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Sometimes I wonder if it's a good idea to serve appetizers to guests who come for Thanksgiving dinner. They're generally not a traditional part of the Thanksgiving spread. Plus, you've been planing this meal for weeks and would rather have guests stuff themselves silly on your perfectly roasted turkey - not on some little smokies and artichoke dip.
However, Thanksgiving is essentially a really long, really big dinner party. And dinner parties appetizers are a must. Plus, if your guests have been sipping on a glass of wine before dinner...let's just say appetizers are probably a good thing.
Now we're not talking an elaborate spread of 6 different curred meats and gourmet cheeses, just a few simple items your guests can munch on before the main event. These simple Taste of Home appetizer recipes are the perfect solution for your pre-Thanksgiving dinner festivities.
Turkey Cheese Ball : While the real bird is roasting, you can present your guests with this tasty Thanksgiving turkey.
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Judges tasted a dozen packaged stuffings, including traditional, herbed, and cornbread varieties, and found three winners
While nothing beats homemade stuffing, when the Thanksgiving time-crunch hits, even some of the most dedicated from-scratch cooks among us reach for a box, bag, or can of packaged stuffing-either as a stand-alone side or as a base for fresh herbs, vegetables, and other seasonings.
To determine which store-bought stuffings can pass for homemade, Epicurious tested three stuffing categories: home-style (also called traditional or country-style), herb-seasoned, and cornbread.
First we set the criteria for not-made-from-scratch stuffing: The ideal stuffing would have to be quick and easy to make. The bread pieces should be moist and crunchy, not dry or soggy. They should retain their shape and not dissolve into a gummy or mushy paste. The dressing should be well seasoned withRead More »from What is the best packaged stuffing you can buy?
The first time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner I was terrified. Mostly I was terrified about the prospect of roasting a turkey. Thankfully, that ended up being the easiest part of my day. With my 3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey and delicious Thanksgiving recipes, menus and planners, it will be the easiest part of your Thanksgiving day too.
3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey
1. OK, Thanksgiving has arrived-time to get that turkey ready to roast! Skip rubbing down your turkey with butter-use fresh herbs and spices to add amazing flavor to your turkey without added fat. Start by rubbing a seasoning mixture over the turkey, then tuck in the wing tips underneath and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Find step-by-step photos that show you how to get your turkey ready to roast here.
2. After roasting, let your turkey rest for at least 20 minutes (to allow the juices in the turkey redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in juicier turkey). Use the time to makeRead More »from 3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey
- Parents.com | Thanksgiving – Wed, Nov 18, 2009 2:13 AM EST
The turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and family time are a given on Thanksgiving. The variables? Your unpredictable children. As the holiday based around thankfulness and a full table approaches, consider giving your kids a crash course in manners. Visit Parents.com for fun ways to encourage good behavior at Thanksgiving gatherings.
According to manners expert and consultant Thomas P. Farley, manners are a simple matter of kindness and consideration, and it's never too early for your kids to start minding their Ps and Qs. "You start with the basics: please, thank you, and sorry," says Farley. "If you instill those three things and the child really knows that those are important, you're 90 percent of the way there."
Farley shared the following tips to prepare your children (and yourself) for Thanksgiving -- and everyday -- manners.
1. Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and being grateful.
Set the tone before the meal begins, and explain theRead More »from Kids Gone Wild? How to Teach Manners in Time for Thanksgiving
- Gimundo | Thanksgiving – Tue, Nov 17, 2009 11:56 PM EST
By Kathryn Hawkins for Gimundo.com, the site for good news, served daily.
There's the turkey (or tofurkey, if you're a vegetarian), the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, and of course, the pumpkin pie. There are relatives that you haven't seen all year. There's the post-dinner football game on TV. There is comfort in tradition, and Thanksgiving is full of traditions, many of which have been passed down from our earliest colonial ancestors.
But sometimes it's nice to try something a little different. If you're ready to shake up your Thanksgiving, here are some unique ideas that will make the holiday unforgettable.
Hold a pre-Turkey Day "experimental potluck." Erik Fabian, owner of DoubleHappinessNYC.com, hosts an experimental potluck with his girlfriend every year, a week or two before Thanksgiving. "The idea is to encourage people to practice some new dish they have always wanted to try on Turkey Day or to make up for past failures with a redo." So if you've been eying aRead More »from Six Ways to Make This Thanksgiving an Unforgettable Celebration
- bon appétit magazine | Thanksgiving – Tue, Nov 17, 2009 10:51 PM EST
Pies, crisps, tarts, and cheesecake: Here are 12 luscious ways to finish the feast.
Related: 6 Tips to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving
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1. The Bigger the Turkey, the BetterRead More »from The 5 Biggest Thanksgiving Food Myths Debunked
When I was a kid, my mom took me to the supermarket a week before Thanksgiving and let me pick out the frozen turkey. I went for the one with the biggest breasts. Done laughing? Here's the thing, the ones with big breasts don't have much flavor. According to Rick Rodgers, cooking teacher and author of Thanksgiving 101, you should compare the size of the breast to the size of the rest of the bird. "Larger-breasted turkeys are new breeds that were created to produce a larger amount of meat--not a better flavor. The smaller the ratio of breast meat to whole bird, the closer the turkey is to the original model and the more old-fashioned its flavor will be," he says. My advice, go with a fresh heritage turkey or crossbreed turkey.
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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
Everyone loves turkey-day leftovers, but there're only so many times you can re-heat mashed potatoes before they start to seem as bland as Uncle Ned's thoughts on classical jazz. Luckily, Better Homes & Gardens has come up with unexpected ways to re-purpose your Thanksgiving cornucopia into spicy, s
- The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Thanksgiving – Tue, Nov 17, 2009 5:36 PM EST
For some people, Thanksgiving dinner is all about turkey or pumpkin pie. For my sister and me, it's all about mashed potatoes. The first thing we put on our plates is a big pile of potatoes-everything else is just garnish. When it's time to dig into leftovers, I always heat up mashed potatoes and gravy. But when I watched my mom make my beloved mashed potatoes one year (because I wanted to learn how to make them), I was horrified at all of the butter and cream she added.
But you can make delicious mashed potatoes that are healthier. Here are 4 recipes to try this Thanksgiving.
1. Use poached garlic and a small amount of reduced-fat sour cream to give Garlic Mashed Potatoes delicious flavor without a lot of fat. (The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.)
2. Extra-sharp Cheddar and buttermilk add a tangy punch to Vermont Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. And, yes, we may be a bit biased, but we prefer Vermont Cheddar cheese.
3. Try something different and make LayeredRead More »from Mashed potatoes: just as good as Momâ€™s, but healthier
- GoodGuideEditor | Thanksgiving – Tue, Nov 17, 2009 3:07 AM EST
- Turkeys labeled "Natural" may actually have been treated with antibiotics and fed corn and soy meal grown with synthetic pesticides. The USDA defines "natural" as a turkey containing no artificial ingredients such as added flavors or colors, and that is only minimally processed. It turns out, this leaves out a lot. A turkey labeled "natural" can be fed grains grown with pesticides and raised on a farm that uses pesticides on their fields. Antibiotics can be used not only to treat illnesses, but also as growth promoters. Look for turkeys that are USDA Organic or that say "free of antibiotics".
- "Free range" turkeys may have never set foot outdoors. According to the USDA, "free range" means simply that the turkey "has been allowed access to the outside." This can mean that they are raised primarily in "range pens" or houses, and that there is a door to the "outside," which might simply be a cement patio. So "free range" turkeys may almost never see the range.
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