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7 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes to be Thankful For

We all have our own reasons to love Thanksgiving. There’s getting together with our friends, seeing our families for the first time in forever and our favorite foods that we’ve waited all year for. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned chef or new to the kitchen, these recipes are sure to be your new favorite holiday meal.

One-Pot Meal

There are two steps for this slow cooker turkey dinner. Step 1: put the ingredients in the slow cooker and Step 2: enjoy! This meal allows you to make your main dish and side at once. All you need to do is peel and chop your carrots, slice your onion and cut your potato before you put it in the crockpot with your turkey for about 7 hours. For all the details, check out the full recipe here.

Green Bean Casserole

If it’s your family tradition or first friendsgiving, this easy green bean casserole recipe is sure to impress everyone. All you need is one baking pan to mix the ingredients and bake your casserole in. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your cabinet. For all the steps and instructions, check it out here.

Mashed Potato Casserole

This is a fun twist on an old favorite and it’s so easy to make that it’s almost impossible to mess up. All you need are potatoes (use instant if you’re short on time), sour cream, bacon, cheese and chives. There is a long list of different ways you can spice up this dish, like adding jalapenos or grilled onions — it’s up to you! Check out the full recipe here.

Potato Skins

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1 or 100, everyone loves potato skins. This is a great go-to snack during the football game and great as a side around the dinner table. After scooping out the extra potato from the skin, set it aside to use for mashed potatoes! Read more about how to make this side dish here.

No-bake Cranberry Pie

Besides the ingredients, all you need to make this delicious dessert is a whisk and rolling pin. Start with graham crackers in a gallon plastic bag and roll over it with a rolling pin. When combining the wet ingredients, use a whisk instead of a hand mixer if you don’t have one. For exact measurements and detailed instructions, check it out here.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin-flavored desserts are a thanksgiving staple. Pumpkin pie is a classic, but when you add cream cheese filling it becomes a favorite. This recipe looks complicated, but it’s actually super easy and delicious. And, it tastes even better when you have it in your fridge overnight. For all the details on this dessert, check it out here.

Stuffing Ring

We all ask the same question every year — what do we do with all these leftovers? Well, this recipe is the perfect way to revive that day-old turkey. All you need are your leftovers like mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce and some prepackaged crescent ring dough. Combine all your holiday dinner favorites by following this recipe here.

It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking for 2 people or 200 people, these recipes are tried and true crowd favorites that anyone will love. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving celebrated with all of the people, things and foods you’re thankful for.

Turkey Threading

How to Cook the Perfect Turkey

So there is one item on the table at thanksgiving that needs to have some extra attention when preparing, and that’s the Turkey. A staple dish for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many different recipes and procedures to preparing a turkey. To help you this year prepare the perfect turkey for your family and friends we have listed the top tips to follow when cooking your feast.

Get the Right Size

When making a turkey for a group, you want to make sure everyone actually gets to take a bite. To ensure you make the right amount figure on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person. For example, 8 people will require an 8 to 12-pound turkey.

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Cook with Veggies

When cooking, place your turkey on top of a rack of carrots, onions and celery with a regular cooking pan placed underneath the rack. Cooking the turkey while lifted off the pan will actually help increase air circulation, which will lead to any evenly crispy turkey. The vegetables will add tons of extra flavor as well.

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Keep it Moist

A dry turkey can be the downfall of Thanksgiving dinner. To ensure a perfectly moist turkey, use the technic of brining. Brining is similar to marinating where you soak the turkey for 30 minutes to a few days in a solution called brine before cooking. Brine is a solution usually containing salt, cold water, sugar and a variety of spices. Here is a link for the perfect brine recipe. Brine Recipe
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Hold the Stuffing

Instead of cooking the stuffing inside the turkey, cook it in a separate pan. Cooking stuffing inside the turkey can cause the growth of harmful bacteria. It also will take longer to cook, which could result in it being drier.

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Tie It Up

To ensure the meat cooks evenly truss your turkey. Trussing is tying up the turkey so all the limbs are tightly bound close to the core. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string to create a tight package.

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Better with Butter

A little butter makes everything better, doesn’t it? Before putting your turkey in the oven drench it with butter. Make sure the skin is completely dry and rub an entire stick of butter all of the turkey.

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Contain the Flavor

To lock in all the flavor and juices, cover your turkey after taking it out of the oven with tin foil. Let it rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes before carving and be sure not to cover the turkey too tightly as you don’t want it to steam under the foil.
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Leaked Black Friday Deals 2016

Black Friday Deals

If you’re the ultimate shopaholic, then your day to shine is November 25; the day marked as BLACK FRIDAY. This is the day that crowds of people throw caution to the wind to get that coveted hot item toy or discounted TV. Making a game plan is crucial to your survival, and if you don’t know where the deals are then we’ve got you covered. Below you will find some of the leaked Black Friday deals from 5 major retailers to aid you in your battle strategy.

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amazon

Black Friday Sale starts on November 24 and runs till November 28

Get an additional 20% off pre-order and new-release video games if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Up to 70% off coats and jackets.

$20 off the Kindle Paperwhite and other select Kindle e-readers

33% off the 55-inch curved LG smart OLED TV

Up to 40% off Magformers toys.

