About the name

Battle Turkey Press? What is that, an aggressive poultry panini?

As delicious as that sounds, not quite. But maybe now I'll have to make up a recipe for one. In the meantime, here's a brief explanation of how the name came to be.

It came to us while we lived in Korea. We were watching an episode of Iron Chef, and Alton Brown was about to announce what the secret, mandatory ingredient was going to be. Every competition between chefs is a battle based on one primary ingredient that must be included in every dish (for those unfamiliar with the show), ranging from a protein to a grain to a vegetable, etc. These result in episodes titled "Battle: Quail Eggs" or "Battle: Oranges." 

Thus we were graced with the announcement of,


I have to back-up and clarify that I'd never seen a full episode of this show, so all I heard was "battle turkey" and in turn wondered WTF was happening on TV. An image of a turkey with war paint and a World War I, spiky German helmet on came to mind, and thereafter it was immediately assigned as our family mascot (complete with battle gobble). All joking aside, here's what makes it a solid name:

  1. It's memorable
  2. It's visual
  3. It's creative
  4. It's American (Ben Franklin wanted it to be the official bird of the U.S. since, unlike the Bald Eagle, it's actually native to America. He also wrote a wild turkey is "a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.")

Here's to those who toil in the night in search of a great name, may the battle turkey be with you. Cheers!