F&amp;set_id=72157628117863795&amp;jump_to=" height="300" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object></p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 23:13:23 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 3060 at http://kut.org Austin Students Donate Food and Coats 13,000 People Being Fed Free Thanksgiving Dinner Today http://kut.org/post/13000-people-being-fed-free-thanksgiving-dinner-today <p>The Palmer Events Center will host a massive cooking effort today. <a href="http://www.heb.com/page/about-us/community/events/feast-of-sharing-2011">H-E-B employees and volunteers</a> expect to serve over 13,000 people there for the 21st annual Feast of Sharing.</p><p>Each plate is free of charge and includes traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and turkey.</p><p>While on site at the event, coordinators said volunteers were still welcome. Just show up and be ready to serve a lot of food.</p><p>Here&#39;s the event, by the numbers:&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:36:47 +0000 Kevin Lindsay 3045 at http://kut.org 13,000 People Being Fed Free Thanksgiving Dinner Today Don't Burn Stuff In Williamson County http://kut.org/post/dont-burn-stuff-williamson-county <p>A burn ban stopped Aggies from setting fire to their massive bonfire yesterday evening, and now dry conditions have prompted Williamson County to issue a burn ban of its own.</p><p>The ban was <a href="http://www.williamson-county.org/Home/tabid/36/EntryID/734/language/en-US/Default.aspx">issued today at 1:30</a> and will remain in effect until further notice. It applies to any fire outside of an "enclosure" that contains all the flames and sparks. The ban can be enforced by any police officer.</p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:54:58 +0000 Nathan Bernier 338 at http://kut.org Don't Burn Stuff In Williamson County How Not To Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey http://kut.org/post/how-not-cook-thanksgiving-turkey <p>In case you were considering deep frying your turkey tomorrow, here's some advice from the Austin Fire Department on how to avoid burning your house down.</p><p><object width="425" height="264"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/z4E_JhONpHg?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/z4E_JhONpHg?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="264"></embed></object> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:25:19 +0000 Nathan Bernier 337 at http://kut.org How Not To Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey What's Open and Closed for Thanksgiving http://kut.org/post/whats-open-and-closed-thanksgiving <p>Wondering when to put out your trash or if you need to plug a parking meter? Here's a look at what's open and closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.</p><p>Garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings pickup will be pushed back one day for customers who have service on Thursday or Friday. That means Thursday customers will get their trash collected on Friday and Friday customers will receive pickup service on Saturday.</p><p>Recreation centers, cultural centers, senior centers, and the Dougherty Arts Center, will be closed Thursday and Friday.</p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:06:25 +0000 Nathan Bernier 332 at http://kut.org What's Open and Closed for Thanksgiving Where You Can Find 180 Turkeys Smoking Tomorrow http://kut.org/post/where-you-can-find-180-turkeys-smoking-tomorrow <p>One of the largest charitable Thanksgiving efforts in town starts tomorrow morning in the <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=s_d&amp;saddr=&amp;daddr=I-35+Frontage+Rd+N&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=FQbNzgEdBCQt-g&amp;mra=prev&amp;sll=30.330102,-97.704849&amp;sspn=0.015039,0.01929&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;z=16">parking lot of Bikini's off I-35</a>. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.operationturkey.com">Operation Turkey</a> started in Austin in 2000 and has since expanded to 29 cities across the country.</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:51:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 327 at http://kut.org Where You Can Find 180 Turkeys Smoking Tomorrow Thousands Expected at Feast of Sharing http://kut.org/post/thousands-expected-feast-sharing <p>Many Austinites will be celebrating Thanksgiving a little early today.&nbsp; The 21st annual <a href="http://www.heb.com/page/about-us/community/events/texas/feast-of-sharing">H-E-B Feast of Sharing </a>is from 4- 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.&nbsp; The event is free and open to the public.&nbsp; Santa himself is rumored to be making an appearance.</p><p>Thousands are expected to attend.&nbsp; So what does it take to feed that many people? H-E-B says there will be:</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:53:15 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 324 at http://kut.org Thousands Expected at Feast of Sharing Want To Serve People On Thanksgiving? Here's How http://kut.org/post/want-serve-people-thanksgiving-heres-how <p>If you haven't done it, you've seen it on TV: People serving Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate. Many families make it a holiday tradition. But if you don't know what you're doing, you might show up to a charity already overwhelmed with volunteers, while other organizations are struggling to find last-minute help.</p><p>One of the hottest tickets in town is the Salvation Army Social Service Center on East 8<sup>th</sup> Street. Their spokesman Bob Cox says they were booked solid by Labor Day.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:27:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 317 at http://kut.org Want To Serve People On Thanksgiving? Here's How