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Spaghetti Carbonara Day

By November 18, 2012

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As is usual at this time of year, less than a week before Thanksgiving, Spaghetti Carbonara is one of the most popular recipes here at About.com Culinary Arts. I have no doubt that the great food writer Calvin Trillin would be pleased.
Spaghetti carbonara
Better than turkey?
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Trillin wrote the classic essay "Spaghetti Carbonara Day," in which he argues that we should eat Spaghetti Carbonara on Thanksgiving instead of the traditional turkey. His reason? Roasted turkey, he says, has a tendency to be dry and flavorless. It's a common complaint.

By why Carbonara? His reason for that goes back to the whole "Columbus discovered America" idea, and since Columbus was Italian, Trillin concludes, we should eat Italian food on Thanksgiving. But his larger point is that Spaghetti Carbonara is good, and roasted turkey (frequently) isn't. What better rationale does a food lover need? Enjoy this simple recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara. And while you're at it, check out this video on How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara.

Turkey Countdown: For those of you who are roasting a turkey, if your turkey is 16 pounds or bigger, you should start thawing it today. Read How to Thaw a Turkey.

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November 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(1) Megan Romer - World Music says:

Can someone please explain the value of stupid traditions to me? Every year, it’s stress, stress, stress about how we’re gonna make the turkey edible, and yet no one will ever just give it up. *Sigh.*

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