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The Turkey Who Loved My Wife (with Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich)

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Nov 21, 2015

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Radiolab's Robert Krulwich loves turkey for Thanksgiving -- as long as the bird is roasted and neatly sliced on his plate.

Wild turkeys are a different story, as he learned one year when a turkey wandered into his yard:

"[The turkey] looked at [my wife] and then he came really unusually close to her," Roberts recalls. "And then he just hung with her where ever she went. He fell in love with her."


Robert dealt with that amorous turkey the way any rational, mature husband would:

"For some strange reason I became jealous of this animal," he admits. "I would go out with my tennis racquet and go whack."


In Part 2 of The Sporkful's two-part Thanksgiving Special, Robert and I also debate strategies for using up Thanksgiving leftovers and ponder a timeless conundrum: At what point in a meal should you take the best bite?

Plus, I go to a bar called South in Brooklyn to see NY Times drinks columnist Rosie Schaap, who shows me how to make the perfect cocktail for a fall day in the kitchen -- the Autumn Bonfire.

And I call Butterball’s turkey hotline to get one last pre-Thanksgiving pep talk. The lady I talk to there has been giving out Thanksgiving cooking advice for more than a decade, but she tells me that her own family still second-guesses her when she’s cooking for holiday meals.

Keep that in mind, Eaters. And if your family argues with you in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, don’t feel so bad.

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If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s dessert.

On the Media host Brooke Gladstone and I make her patented Thanksgiving dessert, a Mennonite dish with Saltines in it called cracker pudding (recipe). Everything imaginable goes wrong when we get together in the kitchen (watch the video), but it still comes out looking like this:


As Sam Sifton wisely noted when he shared his advice for hosting Thanksgiving in the first half of our Thanksgiving Special:

“There's going to be plenty of food, and if it looks as if there's not, you’re going to pour double-size drinks.”

Happy Thanksgiving, Eaters!

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier episode.

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