Gut Check is in a Turkey Coma -- See You Next Week!

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       Pie from our most recent review, The Dam. | Jennifer Silverberg

You see, loyal readers, we've reached the moment we've all been waiting for. Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and as you read this, we're probably knee deep in mashed potatoes. And following the drinking advice of Schlafly and Taste.

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We know you're really going to miss us while we're on vacation, so here's a little preview of what we'll be doing tomorrow.

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Gut Check Shares Thanksgiving Family Recipes

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From us, to you. | Mabel Suen

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. It's officially crunch time. Here at Gut Check, each of our families have different Turkey Day traditions and recipes that we love. One of the worst best parts of the holiday is spending time with family, and the food really does bring us together. Check out four of our favorite family Thanksgiving recipes after the jump.

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Local Chefs Answer: How Are You Spending Thanksgiving?

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Happy Thanksgiving! | Tim Stackton

Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates food like no other. And that, in our opinion, makes it the best. There are no presents to be bought, lights to be strung or menorahs to be lit (well, except this year). The focus is strictly on food, wine, family and friends. In honor of this most special of days, we reached out to some local star chefs to find out how they will be spending this turkey day.

Find out who's working, what these chefs' favorite traditions are, and who's just ordering Chinese.

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The Perfect Cocktails to Drink on Thanksgiving

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       Taste Bar's Kyle Mathis is an expert, after all. | Nancy Stiles

Last week, with the help of Schlafly, we gave you some advice on how to pair beer with Thanksgiving dinner. Not everyone goes for beer, though -- perhaps you'd like something a little stronger. We asked Taste's (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) bar manager Kyle Mathis for some advice.

See also: Schlafly Tells Us What Beer to Drink on Thanksgiving -- Before, During and After Dinner

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Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

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       Why not get Thanksgiving dinner from St. Louis' best chef? | Jennifer Silverberg

Thanksgiving is all about the food, but for some people, it's about going out to eat, not spending the day elbow-deep in a greasy oven. Or maybe you're not going to be with your family this year, but you still want that delicious turkey. Behold, our handy-dandy guide to eating Thanksgiving dinner at a St. Louis restaurant.

See also: Schlafly Tells Us What Beer to Drink on Thanksgiving -- Before, During and After Dinner

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La Patisserie Chouquette's Turducken Croissant is a Thing of Beauty

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       It totally looks like a regular croissant, doesn't it? | Nancy Stiles

In case you couldn't tell, we kind of love Thanksgiving. It is an entire holiday celebrating food, after all (or being thankful, whatever). It's less than a week away: Bakeries around town are taking orders for pies and other goodies, and it's almost time for the delivery of those Thanksgiving turkeys. However, for one day only, Simone Faure at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) is combining your favorite Turkey Day foods into one yummy, warm pastry: the turducken croissant.

See also: Schlafly Tells Us What Beer to Drink on Thanksgiving -- Before, During and After Dinner


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Where to Get Your Homemade Thanksgiving Pies (and More) in St. Louis

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       Face it: You need a pie. | T.J. Errettenns

Your family gave you one job: Bring the dessert. We all know you can't just throw some in some slice-and-bake cookies in the oven and call it a day. This is Thanksgiving, and everyone's expecting a pie. Pumpkin. Or pecan. Or anything autumn-sounding, really. Do the holiday some justice and don't pick up something premade from the grocery store. There are plenty of delicious bakeries around town that are taking orders for that perfect pie.

See also: How to Locally Source a Thanksgiving Turkey in St. Louis

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Schlafly Tells Us What Beer to Drink on Thanksgiving -- Before, During and After Dinner

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       Schlafly's chief brewer says pumpkin ale is a must. | RFT Photo

Thanksgiving can be a long day. The cooking, the family time, the football -- all that can really take its toll. Luckily, there are plenty of beers to keep you going (and sane). We talked to Schlafly to get some advice on what our stomach can take come Turkey Day.

See also: How to Locally Source a Thanksgiving Turkey in St. Louis

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How to Locally Source a Thanksgiving Turkey in St. Louis

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       We're about to be in a turkey coma. | Tim Sackton

If you're not already thinking about your Thanksgiving turkey, you should be. The best eating holiday ever will be here before you know it, and if you're planning on ordering a turkey, deadlines are looming.

Never fear, Gut Check is here to help you find a delicious and succulent turkey that spent its life frolicking in the Missouri or Illinois countryside instead of cramped up in a cage.

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Eight Superior Alternatives to Thanksgiving Turkey

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A great Thanksgiving meal.
Back in 1981, the great food writer Calvin Trillin made a modest proposal in the New Yorker: That the Thanksgiving turkey be forever abolished in favor of spaghetti carbonara. "The campaign had been inspired," Trillin wrote, "partly by my belief that turkey is basically something college dormitories use to punish students for hanging around on Sunday."

Gut Check is firmly on board with this campaign. There's a reason the food world gushes over a new way of cooking turkey every year (deep frying, brining, spatchcocking, turducken-ing, now steaming): Turkey is dry and boring, the sort of food of which the Pilgrims, who came to America to pursue their freedom not to have any fun whatsoever, would approve. For a chef, it's a challenge.

For the rest of us, it totally violates the spirit of Thanksgiving.

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