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Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Our house smells wonderful. The hubby's pumpkin pie is baking.

I get the oven next to cook the turkey and my grandmother's dressing.

Of course, all this Turkey Day cooking is scheduled around football.

Happy Thanksgiving America!

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The timer is going off. It's my turn in the kitchen, so I'm taking the rest of today off to cook and then eat.

Here's wishing you and your families a great holiday.

And go Cowboys!

Thanksgiving, food and tax tidbits: If you're not a football fan or your team isn't playing or you need a break from your holiday visitors, here's some reading to help you kill a few minutes this Thanksgiving Day.

Business Insider has collected 10 jaw-dropping stats about our traditional Turkey Day meal.

Virginia has an historic taxes and turkey tradition.

PBS News Hour takes a look at Thanksgivings at the White House.

Mental Floss explains why the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys play Thanksgiving Day games.

Bankrate takes us on a tour of the most expensive Thanksgiving dinner.

The Christian Science Monitor explains why our turkey and trimmings are more expensive this year.

Federation of Tax Administrators data show that in 2011, 14 states collected sales tax on groceries: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Most of those states tax food at rates lower than the state sales tax rate. But some states also allow local jurisdictions to add their own taxes on food.

If dinner conversation stalls, now you have some seasonal tidbits to spice it up.

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