tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-31811662417600864682013-04-04T16:03:55.187-07:00Respect the BirdRespect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.comBlogger43125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-70273029143865593222012-11-21T18:58:00.001-08:002012-11-21T18:59:24.603-08:00My Favorite Thanksgiving Memory Thanksgiving dinner for the family... married only one month and I invited my parents, his parents, plus two of his aunts. Dinner for eight, what was I thinking? Turkey, mashed potatoes &amp; gravy, stuffing, veggies, jello salad, rolls, pumpkin pie. Had I ever roasted a turkey? No. Which meant I had never made stuffing. Pumpkin pie? Nope, but watched my Mom. Real mashed potatoes with gravy not made from a packet. Cheated on the rolls, but what the heck, I was a blushing bride.<br /><br />T-day, I poked and prodded and basted the turkey. By noon I had a golden, delicious looking bird. Whew! DH's job was to carve that sucker. All the sides came out great and I could probably have used some Ben-Gay from patting myself on the back for not burning, undercooking, or dropping any of the above-mentioned menu items.<br /><br />I was proud that I could serve a meal to be enjoyed by all. But the understatement of the day came from my mother-in-law. The dear lady said "Well, hon - you didn't do too bad for your first time." Danged with faint praise, coming from a woman who had a history of poor cooking techniques, least of which was the infamous inviting me and my folks over for dinner and not taking the duck out of the freezer until that morning and leaving it on top of the freezer to defrost. Since the duck obviously wasn't completely thawed and just couldn't get done in the oven, she proceeded to nuke the living heck out of it in the microwave. Upon serving, the duck wasn't tender, so she blamed it on the grocer for selling her an old, tough duck. Yeah, right.<br /><br />Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and remember--Respect the Bird!<br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I am not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, Just a Few Thoughts. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Lora (a/k/a Magnolia Blossom).</span>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-28215494021427419412012-11-12T11:21:00.001-08:002012-11-12T14:37:52.274-08:00Who's Respecting the Bird this year?<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It seems that last year, for the first time, quite a few of us put up a big stink about stores opening on Thanksgiving day. The one day each year that we're&nbsp;supposed&nbsp;to spend with friends and family being thankful for what we have, is slowly turning into a day of, eat-a-quick-lunch, stand-in-line and buy-more-things!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Sadly, if you like to shop and get good deals, Thanksgiving may be the best day for you to do it this year. Even worse, it means many of the people who work the at the stores open on Thanksgiving, whether or not they want to be there, <i>have </i>to be there too.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This really bums us out and according to the newest <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/target-take-the-high-road-and-save-thanksgiving" target="_blank">Change.org Petition</a>, we're not the only ones!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-usa-retail-thanksgiving-idUSBRE8AB0TZ20121112" target="_blank">today's report in Reuters</a>, there are quite a number of stores on Tom Turkey's naughty list, but we wanted to highlight the stores that are taking a stand! So...when you're thinking of places to shop AFTER Thanksgiving, maybe you can start here:</span><br /><ul><li><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nordstrom</span></a></li><li><a href="http://www.costco.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Costco</span></a></li><li><a href="http://www.radioshack.com/home/index.jsp" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">RadioShack</span></a></li><li><a href="http://www.cabelas.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Cabela's</span></a></li><li><a href="http://www.llbean.com/?nav=gn" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">L.L. Bean</span></a></li><li><a href="http://www.rei.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">REI</span></a></li></ul><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Does this list seem a little short to you?&nbsp;If you have a store to add to this list - that is opening at a reasonable time on Black Friday (not so early that employees have to sleep/be in store on Thanksgiving day), please feel free to include it in the comments and we'll keep adding to this post as we hear from you!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A big <b>THANK YOU</b> to the stores that are Respecting the Bird this year!</span><br /><br />Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-1916478816234460552012-11-07T15:21:00.000-08:002012-11-07T15:42:53.483-08:00Thanksgiving 2012 Is Upon Us! Keep Calm and Respect the Bird!<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n2tM0PUWz6M/UJrrrVty1uI/AAAAAAAAAOc/d9PVhicVSgU/s1600/RTBLogoUpdate2012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n2tM0PUWz6M/UJrrrVty1uI/AAAAAAAAAOc/d9PVhicVSgU/s320/RTBLogoUpdate2012.jpg" width="240" /></a><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Hello faithful Respect the Bird followers! It seems like it was only yesterday we were fighting to preserve the integrity of Thanksgiving 2011 and now here we are again in November 2012! How time flies when you hop from season to season a month too soon!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Our fearless Thanksgiving ambassador and Respect the Bird leader Doug Matthews has kicked off the season of giving thanks with a great post on Allrecipes.com that has already racked up nearly 50 comments!&nbsp;The post is below so check it out and let us know how you feel...Deal or No Deal??</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><b><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=287191" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Black Friday: Deal or No Deal?</span></a></b><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">By: Doug Matthews</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">As the fall days continue to slide by on the calendar, I have begun to notice something in the air other than falling leaves, morning frost and a passing hurricane. I first started to feel it when I noticed that the lawn mowers at the garden store had been replaced by lawn ornaments that weren’t skeletons, witches, pilgrims or turkeys. I felt it again when I saw the Holiday Boutique Stores being built in Bryant Park here in NYC. It got stronger when I started to notice more ads for free layaway plans than for the presidential election. It was almost eerie when I saw the twinkling lights on the back wall of the Big Box Store reflected in the plastic bags of Halloween candy across the aisle. But I think it really hit home when I saw a Santa with a sadistic smile much too happily carving a pumpkin. Yes, Christmas Creep is in the air and that means his partner in crime, Black Friday, can’t be far behind.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">But is Black Friday really all that it is cracked up to be ? Is Black Friday really worth choking down your turkey leg, three sides &amp; pumpkin pie in order for you to rush out to stand in line for hours in the cold &amp; dark with other bargain hunters who treat the opening witching hour like it’s the opening moments of The Hunger Games ? The Wall Street Journal earlier this month explored “The Myth of the Black Friday Deal” (October 8, 2012) and it made me wonder, Black Friday: Deal or No Deal ?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">As many of you already know, I am not a Black Friday shopper. I stay away from the mall like it’s the Plague or a One Direction Concert. I would rather be the subject of a Taylor Swift song or a guest judge on CHOPPED when one of the mystery ingredients is Haggis than go toe to toe with a Midnight Holiday Madness sale. I have always thought that it was silly to jam the doors and trample people all for the one of two items actually discounted to the price in the paper (* supplies limited). Now it seems I may actually have some data to back my thoughts up. According to a study conducted by Decide, Inc. (a consumer price research firm), a lot of items that we think are being deeply discounted on Black Friday and its less evil sibling, Cyber Monday, are actually cheaper to buy at other times of the year. Decide tracked prices for several different popular consumer items online for a two year period and some of their findings were surprising and some were very predictable. It was no surprise to me that UGG Boots were cheapest in June &amp; July when most people are wearing flip flops &amp; sandals or that items like blenders &amp; mixers got cheaper as Christmas Day approached. What did surprise me was how many items (jewelry, watches, etc) get pricier as Black Friday approaches so that those deals, while still below the suggested retail price, are nowhere near what you could have done if you had kept your eyes open earlier in the year. It’s actually good that I am writing this and reinforcing it in my mind because I am one of those shoppers who waits for the last minute most of the time and pays what I pay, high or low. Procrastination may not kill the cat (or was that curiosity ?) but it can &amp; has been known to put a serious hurting on my wallet.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Now I will admit that when you begin to think like a retailer, there is a method to all this madness. The deeply discounted items (*supplies limited) do get crowds of people in the door with the expectation that once people are in the doors, they will buy something to justify the trip even if they don’t get the feature sale item (*supplies limited). In a lot of those cases, those other items are priced closer to their retail price than they were just a month earlier. You still get a deal but not quite the deal that you thought you were getting. It’s tricky path that retailers must tread in these economic times so making the sale at the end of the day is more important than anything else when it comes to their bottom line.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">But is Black Friday really worth it ? I guess that is in the minds &amp; pockets of the consumers. As long as they keep lining up, the stores will keep pushing to open their doors earlier &amp; earlier. I just know that I won’t be choking down my turkey at a breakneck pace or out there fighting the crowds like I am in a WWE Battle Royale. I will be at home with my family on Thanksgiving &amp; Black Friday because in my house, Black Friday is No Deal and we...RESPECT THE BIRD</span>. Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-53771427056415215062011-11-28T13:12:00.001-08:002011-11-28T15:51:07.426-08:00Respect the Bird Thanks YOU! <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-swoHFiucVZ8/TtQdY5unRLI/AAAAAAAAANk/eLf7BxqAbCA/s1600/DougRTBPhoto.bmp" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" dda="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-swoHFiucVZ8/TtQdY5unRLI/AAAAAAAAANk/eLf7BxqAbCA/s1600/DougRTBPhoto.bmp" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Doug Matthews Respecting the Bird</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Even <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">after</i> Thanksgiving we’re still giving </span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">thanks! We’re thankful for all 4,380+ of you who pledged to Respect the Bird. Thankful for everyone who shared the Respect the Bird blog, liked Respect the Bird’s Facebook page, commented about Respect the Bird in your own blog, changed your Allrecipes or Facebook profile picture to Respect the Bird, and shared what you were thankful to have in your lives with your family on Thanksgiving Day. And you didn’t rush out to grab a holiday deal until after Thanksgiving was complete (and the dishes washed). Your support and participation made the first year of Respect the Bird a huge success!</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Not only did Respect the Bird receive </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://respectthebird.com/2011/11/respect-bird-love-30.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">news coverage</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> coast-to-coast, the campaign inspired thousands of people to stop and savor Thanksgiving, taking the day to enjoy existing treasures big and small in their lives during this season of gratitude. That’s just what Doug Matthews had in mind a year ago with his </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=205589http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=205589"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">original blog post</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> that launched Respect the Bird. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">With Thanksgiving 2011 now a delicious memory and Jingle Bells rightfully playing on the radio, may you continue to acknowledge what’s good and true in our lives throughout the coming year!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Happy Holidays,</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Respect the Bird Team</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">P.S. We're hoping to come back and do this again next year and would love to hear your ideas for how we can continue to grow this movement! Please share them in the comments section or email them to us at <a href="mailto:respectthebird@gmail.com">respectthebird@gmail.com</a>. <span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Thanks!