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  • There's a Butterball Shortage but You Don't Need to Worry

    Don't let a turkey shortage get in the way of your Thanksgiving feast.Last week, Massachusetts-based grocery chain Big Y announced that Butterball would only be fulfilling 50% of national orders for fresh birds over 16 pounds due to a national shortage.

    Of course, the obvious answer is that there are plenty of other brands of turkeys to try, so don't sweat it. But if you must have your Butterball, here are a few suggestions from Sherry Rujikarn, assistant food editor in our Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, on what to do if your store runs out.

    Go for frozen.
    There's not really a noticeable difference in taste, Rujikarn says. You'll need to do a bit of pre-planning if you opt for an frozen bird, however: It takes roughly a day to thaw per four pounds of turkey. Plan to place the turkey in your fridge at least four days in advance. And unfortunately, there's no workaround we recommend if you forget until the day before.

    Related: 25 Simple Stuffing Recipes

    That said, Rujikarn does have one trick to help you speed up the thawing process:

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  • Bake a Quick Batch of Muffins, Have Breakfast All Week

    Cranberry-Lemon Muffins

    These healthy muffins are sweetened with agave -- the perfect way to start your morning.

    Yields: 1 dozen muffins
    Total Time: 45 min
    Prep Time: 20 min
    Oven Temp: 400

    Related: 15 Slimming Superfoods You Should Be Eating

    Ingredients:
    - 1 cup(s) old-fashioned oats
    - 3/4 cup(s) cranberries
    - 1/4 cup(s) agave syrup
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) white whole-wheat flour
    - 2 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1 cup(s) almond milk
    - 1/4 cup(s) canola oil
    - 1 large egg
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly grated lemon peel

    Related: 12 Ways to Cut Calories Without Sacrificing Flavor

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.

    2. In food processor or blender, pulse oats until finely ground. Transfer to large bowl. In same processor, pulse cranberries and 1 tablespoon agave syrup until chopped.

    3. Into bowl with oats, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. In medium bowl, whisk almond

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  • The Most Common Stain You'll Have to Remove This Holiday Season

    Prevent candle wax stains before they happen!Amid all the decorating and dining, the last things you may be thinking about are stains. But trust me, they will happen. So before you get caught up in the excitement of the holidays, here's everything you'll need to know to remove the one stain I get asked about most: candle wax.

    From Fabric

    For wax dribbles on tablecloths or washable clothing, let the wax harden and gently scrape off as much of it as you can with a dull knife. If the wax is colored, sponge the stain with a solvent-based cleaning fluid, like Guardsman, to remove as much of the dye as possible. Place clean paper towels on top of and under the stain and press the area with a warm dry iron. Rotate and replace the towels as they absorb the melted wax. Rub liquid laundry detergent into any remaining stain and wash the fabric in warm or hot water. Add chlorine or all-fabric bleach, if possible. To remove a wax stain from carpet or upholstery, follow the steps above. Instead of laundering, however, clean the area

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  • Serve Pie for Dinner Tonight — Spaghetti Pie!

    Spaghetti Pie with Prosciutto and PeasSpaghetti Pie with Prosciutto and Peas

    Enhance the look of this delectable and economical dish with a garnish of fried, thinly sliced green onions.

    Serves: 6
    Total Time: 40 min
    Prep Time: 25 min
    Cook Time: 15 min
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: Dinner Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

    Ingredients:
    - 8 ounce(s) thick spaghetti
    - 4 large eggs
    - 2 large egg whites
    - 1 container(s) (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
    - 3/4 cup(s) reduced-fat (2%) milk
    - 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
    - Salt and ground black pepper
    - 1 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter
    - 1 bunch(es) green onions cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
    - 1 cup(s) frozen peas
    - 6 slice(s) thinly sliced prosciutto (about 3 ounces)

    Related: 4 Delicious Ways to Upgrade Boxed Mac 'n' Cheese

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling over high heat. Add spaghetti and cook 2 minutes less than label directs.

    2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, whisk eggs, egg whites, ricotta, milk, nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4

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  • The App We're Loving Now: Flipp

    Flipp

    Want to get a jump on planning for holiday shopping? I recently tried out a really useful time and money saving app called Flipp. It allows you to flip through circulars from dozens of top retailers digitally, cutting back on physical perusing and clipping. It also enhances your ability to search and customizes the traditional circular experience. At launch, some of the big retailers include Walmart, Toys R Us, Target, Macy's, Sports Authority CVS, and more are on board.

    I signed into the app, got a brief but helpful tutorial, and typed in my zip code. Immediately my flyer queue was filled with dozens of flyers available in my community. I was able to check for sales and specials and "clip" the articles to a shopping list. A few of my favorite features of the Flipp app:

    • FlippDiscount slider: The app will highlight items on sale that meet a specific threshold (for instance, only want items with at least 30% savings) allowing you to easily find the biggest deals!
    • Clippings: By
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  • Roasted Vegetables, 5 Easy Ways

    Add one of these roasted veggie dishes to your holiday menuAdd one of these roasted veggie dishes to your holiday menu

    Add one -- or more! -- of these roasted veggie dishes to your holiday dinner menu. Prepare vegetables (2 lbs. per recipe) as directed, then toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and roast at 450 degrees F on rimmed cookie sheet.

