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In the United States Thanksgiving is a national holiday, you probably already know part of the story of thanksgiving but let me tell you about the whole thing.
In 1621, the plymouth colonists and wampanoag indians held and autumn feast together that is known today as the first thanksgiving. For two centuries, thanksgiving was celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln, in the middle of the civil war, declared thanksgiving as a national holiday held each November.
In September 1620, a ship called the mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers. After crossing the atlantic ocean for 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far from their intended destination, Hudson River. They crossed Massachusetts bay, where the pilgrims started to build a village. Throughout the winter, the majority of the colonists stayed on the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy (a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds, which particularly affected poorly nourished sailors until the end of the 18th century), and outbreaks of contagious diseases. Only half of the passengers survived the brutal winter. In march, the remaining pilgrims moved ashore, where they were visited by an Abenaki indian. Several days later, he came back with another Native American, squanto, a member of the Patuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.
In November 1621, The pilgrims first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of allied Native Americans, along with the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. The feast lasted for 3 days, we now call the feast “thanksgiving”, even though it was probably not called this at the time. There are no exact records of the exact menu but Edward Winslow, the pilgrim chronicler, wrote that Governor Bradford sent 4 men on a “fowling” mission to prepare for the feast, and the wampanoags arrived with 5 deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts.
Thanksgiving Day is a National Holiday in America, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It started as a harvest festival after the pilgrims had their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. Nowadays, families join together, traditionally around food (including a turkey), and give thanks for the things they have. It is a kick off to the holiday season and at the end of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa makes a special visit in preparation for Christmas. Here are some facts about this great Holiday:
How to Make Homemade Gingerbread Cookies from Scratch
Yield: Makes 36 Cookies
Here’s What You Will Need:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for baking dish
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (3 to 4 large sweet potatoes; about 1 ¾ pounds)
½ cup milk
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup chopped pecans
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always loved Black Friday. Parents competing in the most serious, yet ridiculous game of tug and war over price reduced toys for their occasionally spoiled children was a concept I found hilarious. Not to mention, the tradition of crowding around my older brother with my two younger siblings as he read out the extreme things adults were doing to get their child the things they wanted for Christmas has become a heartwarming memory for me. However, as I’d sit there, laughing my head off, I’d wonder why sales made people so barbaric. Perhaps it was a conspiracy, where businesses would brainwash us into wild consumers, foaming at the mouth for a 40% off Lalaloopsy. Or maybe, maybe people enjoy the sport of plowing strangers out of the way as much as I do!
The Black Friday name first became famous in print where an ad had appeared in The American Philatelist, a stamp collectors magazine, in 1966. Although a meme made in 2014 started the myth that Black Friday was a day where “slave traders gave discounts,” that’s simply not the case. The Philadelphia Police Department actually started using the name to describe the traffic jams and crowding in the downtown stores.
Now why do people lose it on Black Friday? The answer is simple, way more simple than you’d think. It’s the excitement of experiencing the event firsthand. Basically, people want to know what the big Black Friday fuss is all about, and the best way to find out is to go and see it in action. Not to mention, people have spent the entire day before inside, binge eating fattening foods and watching TV. Now they’re looking to spend their day off preparing for the next big holiday at a fully packed mall, decorated in holiday spirit from head to toe. Black Friday is a tradition most people thoroughly enjoy participating in, even though most people don’t talk about it and prepare for it as much as they do for Christmas or Halloween. It’s not that we’re all brainwashed into taking the best deal we can for useless items that’ll most likely be forgotten by the occasionally spoiled children within the week of getting it, but it’s about the feeling of the event itself the keeps people going and keeps it alive.
However, I feel as if people are always trying to guess the next thing to be forgotten in the upcoming years by what’s being talked about and what, in their eyes, isn’t. One of these “dying” traditions that’s currently being beaten to death by the dreaded internet is Black Friday. This is obviously false. Statistics show at least 23% of American holiday shoppers prefer to go shopping at a physical store on Black Friday, 42% of survey participants ages 18 to 22 said they planned on shopping in brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday. Although, it is possible that in a good number of years from now, Black Friday could be on the losing side of the battle for the holiday shoppers. We’re still far from it, Black Friday will not be going any time soon.
The McElroys have done it again! Those good, good boys (and their father) created a beautiful podcast. The show is currently in its second arc, the first named Balance, and the current called Amnesty. With a few mini arcs thrown in for color. For a podcast created to fill space in ‘My Brother My Brother and Me’ when Justin was on paternity leave, ‘The Adventure Zone’ was a huge success, with one published graphic novel and more on the way. The impeccable wordsmithing combined with their comedic excellence makes for a heartfelt and funny podcast. Be forewarned that this does contain quite a bit if cursing, and each episode is quite long (so be prepared for quite a long binge). Along with many McElroy programs, it runs on a schedule and posts every other thursday, and is hosted on maximumfun.org, an organization which runs on donations from its listeners.