</span></span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-31960361552322403912011-11-25T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-25T06:00:06.779-08:00Give Thanks for “Bake Friday”<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Give Thanks for “Bake Friday”</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">By Jan Hazard<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Last year Doug Mathews, an Allrecipes blogger, wrote that we should put more thanks back in Thanksgiving with his post <a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=205589">Respect the Bird!&nbsp;</a>We agree. Nan and I look to this holiday when family and friends gather—many for the long weekend—as a way to create new bonds and memories. We jump-start for the busy December ahead with a “Bake Friday” group activity.&nbsp;Making cookies and breads together on Friday or through the weekend generates oodles of fun and laughter. We make enough cookies so that everyone can divvy up some to take home. To ensure that the assembly-fashion event goes off without a hitch, we gather all the ingredients and equipment needed ahead of time. What you don’t have, you can ask others to bring with them. Here are 10 tools we love because they help make baking holiday cookies just that much&nbsp;easier. (You can find out about lots of other kitchen gadgets we adore on our blog: <a href="http://www.kitchengadgetgals.com/page.php?pageID=1">KitchenGadgetGals</a>.)<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><b>1. Cookie sheets, at least 2 or 3.</b>Shiny, durable pans without edges are best for even baking. A&nbsp;large classic (16x14 inch) aluminum pan by Nordic Ware, suggested retail $12.50 (<a href="http://www.buynordicware.com/">www.buynordicware.com</a>),&nbsp;or a Regal Ware American Kitchen (12x15 inch) stainless steel cookie sheet, suggested retail $18 @ <a href="http://biz.regalware.com/">biz.regalware.com</a>will hold&nbsp;a dozen medium-sized cookies. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">2. Silicone spatula:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> The joy of&nbsp; high-heat-resistant silicone is that it can be used for a variety of kitchen tasks. Available in variety of sizes and shapes and whimsical designs. Williams Sonoma, $10 to $30 @ <a href="http://www.williamssonoma.com/">williamssonoma.com</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">3. BeaterBlade:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> If you have a KitchenAid or Cuisinart stand mixer, replace your beater with this unique blade that is made for all KitchenAid and Cuisinart models. The spatula-like edge on the beater helps scrape the bowl as it mixes. Retails for $25. Available at <a href="http://amazon.com/" target="_blank">amazon.com</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">4. Kuhn-Rikon Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Set:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;Five squeeze bottles, two tall and three small with 5 stainless steel decorating tips plus frosting spatula are easy to fill and use to&nbsp;decorate all those holiday cookies.&nbsp;Dishwasher safe- upper level. Retails for $20 available at <a href="http://factorydirect2you.com/" target="_blank">factorydirect2you.com</a>or <a href="http://amazon.com/" target="_blank">amazon.com</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">5. Ice Cream Scoops, 2 or 3 sizes.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> For drop cookies, use a scoop that measures 1 tablespoon for speedily scooping even-sized balls of dough onto cookie sheets.&nbsp;OXO ice cream and cookie scoops have ergonomic handles for easy squeezing. Retail for $20 each. Available at <a href="http://www.oxo.com/" target="_blank">oxo.com</a> or <a href="http://amazon.com/" target="_blank">amazon.com</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">6. Parchment Paper:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> Great nonstick solution for lining cookie sheets when baking delicate cookies, such as lace cookies, or lining baking pans for cakes. Available in supermarkets. Reynolds parchment $3 to $4 a box. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">7. CDN Touch Screen Timer and Clock (TSM2):</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;Always good to have a a timer handy for keeping track of all the cookie chilling and baking.&nbsp;The touch screen timer by CDN for those who embrace the touch screen technology counts 100 hours up or down.&nbsp;Retails for $15. Available at <a href="http://www.chefsresource.com/" target="_blank">www.chefsresource.com</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">8. Oxo Oven Thermometer:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> For perfectly browned cookies, be sure your oven temp is on target. A round glass face on this thermometer lets light shine through&nbsp;for easy reading even&nbsp; in the back of the oven. It has large numbers with a non-slip silicone frame&nbsp;or ring for easy handling.&nbsp;It hangs or stands on the oven rack and is calibrated for both Fahrenheit and Celsius. Retails for $15; available at <a href="http://www.oxo.com/" target="_blank">oxo.com</a> or <a href="http://amazon.com/" target="_blank">amazon.com</a> <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">9. Microplane Classic Zester/Grater:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> For zesting citrus peel, grating fresh ginger or chocolate, this ultrasharp, rasp-looking tool is the way to go.&nbsp;Retails for $13. Available at <a href="http://amazon.com/" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">10. Cookie cutters:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> Wilton offers a large variety of shapes and sizes of cookie cutters. The comfort grip metal cutters are ideal for young hands to help stamp out cookies in&nbsp; many of the iconic holiday shapes: snowflake, candy cane, gingerbread boy, star, snowman, tree to name some shapes.&nbsp;Retail for $3.20 each at <a href="http://www.wilton.com/" target="_blank">wilton.com</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-23174342662929704302011-11-24T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-24T06:00:12.635-08:00Respect the Bird Love – 3.0<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">We've had some great grassroots appreciation for Thanksgiving and Respect the Bird! Check out the newest amazing quotes, comments, and media stories from Thanksgiving fans about Respect the Bird! </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">News Coverage</span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500202_162-57329437/black-friday-online-in-store-and-mobile-deals/" target="_blank">CBS The Early Show</a>&nbsp;- <em>Black Friday starts on Black Thursday now. We've had a lot of folks </em></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><em>who are upset about&nbsp; that. You can like Respect the Bird!</em></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S2381482.shtml?cat=565"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">WHEC NBC</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Turkey day is just a few days away and 66 percent of hosts say they plan on making the meal from scratch.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/a-defense-for-thanksgiving/2011/11/17/gIQAM33tcN_story.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="color: purple;">Washington Post</span></span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> with </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/santas-assault-on-thanksgiving/2011/11/19/gIQA0bKQcN_video.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">video</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Stores that once closed their doors in deference to the holiday are now touting Turkey Day deals starting as early as 9 p.m. </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://wakeup-world.com/2011/10/06/7-foods-experts-wont-eat/"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">How do you relax when you know you're heading out the door at 10 p.m. or so to go to work, and work all night long?" she said.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.startribune.com/business/134187388.html?page=all&amp;prepage=1&amp;c=y#continue"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Minneapolis Star Tribune</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="color: #333333;">Experts and even some retailers admit that the tactics don't really boost sales and profits the way television footage and newspaper photos of mobs bursting through doors suggest they do. The over-the-top retail frenzy is more defensive in nature.</span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://chicagoparent.com/magazines/web-only/2011-november/respect-the-bird"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Chicago Parent</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">From that came </i></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://respectthebird.com/" target="_blank"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="color: purple;">respectthebird.com</span></span></i></a></span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">, where over 3,000 people so far have taken a pledge to not shop or decorate their houses or buy a tree or indulge in any other Christmas tradition until Thanksgiving is over.</span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2011/11/early-black-friday-sales-may-mean-big.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">TechFlash</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Some shoppers told The New York Times that they’re fed up with waking up early to find stores full of people and out-of-stock on the best deals. </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/blogs/do-you-respect-the-bird"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Mother Nature Network</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - </span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">It's only when things creep earlier does the whole season whip into a frenzy that somehow can't be contained in one month.</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.onlykent.com/20111120/best-2011-thanksgiving-recipes-selections-2/"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">OnlyKent</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">You might want to begin looking at some Thanksgiving recipes now and we have rounded up some of the very best Thanksgiving recipe selections to help make your day go smoothly.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">From Bloggers</span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://www.momtrends.com/2011/11/friday-food-news-thanksgiving-news-notes/"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">MomTrends</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">After all, from the very beginning Thanksgiving has been an American holiday about being thankful about what we have—the big things in life, family, friendships, memories, good health—not about crazy stuff on sale.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://wakeup-world.com/2011/10/06/7-foods-experts-wont-eat/"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">An Open Cookbook</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="color: #333333;">So I am dedicating this posting to the Respect The Bird campaign&nbsp;by making&nbsp;a list of what I am thankful for....and&nbsp;also giving&nbsp;you a nice light soup recipe you can make this week before T-day.</span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://ecofrugality.blogspot.com/2011/11/respect-bird.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="color: purple;">Ecofrugal Living</span></span></a></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">However, Christmas creep is a particularly egregious example because it means that another perfectly good holiday, Thanksgiving, gets glossed over as if it didn't count.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"><a href="http://kristinpotpie.com/" target="_blank">KirstinPotPie</a></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as anybody, but this year I have made a pledge to Respect the Bird. </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://swampynomo.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/10-things-i-think-about-thanksgiving/"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Behind The Shades</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="color: #333333;">I have never gone shopping on Black Friday and I don’t intend to go shopping on “Black Thursday” this year either (looking at you Toys R Us &amp; Walmart).</span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://the7upexperience.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-hecki-want-thanksgiving-all-to.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The 7up Experience</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">It's November. A month with 2 special Holidays....Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. Both separate but both meaningful and honorable days for the month of November. </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://hiddenfoodie.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-am-very-thankful.