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Q&A: Thanksgiving 911

Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

The Daily Find: Pier 1 Pumpkin Lidded Bowl



It's never to early to start daydreaming about pumpkins, is it? I just love pumpkins...I mean LOVE them! Just looking at one makes me happy. Others who share my obsession will know exactly what I mean. And it's never too early to start thinking about holiday menus and festive table settings. I love these pumpkin lidded bowls by Pier 1. During the holidays, Pier 1 is a favorite place of mine to find affordable seasonal items to add to my serving collection. For Thanksgiving or any dinner party during fall, serve up soup in these beautiful pumpkin soup dishes. There is an extra-large matching pumpkin bowl with ladle to hold the soup or another seasonal side, like mashed potatoes or stuffing. You could also use just one or two of the smaller ones on your buffet to serve something like cranberry relish. These gorgeous, elegant pumpkin bowls are just over $10. Click here to shop, or browse more pumpkin bowls.


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