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…It’s TGI Friday: Hanna In A Choppa?

Hanna In A Choppa

Hanna In A Choppa is a simple yet fun helicopter game where you must fly your choppa around and land near the flag using only your keyboard.

The controls are simple, the orange on black design is fantastic, the level designs are varied and imaginative and the developer threw in a few inside jokes to keep things interesting. (Wait till you get to level 21!)

What more could you want from an after Thanksgiving time waster?

[Hanna In A Choppa]

…PETA doesn’t like Thanksgiving?

Cooking Mama

PETA never ceases to amaze me.

This year, in protest of Thanksgiving’s annual turkey slaughter, they took the Cooking Mama game and gave it an “unauthorized” twist, as Mama is now the ruthless killer of animals, and you must help her prepare, stuff and cook a bird while extra gore tries to distract you from the task at hand.

Surprisingly, the Flash game is well-done, and serves up a heaping serving of PETA propaganda as you play, though it’s all optional, and you can pick and choose what you want to learn more about, so they’re not jamming the message down your throat.

The turkey used in the game however…
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…It’s Blog Action Day: Poverty?

Blog Action Day

Today more than 10,000 sites will participate in Blog Action Day by talking about Poverty, with the goal being to raise awareness, initiate action, and shake the web.

Though Blog Action Day has been planned for months, it seems like a rather appropriate time to be talking about poverty, since many of our fellow humans are now facing a more dire economic situation than they’ve faced in years, if not ever.

Despite these tough times though, I think it’s important to keep in mind one of the fundamental rules that I try and live my life by: It could always be worse.

Despite how bad things might get for you, keep in mind that there’s always someone who is worse off, and that because of this, you should never stop giving to those in need.

Thankfully, this wisdom was instilled in me by my mother, who would do things like take my family to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day to remind us that you should always be thankful for everything that you have, because regardless of how much or how little it might be, there are always people around you who will have less, and that if you just give a little bit of yourself, you can help others in ways that you can hardly imagine.

So I guess my tip for this year’s Blog Action Day boils down to what I suggested for the last year’s Blog Action Day as well: Just do something!

Regardless of how much or how little you have, just by doing something for a fellow man that may have less than you can make a world of difference.

Whether it’s donating a few dollars to a microloan, trick-or-treating for a cause, or just volunteering your time to help someone get back on their feet, there are plenty of things that you can do to help those around you, and it doesn’t take a huge financial outlay to make a difference.

If we all just did something, and helped out someone less fortunate, the world would be a much better place, and poverty wouldn’t be the problem that it is today.

And remember, times may be tough, but just like Abraham Lincoln said, “This too shall pass”.

…It’s Things Thursday: Neiman Marcus Christmas Book?

Neiman Marcus 100 Anniversary Edition Christmas BookIt is Thanksgiving, so I am going to spend some quality time with the family today instead of updating DYH (Plus, you should be spending some quality time with your family today as well instead of reading DYH!) but it is also Thursday, so I do want to at least leave you with something to check out for Things Thursday.

Thus, if you’re already starting to think about what to get those special someones for the holidays, then be sure to check out Neiman Marcus’s Christmas Book.

This year marks their 100th anniversary of the Christmas Book, and The 100 Anniversary Edition is filled with as much gift giving cheer as ever.

Plus, their Fantasy Gifts section is, as always, filled with the gifts that dreams are made of.

From NM edition Lexus IS Fs to personal submarines to classical concerts to an entire rocket racing league franchise, it’s a millionaire’s playground, and you’re invited to take a peak.

Don’t have a seven figure budget?

Don’t worry, the Christmas Book is filled with plenty of gifts for the normal gift giver as well; but it is fun to dream…

[Neiman Marcus – Christmas Book]

…Turkeys are too plain?

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means that all across the country, thousands of turkeys will give their lives to celebrate the slaughtering of Indians (ok, I digress, it’s also a celebration of family get-togethers and giving thanks, but it’s always good to remember the origin, right?). You could always just bake your bird for a few hours, rub it with some seasonings, and call it a day, but that wouldn’t be very much fun now, would it? DYH is here to help with some alternative holiday turkey preparations for this feathered feast.


Option One: Turducken

Made famous by John Madden, this uniquely American dish consists of a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken then filled with stuffing. Each bird is de-boned before its insertion, and the end result is a mass of meat and stuffing that is sure to send any vegetarians off the deep end (but then Thanksgiving isn’t exactly a vegetarian’s favorite holiday now, is it?). If three birds aren’t enough, you could attempt to recreate a roast created for a French feast in the 19th century called the Bustergophechideckneaealckideverwingailusharkolanine. This beast of a bird consisted of a bustard stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an ortolan and a passerine, because nothing says Thanksgiving like excessive excess.

Deep Fried Turkey

Option Two: Deep Fried Turkey

A Louisiana creation, the deep fried turkey is a delicious option for those short on time, as the deep frying process takes considerably less than a traditional oven or rotisserie grill method. The only thing needed to deep fry a turkey is a fryer big enough to fit the bird into, and thankfully these have become much easier to obtain thanks to the growing popularity of this dish. At three minutes per pound, you’ll have Kernel Sanders jealous in no time. Just make sure to dispose of the hot oil properly; you don’t want to end up taking a bath in the stuff.

Paper Turkey

Option Three: Paper Turkey

Though you can’t exactly eat this turkey, a paper turkey would make quite the centerpiece at your holiday table. Complete plans and instructions are readily available, and you’re sure to impress your friends with your origami mastery (though probably not your culinary skills if they try to eat it).

White Castle

Option Four: White Castle Stuffing

If you’re going to stick with cooking a classic bird, you might as well spice it up a little bit with a unique stuffing. Nothing says “I think outside the box” like a stuffing made with White Castle Burgers. The recipe is as follows:

    10 White Castle hamburgers, no pickles
    1 1/2 cups celery, diced
    1 1/4 tsp. ground thyme
    1 1/2 tsp. ground sage
    3/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
    1/4 cup chicken broth

    In a large mixing bowl, tear the burgers into pieces and add diced celery and seasonings. Toss and add chicken broth. Toss well. Stuff cavity of turkey just before roasting. Makes about 9 cups (enough for a 10- to 12-pound turkey). Note: Allow 1 hamburger for each pound of turkey, which will be the equivalent of 3/4 cup of stuffing per pound.

Don’t have a White Castle in your area? No problem, they sell frozen burgers at grocery stores across the country.


Option Five: Tofurky

If you’ve got a close foul friend, are vegetarian, or really just can’t stand to join in on this American tradition, Tofurky is always an option (though hopefully a last resort). Made with tofu, Tofurky supposedly has incredible turkey-like texture and flavor. I only hope they make Toduck and Tochicken soon, so that if by some freak accident I became allergic to meat, I could still enjoy a nice Tofurducken.

So there you have it, five off the wall options for this meal of the year. Just make sure you can digest everything by morning, you wouldn’t want to miss out on a Black Friday now, would you?

[Wikipedia – Turducken]

[Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Turducken Recipe]

[Instructables – How To Deep Fry A Turkey]

[MAKE: Blog – Paper Turkey Plans]

[White Castle – White Castle Burger Turkey Stuffing]

[White Castle Stuffing Via: Junk Food Blog]

[Turtle Island Foods – Tofurky]