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The Hidden Foodie in Me</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">I can't believe it has already been a year since last Thanksgiving. Being this close to it has made me reflect on what was happening then. </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/10587678/blogentry.aspx?postid=257486"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Lost jobs and the art of shopping</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Come on folks..... the beauty of the Thanksgiving holiday is that the only expectation is a good family/friends meal with no pressure to buy that special someone a special something with our hard earned money/credit cards. </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/1305468/blogentry.aspx?msg=1&amp;postid=256815"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Never Perfect, Always Good</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> –<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> I've never been one to battle the crowds at midnight on Thanksgiving to get "the best deals" on items that won't be remembered the next year.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://thedailygourmet.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-tradition-of-past.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The Daily Gourmet</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> – <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">There's no reason to not take the pledge - if you're disgusted with Christmas stuff appearing as early as September, if you're annoyed with the Christmas songs playing just days after Halloween, if you've had the unfortunate experience to work Thanksgiving in the past, if you detest Black Friday etc., take the pledge! </i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/10354248/blogentry.aspx?postid=257076"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Pointless Ramblings of a Verbose Cook w/a Loooong List of Food Aversions</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> – <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="color: black;">Even though I don't personally really care for Thanksgiving, I DO think we, as a society, need to SLOW down and not rush right from Halloween to Christmas.</span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://magicallydelicious.com/random-rants/thankful-for-chaos/"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Magically Delicious</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> – <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Gratitude is a really freeing thing.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/10253819/blogentry.aspx?postid=256694"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Hunter/Gatherer</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Celebrating my grandparent's wedding anniversary (this year is Number 60!) learning more about the people I love, having everyone to my house for one day, sitting back and watching four generations come together with no material things—no gifts, no shopping, no expectations.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/168002/blogentry.aspx?msg=1&amp;postid=256771"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Linda’s boring ramblings</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">I usually spend time with some church people or volunteering this time of year. Good for the soul.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://anotherdayinthelifeoflisa.blogspot.com/2011/11/respect-bird.html"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Another Day in the Life of Lisa</span></a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> - <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Thanksgiving is a terrific holiday - one of families and friends and remembering what we are thankful for...before the&nbsp;gluttony&nbsp;of the holiday season makes us all greedy and whiny. &nbsp;</i></span></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-27192480762269500242011-11-24T01:00:00.001-08:002011-11-24T01:15:27.696-08:00Happy Thanksgiving!<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The feast of feasts is finally here! </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">How will you be spending the day? Do you have any special traditions? Share them with others in the comments or on our <a href="http://facebook.com/respectthebird" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>!</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: black;">Make Thanksgiving dinner even more memorable with these great conversation starters.</span></span></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: black;">-- Ask everyone to describe a Thanksgiving slip-up that had everyone laughing. Maybe one year dad forgot to serve the stuffing in the bird? </span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: black;">-- Ask mom or dad how she/he learned to cook a turkey, and when was the first time. Were the in-laws coming to dinner? </span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: black;">-- Ask grandparents or aunts and uncles to describe a Thanksgiving from their childhood. </span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: black;">-- Ask everyone what was the strangest dish they ever encountered at Thanksgiving dinner. </span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: black;">-- Ask everyone to go around and share their favorite family memory.</span></span></span></div><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">What's the star of the show today? The Bird of course...so get it just right with these tips and tricks!</span><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Turkey Tips: How to Cook and Carve the Thanksgiving Bird</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">It’s time to think about cooking the star of the show: The turkey! Everyone has their favorite cooking method. From brining to grilling, or even frying, this bird is versatile! Oven roasting is the most familiar and most popular way to cook a turkey. Even if you’re doing it for the first time, it works! Here’s how: </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lower the oven rack so the roasting pan holding the turkey will fit. Prepare the turkey for roasting by removing the giblets—usually found in a plastic or paper bag tucked inside the cavity of the bird—and rinsing the bird inside and out with cold water. Pat it dry with paper towels. If you are stuffing the turkey, do this now. Remember to stuff the turkey loosely, allowing about 1/2 to 3/4 cup per pound of turkey. Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan and brush the skin with melted butter or oil. Tuck the drumsticks under the folds of the skin or tie them together with cooking twine or a specially designed wire twist. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. Roast the turkey until the skin is a light golden color (figure about 20 minutes per pound), then cover the bird loosely with an aluminum foil “tent” to prevent the skin from burning. During the last 45 minutes of cooking, remove the foil to brown the skin. Basting the bird ensures even browning but is not necessary. </span><br /><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; text-transform: uppercase;">How do I carve a turkey? </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Once the bird is out of the oven, let it stand on a cutting board for about 30 minutes depending on its size. This gives the juices a chance to soak back into the flesh, and provides succulent cuts of meat. Before you begin carving, have a warm serving platter nearby. </span></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Start carving by arranging the turkey, breast side up, on the cutting board. Steady the turkey with a carving fork while slicing. Using a sharp knife, slice through the meat between the breast and the leg. Next, using a large knife as an aid, press the thigh outward to find the hip joint. Slice down through the joint and remove the leg. Cut between the thighbone and drumstick bone to divide the leg into one thigh piece and one drumstick. To carve the drumstick, cut a thick slice of meat from one side, along the bone. Next, turn the drumstick over so the cut side faces down. Cut off another thick slice of meat. Repeat, turning the drumstick onto a flat side and cutting off meat, carving a total of four thick slices. To slice the thigh, place it flat side down on the cutting board. Cut parallel to the bone and slice off the meat. Place all the cuts on the warmed serving platter as you work. </span></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Remove the wings before you cut the breast. Slice diagonally down through the edge of the breast toward the wing. Using a knife as an aid, press the wing out to find the shoulder joint; cut through this joint and remove the wing. Place the wing on the serving platter as-is. </span></div><div style="tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">To carve the breast meat, hold the back of the carving fork against the breastbone. Starting parallel to the breastbone, slice diagonally through the meat. Lift off each slice, holding it between the knife and the fork, and place it on the serving platter. Continue until you have carved all the meat on one side of the breast. Carve the other side of the breast following the same steps. </span></div><br /></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IA2FaLOJU0c" width="560"></iframe>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-58930432728625039362011-11-23T07:00:00.000-08:002011-11-23T07:00:08.352-08:00Tweet Chat, How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d8zlZ6r21hs/TsyicYjT1sI/AAAAAAAAAM8/X1lxwqSUTJw/s1600/Post_TwitterGiveaway02b.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d8zlZ6r21hs/TsyicYjT1sI/AAAAAAAAAM8/X1lxwqSUTJw/s200/Post_TwitterGiveaway02b.JPG" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Join @</span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/respectthebird"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">RespecttheBird</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> and @</span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/allrecipes"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Allrecipes</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> to share how you’re celebrating Thanksgiving. We’ll be hosting a TweetChat on Wednesday, 11/23 from 3-4pm PST. What’s on your menu? Do watch football before the big feast? Have a family favorite pie recipe that always makes an appearance?</span></div></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">What:</b> Respect the Bird Tweet Chat</span></div></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">When:</b> Wednesday, November 23, 3-4pm PST</span></div></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Where:</b> On Twitter (use this </span><a href="http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=1&amp;q1=%23RTB&amp;q2=from%3Arespectthebird&amp;an=n"><span style="color: purple; font-family: Calibri;">custom tweetgrid</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;">) with hashtag #RTB</span></div></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Topic:</b> What are you thankful for?</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b>Giveaway:</b> A randomly selected participant who tweets the #RTB hashtag during the chat will win a turkey turkey baster, the <i>Thanksgiving Tales - True Stories of the Holiday in America</i> book by Brian Jaffe and an Allrecipes.com 6 month Supporting Membership!</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div></div><iframe frameborder="0" height="300" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dHJGZmlTZW9Rclp1aUJmWnZ5OG1mTEE6MQ" width="500"></iframe><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;">If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one here: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/">http://www.twitter.com/</a></span>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-58764726181461453192011-11-23T06:30:00.000-08:002011-11-23T06:30:01.280-08:00Change Your Profile Pic to Show Your Support Today<div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y0Cojmlaljg/TsyjNoL3mgI/AAAAAAAAANE/77uUjQfk_b8/s1600/RTB_FacebookProfilePicvs2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y0Cojmlaljg/TsyjNoL3mgI/AAAAAAAAANE/77uUjQfk_b8/s200/RTB_FacebookProfilePicvs2.jpg" width="167" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A picture is worth a thousand words! Show your support for Respect the Bird and Thanksgiving by changing your Facebook and Allrecipes&nbsp;profile pictures to a special Respect the Bird turkey charachter&nbsp;for the day. Let the world know you care about Thanksgiving! </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Click </span><a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/bird-yourself.html"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #888888;">here</span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> to see all the fun options available and instructions to save the photos and&nbsp;update your profile image. </span></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bDdT3anH3ZI/TsyjgvxZ25I/AAAAAAAAANM/_Wb3HsXi0Ck/s1600/RTB_FacebookProfilePicvs5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bDdT3anH3ZI/TsyjgvxZ25I/AAAAAAAAANM/_Wb3HsXi0Ck/s1600/RTB_FacebookProfilePicvs5.jpg" /></a></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-26628741520312572772011-11-23T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-23T06:00:04.413-08:00The Stuffing Dilemma: Inside or Outside of the Bird?<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">It's the age old dilemma...should you prepare the stuffing inside or outside the bird. And if you prepare it out, do you have to call it dressing? Either way, with these tips, you're going to love the final results!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"><strong>In the Bird</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Prepare the stuffing according to your favorite recipe. Never stuff a bird until right before you’re ready to roast it because the cavity can provide an environment for growing bacteria. The stuffing should be warm when placed in the turkey so it reaches 165 degrees F (70 degrees C) by the time the bird is done. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Loosely stuff the cavity of the turkey, as the dressing will expand slightly while cooking. Be sure to include the neck cavity. Once stuffed, pull the neck skin up and pin it down with a skewer to enclose the opening. The body cavity opening may be trussed or sewn closed to protect exposed dressing. Another option is to tie the legs back and place a piece of aluminum foil over the opening. Any extra stuffing should be placed in a buttered casserole dish and kept covered and refrigerated until ready to bake. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">If the turkey is finished cooking before the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F (70 degrees C), scoop it out and place it in a greased baking dish. Cook it in a microwave on high or bake it at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until it reaches the correct temperature. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Out of the Bird</span></strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"><strong></strong></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This one is much easier. Just follow the cooking directions of the stuffing recipe! If it calls for you to cook the stuffing in the bird but you would like to cook it out of the bird. Follow these tips:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1. Grease the cooking dish</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2. Cover with foil</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. Cook for half the recommended time and double check the temperature of the stuffing every 5 minutes after the first half of cooking time. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. Once the stuffing reaches the 165 degrees, remove the foil and bake for a few more minutes for a crispier finish or remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes in foil for a juicier finish.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Looking for some stuffing recipes? Check out a few of our favorites below:</span></div><li sizcache="0" sizset="154"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bread-and-Celery-Stuffing/Detail.aspx"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Bread and Celery Stuffing</span></strong></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></li><li sizcache="0" sizset="155"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Slow-Cooker-Stuffing-2/Detail.aspx"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Slow Cooker Stuffing</span></strong></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></li><li sizcache="0" sizset="157"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creole-Cornbread-Stuffing-2/Detail.aspx"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Creole Cornbread Stuffing</span></strong></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></li><li sizcache="0" sizset="160"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cornbread-and-Sausage-Stuffing/Detail.aspx"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing</span></strong></a></li><li sizcache="0" sizset="160"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Awesome-Sausage-Apple-and-Cranberry-Stuffing/Detail.aspx"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing</span></strong></a></li><li sizcache="0" sizset="171"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Wild-Rice-Stuffing-for-Turkey/Detail.aspx"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wild Rice Stuffing for Turkey</span></strong></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></li><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-76039018176800075152011-11-22T08:00:00.000-08:002011-11-22T08:00:07.337-08:00Share Your Thanks and Win! <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ntSK5_KSeXE/TssZVnh8RzI/AAAAAAAAAM0/cpsLu4H8nDM/s1600/KitchenAidMixer.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" hda="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ntSK5_KSeXE/TssZVnh8RzI/AAAAAAAAAM0/cpsLu4H8nDM/s1600/KitchenAidMixer.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Win Me!</span></td></tr></tbody></table> <div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Friendships make the world go round! Acknowledge your friends today by sending them personal email or Facebook messages to tell them you’re thankful to have them in your life. </span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Share what you’re most fond of about them and their qualities that enrich your life. You can also spread the word about your pledge to Respect the Bird. </span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Once you've shared with your friends...share with us in the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RespecttheBird#!/RespecttheBird?sk=app_164664203626848" target="_blank">Respect the Bird Share Your Thanks Sweepstakes</a>!</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Share and you could win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I'm thankful that I took the Respect the Bird <a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/pledge.html" target="_blank">Pledge</a> and don't have to leave Thanksgiving dinner early to go shopping! </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What are you thankful for?</span><br /><br /><br />Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-74557810943382908402011-11-22T07:00:00.001-08:002011-11-22T12:57:10.936-08:00Tweet Chat, What are you thankful for?<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><div style="border: medium none;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgnS2JA-GF4/TssXxX35bHI/AAAAAAAAAMs/eJNyZGgFUf8/s1600/Post_TwitterGiveaway02.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgnS2JA-GF4/TssXxX35bHI/AAAAAAAAAMs/eJNyZGgFUf8/s320/Post_TwitterGiveaway02.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Join @</span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/respectthebird"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">RespecttheBird</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> and @</span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/allrecipes"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Allrecipes</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> to share what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’ll be hosting a TweetChat on Tuesday, 11/22 from 3-4pm PST. </span></div></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b>What:</b> Respect the Bird Tweet Chat</span></div></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b>When:</b> Tuesday, November 22, 3-4pm PST</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b>Where:</b> On Twitter (use this </span><a href="http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=1&amp;q1=%23RTB&amp;q2=from%3Arespectthebird&amp;an=n"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">custom tweetgrid</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;">) with hashtag #RTB</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b>Topic:</b> What are you thankful for?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><b>Giveaway:</b> A randomly selected participant who tweets the #RTB hashtag during the chat will win some Turkey Popup Timers, the <i>Thanksgiving Tales - True Stories of the Holiday in America</i> book by Brian Jaffe and a reusable Allrecipes.com grocery bag!</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="300" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dHJGZmlTZW9Rclp1aUJmWnZ5OG1mTEE6MQ" width="500"></iframe><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one here: </span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">www.twitter.com</span></a></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-32068277237090658632011-11-22T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-22T06:00:07.457-08:00How to Make Over-the-Top Mashed Potatoes<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://images.media-allrecipes.com/site/allrecipes/area/community/userphoto/big/197521.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" src="http://images.media-allrecipes.com/site/allrecipes/area/community/userphoto/big/197521.jpg" /></a><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Light, fluffy, and oh, so creamy! These are the mashed potatoes everyone craves for Thanksgiving dinner, ready to christen with gravy or golden butter. With a few simple tricks, you’ll be serving sublime creamy mashed potatoes everyone will swoon over—and want seconds of. </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Start by knowing your potatoes. Select the right variety because different types of potatoes have different flavors and textures. <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">For light, fluffy, slightly mealy mashed potatoes, use a high-starch variety such as russet (Idaho baking potato). For smooth and creamy mashed potatoes, use a high-moisture variety such as Yellow Finn or Yukon Gold. </span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Next, cut the potatoes into cubes about 3/4 inch (2 cm) square. Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt it generously, and add the potatoes. Keep the water at a heavy simmer, not a rolling boil, and begin checking for doneness after 15 minutes. Undercooked potatoes will be lumpy and pasty when you mash them, and overcooked potatoes will be gluey, so watch carefully. Drain the potatoes as soon as a fork easily pierces a piece all the way through. </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in 22.5pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Always mash potatoes while they are still warm. Use a potato masher, or for extra-smooth texture, a potato ricer or a food mill. A ricer or food mill will ensure the potato grains are even-sized and yield a smooth, uniform texture. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Beware of using a food processor, which will over-mash the potatoes. Over-mashing breaks the swollen starch cells in the potatoes and makes the potatoes gluey. Stir in butter, milk, cream, seasonings, and any other ingredients; it’s best to have these items warm or at room temperature to avoid cooling down the potatoes. Add fluffiness if desired, by briefly whipping the potatoes with a mixer on its lowest speed. Do not over-mix. </span></div></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Some of our favorite mashed potato recipes are below:</span><br /><h3><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-mashed-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_RecipeList_rptRecipeList_ctl01_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Traditional Mashed Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/day-before-mashed-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_RecipeList_rptRecipeList_ctl09_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Day Before Mashed Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/suzys-mashed-red-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_RecipeList_rptRecipeList_ctl11_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Suzy's Mashed Red Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/garlic-mashed-red-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_RecipeList_rptRecipeList_ctl21_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_RecipeList_rptRecipeList_ctl29_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="260"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/creamy-au-gratin-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl33_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="270"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/garlic-mashed-potatoes-secret-recipe/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl37_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="162"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-rosemary-mashed-potatoes/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl03_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Bacon Rosemary Mashed Potatoes</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><div sizcache="0" sizset="162"><br /></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-4515881410776738962011-11-21T18:40:00.001-08:002011-11-21T18:56:03.995-08:00Photo Scavenger Hunt - Show Your Spirit<div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--URvqor1PNM/TssJaFapMKI/AAAAAAAAAMM/Ey8v65QhIak/s1600/AmPz_RTBPic2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--URvqor1PNM/TssJaFapMKI/AAAAAAAAAMM/Ey8v65QhIak/s200/AmPz_RTBPic2.jpg" width="135" /></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Remember that little gnome with the red hat who kept turning up in pictures all around the world? Well, we&nbsp;want to see the Respect the Bird logo turning up all over the country to help spread this message! So click the image below to open it, and then right click to print it. Next&nbsp;snap a photo of you and your family holding the sign, and then post it to&nbsp;the Respect the Bird Facebook page </span><a href="http://facebook.com/respectthebird"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #bba021;">here</span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">!&nbsp;Your photo will be&nbsp;added to the Respect the Bird Photo gallery </span><a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/about.html"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #888888;">here</span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">.