A 40-pound tom turkey flaps his wing as Chris Conley carries him to a pen at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., on Friday. The farm raises approximately 20,000 broad-breasted white turkeys per year. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Jerry Dockery checks his frying turkey as he tailgates at Eastern Market before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Detroit on Thursday. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Kids (and Grandpa) can inject the humor needed to make a Thanksgiving memorable. H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images hide caption

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Akutaq or agutak — also known as Eskimo ice cream — is a favorite dessert in western Alaska. It's made with berries and frothed with fat, like Crisco. Al Grillo/AP hide caption

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Baked Squash Kibbeh: Middle-Eastern kibbeh is a finely ground combination of beef or lamb, bulgur and onions either formed into balls and deep-fried or pressed into a pan and baked. For a vegetarian version of this flavorful dish, why not pair butternut squash with the warm spices? Steve Klise/Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen hide caption

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The turkeys at Kate Stillman's farm don't have to be loaded on a trailer and driven hundreds of miles this year. They now meet their ends on the same farm where they lived their lives. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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NPR producer Olly Dearden is a fan of most classic Thanksgiving dishes, but calls sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows a "culinary abomination." Stephen Little/Flickr hide caption

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Just imagine if this 19th-century turkey was stuffed with warbler, lark, bunting, thrush, quail, lapwing, plover, partridge, woodcock, teal, guinea fowl, duck, chicken, pheasant, goose, turkey and bustard (an Old World breed of turkey). Philip Spruyt/Stapleton Collection/Corbis hide caption

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The airline industry is predicting more people will take to the skies this Thanksgiving than in any year since the start of the recession. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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President George W. Bush paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to American troops in Baghdad on Nov. 27, 2003. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Talkin' Turkey: In the run-up to Thanksgiving, marketers and PR pros seem to compete for the title of the most creative tie-in to their own business or cause. That led us to list some notable pitches. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Passengers wait for a BoltBus to arrive during a light rain, Wednesday, Nov. 27 in New York. A wall of storms packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies and rails for Thanksgiving. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Tuesday's forecast for the eastern half of the U.S. shows big bands of rain, freezing rain and snow. National Weather Service hide caption

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