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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…

DIY Halloween Marshmallow Pops


 
If you're hosting a Halloween bash, it's nice to have fun party favors for the kids. Popcorn balls and caramel apples are great for Halloween, but they can also be messy and time-consuming. Chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops are much quicker and easier to make. You can make them in single pops or large pops using 3 marshmallows on each stick. Sometimes I use lollipop sticks, but last year I used Halloween paper straws, and it looked great!

SUPPLIES

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INGREDIENTS

*one 12oz bag each bag semi-sweet and milk chocolate baking chips  (+1 tbs butter), optional-white chocolate chips
*1-2 bags large marshmallows (depending on how many favors you want, count on 3 marshmallows per favor)
*toppings: sprinkles, nuts, oreo crumbs, etc.


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place 3 marshmallows on each lollipop stick (or one if you prefer) and set aside on baking sheets lined with wax paper (use small cookie sheets that will easily lay flat in your fridge when it's time to chill the pops.) Arrange the toppings on disposable paper plates for easy coating and easy clean-up.

2. Put milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips in a glass bowl. I'll let you in on a little secret for the perfect melted chocolate. Most people use semi-sweet by itself when cooking with chocolate, but I've found that using a ratio of 2/3 semi-sweet to 1/3 milk chocolate adds the perfect level of sweetness. I usually just empty 2/3 of the 12 oz semi-sweet bag into the bowl and add in 1/3 of the milk chocolate bag. If I end up with extra melted chocolate, I simply grab some pretzels or fruit and dig in.

3. You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate over the stove, but it's much easier to just pop it in the microwave. Heat it on high for one minute at a time (30 seconds for white chocolate), stirring each time. It should only take a few times.

4. Dip the marshmallow kabobs into the melted chocolate and coat thoroughly, then hold over the toppings and use your other hand to sprinkle the toppings on while you turn the marshmallow pop to evenly coat. (If you simply roll the pop into the toppings right after coating it in chocolate, the coating can get too heavy and clump in areas, causing the chocolate to run off the pops.)
I like to use milk chocolate with sprinkles and graham cracker crumbs and white chocolate with chocolate wafer cookie crumbs. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

5. Place inside cello bags and tie off with Halloween ribbon. Enjoy!



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