</span> </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We love the photos submitted so far! Show off your creativity by helping us fulfill this Photo Scavenger Hunt! </span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1. Respect the Bird (RTB) Logo by a Christmas tree</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2. RTB logo in front of a retail store with Christmas decorations up</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. RTB logo&nbsp;with a real live Turkey</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">4. RTB logo&nbsp;made into a yard sign</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">5. RTB logo&nbsp;with triplets</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">6. RTB logo crafted out of food</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">7. RTB logo with a gnome</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">8. RTB logo on a car</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">9. Creative RTB logo painting</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">10. The ultimate - Santa holding the RTB logo!</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>If we get all 10 by Thanksgiving, I'll personally donate $150 to FeedingAmerica.org!</strong> With my company matching program, that will be $300! Let's do it!</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Stephanie Robinett</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Allrecipes.com</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUrd8_SNRTg/TssL3yFE7oI/AAAAAAAAAMc/4uZawEp8jaA/s1600/RTB_Logo_Printable.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hda="true" height="308" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUrd8_SNRTg/TssL3yFE7oI/AAAAAAAAAMc/4uZawEp8jaA/s400/RTB_Logo_Printable.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-41005379905056903902011-11-21T18:12:00.001-08:002011-11-21T18:59:17.263-08:00The Art of Thanksgiving Pie<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></b></div> <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://images.media-allrecipes.com//site/allrecipes/area/community/userphoto/big/25595.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" hda="true" src="http://images.media-allrecipes.com//site/allrecipes/area/community/userphoto/big/25595.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/no-bake-pumpkin-pie-i/detail.aspx?src=3829_1" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">No Bake Pumpkin Pie</span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Pumpkin reigns when it comes to Thanksgiving pies, but pecan, apple, lemon chess, and others are favorites too. The good news: Pie crusts are one thing that can be made in advance! In fact, pie pastry can be made in advance and refrigerated for two to three days, or frozen for up to two weeks. Ready-made pie pastry purchased in the refrigerated dough section of the supermarket can also be frozen until ready to use. Frozen pie crusts are best used within one month. </span><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">If the recipe calls for a “blind-baked pie crust,” simply fit the pastry into a pie pan, prick the bottoms several times with a fork, and line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Fill it with pie weights, dried beans or rice. Bake the pie shell in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) until the edges begin to turn golden, about 8 minutes. Take the pie out of the oven and remove the weights and paper and foil, and return it to the oven and bake until the bottom is just lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Then it’s ready to fill with a luscious filling. </span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Pumpkin is the traditional Thanksgiving pie flavor, although pumpkin pie was not served at the first Thanksgiving. (More likely it was some form of squash.) If using canned pumpkin, choose between 100% pure pumpkin, to which you add spices, or pumpkin pie filling, with spices already included. And if you’re making fresh pumpkin pie, be sure to use small sugar pumpkins that appear in most markets in early October. These are superior to jack-o’-lantern pumpkins, which can be stringy and coarse-textured. </span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">To cook, cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds and stringy bits. Chop the large pieces into smaller ones that can then be boiled, steamed, roasted, baked (covered), or even cooked in a microwave. The pumpkin is ready when soft and easily pierced with a fork, much like potatoes. Scoop the flesh from the shell with a large spoon and discard the shell. Purée the pumpkin flesh in a food processor, food mill, or blender until smooth. It can be used as is, stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, or frozen for up to six months. If using frozen pumpkin, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or for immediate use, in the microwave. </span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">If making apple pie, you’ll need approximately 2 pounds of apples. You can save on preparation time by purchasing frozen sliced apples; they can be used for pie while still frozen. </span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"><strong>Some of our favorite Thanksgiving pie recipes are:</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-fresh-pumpkin-pie/detail.aspx?src=3829_4">Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-pie-i/detail.aspx?src=3829_9">Sweet Potato Pie</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-pie-by-grandma-ople/detail.aspx?src=3829_10">Apple Pie by Grandma Ople</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-pecan-pie/detail.aspx">Caramel Pecan Pie</a>&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-crumble-pie/detail.aspx">Apple Crumble Pie</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/crustless-cranberry-pie/detail.aspx?src=3829_3">Crustless Cranberry Pie</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-bourbon-pecan-pie/detail.aspx">Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-pie/main.aspx?src=3829_5"><span style="color: purple;">More Thanksgiving Pies</span></a></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"></span><br /><br /><h3></h3>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-35994137273208307822011-11-21T09:58:00.001-08:002011-11-21T10:42:02.263-08:00Tweet Chat, Menu ideas for a week of family meals<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JR5YGC6--MU/Tsqa1ah-I7I/AAAAAAAAAL8/VaRz6ys4gqk/s1600/NHShop_RTBImage.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JR5YGC6--MU/Tsqa1ah-I7I/AAAAAAAAAL8/VaRz6ys4gqk/s200/NHShop_RTBImage.JPG" width="148" /></a><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Join @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/respectthebird" target="_blank">RespecttheBird</a> and @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/respectthebird" target="_blank">Allrecipes</a> to share ideas and tips for family meals before and after Thanksgiving. We’ll be hosting a Tweet Chat on Monday, 11/21 from 3-4pm PST. Bring your favorite weeknight recipes, tips to get your kids involved in menu planning, and great Thanksgiving leftover ideas!</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>What:</b> Respect the Bird Tweet Chat&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>When:</b> Monday, November 21, 3-4pm PST</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>Where:</b> On Twitter (use this <a href="http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=1&amp;q1=%23RTB&amp;q2=from%3Arespectthebird&amp;an=n" target="_blank">custom tweetgrid</a>) with hashtag #RTB</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>Topic:</b> Menu ideas for a week of family meals</span><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="300" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dHJGZmlTZW9Rclp1aUJmWnZ5OG1mTEE6MQ" width="500"></iframe><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one here: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/" target="_blank">www.twitter.com</a></span>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-8591808386691677052011-11-20T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-20T06:00:05.086-08:00Don't Let Christmas Occupy Thanksgiving<span style="font-family: Arial;"> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Don't Let Christmas Occupy Thanksgiving</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">By Doug Matthews</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">I really thought Christmas started too early <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">last year</i> when I urged everyone to “Respect The Bird” with a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=205589"><span style="color: purple;">blog post</span></a> on Allrecipes. Turns out, a great many people out there thought the same thing. Hundreds of you commented saying you agreed the holidays are “blending into each other like ingredients in a smoothie.” It seems I hit a nerve, or connected with some kind of unconscious protest needing to be heard. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">I'm pleased to report, that in this blog post, one year later,&nbsp;Respect the Bird is flying high! Turned into a online grassroots movement with a little help from our friends at Allrecipes.com and this dedicated <span style="color: black;">Respect the Bird blog</span>. Countless bloggers across the Internet who want to help Save Thanksgiving have rallied to our cause. We’re <a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/pledge.html"><span style="color: purple;">counting pledges</span></a> from those of you who commit to Respecting the Bird and refuse to let Christmas shopping offers gobble up Thanksgiving.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">This doesn’t mean Thanksgiving isn’t still in danger of being overrun. Actually, I think this year the Christmas season has gotten <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">waaaaay</i> ahead of itself and has started to “Occupy Thanksgiving.” Ugly! The great feast day is only&nbsp;4 days away, yet if you listen to most of the mainstream media, look at the big box retail stores, and pay even remote attention to the actions of all those mad men &amp; mad women in the advertising world, you would think that Christmas has already been here most of the past month. Even the pumpkins in my neighborhood were covered with snow on Halloween. So I say it again, “No way! Respect The Bird!” </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The <a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/pledge.html"><span style="color: purple;">Pledge Counter</span></a> steadily continues to climb each day at rate faster than the day before. <strong>RESPECT THE BIRD !!!</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">More &amp; more people are liking <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RespecttheBird"><span style="color: purple;">Respect The Bird on Facebook</span></a>. <strong>RESPECT THE BIRD !!!</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">If you listen closely, you can hear the Tweet Tweet Tweets of Twitter amongst the Gobble Gobble Gobbles of Thanksgiving. <strong>@RESPECTTHEBIRD</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;!!! #RTB !!! #SaveThanksgiving !!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">People are <a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/about.html">taking pictures of themselves</a>, family and friends all Respecting The Bird. Art Projects are being created by people of all ages showing how creatively they Respect The Bird. <strong>RESPECT THE BIRD !!!</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Thanksgiving videos &amp; <a href="http://allrecipes.com/features/holidays/thanksgiving/default.aspx?prop24=PN_4.1.1_NP.Best-THanksgiv">recipes</a> are being watched &amp; consulted about how to keep your mashed potatoes creamy and the lumps out of your gravy. <strong>RESPECT THE BIRD !!!</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Would you believe I even spotted a Respect The Bird T-Shirt walking through Chicago’s busy O’Hare Airport the other day. (Oh, wait a minute, that was me!) <strong>RESPECT THE BIRD !!!</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">So let’s get loud about Thanksgiving and not care about what time the store doors are scheduled to open Thanksgiving night. Let’s be thankful we can sit around the table with our belts undone and gravy running through our veins and laughing at family follies instead of tightening our shoelaces and getting ready to run through aisles. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Let’s enjoy the one entire day we get to spend with our friends &amp; family, instead of spending time with strangers fighting for position at the doors or for the $3 video game console they teased about in their advertisements. Let’s eat that last piece of pumpkin pie with total pleasure—because we can—and not because we have to dash to Big Box store before everyone else. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">After all, from the very beginning it’s been an American holiday about being thankful about what we have—the big things in life, family, friendships, memories, good health—not about crazy stuff on sale. So let’s Enjoy Thanksgiving instead of letting Christmas Occupy Thanksgiving.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><strong>RESPECT THE BIRD !!! </strong></span></div></span>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-870415411502144362011-11-19T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-21T10:51:59.669-08:00Thanksgiving in the Melting Pot<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thanksgiving in the Melting Pot<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">by Brian D. Jaffe<o:p></o:p></span></div><div align="center" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Even though many people see the Thanksgiving meal as little more than carbo-loading for their shopping marathon on Black Friday, Thanksgiving is the great holiday Doug Matthews applauded in his blog<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/dougmatthews/blogentry.aspx?postid=205589"><span style="color: purple;">post</span></a><u><span style="color: blue;">.