Quick Tip: Defrosting a Frozen Turkey

If you're worried that your turkey isn't going to be thawed in time for you to start baking it on Thursday, use a a cold water bath to help speed up the process. Submerge your turkey in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes until your turkey is thawed all the way. Whatever you…

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Comfort Food: Blue Ribbon Chili Recipe

Nothing says comfort food to me like a good pot of spicy chili on a cool winter night. My typical chili recipe consists of a packet of chili seasoning, but I'm trying to cook more from scratch, adding one or two new recipes to my repetoire at a time, and chili seemed like a good…

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Pies

As a kid, I remember my grandmother (the same one who slid cranberry sauce onto a plate every year) always making mincemeat pie. I know I never tried that one, and I don't even know what mincemeat pie is, so you won't find it in this post. But I do love pie -- pretty much…

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Stuffing vs. Dressing

Ah, the great Thanksgiving debate! Stuffing or dressing? In the bird, out of the bird? I didn't like stuffing until I was an adult, but now I love it, especially smothered in gravy. The only thing I don't like are chunks of celery, so I prefer to make mine without it. If you're looking for…

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Veggies

Okay, maybe I lied. Yesterday I said I like pretty much every part of the Thanksgiving meal, but I could really do with or without all of the "other" veggies. I wanted to be fair, though, and feature some of these yummy veggies for those of you who might get excited about such things as…

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Making Your Own Thanksgiving Traditions

The following post is from Jessica of GoodCheapEats and LifeasMOM: My childhood Thanksgiving dinners were different than many of my contemporaries. We never had sweet potatoes of any kind. Ever. Green bean casserole? What's that? Pumpkin pie? No, not that either. Mom and Dad, both born and raised in the Midwest, moved to California as…

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Rolls and Buns

Okay, you may have figured out by now that I really love every part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and it's true. We went on a cruise with my company a few months after we got married, and I was so excited when I realized that dinner one night was a traditional Thanksgiving dinner --…

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Sauce

When I was growing up, the cranberry sauce my grandma served at Thanksgiving dinners consisted of sliding a big red blob out of a can and onto a plate. Surprisingly, it never really appealed to me, and I don't remember if I ever even tried it. Then, I discovered cranberry-orange sauce at the grocery deli…

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Sweet Potatoes

Mmm, as I mentioned last week, sweet potatoes are one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. Although I love traditional sweet potato casserole, all of these recipes look incredibly yummy to me as well, so we might have to try them all over the next few months! Have you downloaded your free Thanksgiving ebook and…

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Make Your Own Fruit Rolls at Home

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: Whatever type of fruit snack catches your kids' eyes, there's a reason for it. Sweet and stretchy, fruit that is flat and colorful is fun to eat, and in my experience, it's even better if it's rolled. I can't count how…

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