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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-21-2005, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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How much will you eat?

Census counts Thanksgiving consumption
By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer | November 21, 2005

WASHINGTON --When Americans tuck into Thanksgiving dinner this week, health-conscious eaters won't be the only ones monitoring how much they eat.

The government will be watching as well.

Each year, the Census Bureau tabulates dozens of obscure facts related to 20 holidays and other observances, generating statistics on everything from how much turkey we eat to how many pumpkins are produced.

For example, most people probably didn't realize that a typical American eats 13.7 pounds of turkey and 4.7 pounds of sweet potatoes each year. Or that 256 million turkeys are being raised in America this year. Or that U.S. exports of cranberries and sweet potatoes help reduce the nation's trade deficit.

For Robert Bernstein, those are the nuggets that feed his imagination. Bernstein is a public affairs specialist at the Census Bureau, and for eight years he has been collecting and disseminating trivia related to holidays and other observances.

For St. Patrick's Day, Bernstein noted that Americans drink an average of 22 gallons of beer a year. For Halloween, he reported that we eat an average of 25 pounds of candy a year. And on Independence Day, he projected that Americans would consume 150 million hot dogs on the holiday, roughly one for every two people.

"It's amazing the breadth of information we have," Bernstein said. "We touch on so many aspects of the human condition."

The government collects the data to monitor everything from economic output to Americans' health habits, information used to shape public policies and develop private business strategies.

Bernstein culls the holiday information from a variety of government sources, relying, for example, on the U.S. Department of Agriculture for much of the data about Thanksgiving.

"We try to put out popular, kind of hip information," Bernstein said.

Perhaps, he said, it will give America's 297 million residents something to ponder as they gather Thursday in many of the country's 107 million homes.
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As much turkey as I can, and skip the rest.
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We don't do thanksgiving, but I always eat either chicken or turkey anyway :laugh

Just hoping I can get through the silly season (Xmas, NY,...) without putting on too much weight this year...
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Turkey like CRAZY!! maybe a small smackeral of stuffing Mmmmm then lots of salad and Im going to give my yam pie a shot this year. I've been thinking about it all year... basically yams/cinammon/splenda/a little molly mcbutter mixed up then put in a cassarole dish and top with some wheat germ then spray that with I cant believe its not butter than bake that puppy a little to get the wheat germ crispy. Sugar free delight baby!! I have no idea how it will work out though...

And a tactical call to the ex landed me a spot at their table on thursday because my father is at work until friday. BAM 2 thanksgivings!
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awesome stone! i'm gonna eat a ton also...make that shit ton...i'm gonna eat a shit ton of food, mostly turkey


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I may go to CostCo and see what I can eat. Or go to Hometown buffet for turkey lunch.


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I may go to CostCo and see what I can eat. Or go to Hometown buffet for turkey lunch.
Costco isn't open on T-day mang.. but they got some nice birds over there. Not to mention pumpkin cheesecake.. ok now I sound like a fattie... :
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TURKEY??? YUCK!!!!!!!!


We eat ham... lol... you'll can keep the bird....
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I eat a lot of turkey, homemade stuffing,



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I'm going to eat two large plates of food consisting of turkey, prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, macaroni and cheese (not that Kraft shit either) and stuffing. Can't wait.
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I may go to CostCo and see what I can eat. Or go to Hometown buffet for turkey lunch.
Costco isn't open on T-day mang.. but they got some nice birds over there. Not to mention pumpkin cheesecake.. ok now I sound like a fattie... :
thanks for the heads up., I'll shop on the day before then.

All that stuff you mentioned sounds good. I'm not cooking no bird. Anyone know where to buy one ready to eat? Yeah I live in the backwoods


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TURKEY??? YUCK!!!!!!!!


We eat ham... lol... you'll can keep the bird....

Turkey is better for you than ham is. Ham has too much salt in it.


I'm tempted to go buy a turkey for ourselves, and then grill it on Friday for lots of high protein food. :
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ham here mostly. my daughter and I prefer the ham over bird. Mom and Dad got just a little breast bird.......so mostly meat this year as we always throw a bunch away.

and cant forget the cranberry sauce.........and moms famous stuffing. and potatoes. and.....this could go on for awhile
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I'll probably have some fresh fruit, a few slices of fresh vegetables, some herbal tea, and top it off with some tofu.















































and if you believe that you are crazy! I'm going to eat until I can't eat anymore. Then lay down on the couch for about 35 mins and eat until I cant eat anymore, then lay down on the couch........

this process will repeat all weekend long :corn


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TURKEY??? YUCK!!!!!!!!


We eat ham... lol... you'll can keep the bird....

Turkey is better for you than ham is. Ham has too much salt in it.


I'm tempted to go buy a turkey for ourselves, and then grill it on Friday for lots of high protein food. :
OK what's a good recipe? Lets say I buy a fresh turkey. Can I grill it on the barbie? Would that work at a low heat setting. Never cooked turkey before.


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TURKEY??? YUCK!!!!!!!!


We eat ham... lol... you'll can keep the bird....

Turkey is better for you than ham is. Ham has too much salt in it.


I'm tempted to go buy a turkey for ourselves, and then grill it on Friday for lots of high protein food. :
OK what's a good recipe? Lets say I buy a fresh turkey. Can I grill it on the barbie? Would that work at a low heat setting. Never cooked turkey before.
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I see a lot of bush turkeys around here..hmm might catch one


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Honestly, I've never cooked a fresh turkey. It's always been one of the Butterball or Jenni-O ones that you thaw out.


The way I grill them is in a Weber charcoal grill with charcoal dividers in it. This allows me to pack opposite sides of the grill with charcoal. From there, heat the coals up so they just start to get a little bit of ash on them.

Put the thawed turkey in the middle of the grill and cook for about 2.5 hours depending upon weight. For this, you'll want a thermometer put into the breast. Also, make sure that the turkey is empty of anything that's packed in it such as the neck, gizzards, etc.

If you put stuffing in it, you'll need to add cooking time to it. Usually, I don't need to baste the turkey, or add coals to the grill.
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