It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

It’s easy to find advice about pairing beer with your Thanksgiving dinner, but what about advice on cooking with beer for Thanksgiving. Philly Beer Scene tells us how to throw a beer infused feast with recipes for things like Beer and Mushroom Gravy and a Cauliflower Green Bean Gratin with beer in it.

Every November, Thanksgiving comes around and brings us one of the greatest days of the year. A whole day dedicated to good food, great beer, football and family. However, sometimes all of that is not enough, and we want to find a way to bring Thanksgiving to the next level. To do this, we picked out some of the best chefs from the areas best bars. Together, these chefs created the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner and each course incorporates some of the best local beers and one special beer with a huge local following. This year, treat your family to a better Thanksgiving dinner and have a new way to share your love of craft beer with them. A few tastes of these recipes are sure to win over even the most stubborn beer drinker.
Click here for all the recipes.


Decanter reports that NBC is developing a supernatural soap opera that takes place in Napa and revolves around mythical grape vines. It seems to be generating a lot of interest.

A supernatural soap opera involving mystical ancient vines on a Napa Valley wine estate is currently being developed by the NBC network in the US.

Japanese director Hideo Nakata – the man behind cult horror movie The Ring – is being slated as a possible producer or director of Vines, which revolves around a troubled family in search of a new life together.

Click here for the full story.

Over at Sustainablog, there’s a thought provoking piece about the free turkeys that supermarkets give out as loyalty rewards this time of year.

As Thanksgiving, aka “Turkey Day” to most Americans, draws near once again, supermarkets across the country are offering free turkeys as holiday promotions. The deal, of course, is that when you spend X dollars in the store, you get a free turkey to feed your family on Thanksgiving day. This enticement not being enough, the stores put up large posters showing juicy, golden-brown turkeys, and even advertise them in their store flyers and on receipts.
Click here for the full story.


MNN’s family blogger Jenn wrote about 6 iPhone apps that can help you prepare for Thanksgiving. Check out Thanksgiving? There an app for that.

Enjoy your weekend!

Image: Matt Callow

See also:

Thanksgiving crafts

Thanksgiving recipes

History of Thanksgiving

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Supernatural, mythical grape vines, Thanksgiving cooking with beer and more
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.