THANKSGIVING 101

THANKSGIVING 101:
TURKEY DAY TIPS & GUIDELINES

Waddle you be doing this Thanksgiving? Is your brain already stuffed from the pressure of having to come up with new recipes and ideas, and you can’t tell the gizzard from the giblets, then you’ve clucked on over to the right place.

Thanksgiving is the Super Bowl of food holidays, with a plethora of side dishes and a challenging bird to cook, and with two weeks to go until the main event, now is the perfect time to get your plans in place and prepare for the feast. It’s not hard to cook a turkey, but there are a few basic rules to follow in order to avoid some classic Turkey Day pitfalls.

Today we’re sharing Tony’s Top Ten Turkey Tips (T to the 5th) to help you get through Turkey Day with style. We’re also posting Turkey Thawing Guidelines, and Thanksgiving Wine Pairings, and below you can find a list of some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes – we will be featuring several of these recipes on the blog throughout the season, so be sure to stop by again.

Good Housekeeping also has a terrific chart called “How Much Do I Need?” to help you figure out serving sizes for various Thanksgiving dishes.

Before you get into the details, take a minute to let us know…How Do YOU Gobble?WHITE or DARK meat? Vote for your favorite in our poll located on the right side of the home page!

Helpful Thanksgiving Guides
Tony’s Top Ten Turkey Tips (T to the 5th!)

Tony’s Thanksgiving Wine Pairings
Tony’s Turkey Thawing Guidelines
Good Housekeeping’s Serving Size Chart

Appetizers/Bread
Baked Brie with Puff Pastry, Candied Pecans and Cranberry Sauce
Norwegian Meatballs
Cranberries Gone Wild Dip
Cranberry Focaccia Bread
Tony’s Marinated Olives
Homemade Crescent Rolls

Soups
Turkey Chipotle Chowder
Apple Butternut Soup
Cream of Chicken Soup
Cream of Parsnip Soup
Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Butternut Soup
Roasted Fennel Soup
Sweet Potato Soup with Andouille Sausage

Salads
Apple Spinach Salad
Honey Gorgonzola Hearts
Honey Poppy Seed Dressing
Winter Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mains
Butternut Chicken Scaloppine
Stuffed Turkey Breast with Pomegranate Butter Sauce
Turkey Crepes with Pistachio Pesto

Sides/Sauces
Sarello’s Whipped Potatoes
Green Beans Nasello

Comforting Mac n’ Cheese
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding
Fall Vegetable Casserole
Roasted Red Peppers
Pomegranate Butter Sauce
Pistachio Pesto 

Desserts/Sweets
Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

Pumpkin Spice Macaroons
Real Whipped Cream

Breakfast
Apple Sausage Breakfast Ring
Homemade Bacon Pancakes
Easy Fresh Fruit Salad

DIY Gift Projects
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Homemade Limoncello
Peppermint Bark

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