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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…

Get the Look: Festive Outdoor Dinnerware for Summer



Naturally spring and summer make up the best time to entertain outdoors. The grill is going, pools are open, and everyone feels like getting out after a long cold winter. You really don't need a specific reason to entertain when the weather is nice; just some yummy grilled meats, cold beer (or my favorite - sangria), and a game of corn hole. Pictured above: West Elm Nautical Outdoor Plates







These melamine dinnerware sets are perfect for an outdoor meal. Maybe I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to entertaining, but even for a casual barbecue, I've given up the paper plates and red plastic cups. I really love the colorful fiesta theme that seems to be trending this summer, though I'm always a fan of nautical as well. Which ones do you like best?

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