    1. Brussels Sprouts
    Roast halved sprouts 20 min. Toss with 1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts and 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley. Serves 8

    Related: Chic (and Cheap!) Centerpieces

    2. Turnips & Squash
    Roast 1-in. chunks 35 min. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. chives. Serves 8

    3. Broccoli & Cauliflower
    Roast 2-in. florets 20 min. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. finely grated Parmesan cheese and 1 tsp. grated lemon. Serves 8

    Related: How to Prepare a Perfect Turkey

    4. Red Onions & Fennel
    Toss 1/2-in. wedges with 1 tsp. chopped thyme leaves; 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced; and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Roast 30 min. Serves 8

    5. Potatoes
    Toss 1-in. chunks and 1 Tbsp. chopped rosemary leaves; roast 35 min. Serves 8

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  • The 2 Tools You Must Have for a Perfect Turkey


    A Thanksgiving feastIn the next two weeks, you'll be hearing about all kinds of gadgets and gizmos that supposedly will help you produce a gorgeously burnished bird like the ones you drool over in magazine spreads. But really all you have to do is pop a fresh or defrosted turkey into a 325°F oven and let it roast until it's done. If you don't have a roasting pan, pick up a disposable aluminum one in the supermarket -- trust me the results will be just the same as if you invest in a multi-hundred dollar beauty (I know because I've used both -- many times). If you like you can rub the skin with a little butter and oil and/or salt and pepper, place an onion in the center cavity, insert cloves of garlic into the flesh, baste Tom occasionally, but all of these tricks make a minimal difference in the taste, texture or appearance of the roasted turkey.

    Taylor Instant Red

    Related: Food Thermometer Reviews

    But there are two pieces of equipment you absolutely must have if you want to serve something delectable. First of all,

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  • Ina Garten's 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    The Barefoot Contessa's holiday game planThe Barefoot Contessa's holiday game plan

    The Barefoot Contessa shares her genius 10-step game plan to a calm holiday.

    1. Write out a menu, then go through and simplify it. If a recipe has a huge ingredient list, forget it. (Do you really need five vegetables? No, you only need three.) Also think about what people don't eat - nuts, for example. Can you make a crumble without nuts? You don't want to make a dish for each person; you want a menu everyone can eat.

    2. Never, ever test a new recipe on guests for any reason. This is particularly true on Thanksgiving, when there's so much to do.

    Related: The Easiest-Ever Thanksgiving Menu

    3. Make a game plan. I take a big piece of paper and write my timing on it, working backward. If I want to serve the meal at four o'clock, I think, the turkey must go in the oven at noon, come out at three, and then rest for an hour. Then I look at the carrots and parsnips: Can I make them in advance? Yes, they can be reheated while the turkey rests. I pencil that into the schedule. I

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  • The Chocoholic and Pecan Pie Lovers’ Dream Dessert

    Praline-Iced BrowniesPraline-Iced Brownies

    These fudgy rich brownies are delicious at room temperature, refrigerated, or even frozen -- our favorite way! You can make and ice the brownies up to two weeks in advance, and keep them frozen.

    Yields: 64 brownies
    Total Time: 55 min
    Cook Time: 20 min
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: Short on Time? The Best Boxed Brownie Mixes

    Ingredients:
    Brownies
    - 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) margarine or butter
    - 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
    - 4 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
    - 2 1/4 cup(s) sugar
    - 6 large eggs
    - 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1/2 cup(s) pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

    Related: 3 No-Bake Thanksgiving Desserts That Are Sure to Impress

    Praline Topping
    - 5 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter
    - 1/3 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
    - 3 tablespoon(s) bourbon, or, in place of bourbon, substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons water, per recipe
    - 2 cup(s)

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  • Recall Alert: L.L. Bean Girls' Pajamas

    These pajamas have been recalled.L.L. Bean recalled a girl's pajama set yesterday because it violates the federal flammability standard for children's sleepwear. Regulated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), this flammability standard requires all children's sleepwear to be flame resistant and self-extinguish if it catches fire. While no incidents have been reported, L.L. Bean estimates approximately 800 sets have been sold.

    Specifically, this recall is for the polyester jersey knit aurora purple pajama sets that were purchased between June 2013 and September 2013. The set was available in girl's sizes small through extra-large and little girl's sizes small through large.

    This $30 pajama set is currently available on the L.L. Bean website and according to the site is "treated for flame resistance" and "meets federal safety requirements for children's sleepwear."

    Related: Are Your Kids Sleeping in Fire-Safe Clothing?

    Manufacturers are required to report any violations of the children's

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