Thanksgiving, like all holiday dinners, has its defining dishes. On Thursday, Nov. 26, American families will be consuming turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and, inevitably, something involving cranberries. There’s nothing wrong with tradition–but it’s easy to insert a few new side dishes to spice it up.
467,484 views on YouTube — and counting — can’t be wrong. The video in question? “If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe’s,” a love letter of sorts to, of all things, a chain grocery store. Surprising? Hardly, when you consider that the store in question is a quirky, friendly, and low-priced option that has penetrated the lifestyles and psyches of Californians for generations.
Tune into the Food Network and you’ll see “food porn” at its best. The visual we enjoy today stands in stark contrast to the barren culinary landscape that Julia Child confronted nearly a half-century ago. In the past dozen years or so, the culinary roots Child planted have blossomed on the small screen.