Thanksgiving Day Dog Show Is Back

For John O’Hurley, Thanksgiving has gone to the dogs. Come Nov. 28, O’Hurley will again be seen hosting The National Dog Show, the tradition-rich all-breed contest hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, airing on NBC right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “It’s not just a dog show. It’s kind of become a day of celebration of dogs,” he lets us know. Working dogs, Sporting dogs, Terriers and Toys… Even the casual canine connoissseur could harldy help but enjoy …

Thanksgiving: the Music of Memory

We sang with a muscled verve never to be denied. It thumped through the small Oakland house like the drums of an anthem-and in a way it was. The song was “The Three Caballeros,” and we were three indeed, a soldier and two Marines, and we were brothers. We sang it on Thanksgiving Day. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter That first rendition was offered on the holiday Thursday sometime in the late 1950s. Eddie, who had been …

After 58 Years, Shouldn’t Green Bean Casserole Retire?

Some people claim it’s not Thanksgiving without a mushy green bean casserole on the table, but others – myself included – say it’s time to dump this 50′s era corporate concoction and come up with something healthier and better-tasting. Back in 1955, the home economists at the Campbell Soup Company were asked to create a recipe that used the company’s products for a fall food story to be published by the Associated Press. The result was the now famous (or …

Mayhem in the Quiet Car

If you’ve ever taken Amtrak, you may be familiar with the “quiet car.” This car (as recently described in a New York Times article) is a haven from the constant noise, music and conversation that invades many of our lives. I myself am a regular quiet car rider. It’s a usually peaceful experience and I use the time to catch up on research reports or read a book. But every so often we experience an “incident.” The Wednesday before Thanksgiving …

Green Bean Casserole: A 57-Year Love Affair

What’s one of the most popular Google searches today? Green bean casserole. Yup, right there behind the top search – Black Friday deals – tens of thousands of Americans are scurrying to remember how to make the casserole first devised in 1955. This all-American invention came from the Campbell Soup kitchen, thanks to home economist Dorcas Reilly, whose goal was to come up with a simple dish (using company products, of course) that used as few ingredients as possible. The …

Pumpkin Pie on the Plane and Other Holiday Questions

Will airport security let me bring my pie as a carry-on? Can I cook a frozen turkey? Does deep-frying a bird really work? You have holiday questions, we have answers. What food can I take as a carry-on? According to the Transportation Security Administration’s website, these foods are classified as potential threats: cranberry sauce, creamy dips and spreads, gravies, jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils, vinegars, salad dressing, salsa, sauces and soups. The answer to the season’s No. 1 one travel question – …