 

Black Friday Deals at Target

Black Friday Sale starts at 6:00pm on Thanksgiving day.

55-inch Samsung curved 4K UHD TV with a $70 Target gift card- $697.99 (Original price- $1,099.99)

50-inch Samsung Smart Ultra HDTV for $397.99 (Originally priced at $749.99).

500GB PlayStation 4 Slim for $249.99 (Original price- $299.99)

Nintendo 3DS for $99.99 (Original price- $199.99)

Ninja Professional Kitchen System for $129.99 (save $90)

Apple iPads as low as $199.79

Beats by Dre wireless headphones- $119.99

Fitness trackers as low as $49.99

Buy one, get one half off toy brands like Nerf, My Little Pony, Disney Princess, VTech, and Marvel,

GoPro Hero with a $20 Target gift card – $179.99 (Original Price $249.99)

40% off Lego and play sets

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Black Friday Sale starts at 6:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Hatchimals toys – $48.88

Select DVDs/Blu-rays – $1.96 each

Sharper Image video drone – $30

for the DJI Phantom Standard 3 drone – $369 (save $130)

32GB iPad Mini 2 -$199 (save $70)

Samsung Chromebook 3 – $119

Fitbit Flex 2 – $69 ( Save $30).

500GB PlayStation 4 Slim including the game “Uncharted 4” and a $30 gift card – $249

 

Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

Black Friday Sale starts at 5:00pm on Thanksgiving day.

Toshiba 49-inch LED 4K Ultra HDTV – $199.99 for the (save $250)

Sharp 55-inch 1080p LED Smart TV – $249.99 (save $250)

Beats by Dre Beats Solo 2 headphones – $149.99 (save $150)

50% off select Klipsch, Sony and Polk speakers.

JBL Xtreme portable Bluetooth speakers – $199.99 (save $100)

16GB Amazon Fire HD8 tablet – $59.99 (save $30).

Nikon D5300 DSLR camera with 18-55 mm and 70-300 mm lenses and 32GB memory card – $599.99(save $500)

Get a $35 gift card and 64GB memory card with the purchase of a GoPro Hero5

Select popular video game – $29.99

Xbox One S 1TB including the game “Battlefield” – $299 (save $50)

PlayStation 4 including the game “Uncharted” 4 – $249.99 (save $50).

Amazon Echo $139.99 (save $40)

Black Friday Deals at Kohl's

Black Friday Sale starts at 6:00 pm on Thanksgiving day.

55-inch LG 4K ULED Smart TV and $150 in Kohl’s Cash – $499.99 (original price $749.99)

49-inch Haier Ultra HD 4K television and $75 Kohl’s Cash – $249.99(original price $349.99)

Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera with Wi-Fi, including bag, 18-55 mm lens, 75-300 mm lens and $135 Kohl’s Cash – $449.99 (original price $749.99)

500GB PlayStation 4 including the game “Uncharted 4” and $75 Kohl’s Cash – $249.99 (original price $299)

Xbox One S including the game “Minecraft” and $75 Kohl’s Cash – $249.99 (original price $299)

Fitbit Alta and $30 Kohl’s Cash- $99.99 (original price $129.99 to $149.99)

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Turkey Threading

Tips to Cooking the Perfect Turkey This Thanksgiving

 

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So there is one item on the table at thanksgiving that needs to have some extra attention when preparing, and that’s the Turkey. A staple dish for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many different recipes and procedures to preparing a turkey. To help you this year prepare the perfect turkey for your family and friends we have listed the top tips to follow when cooking your feast.

 

Get the Right Size

When making a turkey for a group, you want to make sure everyone actually gets to take a bite. To ensure you make the right amount figure on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person. For example, 8 people will require an 8 to 12-pound turkey.

turkey-count


 

Cook with Veggies

When cooking, place your turkey on top of a rack of carrots, onions and celery with a regular cooking pan placed underneath the rack. Cooking the turkey while lifted off the pan will actually help increase air circulation, which will lead to any evenly crispy turkey. The vegetables will add tons of extra flavor as well.

vetables


Keep it Moist

A dry turkey can be the downfall of Thanksgiving dinner. To ensure a perfectly moist turkey, use the technic of brining. Brining is similar to marinating where you soak the turkey for 30 minutes to a few days in a solution called brine before cooking. Brine is a solution usually containing salt, cold water, sugar and a variety of spices. Here is a link for the perfect brine recipe. Brine Recipe
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Hold the Stuffing

Instead of cooking the stuffing inside the turkey, cook it in a separate pan. Cooking stuffing inside the turkey can cause the growth of harmful bacteria. It also will take longer to cook, which could result in it being drier.

stuffing


Tie It Up

To ensure the meat cooks evenly truss your turkey. Trussing is tying up the turkey so all the limbs are tightly bound close to the core. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string to create a tight package.

wrapping-turkey


Better with Butter

A little butter makes everything better, doesn’t it? Before putting your turkey in the oven drench it with butter. Make sure the skin is completely dry and rub an entire stick of butter all of the turkey.

butter


 

Contain the Flavor

To lock in all the flavor and juices, cover your turkey after taking it out of the oven with tin foil. Let it rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes before carving and be sure not to cover the turkey too tightly as you don’t want it to steam under the foil.
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