--By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit
1. Turkey makes you sleepy
If you find yourself nodding off on the couch after the Thanksgiving feast, don't blame the poor old turkey. While it's true that turkey contains tryptophan--an amino acid that's a precursor to calming, feel-good serotonin--there's not enough tryptophan in roasted turkey to tire you out. In fact, there's more tryptophan in cheese and chicken breast than there is in turkey. The real reason you're sleepy? It's likely the stress of the holiday, the hours spent cooking, the wine and spirits--and all the fat and calories you just consumed.
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2. Fresh pumpkin is better than canned pumpkin
"Canned" isn't a bad word. Canned tuna and canned tomatoes have a place in the pantry of any great cook. The same rule goes for pumpkin. Canned pureed pumpkin from the grocery store often produces a more reliable and consistent result--especially in baking. If you insist on using fresh pumpkin (and, let's be
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It's tough to not want to indulge this time of year. All the dishes smell and taste so good and we wait all year to enjoy them. I'm all for special occasion dining and living it up a few times a year. However, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the season of overeating so why not try the best you can by not going off the deep end so early on? Your health is the most important gift so honoring your good fortune on the day of thanks is a great way to take care of that gift.
Here are just a few easy tips that can help you being the stuffed bird this holiday:
- Don't go to the Thanksgiving dinner hungry- Most people starve themselves all day thinking that it will offset their over indulgence later on. Not a good idea. We often eat faster and more when we are hungry, eating more then we can actually fit in our stomachs. Eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating at dinner time.
- Thanksgiving dinner is not an all-you-can-eat buffet- Fill your
My daughter's 7th birthday was last Monday and we, of course, made cupcakes for the special occasion. My daughter wanted the Funfetti cake mix by Pillsbury (what not homemade?!) with store bought icing (it was her request). So, this was going to be a piece of cake (pun intended)! And to top them all off were beautiful Only Sweet Papers Butterflies by Rogue Confections.
Only Sweet Papers are edible parchments that allow you to decorate your own cakes or cupcakes with beautiful images. You can even personalize the parchments by uploading your own photo, artwork, or logo and customize further by adding your own message. They are so easy to use and they even make cupcakes frosted by young children look elegant (see our photo here as proof of my kids' handiwork. Cute, right?). My daughter's classmates and teacher were so impressed.
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Preserving sanity should be the first and foremost goal on Thanksgiving Day. But that's not going to happen if you are running around the kitchen like a crazy person and obsessively worried about whether your guests are having a good time.
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Go easy on yourself this year with this list of 20 time savers for the big day. We can't promise these shortcuts will ward off any Thanksgiving Day disasters, but at least you won't be a slave to the entire day.
1. Make it a potluck: Enlist friends and family to bring dishes or a dessert. After all, the first Thanksgiving dinner was potluck, am I right?
2. Wash and chop ahead: Vegetable sides and salads make up a large part of the dinner. Save yourself some time by prepping these fresh ingredients before the day of.
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Travel takes a toll on your sanity and your mood because you're at the mercy of forces beyond your control. To top it off, you're breathing stale air, forced to sit for hours at a time, and more likely to be eating junk food and not drinking enough water - all of which leaves you feeling cranky and depleted.Read More »from 4 Simple Holiday Travel Tips to Help You De-Stress
Here are five simple remedies to try when holiday travels send your stress levels skyrocketing. Most take only a few seconds and can be done even while crammed into the middle seat of a crowded airplane. While these tips won't get you where you're going any faster, they will help you arrive in a decent mood and with enough energy to enjoy your destination. Related: 5 Sneaky Ways to Holidays Can Mess with Your Skin
1. Press for peace. There's an acupressure point located in the center of your palm, known as the Calming Point, that calms the heart - which can start racing when you're running to catch a flight or dodging aggressive drivers - and soothes apprehension and anxiety. To
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magnolia leaf place cardFor many of us, Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that means a decked-out table. So let's bust out the china and the cloth napkins!
Place cards are a festive way to personalize your Thanksgiving table. But don't make them harder than they have to be (in other words, skip the calligraphy class). A little nature walk, some scraps of pretty fabric, and everyday craft supplies might be all you need to make some especially charming place cards for your guests' place settings.
We've rounded up six super-easy DIY place cards for your Thanksgiving table. Let's take a look.
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6 Simple DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards
(Shown above) Gorgeous magnolia leaf place cards from Sunset. Add names with a paint pen. So easy!
Another lovely autumn leaf place card from Design*Sponge, personalized with a metallic paint pen. Love that dark brown leaf against the white plate.
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Cranberry Quince Sauce
Gourmet | November 2005
Yield: Makes about 5 cups
Active time: 30 min
Total time: 2 1/2 hr
This sauce, a mix of everyday and exotic, provides a sweet and tart contrast to rich meat or poultry.
- 1 3/4 lb quinces (2 large)
- 4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 (12-oz) bag fresh or frozen cranberries (do not thaw; 3 1/2 cups)
- Special equipment: an 8-inch square of cheesecloth; kitchen string
Peel, quarter, and core quinces, reserving peel and cores, then cut quarters into 1/4-inch pieces. Tie up peel and cores in cheesecloth. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add quince and cheesecloth bundle and simmer, partially covered, until quince is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add cranberries and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and soften, 8 to 10 minutes.
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hot cocoaIs there anything better than curling up next to a roasting fire on a cold night and sipping a big ol' cup of hot chocolate (complete with mini marshmallows, of course)? And while it's hard to imagine anything more perfect, believe it or not, there are even tastier ways to indulge in the delicious drink:
Original: Can't go wrong with an original. Combine 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 3/4 cup of white sugar, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in 1/3 cup of boiling water. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes, then stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but keeping it just below a boil. Remove from heat and add in 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Serves 4.More From The Stir: No Chocolate, Maple Syrup or Honey -- Apocalypse Near?
Mexican Hot Chocolate: A spicy twist to the original. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of chili pepper to your favorite. The zip from the cinnamon and chili pepper will warm you right up.
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