Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the belts are already loosening in preparation. Besides the copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, greens, and pies, you may have enough room for some classic cake.
So the cooking of the bird doesn't lie on your shoulders this Thanksgiving. Lucky. But before you relax too much, there is a wild card- you never know who will be handed the carving knife. Below, five handy infographics for carving a turkey like a pro.
Thanksgiving is pretty much the only day out of the year when you can be a complete fatass. It's totally expected, if not encouraged. In fact, if you aren't stuffing your face with a bunch of delicious and unhealthy food, people start to look at you funny.
A turkey baster is one of those single-use kitchen items that most people only need once or twice a year (although you can use it for a few other things). You never seem to miss having one until the holidays roll around and it's time to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. But do you really need a baster to end up with a moist, delicious bird?
The edible turkey doesn't have to be the only turkey on your Thanksgiving table this holiday season. We know that when it comes to turkey day, food is probably the most important attraction.
Autumn is a time of year when everything looks, smells, and tastes good. The scents of cinnamon and spices are everywhere you go, and even the dead leaves that fall off the trees are pretty. In particular, the fruits and vegetables of the season are gorgeous.
Comedian and actor Adam Sandler may be famous for his irreverant Jewish holiday hymn "The Chanukah Song," but he's also written several other holiday tunes that are of festive interest.
You probably decorate your dining room table for Christmas, but what about Thanksgiving? We realize that the big turkey, mashed potatoes, and various other sides take up most of the room on the table, but that doesn't mean you can't add some non-edible flavor.
How often do you make a pie from scratch? If your answer is "only during the holidays," you're not alone. Unless you're an experienced baker, homemade pies can be pretty tough to tackle.
People take their Black Friday shopping seriously. Some of them are even willing to fight over it. Every year the stories get crazier and crazier, and someone always gets hurt (or even killed).
There are many ways to carve a turkey. Some swear by the tried and true traditional method with a carving fork and a sharp blade, and others would be lost without their electric knives. Regardless of your preference in utensils, you can't just go hacking away at it if you want to end up with all the right pieces.
The debate over whether to deep-fry or roast a Thanksgiving turkey can get pretty heated. Both have their merits, but it's hard to argue with that crispy, golden brown skin and moist texture that the fryer gives. But what's better than a deep-fried turkey?
It's bad enough messing up in the kitchen when it's just for you or your family, but when you're cooking for a big event with a lot of guests, it can be mortifying. And on a holiday like Thanksgiving that's all about the food, the last thing you want is to botch a key component of the meal.
I've never been a huge fan of the traditional roasted turkey at Thanksgiving. Different parts of the bird finish cooking at different times, so by the time the legs are cooked through, the breast meat is totally dry. If you don't want to go the deep-frying route, how can you still end up with a moist and delicious turkey?
If your family isn't quite the size of the Duggars yet and you're planning what to put on the menu for Thanksgiving, a 30 pound bird is probably not the best choice. Yeah, we know that having a big fat bird in the center of your table is tradition and whatnot, but we seriously doubt a family of five or six could finish all that PLUS side dishes and desserts.
Looking for something a little more exhilarating this Thanksgiving? Something with a bit more kick? Forget traditional roasted turkey. If you've got the stomach for it, try turducken, a wonderful triplex of turkey, duck and chicken with sausage stuffing and Cajun seasoning. Or go for good ol' American fried food, the deep fried Thanksgiving bird.
If your family veers on the smaller side (so we're talking more the Gilmores than than the Duggars) then a 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey is probably a bit too much food for you to handle. Luckily, there are alternative ways to serve turkey without needing to pull out a big bird.
Here's a fun alternative to using bread crumbs in your Thanksgiving stuffing - make it with rice in a rice cooker! Use rice, almonds, butter, a tart red apple, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, thyme and chicken stock. Then mix them all up and cook them in a rice cooker!
Serve your rolls and bread sticks in style! Take a basket and turn it into a Thanksgiving-themed breadbasket. You will need a basket, a glue gun, googly eyes, food safe skewers, a wooden spoon, scissors, colored construction paper and a block of florist foam.
When making Turkey, just like chicken or any other sort of poultry, you have to make sure that you clean it well. On top of that you have to make sure that the area that you clean it in as well as all the utensils and dishes that were used in the preparation. In this video you will get tips for cleaning and prepping your Turkey for consumption!
