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“A turkey is what really makes a holiday meal and there are so many ways to prepare them, including frying and baking, but @ suggests to "smoke 'em if you've
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“Traditional meat at Christmas in Iceland is the bird Tarmagan which is shoot wild in the Icelandic mountains as is the Reindeer, also popular is smoked Pig or Lamb. Many have also,
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“Turkey gets top billing on this list for the simple fact that without turkeys, Thanksgiving would be just another day of the week AND we'd never have a real use for cranberry
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“Usually my dad gets a giant free range 100% organic turkey. I think this year we're actually getting one directly from a farm...interesting. Either way, he makes a pretty mean
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“As the host/ess, it is your responsibility to provide the turkey. Plan on 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person, you'll have plenty for leftovers, if you want to send guests home with
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“I need the turkey. I'm relying on the tryptophan to mellow out my guests, making them feel sleepy and comfortable rather than inspired to talk about politics or why I'm not married
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“I always like it in sandwiches, but it's especially delicious with cranberries and gravy at Thanksgiving.”
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A turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris. One species, Meleagris gallopavo, commonly known as the Wild Turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The domestic turkey is a descendant of this species. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the Ocellated Turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Turkeys are classed in the taxonomic order of Galliformes. Within this order they are relatives of the grouse family or subfamily. Males of both species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak—called a snood in the Wild Turkey and its domestic descendants. They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many galliform species, the male (tom or gobbler) is larger and much more colorful than the female (hen).
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