</span></u><o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">After completing a one-year project examining Thanksgiving for a book about its many colorful traditions, unexpected adventures, humorous occurrences, and more, I can say that the holiday is still near and dear to the hearts of many, and not just because it’s a four-day weekend. The stories compiled in my book,<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thanksgivingtales.com/"><i>Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America</i></a>, are from 48 writers across the United States who share their individual experiences and memories of Thanksgiving, and provide insights into the varying ways the holiday is celebrated, viewed and cherished.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition….the Macy’s Parade, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, and Dad carving the golden bird. Since the American way is to faithfully follow, radically ignore, or adapt tradition to individual circumstances, the images memorialized in folk-art paintings and on the covers of home style magazines do not reflect the full variety and spectrum of Thanksgiving celebrations. Even within this wide variety, I saw many common elements and themes: humor, food, family and friends, small moments and memories, all of which I’ve done my best to capture in<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><i>Thanksgiving Tales</i>.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Most of us can identify with various kitchen disasters on the big day, such as finding the oven on fire and ending up at a restaurant buffet (p.131), or fear of sickness from improper cooking (p.101), special memories and traditions like sitting with Grandpa (p39), or a family football game (p127). But, what about Grandma slaughtering the holiday bird by the barn, or having so much food that nobody realized the turkey was never served? Does your holiday menu include familiar side dishes, such as cranberry sauce, or the less traditional, such as eggrolls and kimchi?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And what Thanksgiving would be complete without family? My brother and sister-in-law host our Thanksgiving and their attitude is “the more-the-merrier,” which is in stark contrast to those who want to be left alone for the day, and the small minority who are out-and-out Thanksgiving haters. My day with family does not include an alcoholic uncle, a weird cousin, or an aunt who makes unrecognizable foods, as some of the book’s writers describe. But I can relate to the hosting responsibility being passed to the next generation, family squabbles, loss, and the special warmth of four generations of a close family gathered around a table—all heartwarming stories included in my book.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="line-height: 13.5pt; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thanksgiving is inclusive, a holiday for everyone—whether their arrival to the United States was via the Mayflower, Ellis Island, an international airport, or any other way. I’ve always thought that it doesn’t matter if the celebration is traditional or unconventional. It doesn’t matter what food is served, how it’s made, or where the meal is held. What does matter is how I spend the day and who I spend it with.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="line-height: 13.5pt; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="line-height: 13.5pt; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It is a testament to the importance of this holiday that we will go to great lengths for Thanksgiving—spending money to travel long distances, or taking days to prepare meals, sometimes only to end up sleeping in the car, or learning that the just-eaten turkey was previously dropped on the floor. Yet, we’ll<a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=3181166241760086468" name="_GoBack"></a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>do it all over again next year. In sharing this collection of stories, I hope to emphasize the meaning and value of Thanksgiving for everyone who enjoys the day.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><o:p>________________________________________________________________________________&nbsp;</o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Brian D. Jaffe is the editor of<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thanksgivingtales.com/"><i>Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America</i></a><i>.</i><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>The book is available from online retailers like<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982729006?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sestinllccom-20&amp;link_code=as3&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=0982729006">amazon.com</a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>and<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Thanksgiving-Tales/Brian-D-Jaffe/e/9780982729007/?itm=3&amp;USRI=thanksgiving+tales">barnesandnoble.com</a>, and in eBook format for the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0041KL6TY?_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=sestinllccom-20&amp;linkCode=as3&amp;camp=15041&amp;creative=373501">Kindle</a>, the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://ax.itunes.apple.com/us/book/thanksgiving-tales/id390908153">iPad</a>, and the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Thanksgiving-Tales/Brian-D-Jaffe/e/2940011831058/?pt=BK&amp;stage=bookproduct&amp;pwb=2#helpBuying_eBooks">Nook</a>.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-33863412569012764052011-11-18T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-18T06:00:03.599-08:00Consumers to Retailers: Holiday Advertising Is Getting Out of Hand!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b style="color: #38761d;">Consumers to Retailers: Holiday Advertising Is Getting Out of Hand!</b>&nbsp;</span></div><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b style="color: orange;">INSIGHT 1:</b> <span style="color: #38761d;">82% of home cooks think Christmas is marketed too early, and as a result, Thanksgiving isn’t respected.</span><br /><br />When asked whether Christmas is marketed too early, only 3.5% of home cooks disagree, while 14% are neutral. When asked if early Christmas advertising distracted them from Thanksgiving’s importance, the majority of home cooks (56%) replied, “Very much.” 47% also said early holiday advertising kept them from being thankful for what they have, while 37% said it distracted from their enjoyment of Thanksgiving.</span><br /><div style="color: blue; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">How strongly do you agree with this statement: Christmas is marketed too early and the Thanksgiving holiday is getting too little attention.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="300" nda="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bFl4RRoPOS4/TsLmzMfdH8I/AAAAAAAAA0w/Q7xPUr27xTM/s400/2011.11_Image01.png" width="400" /></div></div><div style="color: blue; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">(82% represents both Agree and Strongly Agree)</span></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="color: blue; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">How much does Christmas advertising prior to Thanksgiving detract from the following?</span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="261" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5bc0jCtK6cg/TsLENhZXqAI/AAAAAAAAA0Y/NuJFRout3hw/s400/2011.11_Image02.png" width="400" /></div><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b style="color: orange;">INSIGHT 2:</b> <span style="color: #38761d;">77% of consumers say holiday marketing is out of control when they see holiday décor (trees, wreaths, etc.) set up right after Halloween—or even in July and August.</span><br /><br />74% also say hearing Christmas music in October signals extreme holiday marketing, and nearly half see Black Friday deals announced earlier and earlier before Thanksgiving as another signal of over-the-top marketing.</span><br /><div style="color: blue; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">How do you know holiday marketing is getting out of control? (Check all that apply.)</span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hfU_KkasVV4/TsLENQRDHlI/AAAAAAAAA0Q/ZrPxQqg-NBc/s400/2011.11_Image03.png" width="400" /></div><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b style="color: orange;">INSIGHT 3:</b><span style="color: #38761d;"> 44% say the best time for holiday specials to begin is the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), or the Monday following Thanksgiving (Cyber Monday).</span><br /><br />However, almost one-third of consumers say anytime is good, and “You can’t start shopping too early” and one-fifth say “anytime in November.” This shows that consumers still love good deals, but don’t need all the marketing hype that comes with the push to start Christmas shopping weeks before Thanksgiving.<br /><br /><b style="color: orange;">INSIGHT 4:</b> <span style="color: #38761d;">Three-quarters of home cooks say their favorite thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with friends and family.</span><br /><br />More than half (55%) also say they love eating delicious food, and “giving thanks for what we have” (52%).<br /><br /><span style="font-size: xx-small;">The 2011 Holiday Insights Survey was hosted on Allrecipes.com from September 25 – 31, 2011, with participation from 1,350 U.S.-based home cooks. No incentives were used to reward or incent participation.&nbsp;</span></span>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-75749697561943581262011-11-17T13:22:00.001-08:002011-11-17T13:27:52.934-08:00Thanksgiving Infographic<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">We're loving this infographic on Thanksgiving from CreditDonkey.com. Did you know the original celebration was 3 days long or that pie wasn't on the menu but lobster, seals, mussels and&nbsp;swans were?! Check out the image below and let us know what you think!</span><br /><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/thanksgiving.html"><img alt="Infographics: Thanksgiving 2011" border="0" height="2268" src="http://www.creditdonkey.com/image/1/550w/thanksgiving.png" width="550" /></a><br />Courtesy of: <a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/">CreditDonkey</a>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-31038696240424633412011-11-17T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-17T06:00:11.594-08:00Planning Ahead – One Week Till Thanksgiving!<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">OK, we’re in the countdown! Seven days to go until Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Made your list? Invited everyone? Keep the day easy with these tips to help organize the meal. Add your own! What’s one thing you’d tell someone cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time to make the meal a success? </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">The Week of the Big Feast:</span></div><ul><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Clear out the refrigerator to make room for groceries and prepared dishes to come</span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Plan how much time you’ll need to thaw the turkey: allow 24 hours in the refrigerator for every five pounds of turkey (a 15-pound turkey will take 72 hours or three full days to thaw)</span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Prepare pastry for pies and refrigerate or freeze in plastic wrap</span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Prepare sauces, jellies, and dressings</span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Assemble dishes in advance, then freeze or refrigerate; this will be a huge timesaver and stress reliever on Thanksgiving Day. Remember to consider thawing time, as well as the space available for freezing and refrigerating </span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Make cakes and pies </span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Determine the cooking times for each dish. Will the oven be available when needed? Remember to keep cool dishes cool and hot dishes hot</span></div></li><li><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Make a schedule - know what things need to go into the oven, how long they take and when you need to take them out. If you make some things ahead, like the casseroles, they can be reheated while some things cool before dinner.</span> <br />&nbsp;</div></li></ul><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ijKm6LZiJdo" width="560"></iframe>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-55563075549512424942011-11-16T06:00:00.000-08:002011-11-16T13:57:45.187-08:00Turkey Talk! The Scoop on Getting Your Bird Ready for the Big Day<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://images.media-allrecipes.com/site/allrecipes/area/community/userphoto/big/147675.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" nda="true" src="http://images.media-allrecipes.com/site/allrecipes/area/community/userphoto/big/147675.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Homestyle Turkey the Michigander Way</span></td></tr></tbody></table> <br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">First step to Respecting the Bird - Don't burn it! What do you need to know about the big bird that’s the star of Thanksgiving? Read on for thawing, cooking, and serving tips and tricks to ensure a picture-perfect, totally delicious turkey when everyone sits down at the table. </span></div><br /><span style="font-family: Arial;">If you're a vegetarian - your first step to Respecting the Bird is to not eat it! Check out this post to see more on that topic: <a href="http://respectthebird.com/2011/11/respect-tofurkey.html"><span style="color: #888888;">Respect the Tofurkey</span></a>. