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Live blogging Thanksgiving

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By Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca

I've tuned in for live blogging of sports games. I've even glanced at blogs relaying a play-by-play of the Oscars.

But blogging a food event? Only in New York.

Over 24 hours ending Thursday evening, Kim Severson of the New York Times invited readers into her home as she blogged about preparations and the final execution of her Thanksgiving dinner, the "biggest event of the year" for Americans.

In it, she documents her burnt walnuts, begging neighbours for use of their oven and the debate over whether to brine or not to brine — all the typical dilemmas that go along with cooking mass amounts of food for friends and family.

Make no mistake, though. This is by no means a typical blog, as evidenced by the guest appearances by a couple of foodie heavyweights.

In one update, Severson posts an e-mail response from author Michael Pollan to a commenter who wondered what the renowned locavore might be cooking for Thanksgiving. (The answer: His mom has it covered. He's only making the brussel sprouts.)

And it's also somewhat reassuring to see that even famous chef Alice Waters is not immune to holiday meal missteps.

"OK, so just so no one feels alone, Miss Alice Waters herself just called. Thanksgiving at her house is in the weeds a bit, too," Severson writes, adding that it was some sort of "cornbread crisis."

Severson admits feeling a little "in the weeds" herself a few times. It's no wonder, really, with having to write blurbs, add links and take pictures all the while concocting the extravagant meal. I'm not sure that I'd be up to the task.

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