Tonight, correspondent Kevin Corke takes a look at a subject near and dear to our hearts... especially to those of us who are working today: Thanksgiving Dinner.
We know. You'll be sitting around your tables laden with turkey and all those very un-Atkins side dishes, while we toil in our respective newsrooms. Those of us with holiday duty can be very creative when it comes to celebrating. Some of us bring pies to work, others dash to 8 p.m. dinners with very patient family members, and many will simply defer the celebrating to the weekend.
The NBC News Washington bureau will have the catered turkey dinner served in our cafeteria. Most of us eat at our desk, and hope for a few uninterrupted minutes to eat. Our hardworking colleagues in New Orleans will also be dining in their newsroom: pineapple ham, mashed potatoes with creole gravy and green bean casserole.
And in Baghdad, where it's really never a holiday, they once again prove how resourceful they are. Our besieged bureau will gather together at a makeshift smoker and cook their own Thanksgiving dinner, perhaps some chickens. Jim Maceda and his team spent the day with the Third Infantry Division, and shared part of their Thanksgiving meal.
Our White House folks with the President in Crawford plan to enjoy the repast at Cricket's Grill in Waco. Believe me, from experience, I can tell you never get in the way of a hungry White House press corps. But I digress.
While we will spend a good part of the day talking about what actually will go into the broadcast tonight, don't be fooled. Most of our conversation will be about food. So it is only fitting that we do a story about food tonight. As we are reminded every year about this time, nowhere is it more evident that we are a nation of immigrants than at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Remember: the only real Americans at that first celebration were the Wampanoag Indians. The rest were immigrants from a smaller country with a bit of an accent. Not much has changed since 1623.
Having grown up in a family where antipasto preceded the turkey, and the cannoli sat right next to the pumpkin pie, it doesn't seem so strange to hear about tandoori turkey, or potstickers for a side dish, or Pasteles de Piña for dessert. Tonight we'll take a look at what some of us will be putting on the Thanksgiving table... and what that says about who we are as a nation today. Sometimes the best part of knowing who you are, is celebrating where you come from.
Hey, are we there yet? Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at Nightly News.