The first main arc, Balance, focuses on three intrepid heros. Merle Highchurch (Clint), Magnus Burnsides (Travis), and Taako (Justin), along with many beloved NPCs (Non Player Characters). It is truly hard to summarize this without spoiling it, but the first act goes as such: Magnus, Merle, and Taako become involved with a secret organization, B.o.B (Beauro of Balance), while on a quest for Gundren Rockseeker (Merle’s distant cousin). They come to work for B.o.B as reclaimers, reclaiming world-destroying artifacts left by the mysterious red robes.
Really, I cannot say enough about how much I love this show. The cast makes you laugh and cry, all while immersed in the lore and world of the story. I would highly recommend, provided you aren’t sensitive to cursing.
It’s getting to that time of the year again when the Fall breeze it just right and family gets together to celebrate the harvest and the preceding year. Whether you're skipping the Thanksgiving turkey or just looking to add unique flavors, here are some turkey alternatives for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Honey Orange Glazed Ham-
Stuffed Chicken Medallions-
Prepare the Barley Risotto
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
Welcome to an article which regardless of whether or not I'll be doing it again I'm gonna call “this month's best of the NYPD”. In this article I'll be talking about the NYPD'S most interesting recent cases and calls. Now of course there's a solid chance that if I keep doing this segment in future issues it will change form but it'll probably have a similar title; that or I just won't do it again.
Let's start with a good one, “Man in 'Scream' mask shoots two in Washington Heights following night of Halloween mayhem” This one goes out to all the BBP school’s personnel who think its the apocalypse because fellas just wanna go to a party on Halloween night and maybe take off the next day. Well, Washington Heights had an exciting Halloween night with five people shot and three stabbed. The most notable part of this is that two of the five people shot were shot by a man wearing a mask from the movie “scream” (probably trying to stay in the Halloween spirit while committing a double homicide.)
“Alec Baldwin arrested for punching man over parking spot in Greenwich Village” Jobs can be hard, jobs can be stressful and sometimes a stressful job can amplify your reaction to other things. For example, if my job was to be in movies and impersonate Donald Trump for millions of dollars I might also have sucker punched someone over a parking space, or maybe I would just not do that. I’m referring to how Alec Baldwin decided to clock a guy in the face because he took a parking spot that Baldwin had his eye on. This was not Baldwin’s personal parking spot or anything, but I guess he just really wanted it.
Here's a good one, “Motorist slices truck driver with 'Rambo' knife during road rage incident in Brooklyn”. A classic case of road rage, there are many stories like this. Sometimes a gun is used. Sometimes Jack Nicholson puts a 9 iron through somebody's windshield but this one happened recently so it’s the one I'll be talking about. Yijun Xu is now facing charges of assault and weapons possession after slashing Angel Martinez on 13th street near second avenue. Xu was trying to get around Martinezes trailer but couldn't so obviously the next step was not to do something dumb like just waiting for him to get out of the way. Xu decided to start yelling at Martinez to move his truck so Martinez threw a napkin at him. Xu didn't like that, not one bit, so he decided to go to his car and get his massive Rambo knife and attack Martinez. Martinez closed his door and Xu opened it stabbing Martinez in the leg and slicing his finger. Xu then fled the scene only to be apprehended by police officers Bryan Jones and Ming Gin Wong.
That's it for this issue of “Best of the NYPD” I'll probably change the title to something better like “real police stories” or something else but as usual my twitter is @brianburf.
We all know that no thanksgiving course is more important than Macaroni and Cheese. Follow this recipe and I guarantee you will impress all your friends and family.
-2 cups of milk (any milk works but use whole for a creamier outcome)
-2 tablespoons of butter (salted)
-2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
-½ teaspoon of salt
-¼ teaspoon of grounded pepper
-1 10oz. Block of extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
-¼ teaspoon of red pepper (optional)
-½ of a 16oz bag of elbow pasta, cooked
Preheat oven to 400°F. Microwave 2 cups of milk on high for 1 ½ minutes. Melt butter in large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour until mixture is smooth. Cook while whisking constantly for 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in warm milk and cook. Whisk for about 5 minutes or until thick.
Whisk in salt, black pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, and, if desired, red pepper until smooth; stir in pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly