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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…

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats


This is officially my new favorite pumpkin treat. I finally made them this year after my daughters begged and begged after we saw this season's first batch of pumpkin spice marshmallows hit the shelves. After tasting one, well, I kind of ate a lot of them...a lot! I doubled the recipe below because I wound up with an 8oz. bag instead of 10oz, and I was afraid it wouldn't make enough. I simply followed the recipe on the bag and added vanilla and pumpkin spice and topped them with drizzled pumpkin candy melts.


INGREDIENTS
  • 8oz. bag of Kraft pumpkin spice marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 3 tbs melted butter (use shortening for dairy-free)
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Wilton Pumpkin Spice candy melts (omit for dairy-free)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt the butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave or in a large pot over the stove.
  2. Add the marshmallows and microwave about a minute and stir until melted and thoroughly combined with the butter. 
  3. Add the vanilla, pumpkin spice, and Rice Krispies and stir until combined well.
  4. Coat a baking pan with nonstick spray or lightly coat with butter. Spread the mixture into the pan and press down, evening out the top until flat. 
  5. Let chill at room temp or in the fridge before cutting.
  6. Melt the pumpkin candy chips for a few minutes in the microwave and stir until smooth and melted through, then put it into a piping bag or a plastic bag with the tip of a corner cut off and drizzle over the top of each treat. Enjoy!


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  1. I've always liked those squares, so this variant would appeal to me.

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