Think the pilgrims dined on turkey and mashed potatoes at the first Thanksgiving? Not quite. An anthropology professor at Washington and Lee gave her students a taste of real Thanksgiving, including venison and mussels.
Tired of the same old pumpkin pie or squash side dish? Morning Edition challenged Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen to shake up Thanksgiving with recipes that put a new spin on the humble gourd. His chosen recipes include barley risotto with butternut squash and maple-pumpkin stack cake.
Growing up, Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil wanted to be as "non-Filipino" as possible. One way, she decided, was to stop eating rice. Now 31, Ramil has become the family's champion of its Filipino food traditions.
Every year, on Thanksgiving, Susan Stamberg recalls a cranberry relish recipe that's now infamous in public radio land. But another cranberry dish has also graced her holiday table through the years — a cranberry chutney that is sweet, tart and packs a kick of cayenne pepper.
How about a nice, juicy moose burger with your venison? Wild-game suppers are a rural American harvest tradition dating back to Colonial times. This year, 800 people turned out for the long-running "Superbowl" of these suppers, where hunters donate most of the meat (with some roadkill thrown in).
So you know how, if someone comes by and taps the top of your open beer bottle, a volcano of brewski will explode? Well, it turns out that the physics involved are the same as what causes an atomic bomb to form a mushroom cloud. A scientist explains how it works.
Jack Bishop and Brigid Lancaster of the public TV series share tips for buying, seasoning and cooking a turkey (hint: bigger isn't necessarily better, keep lots of salt around and give the bird a break before carving.) They also give advice on how to make some of their favorite side dishes.
Chef Jose Andres is known for cuisine that's one part tradition, one part science experiment, earning him numerous awards and accolades. We talk with Andres about his journey -- both personal and culinary -- thus far, and where he's heading next.
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