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><strong>PICKING THE BIRD&nbsp;- </strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><strong>FRESH or FROZEN?</strong></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Do you prefer a fresh or frozen turkey? There are advantages and disadvantages to both. A fresh bird is more expensive, but will save you time and precious refrigerator space because you’ll likely be buying the bird the day before Thanksgiving. A frozen turkey will need to be thoroughly thawed before roasting. Remember to reserve your turkey at your market or supermarket to ensure you get the size you want. </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt -0.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><strong>HOW LARGE A TURKEY TO BUY?</strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Plan on 1 1/4 pounds of turkey per person and more if you want leftovers. A 15-pound turkey will feed around 12 persons. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-transform: uppercase;"><strong>How long will it take to defrost a turkey?</strong></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Allow 24 hours for every five pounds (for example, a 15-pound bird will require three days to defrost thoroughly and be ready to roast). The preferred way of defrosting a turkey is on a tray in the refrigerator. Do not defrost a turkey at room temperature.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">An alternate method is to defrost the bird in a cold-water bath. Leave the turkey in its original wrapping, place the bird in the sink or a large bucket, and cover completely with cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes, allowing 30 minutes per pound to thaw (for example, a 15-pound turkey will take approximately 7 1/2 hours to thaw. It’s also possible to use a combination of these methods. </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt -0.25in;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="text-transform: uppercase;"><strong>How do I cook a turkey?</strong></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Oven roasting is the most familiar and most popular way to cook a turkey. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lower the oven rack so the roasting pan with the turkey will fit. Prepare the turkey for roasting by removing the giblets—usually found in a plastic bag tucked inside the cavity of the bird—and rinsing the bird inside and out with cold water. Pat it dry with paper towels. If you are stuffing the turkey, do this now. Remember to stuff the turkey loosely, allowing about 1/2 to 3/4 cup per pound of turkey. Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan and brush the skin with melted butter or oil. Tuck the drumsticks under the folds of the skin or tie them together with cooking twine or a specially designed wire twist. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. Roast the turkey until the skin is a light golden color, then cover the bird loosely with an aluminum foil “tent” to prevent the skin from burning. During the last 45 minutes of cooking, remove the foil to brown the skin. Basting ensures even browning but is not necessary. </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt -0.25in;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></span><span style="text-transform: uppercase;"><strong>How do I know how long to cook a turkey? </strong></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Use this chart to estimate the proper cooking time.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="MsoTableGrid" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-collapse: collapse; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-padding-alt: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;"><tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-irow: 0;"><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: windowtext 1pt solid; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Weight of Bird</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Roasting Time (Unstuffed)</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Roasting Time (Stuffed)</span></div></div></td></tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1;"><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: windowtext 1pt solid; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">10 to 18 pounds</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">3 to 3 1/2 hours</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">3 3/4 to 4 1/2 hours</span></div></td></tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 2;"><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: windowtext 1pt solid; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">15 to 22 pounds</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">3 1/2 to 4 hours</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">4 1/2 to 5 hours</span></div></div></td></tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 3;"><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: windowtext 1pt solid; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">22 to 24 pounds</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">4 to 4 1/2 hours</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">5 to 5 1/2 hours</span></div></td></tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 4; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: windowtext 1pt solid; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">24 to 29 pounds</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">4 1/2 to 5 hours</span></div></td><td style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom: windowtext 1pt solid; border-left: #ece9d8; border-right: windowtext 1pt solid; border-top: #ece9d8; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; padding-bottom: 0in; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0in; width: 159.6pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">5 1/2 to 6 hours</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt -0.25in; tab-stops: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></span><span style="text-transform: uppercase;"><strong>How do I know when the turkey is cooked? </strong></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 0in;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The best way to determine if the turkey is done is by testing the temperature of the meat, not the color of the skin. The turkey is cooked when the thigh meat reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C), and when the breast meat reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F (75 degrees C). If the turkey has been stuffed, it is important to check the temperature of the stuffing; it should be 165 degrees F (70 degrees C). When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest 30 minutes before carving.</span></div><br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">SOME OF OUR FAVORITE&nbsp;TURKEY RECIPES</span>&nbsp;</strong></div><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homestyle-turkey-the-michigander-way-2/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl03_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><strong><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way</span></strong></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><br /><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="165"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/perfect-turkey/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl05_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Perfect Turkey</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="170"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rosemary-roasted-turkey-2/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl07_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Rosemary Roasted Turkey</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="193"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/a-simply-perfect-roast-turkey/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl13_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="236"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-herb-roasted-turkey/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl21_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Easy Herb Roasted Turkey</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3><h3 sizcache="0" sizset="158"><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-worlds-best-turkey/detail.aspx" id="ctl00_CenterColumnPlaceHolder_rlvRecipes_rptRecipeList_ctl01_recipeListItem_lnkRecipeTitle"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The World's Best Turkey</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></h3></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-73230646763671326332011-11-15T15:04:00.003-08:002011-11-16T10:49:59.048-08:00Respect the Bird Twitter Giveaway #3!<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Respect the Bird | Twitter Giveaway, What are you thankful for this #Thanksgiving?</span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">The Twitter giveaway this week is all about what you’re thankful for. Share what you’re thankful for and you could be a winner. Details are below, good luck!</div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;">1.<span style="font: normal normal normal 7pt/normal 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Follow @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/RespecttheBird">RespecttheBird</a> on Twitter. (If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can creat one here: <a href="http://twitter.com/"><span style="color: purple;">http://twitter.com/</span></a>)</div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -0.25in;">2.<span style="font: normal normal normal 7pt/normal 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Starting tomorrow (11/16) at 9am PST through Friday (11/18) at 3pm PST, tweet what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving to @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/RespecttheBird">RespecttheBird</a>. Be sure to include #RTB and you’ll be entered to win!</div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Example:</b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This year I’m thankful for my family and friends! #RTB @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/RespecttheBird">RespecttheBird</a></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">We’ll announce the winner on our Twitter feed after 3pm PST on Friday. This week’s giveaway includes an Allrecipes.com reusable bag, Turkey Pop-Up Timers, a &nbsp;Chef’n Switch It Spatula, and a 6-month Supporting Membership to Allrecipes.com. US Residents only, please.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6LpyP2HiLa8/TsMYT3sCVtI/AAAAAAAAAKk/dwWKvB8ps3o/s1600/SupportingMembershipPic2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="186" nda="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6LpyP2HiLa8/TsMYT3sCVtI/AAAAAAAAAKk/dwWKvB8ps3o/s640/SupportingMembershipPic2.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div></span><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o3-XcEwT9Qg/TsLwxZs9zZI/AAAAAAAAAJ0/vovS-cuvqBU/s1600/Post_TwitterGiveaway02.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" nda="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o3-XcEwT9Qg/TsLwxZs9zZI/AAAAAAAAAJ0/vovS-cuvqBU/s200/Post_TwitterGiveaway02.jpg" width="200" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l90pDxSWT6M/TsLw2vLJENI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/AdPJOHyERss/s1600/Post_TwitterGiveaway02a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" nda="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l90pDxSWT6M/TsLw2vLJENI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/AdPJOHyERss/s200/Post_TwitterGiveaway02a.jpg" width="112" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-589217592583163272011-11-15T09:54:00.001-08:002011-11-15T14:47:31.073-08:00Field Report: Allrecipes’ Allstars Support Respect the Bird!<div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Maybe more stores are opening Thanksgiving evening as this </span><a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/consumer/2011/nov/10/13/many-more-stores-opening-on-thanksgiving-this-year-ar-302139/"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">article</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> from Tampa Bay Online.com reports, but the push-back from Respect the Bird and Thanksgiving fans&nbsp;across the country&nbsp;is growing too. Over 90,000 have signed a <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-target-to-save-thanksgiving?utm_campaign=en_usa_ej&amp;utm_content=petition&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_source=social_media&amp;utm_term=Black-Thursday_">petition</a> urging Target&nbsp;execs to change the&nbsp;store open time from midnight to 5 a.m. to allow employees to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.&nbsp;The Allrecipes community is rallying support for the cause as well and we wanted&nbsp;to share some&nbsp;of their thoughts!&nbsp;</span></div> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e_jI9MjSu8Q/Tr9hcG3VIVI/AAAAAAAAAhA/nhER-y-5DJE/s400/Tom's+Farms+034.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" nda="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e_jI9MjSu8Q/Tr9hcG3VIVI/AAAAAAAAAhA/nhER-y-5DJE/s320/Tom's+Farms+034.