Thanksgiving Day tips and advice

November 18, 2013 

Let your kids take part in the Thanksgiving preparation by putting them in charge of place mats. Have the kiddos write everything they're thankful for on orange and green paper using stamps and crayons. This is a fun and touching reminder of what the holiday season is all about.

Easy butter mold

Detail-oriented guests will appreciate this extra touch. Flatten chilled butter with your hands or a rolling pin to about 1-inch thick, then cut with a cookie cutter. Drizzle with maple syrup just before serving. The combo is especially yummy on corn bread, rolls, or yams.

In place of pie

Q: My family just doesn't dig pie; it's something about the crust. But we all can agree on a nice apple crisp. I would like to kick it up a notch for Thanksgiving and was wondering what other combinations of fruit I could use. I'm particularly interested in mixing fresh cranberries in somehow.

A: What comes to mind right away: cranberries and/or pears, fresh or dried; walnuts that have been first drizzled with butter and toasted; pomegranate seeds and/or pomegranate molasses; sauteed quince.

Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post

You're getting warmer

To keep food warm -- and avoid reheating -- wrap two layers of kitchen towels around the base of the dish as soon as it comes out of the oven. It will stay warm for up to three hours after baking.

Family Fun Magazine

Saving a dry turkey

Allrecipes.com says there are three simple fixes to rehydrate or disguise the dryness of an overdone turkey:

1. Fill a spritz bottle with turkey or chicken stock and spray the warm meat. Cover with foil and allow to sit for a few minutes. This works best on meat that is just slightly dry.

2. Really dry? Slice meat and put in a casserole dish. Pour stock or broth over meat so it cover the bottom of the dish. Cover and bake in an oven set to 350 degrees. Check after 10 minutes; it may need more time.

3. Last resort: Make lots of gravy and pour it on sliced meat before serving. It should disguise some of the dryness.

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