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4 The Jibsheet November 24, 2009 FEATURES Winner, ',Jinner turkey dinner Riley Hartwell ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR Thanksgiving means a lot of things to different people. To some, it means getting together with family and friends and sharing a meal, just like the Pilgrims and Indians who came together all those years ago. To others, it's a day celebrating the fact that we took over already inhabited land and shared not only a meal, but also diseases, such as small pox with the Native Americans. However you view Thanksgiving, it is a holiday celebrated with food, family and giving thanks. This foodusually comes in the form of traditional cranberry sauce, delicious mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, vari0us vegetables, honey baked ham--the list goes on and on. Of course, the main event, the star of the meal-- the turkey--cannot be forgotten. Back in the day, when the Pilgrims started this tradition, there weren't too many options on how to cook it or different ways to eat it. If you were a vegetarian, ),ou were out of luck and didn't get any protein in this meal. From the deep-fried to thetraditional, to turkey-flavored tofu and even a "turducken," there are many. ways to enjoy turkey; you never have to get stuck with-a dry bird again. Deep frying is always in and it seems like anything fried has to be good. People fry chicken and fish everyday, why not a turkey too? Deep fried turkey takes less time to cook, approximately 40 minutes, compared " to the daylong process of the traditional oven-baked turkey. All you have to do is purchase a lot of cooking oil whether it's peanut or canola and a special deep fryer made for turkey. If you enjoy the there are still tons online and in cookbooks that you can use to get the best flavor out of your bird. You can use a garlic herb butter rub or just a little salt and pepper. Oven baking your turkey is a nice tradition to keep going. It gives you time to bond with your family and work together to make a delicious turkey. If you don't have a huge family, you don't need to roast a turkey. You can purchase individual turkey breasts and  saut6 them within minutes. This is a valuable option to keep in mind if you don't want to tackle a large bird and want to avoid eating turkey sandwiches, soups, and casseroles for the next few weeks. If it's not the method of cooking that you need to change, but the turkey itself that is not desirable, there's something for vegetarians, too. For most vegetarians, tofu is the ultimate food substance that fulfills the protein space on the food pyramid. "Tofurkey" is a loaf of wheat protein that is stuffed with various grains or breads flavored by broth, seasoned herbs and spices: It looks like a large ball of tofu, which when cut in two rvegetable and bread stuff-mg. Well, to put it in the nicest way possible, it is an interesting route to take. On the positive side, there's no preparation needed and you can microwave it. Don't knock it until you try it. So, if you're still not happy with Photo courtesy of google images the different choices (especially the last one), there's something any bird lover will enjoy. It's called a "turducken" and is the fusion of a chicken, within a duck, within a turkey. It's very large and looks like a normal turkey on the outside but ultimately it combines three different birds that taste good separately-- maybe even better together. You can either purchase this triple threat at your local grocery store or take on the challenge of constructing it yourself. It's a time-consuming process but it might be fun to prepare and cook. From the fried to the traditional, tofurkey to turducken, there are tons of recipes and ways to keep Thanksgiving dinner interesting. FEATURES@THEJIBSHEET.EOM Sugar an [spice--plus everything nice Alina Faustman FEATURES EDITOR Rachael Ray, cute as a button, sweeter than cookies and cooking guru extraordinaire. Rachael Ray R a y grew up memory around food. "My first vivid is watching my mom in a restaurant kitchen. She was flipping something with a spatula. I tried to copy her and ended up grilling my thumb,"said Ray. Ray has emerged quickly into the wildly successful career as a celebrity television star, an idyllic Food Network television personality, bestselling cookbook author and the founder and editorial director of her own lifestylos magazine. The success of the "Rachael Ray Show" has shot to the top of the ratings. Her unique style and approach to Photo courtesy of http://wwz.babble.com cooking offers something no one else has. The show receives an average of 2.6 million views daily, making it one of the most-watched daytime shows. Her warm energy, boundless charisma and endless curiosity helps bring a new light to the show daily, The concept behind the program focuses on more than just Ray's culinary skills. The show offers celebrity interviews, provocative discussions, musical performances and featured guest like Oprah. The set of the show is one of kind. The audience is seated on a large turntable that rotates. This gives the audience a real sense of the action taking place around them. Ray has a lot planned for Thanksgiving this year. On her website, she offers everything you need to know about cooking a traditional and non-traditional turkey dinner. For the future of food and television, you can definitely count on Ray to give the latest, most popular recipes and entertainment. FEATURES@THEJIBSHEET.COM