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Turkey Crafts from Penny Hanstad</span></td></tr></tbody></table> <div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><span style="font-size: small;">Allrecipes Allstars are speaking up and speaking out about Respecting the Bird, f</span>rom </span>Debbie Hendrix who writes the </span><a href="http://countrygirlgourmet.com/2011/11/14/the-rush-to-the-holidays/"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Countrygirlgourmet</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> blog from El Paso, Texas, and posts photos of Christmas decorations in local retail stores—even before Halloween!—plus her husband’s success at frying their turkey, to </span><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/13432715/blogentry.aspx?msg=1&amp;postid=256786"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">a weekend gathering of Southern California Allstars</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> documented by Penny Hanstad, where making crafty versions of Respect the Bird amused everyone after lunch, and to Aiyana Zinkland with roots in the Chesapeake Bay area. They share their thoughts here. Click the links to read more. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">“I have many things to be thankful for.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Each and every day </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I am thankful for the pile of dishes </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Because it means we had food to eat. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I am thankful for the laundry </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Because it means we have clothes to wear.”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- from </span><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/13432715/blogentry.aspx?msg=1&amp;postid=256786"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">We Are Thankful....</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> by <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Penny Hanstad</b> of Penny Lane</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">“So what can I possibly have to complain about?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Well, I'll tell you.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It's hard to tell that it's almost Thanksgiving.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And why is that?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Because the moment the clock struck midnight on November 1st, all of the Halloween decorations came down and the Christmas decorations went up!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>"Early" Black Friday sales are going on in the stores, ornaments are on display, and a local radio station is already playing non-stop Christmas music!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Aaaaah!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">What about Thanksgiving????<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We need to respect the bird!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Thanksgiving is a terrific holiday - one of families and friends and remembering what we are thankful for...before the gluttony of the holiday season makes us all greedy and whiny.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- from </span><a href="http://anotherdayinthelifeoflisa.blogspot.com/2011/11/respect-bird.html"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Another day in the Life of Lisa</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> blog by <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Lisa Altmiller</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">“We'll be doing a Thankful Tree this year, where my daughters will designate each leaf as something they appreciate.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We'll enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at my sweet mother-in-law's house, and feel full and lazy after.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We'll allow the simplicity of the day to give us permission to sit and talk with our family, and then nap late in the afternoon.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When we wake, we'll go back into the kitchen to graze on leftovers, without feeling like we have somewhere else to go.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I can't wait.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Turkey, stuffing, salads, and desserts of all kinds are on my plate for Thanksgiving.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Leftovers will find their way into turkey, cranberry sauce, and brie sandwiches and turkey taco soup.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>'Black Friday' will mean nothing to us, because we'll still be celebrating what and why we are thankful.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It's the ONE holiday per year where we are allowed to do. absolutely. nothing. and eat, drink, and be with loved ones.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Why rush through it?”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- from </span><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/1305468/blogentry.aspx?msg=1&amp;postid=256815"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">What we’ll be doing on ‘Black Friday’ this year—join in!</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> by <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Jennifer Baker</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">“This year is different than most as I just got out of the hospital on 10/30. Over a period of just about a month, I had three hospitalizations and two major surgeries. All of this was unexpected and unplanned and not a whole lot of fun. I have a lovely 9 inch plus scar down my middle and am home recovering.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So this year I am thankful just to be alive, and on the road to recovery. I am thankful for the doctors who got me through it all, the wonderful nurses who cared for me night and day, the orderlies who shuttled me here and there and the friends who supported me by bringing me to the hospital, bringing me things I needed, caring for my cat and visiting me while I was laid up. It was and is very humbling. So this year I am thankful for something very basic.. my health and my life. It is true what they say...if you have your health, you really do have everything. The rest will fall into place.”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- from </span><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/168002/blogentry.aspx?msg=1&amp;postid=256771"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">What I am thankful for</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> by <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Linda Tremoureux</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">“This year I'm encouraging others around me to pledge to take back Thanksgiving and Respect the bird!!!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There's no reason to not take the pledge - if you're disgusted with Christmas stuff appearing as early as September, if you're annoyed with the Christmas songs playing just days after Halloween, if you've had the unfortunate experience to work Thanksgiving in the past, if you detest Black Friday etc., take the pledge! “</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- from </span><a href="http://thedailygourmet.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-tradition-of-past.html"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">The Daily Gourmet</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> blog by <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Sarah Stone</b> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>“So, the thing is that with all of this work and 10,000 dishes, why do I love it? For me, it's about being closer to my friends and family. Spending time with the kiddos. Celebrating my grandparent's wedding anniversary (this year is Number 60!!!!!!!), learning more about the people I love, having everyone to my house for one day, sitting back and watching four generations come together with no material things - no gifts, no shopping, no expectations. It's about hearing my grandpa say grace, and watching my nephew help grandma carry bags in. Watching the dogs under the table hoping that the two-year-old throws them something. Figuring out what marvelous dish got forgotten in the kitchen. Sending leftovers home with everyone. “</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- from </span><a href="http://allrecipes.com/cook/10253819/blogentry.aspx?postid=256694"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Thanks for Thanksgiving</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> by <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Aiyana Zinkland</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">“What has happened? It seems as soon as the School supplies are put away the Christmas decorations come out to play. I love my holidays each and every one, individually. They each get their own special attention. That is why I am asking you to take back Thanksgiving and Respect the Bird.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">This year I ask you to make the choice to Respect the Bird. Take back Thanksgiving, take back the day and what it’s supposed to mean. It is about Family not Black Friday and taking a nap as soon as dinner is done to prepare to be in line at Walmart as soon as the doors open to get the best deal. I ask you to spend time with your families, love a little and make memories do it for all the military families that can’t spend the day with their loved ones.”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">--from </span><a href="http://countrygirlgourmet.com/2011/11/14/the-rush-to-the-holidays/"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">CountryGirlGourmet</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> blog by Debbie Hendrix</span></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-37238214850113910132011-11-13T06:30:00.000-08:002011-11-13T06:30:01.819-08:00Be Thankful and Win! <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PQL4n5_zugw/Tr3aQCpOqEI/AAAAAAAAAJs/ktC4RF_aSFc/s1600/ARDeskPhoto.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" nda="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PQL4n5_zugw/Tr3aQCpOqEI/AAAAAAAAAJs/ktC4RF_aSFc/s320/ARDeskPhoto.JPG" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">An Allrecipes' Employee's Desk</span></td></tr></tbody></table> <div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What are you thankful for? Friends? Family? Good health? An unexpected gift? The Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving so long ago were grateful just to be alive after an arduous sea voyage and a year living in a strange, new land. To honor their legacy and the meaning of Thanksgiving, the first activity for Thanksgiving week is writing down what you’re grateful to have in your life. The big things, the sweet things, anything unexpected and wonderful, plus the “thank goodness, I escaped” things!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This inspiring exercise encourages you to think about what’s truly important in your life. Write one thing, and it’s sure to inspire other ideas. No age limitations either! Everyone can participate, even kids! Click to the <span style="color: purple;"><a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/win-kitchenaid-mixer.html">Respect the Bird How-To Guide</a></span>, scroll to Sunday, November 21, and print off forms using the </span><a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/respect-bird-activity-calendar.html"><span style="color: purple; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“I’m Thankful for” template</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> . Then set aside a half-hour, grab some paper, marking pens or crayons, and have everyone make their own list. Little ones can draw pictures to illustrate their ideas. Share by reading them aloud. Will you be surprised? Post the lists somewhere---in your kitchen, on the fridge, on the family bulletin board—so everyone can see them and be reminded all week about the good things in your family’s life. Add more items during the week, too. If desired, read them again on Thanksgiving Day. What are you most thankful for? </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">When you have <span style="color: #00b050;"><span style="color: black;">your ideas, enter them in the <a href="http://respectthebird.com/p/win-kitchenaid-mixer.html">Respect the Bird &amp; Share Your Thanks</a> Facebook sweepstakes. </span></span>You might win a gorgeous orange KitchenAid Stand Mixer! Imagine what you could make with that - hopefully a lot of delicious treats to be thankful for! </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What we’re thankful for: Here are ideas gathered from Allrecipes’ staff, Allrecipes’ Facebook page, blog posts, and more) </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My friends and family</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My fur family</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Good health</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My friends who have helped make Seattle home! </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving Day<br />Football games on Thanksgiving Day (when my team wins)</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Rainbows</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My garden</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My kids</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Diet Coke</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A family walk after the feast</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">We can't wait to hear what you're thankful for!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">-Respect the Bird Team</span></div>Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.com0