It's hard enough to get through the holidays without strangling your relatives. It's even harder when you and your family don't speak the same language. Get through at least the beginning of your Thanksgiving dinner by checking out this video. Margaret Frances teaches you com ...more
Today is the day before Thanksgiving. It's also the BIGGEST travel day in North America. Everyone is taking flights home to their family and friends for a nice Thanksgiving dinner. But this holiday will be one to remember thanks to the TSA. The TSA has furnished over 400 full ...more
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. Personally, I've never once had a pie crust turn out quite right. Even if I manage to rol ...more
This origami video shows how to make a simple peacock with its tail open... but I kinda think it looks like a turkey. I guess that comes from being a VT alum. GO HOKIES! Anyhoo, I thought it might be nice to put these next to place mats for Thanksgiving dinner. So pay attentio ...more
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 Thanksgi ...more
What's better than stuffing yourself during Thanksgiving dinner? Gorging on leftovers the next day, of course. Everybody loves a good turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich, but what are some other creative ways to re-purpose all the leftover turkey meat, mashed potatoes, stuffin ...more
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 componen ...more
Why can't Thanksgiving be a celebration of fireworks, too? This year, it can be with an innocent looking pumpkin pie that erupts an insane fountain of flames and fire! In fact, the pie filling is actually a flammable mixture of sugar and potassium nitrate, which was made usin ...more
Not going turkey this year for Thanksgiving? We understand. It's a lot of work for just one meal, but this year's most anticipated family meal can still be as satisfying with something a little simpler— ham! A nice honey baked ham is sure to please even the hungriest of bellie ...more
Take the stress out of your Thanksgiving dinner showpiece when you roast up a moist, golden bird. Learn how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. You will need: 12-14 lb. kosher or self-basting turkey roasting pan with rack aluminum foil large plate instant-read thermometer ...more
Thanksgiving is almost here, so now is the perfect time to figure out how you're going to cook that Turkey Day bird for dinner. Choosing a high-quality turkey is important, but if you haven't even gotten yours yet, the pickings may be slim, so do the best you can. Brining the ...more
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… TURDUCKEN! This is NOT your standard turkey di ...more
Lumpy gravy? Gluey mashed potatoes? Dry turkey meat? So many things can go wrong when you are bestowed the honor (and burden) of cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Thankfully, some culinary mishaps that you encounter in the kitchen can be reversed or craftily disguised right before ...more
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but there's no need to spend a lot of time or money on a fancy centerpiece for the dinner table. With a few clear glass jars and simple objects you can find either in your backyard or your local supermarket, you can quickly put together ...more
What's better than melted marshmallow goodness on top of sweet potatoes? This great Thanksgiving dinner side is delicious and easy to make! Follow along with this cooking how-to video to learn how-to bake sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows. Thanksgiving Day sweet potatoe ...more
There are those who prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the actual official meal, much like people who prefer cold pizza. I'm definitely in the latter camp. There's something luxurious about enjoying your perfectly cooked turkey and stuffing while wearing sweatpants and not havin ...more
With T-Day on the horizon and approaching rapidly, you are probably in one of two camps: the one that is eagerly awaiting the holiday feast with barely-contained drool, or the one that involves breathing heavily into a paper bag while worrying about your lack of oven and stove ...more
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. If you want to get your Thanksgiving dinner guests or kids into the holiday spirit, take a ...more
If you love the creamy flavor of mashed potatoes, but need a healthier option to appease your health-conscious relatives this Thanksgiving, try making mashed cauliflower, mashed celery root, or mashed carrots and parsnips using a food processor and seasonings of your choice. ...more
Beer can turkey? Sounds like a joke, right? Well, it may have started off as one, but now shoving a beer can up the butt of a turkey is a much favored cooking technique in lieu of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. With the beer can up its butt, it helps steam the turkey to ...more
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without gravy. In this how to video Chef Paul shows you how to make turkey pan gravy. All you need for the turkey pan gravy is: flour, turkey drippings, stock and seasonings.
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? An entire deep-frie ...more
Think you can't carve a ham? Think again. This free video cooking lesson will have you carving your Thanksgiving or holiday ham like a skillful pro cook in no time flat. Watch the clip for the complete lowdown! Happy cooking!
You can save calories without sacrificing flavor just by tweaking your Thanksgiving dishes. Learn how to make low calorie Thanksgiving dishes this year. You will need: low-fat, low-sodium broth fat-free cream of mushroom soup fresh cranberries sugar or substitute restraint o ...more
Oven space is scarce on that fated fourth Thursday of November. Even if you can find a spare space for pumpkin pie on the bottom shelf, you risk turkey drippings overflowing from above and ruining your beautiful dessert—not to mention a burnt crust from different temperature r ...more
Holiday dinners can be the same every year, but many are starting to switch it up, making new traditions and getting a new dining experience for everyone at the table. It’s not unusual to see sweet potatoes on an Easter dinner menu or lamb at Thanksgiving dinner. Some people ...more
We were invited to my Wife's Cousins house for Thanksgiving Dinner and I wanted a unique but fabulous dessert. I had Doug find us a recipe and this is what he came up with. It is a Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a caramel whiskey sauce. By that, I mean a Bread Pudding made with Pu ...more
Have a tendency to eat so much at Thanksgiving dinner that you worry you might burst? Using the same SFX for the chest-bursting alien in the movie Alien, you can create that exact, stomach popping effect! Freak out your family this holiday season!
Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be a nightmare. If you have a decent-sized grill, you have the perfect platform for a delicious turkey feast. But there's one more thing you'll need— beer. It's called a beer can turkey, but you can substitute the beer can for just plain wat ...more
Once your Thanksgiving dinner table is set with beautiful gourds, autumnal leaves, and candles and your turkey, green bean casserole, and pies are out of the oven, it's time to mess everything up. While a beautiful dinner presentation is great and all, unless you plan on havin ...more
No matter how healthy you eat the rest of the year, you can't help but indulge in the serious carb goodness that is Thanksgiving dinner fare. After all, when everything's dripping with thick gravy and mashed potatoes are creamed with butter and chives, your caesar salad starts ...more
Fall is my favorite time of year, yet I cringe every time it begins. Why? Because it seems like every business is in a frenzy to start the Christmas shopping season the day after Halloween ends. For those of us who are fans of pumpkins, that's a buzzkill. It used to be that y ...more
We know that your Thanksgiving dinner guests will be inundated with food during your feast, but it's an awful nice gesture to send them home with something sweet as well. Rather than packing up a huge take out box with turkey leftovers or a piece of pie, why not hand out a sma ...more
This is a lovely and elegant craft idea to add a little candle flair to your Thanksgiving dinner. Make a votive array which reads 'Give Thanks' by using cricut vinyl. This can be made for less than ten dollars, too, so it won't break the bank! Video: .
Thanksgiving is coming up within a matter of weeks, which means soon enough you'll be gobbling down truckloads of turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and stuffing. Not to mention copious amounts of butter, which is used to add flavor to nearly every dish. So given that you' ...more
You don't have to stress out about hosting the perfect family Thanksgiving dinner! You can make a fun and engaging centerpiece just from things you can find around your house, and this video shows you how to make a fun turkey centerpiece, or flowers on a gourd.
Whether you're making summer barbacue or preparing a plate of nice, juicy ribs for Thanksgiving dinner to sit alongside your turkey, it's important to know how to grill ribs right in as little time as possible. Grilling ribs that are tender, succulent and fall-off-the-bone de ...more
Cranberry sauce is one of the most important side dishes to any Thanksgiving dinner—even Christmas dinner! And if you're like me, you usually buy a can of cranberry sauce for the holidays because you don't have the extra time to go homemade with the turkey stealing the show. ...more
Want something that will both keep your children occupied while you're busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, while still getting them into the spirit of the holiday? Here are some great ideas for art and craft projects you can give your kids, like turkey tags and paper napkin rings.
Don't buy cranberry sauce out of the can for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, make a better, homemade version with this recipe from Chef Sanjay of VahChef. Even if it's not Thanksgiving, this Indian-flavored cranberry chutney will go great with your next poultry dish or as a sauc ...more
Perfect the making of Pecan Pie with this recipe. With both pecans and pumpkins, it's two holiday favorites in one that every Thanksgiving dinner table will certainly welcome. But then again, that's not to say it can't be enjoyed any day of the year! Ingredients 1 single cr ...more
Wine charms go around the stem of your wine glass to mark which glass belongs to whom - great for parties. Even for a Thanksgiving dinner, you can make some cute themed charms for an extra holiday flair. You can even have your children help you make the charms, too!
If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you'll want to make sure that your table setting is memorable and truly conveys the spirit of the holiday. This video shows you a few good ideas on how you set an al fresco Thanksgiving table.
While the roasted (or, if you're Paula Deen or one of her followers, deep fried) turkey is the star and centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner, it simply wouldn't be as good without its supporting cast of sides including gravy and mashed potatoes. Chef Jody Adams demonstrate ...more
Are you the one scraping sticky marshmallowed yams and congealed gravy off the dishes every Thanksgiving? Shame someone else into doing it this year. Avoid doing the Thanksgiving dishes. You Will Need * Thanksgiving dinner guests * And dirty dishes * A fake cast for your arm ...more
It's nice to have the family together for Thanksgiving dinner, but having so many people together can make it tricky to figure out what you can do after dinner. Here are a few good ideas you can use for family friendly activities.
The potato masher is one of the most dreaded tools in my kitchen; it always gives me flashbacks to when I had to mash potatoes for Thanksgiving dinners while growing up. Don't Miss: 8 Essential Instant Mashed Potato Hacks If you're not fond of mashers either, or just don't ...more
Mmm, beef brisket. It's a staple of Jewish celebrations and Thanksgiving dinners everywhere, but that doesn't mean you have to save the flavorful dish only for special occasions. Surprise your family with a savory treat tonight by making beef brisket cooked in a crockpot. Min ...more
Guys, this has got to stop. It's not funny anymore. I'll defer to one of my all-time favorite people when it comes to my feelings on this unsavory subject: I would like to see the pumpkin spice craze drowned in its own blood. Quickly. — Anthony Bourdain (Reddit AMA) Somehow ...more
In this video series, Emory Davis shares his method for deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey. Many of us have probably wondered how you deep fry a turkey as large as those served in traditional Thanksgiving dinners. Part 1 of 15 - How to Deep fry a Thanksgiving turkey. Deep fry a ...more
With the economy still rocky, many people can't afford to travel or host large, lavish Thanksgiving dinners. Even if you're planning on just having a small family gathering, here's how you can tweak some traditions to still have a memorable, intimate Thanksgiving. Video: .