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Oakland North’s favorite Thanksgiving stories and recipes

on November 18, 2012

Whether you are packing a bag and heading out of town, or preparing a Turducken and 15 kinds of pie for the annual onslaught of relatives, or are going to make yourself a turkey sandwich, turn on the football game and call it a day, here are Oakland North’s favorite stories about the Thanksgiving season, plus some information about what’s going on locally this year.

Thanksgiving 2012: What’s open, what’s closed and what to do over the holiday weekend.

Oakland’s Plaid Friday — a local alternative to the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy known as “Black Friday”

Oakland North’s Race to the Airport — Our not-so-scientific test of which mode of transport will get you from the Temescal to the Oakland Airport the fastest (and with the most intact pumpkin pie.) Our race pits bike rider against car driver, and the BART and AC Transit bus systems. Who will win? And what will happen to the pie?

Our recipe for Race to the Airport pumpkin pie — How to make your own, for wherever your travels will take you.

Oaktown Spice Shop shows us how the experts mix up pumpkin pie spice.

The Thanksgiving turkey crosses cultural barriers — There’s more than one way to prepare a turkey. In this piece, we look at kosher and halal takes on the Thanksgiving bird.

Turkey talk: Oaklanders share Thanksgiving cooking tips — Pro tips from butchers and and experienced turkey-makers about how to pick your poultry.

Oakland’s vegetarians and vegans celebrate a meat-free Thanksgiving — but not a Tofurkey-less one.

Thanksgiving leftovers recipes from around the world — Oakland eateries explain how to turn that leftover turkey into curry, tortilla soup, Ethiopian tibbs, and more.

Locals celebrate Native American heritage — November isn’t just for Thanksgiving, it’s also a month to celebrate Native American history.

Family, a job, their health; Oaklanders thankful for basics — In 2010, we asked Oakland residents to tell us what they are grateful for. Here’s what they said.

And here’s what they said in 2012 when we asked them the same question.

Autumn recipes from Oakland North’s readers (starting with school board member Jody London’s apple cider-braised turkey.) — In 2009, we asked readers and local officials to share their beloved family recipes with us. Recipes for ginger cookies, butternut squash dishes, sweet potatoes and more.

The OPD shares tips for avoiding crime during the holidays — OK, it’s not very celebratory. But crime rises during the holiday season, and the OPD has tips to keep you and your home safe.

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