Klimt /

How much can shoppers expect to spend on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year?

Purdue University agricultural economist Corrine Alexander says overall, there has been a less-than-one percent increase in grocery prices over last year. She attributes the slight increase to ample grain inventories and an expansion in livestock production.

Matthew Rogers /

As the holidays begin, social service agencies that cater to the underprivileged are taxed.

At Lafayette’s Food Finders Food Bank, they’ve got plenty of baked goods, but are struggling to find enough meats to include in holiday care packages.

And, as WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski reports, the organization is in the midst of transition – Executive Director Katy Bunder is looking for a larger, less out-of-the-way location into which Food Finders can move.

Thanksgiving Cooking Mistakes Can Lead To Plumbing Problems

Nov 25, 2014
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As families prepare holiday meals this week, some will make mistakes that could be costly not only for them, but also the city they’re living in.

Every year, President of Mann Plumbing in Bloomington David Mann said he gets some panicked calls the week of Thanksgiving.

With so much cooking going on, some things make their way into the sink that shouldn’t.

“Sometimes the kitchen drains get overloaded especially,” Mann said. “Garbage disposals get overburdened and then they can’t go ahead and grind and drain what is put down through there.”

Purdue University

Purdue’s President is teaching a class for the first time this semester. But recently, it was he who got a grade – an 88%, about a B+ -- from the university’s board of trustees for the metrics which affect his merit pay.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask if his grade was fair and how he evaluates his own performance.

We also chat about India – it’s a huge market and one Purdue already has connections to through its student base and some of its top administrators. But not that many American students intern there.

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Be prepared to spend more on that Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Wholesale prices of turkeys are expected to be 8-10 percent higher than last year--the result of higher feed costs following the drought of 2012.

Purdue University agricultural economist Corrine Alexander says the actual price you pay will vary depending on whether you purchase whole or turkey parts; frozen or fresh birds; fresh, precooked or complete turkey meals.

The cost of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is up slightly compared to last year. The Indiana Farm Bureau estimates the increase at a little more than 3%.

The biggest factor is the cost of turkey, which $0.20 per pound more than a year ago. The organization reports the cost is still reasonable at about $5 per person.

A breakdown of the cost of each item this year and last, provided by the Indiana Farm Bureau:

Sweet Potatoes: 86 the marshmallows

Nov 6, 2012

If you want to try something new for your Thanksgiving side dishes, now is the time to start experimenting.

Luckily, Scott Hutcheson can help you out with a recipe that offers a new twist on the old sweet potato.

Sweet Potatoes au Gratin

2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (3 of the tablespoons melted)

1 cup gruyere cheese, grated

1-3/4 cups whipping cream, room temperature

6 fresh sage or 3 sprigs of rosemary (optional)

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste