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Snoopy’s Awesomesauce Thanksgiving Trash

I think we can all agree that the Peanuts’ cartoon specials are hilarious and adorable (if not, you are dead to me because what is wrong with you they are great), but I think the Thanksgiving special is my favorite.  I could watch Snoopy wrestle a lawn chair all damn day, because I know his struggle and it is real… Though I be but little, I am fierce, and nothing fills me with white-hot Hulk rage like an inanimate object defying my will.  Spice packet won’t tear at the line?  Apply brute force, spill spice packet everywhere, use entirety of lung capacity to scream “GODDAMNIT!!” and throw it in the trash, kick the trash can for good measure, spill trash across kitchen, see red as the fire of a thousand suns ignites in my pupils, destroy the world.  I’ve got Snoopy’s temper, Peppermint Patty’s tendency to steamroll people and put her foot all up in her mouth, Lucy’s maniacal mean streak and relish for pranks, and under the surface bubbles a pot of Charlie Brown’s social anxieties.  So basically, I’m a delight.  ANYWAY.

For those of you who haven’t seen it since you were 3 (or ever), Peppermint Patty invites herself (and several others) to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.  As usual, Charlie Brown is too socially awkward to object, even though he is going to his grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner in just a few hours.  Gasp!  Good grief!  Linus suggests that Charlie make a dinner real quick for his friends, then go to his grandma’s.  Given his limited cooking abilities, and the fact that his sous chef is a dog, Friendsgiving dinner ends up consisting of popcorn, toast, pretzel sticks, and jellybeans.

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Not everyone is impressed.

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Dafuq is this shit?

Patty freaks out, Marcy apologizes for her, Linus makes a big speech, they all go to Grandma Brown’s house, Snoopy invites Woodstock to participate in some light cannibalism, roll credits.  To enjoy this strange little gem of a holiday special in its 25-minute entirety for yourself, click here.

That sweet, well-intentioned failure of a dinner was my inspiration for Snoopy’s Awesomesauce Thanksgiving Trash (although if I’m being honest, I saw this on Pinterest (so stinkin’ cuuuuute!), and that’s what made me think of combining all the parts of the Peanuts’ gang’s Friendsgiving dinner into an autumnal version of what is commonly known as a ‘trash’ snack mix.  Click this link if you don’t believe ‘trash snack mix’ is a thing.  It is very real.  And so good. ).

I wanted to bring a little Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special to the table this year, so here’s what I came up with:

Snoopy's Awesomesauce Thanksgiving Trash

Snoopy’s Awesomesauce Thanksgiving Trash

What’s in it:

  • kettle corn
  • pretzel sticks
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch (I wanted French Toast Crunch because the bits actually look like little pieces of toast, but I couldn’t find it anywhere…was that a limited time thing??)
  • jelly beans (specifically Buttered Popcorn, Toasted Marshmallow, and Cinnamon JellyBellys)
  • dry roasted peanuts
  • cinnamon cheesecake flavored candy melts

I tossed the freshly-popped kettle corn, pretzels, and peanuts together with the warm, gooey candy melts, then added in the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the jelly beans afterward.  And that’s all there is to it.  Anyone can make this.  You could be eating this in less than 10 minutes.  20 minutes if you need supplies first.

I was hoping to add a little color to the whole thing by throwing in some kind of autumny sprinkles, but I apparently missed the boat for that, because it’s all red and green sprinkles everywhere, as far as the eye can see.  Oh well.  It tastes so damn good, no one will care.  I’ve been sampling it as I put it together and OH MY GOD.  SO GOOD.

The great thing about a solid trash mix is that you can change it up any which way you like, and it’ll be good no matter what, as long as you’re not terrible at combining flavors.  I wanted to get the popcorn, jelly beans, pretzels, and toast into the mix, and I had the cinnamon cheesecake candy melts left over from another project, so I just shot for sweet/salty/cinnamon when I was throwing this together.  But you can make a trash mix for any occasion, with just about anything.  And people go apeshit for it.

By the way, that killer print in the background was done by a very talented guy named Tom Whalen.  He makes all kinds of badass posters, and you should go check him out while you’re eating trash.

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Beaujolais Nouveau: A Better History for Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving.  I love the food and wine and DESSERTS, and getting together with family, and I’m 100% on board with taking a day to feel grateful… But I, like any student of history, don’t particularly care for the willing ignorance behind the whole Pilgrims and Indians motif.  Call me Wednesday Addams, but even if members of these two groups enjoyed some kind of meal together, it doesn’t negate the government-sanctioned genocide and land theft.  It just feels a little disingenuous to pretend not to know any of that, just because waffle cone teepees and pilgrim hat marshmallow cookies are both delicious and adorable.

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You can’t even taste the historical atrocities!

So, if you’re looking to bring some history to your Thanksgiving table that isn’t quite so soaked in blood and tears, and also brings booze along with it, may I suggest: Beaujolais Fest!  On Thursday night, Hubstep and I went to a little wine club meeting, and we learned a little bit of history while tasting many, many wines.

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This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau label. Notice how the bottle is already almost empty.

Hubstep, "just tasting" the wine

Hubstep, “just tasting” the wine

Back in the day, in the Beaujolais region of France (pronounced Boe-jhe-LAY), there grew a little grape known as Gamay.  The Gamay grapes were thought to be less “elegant” than the Pinot Noir grown in the same region, and the nobility wanted nothing to do with them.  Making wine with Gamay grapes was basically social suicide.  But the workers in the fields thought the Gamay was just fine, and found that it even fermented more quickly than the other grapes.  And so, a tradition began among the fieldhands, to collect and ferment the Gamay grapes for themselves.  A few short weeks later, they’d celebrate the end of the harvest season by cracking open their bottles of freshly fermented wine, and getting schwasted.

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Click here for the wiki. Because French words are hard to spell.

As time went on, the party got more and more out of hand, and eventually it became a world-wide phenomenon and the government of France had to lay down a few rules (mostly to prevent early release of the vintage).  But!  The Beaujolais Nouveau wine is still made the same way (essentially using gravity, rather than a press (or feet!), to crush the grapes), the Gamay grapes are still picked by hand, and all over the world, at midnight on the third Thursday of November, the Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released, and there is much rejoicing.  Beaujolais Day is a celebration of the harvest, and of the laborer who makes it possible.  Those field workers used the grapes they had access to (what the nobility thought were garbage grapes), fermented them whole in barrels, and after waiting the minimum amount of time necessary for it to turn into alcohol, busted out their humble vintage, and celebrated another year of hard work, together with their friends and family.  They didn’t have the fine wines and fancy parties of the lords they worked for, but they did have food, and wine, and family.

Making do with what you have, and gratitude for it.  Hard work, and the satisfaction of a job well done.  A table laden with the fruits of the harvest, surrounded by family.  This story may be French, but all that sounds pretty damn close to what Thanksgiving, and America, are all about.

So, may I suggest bringing a little Beaujolais Nouveau to your Thanksgiving table this year.  It’s fruity and surprisingly smooth for such a young wine, and it pairs really, really well with turkey and stuffing and cranberries.  You can find it just about anywhere that sells wine, like the grocery store, and it’s usually priced right around $10/bottle, so it’s affordable for the working family.  So, here’s to working hard, being with family, eating pie and drinking wine, and being grateful.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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