For most, Thanksgiving might stir peaceful images of families sitting down to a meal and feeling content, maybe even a little sleepy. Not here! Around my family and friends, Thanksgiving has become another venue for outright competition as we struggle to make the biggest, tastiest, most outrageous creations we can, and then further compete about how they were made or consumed.
Whose turkey is the most heirloom, organic, and local? Whose pumpkin pie is the richest? Who can eat the most Thanksgiving dinner? (Two years ago, I ate 7 lbs and Saul
beat me with 10 lbs that he claims he still hasn’t lost!)
So, for this Thanksgiving, to help celebrate a cornucopia stuffed way beyond its limit and literally exploding with excess, Instructables is holding a Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level
contest. Anything and everything Thanksgiving related is eligible and great documentation counts just as much as great concepts. Some ways you could take Thanksgiving to the next level:
- Triple-decker pumpkin pie, topped by a double-decker pecan pie, with homemade icecream on top.
- How, where, and why you found a specific breed of turkey that is raised only by one farm, fed only organic grubs, and sung lullabies every evening before it went to sleep. Or, how to hunt a turkey -- whichever, really.
- Thanksgiving games, particularly unruly, rowdy ones, or games that lead to even more excess, like “increase in body-fat during Thanksgiving dinner” competitions.
- Unique recipes, especially secret family recipes, or recipes not usually considered part of Thanksgiving. What better way to bring more excess than to increase the potential list of things to make?
- Elaborate, solar-powered, blinking LED, DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces.
- Standard recipes documented so lovingly, beautifully, exactingly that they raise the bar for the already awesome recipe keyword. Use macro-mode pictures when appropriate!
Need some inspiration? turkey tek’s
Thanksgivings sound about perfect to me with a recirculating gravy fountain
, giant pies
, and liquid nitrogen ice cream
. Chicken Salad
and Salmon Tartare Coronets
set the bar for documentation; see if you can meet or exceed that level.
Prizes for the Instructables that really take Thanksgiving to the next level are:Grand Prize
The three super-best Instructables will win beta Eye-fiEye-Film
. These SD cards are 802.11g wifi enabled and will upload your pictures directly a some of the major photo sharing and storage services. More information here
. First Prize Package!
The three best Instructables will win On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
and a Tanita UM080 Scale with Body Fat and Body Water Monitor
. With this prize pack you can read about the savory amino acids, learn how wine is made, and better understand long-chain polysaccharide networks all while charting exactly where that turkey ended up.Second Prize
10 projects will win one year magazine subscriptions to your choice of Make
(digital or print version), Craft
(digital or print version), or ReadyMade
15 Projects will be selected for honorable mention and will win an Instructables patch to sew onto your bag, jacket, turkey, or wherever.
All entries must be published and entered in the Thanksgiving group
by end of the day November 30th (one week after Thanksgiving).