If you're making the meal by hand, our sister paper, the Houston Press, tests methods to prevent onion tears. No one should cry in the kitchen on a holiday. Save the tears for the family angst.
Speaking of crying and angst, 7x7.com recommends what to drink throughout Thanksgiving day. Tip: beer's not a good choice first thing while putting the turkey in the oven. Go for sangria instead.
Thanks to our neighbors at the University of Missouri - Columbia, we might be closer to safer poultry at the holidays and year-round. KSPR in Springfield, Missouri, reports that food scientist Azlin Mustapha at the university has developed a test that detects salmonella in poultry and eggs in 12 hours instead of the usual 5 days. Mustapha developed the E. coli test for beef that's used by the state's Department of Agriculture. For this, we are thankful.