Let's face it, people: Many of us power through the holidays with the aid of an extra glass of wine or beer here and there. Whether it's your perverted uncle or your overbearing grandmother that you have to put up with, a little buzz makes everything more jolly.
Turn a basket into a holiday decoration that you can use to hold goodies, napkins or other holiday items. This tutorial shows you how to take a plain wicker basket and attach fall-themed artificial plants and other embellishments to create a fall or Thanksgiving themed basket.
Still baking your turkey all traditional-like in the oven? Why not try a new way of serving turkey this year for Thanksgiving that doesn't even involve the oven? It may sound odd and even a bit difficult, but deep frying a turkey is one of the best ways to eat a turkey.
This year, like every year before it, Black Friday sales are starting earlier than ever. A lot of stores will be opening their doors as early as 5pm on Thanksgiving to get a head start on the madness (and it really is madness). As we've discussed in the past, one of the keys to emerging victorious on Black Friday is to plan, plan, plan. So, we've compiled some of the best deals in tech, gadgets and appliances to help you prepare for battle.
Turn an Oreo cookie into a delicious turkey cookie! Aside from the Oreos, you will need some thick chocolate frosting, candy corn for the feathers, a malt ball (like a Whopper) for the body and a cinnamon candy for the wattle.
Start planning your Thanksgiving feast before it's too late! And if you're looking for something besides the usual turkey fare, but can't stand the idea of a turkey-less Thanksgiving, then we've got the perfect solution for you…
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, leaving holiday cookers scrambling for turkey recipes the whole family will love, without taking up the whole holiday in the kitchen. One thing's for sure though— a nice Butterball turkey is sure to be the main dish on everyone's table this feast-ive holiday season.
Cooks and pastry chefs like to use a lot of jargon in the naming of their cooking ingredients and finished foodstuffs to make their work sound fancier. Tuna tartare, for example, is really nothing more than finely choppsed tuna flavored with seasonings and sauces.
Turkey cookies— what dessert would be better for Thanksgiving? And no, this isn't another ingenious idea on how to use turkey meat for leftovers, but it is an ingenious way to make cookies—cookie turkeys—which can easily be "gobbled" up by the whole family during your Thanksgiving celebration.
The turkey has been eaten, the mashed potatoes with chives inhaled, and the glasses clinked. After all the hullabaloo of Thanksgiving, the task of cleaning up and taking care of leftovers daunts every host.
Serve your friends and family an alternative turkey this year with these cute as a button turkey cupcakes. We know you're probably already up to your hairline in planning for the big Turkey Day celebration, so lighten up your baking load by baking simple vanilla cupcakes and then decorating them into these easy turkey shapes.
Interested in making candy apples this holiday season? With the right ingredients and technique, it's easy! And this video guide presents a complete, step-by-step walkthrough of the process. For all of the details, and to get started making perfect candy apples yourself, take a look.
As an American to who is married to a Korean and living in Korea, I have gotten chances to experience Korean Thanksgiving called Chuseok (??).
Every year, Black Friday gets a little more insane. People get up at ungodly hours, wait in lines forever, and get into some of the most ridiculous fights you've ever seen. All in the name of saving some cash. Everyone loves saving money, but without a game plan, you could end up missing all the good deals and going home with nothing. Luckily, the Internet is here to take some of the stress out of holiday shopping. With these sites and apps, you can find out about all the best deals before yo...
Okay, first things first: Turducken, as you may be able to guess by the name, is a delicious (and usually carnivorous) dish made of turkey stuffed with duck that's been stuffed with chicken.
Salt seems to sneak in everywhere, especially for big meals like Thanksgiving, when it seems every dish calls for salt. Some ideas for cutting down on salt is to cook with unsalted butter, low-sodium broths or use salt substitutes when cooking.
You can save calories without sacrificing flavor just by tweaking your Thanksgiving dishes. Learn how to make low calorie Thanksgiving dishes this year.
In this video, you'll learn how to make some tasty and delicious desserts for your Thanksgiving meal. You'll be shown how to make a classic pumpkin pie, and then something a little more special. If you're a fan of whoopie pies, try out this pumpkin whoopie pie!
The turkey is the A-list star of your Thanksgiving table, so it only makes sense to make sure it's as savory and enjoyable as possible, right?
What the hell is turducken? Well, as the amalgam of a name will tell you, it's a delicious dish made from turkey stuffed with duck that's stuffed with a chicken.