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NY Times Staffers Answer Thanksgiving Questions

If you’ve got questions about preparing Thanksgiving dinner, The New York Times has answers. Sam Sifton, the Times’ food editor; Melissa Clark, a food columnist; and Eric Asimov, a wine critic, are all answering questions on the Times’ Facebook page right now.

A quick example: One person asked for the best way to cook two large turkeys. “Yes, definitely cook them at the same time if they will both fit in your oven and if you have 2 roasting pans,” replied Clark. “If you don’t (or they don’t) one idea is to spatchcock them. Then spread them out on rimmed sheet pans to roast. You should be able to get both in the oven at the same time if you do it this way. Bonus: they will roast up in an hour or so.” See? Solid advice from smart people.

Please note that the Times staffers will not be able to help you figure out why your uncle Carl drinks so much.

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NYT Columnists Prepare To Teach Classes

knowledge network.jpgFirst, there were plans to launch a wine club. Now The New York Times has revealed another new revenue stream: classes taught by Times columnists.

The Gray Lady is currently offering three of these courses through its Knowledge Network. First announced in late July, the courses will be taught by Nicholas Kristof, who will focus on human rights violations of women in developing countries; Gail Collins, who will speak about the lives and history of American women; and Eric Asimov, who will speak on wines along with two winemakers.

Kristof and Collins’ seminars are online-only, and the price of $185 will get you access to one live, interactive Webcast, three self-paced lessons and a one-week online forum discussion. Asimov’s presentation is slightly different. For $125 you get access to an online seminar with winemakers Cathy Corison and Chris Cree, but New York-area students also have chance to see it live.

As Neiman Lab recently pointed out, this model could lead the way for a membership option the Times said it was considering last month. So we may be seeing more of these down the line.

Kristof’s seminar is the first up, debuting September 15. He will be discussing the topics that stem directly from his upcoming book, “Half the Sky,” which hits shelves September 8.

What do you think? Are these types of seminars something you are interested in? Would you pay to hear Times columnists speak? Will revenue from these sorts of things save journalism?

Related: Would You Buy Wine From The New York Times?