Thanksgiving is my favorite U.S. holiday

After six years in the U.S. celebrating Thanksgiving, this holiday is by far my favorite. The Canadian version occurs on a Monday with two days of weekend buildup and back to real life immediately after the meal. The American iteration is way better: one day of eating up front and a three-day weekend for recovery.

With football on television for 15+hrs each day.

We’ve finally figured out how to do it right, getting any visitors into town on Tuesday and doing meal prep Wednesday. Some veggie dishes are already made and the turkey is ready to go in to the roast pan.

A couple of years ago Matt Shipman and I put together some Thanksgiving meal videos – sorta our goofy take on food safety for the holidays.

And here are some timeless food safety infosheets for the holidays.

Holiday meal food safety

Bathing birds is a food safety mess

Avoid foodborne illness during the holidays




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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.