Nov
10
2011

Thanksgiving Round-Up and Butterball Turkey Giveaway! 10 Winners!



Thanksgiving is one of the best Holidays of the year isn’t it? Talk about the best food ever!! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole….the list goes on and on. I am drooling even thinking about it!

The nice folks from Butterball are offering 10 lucky Picky Palate readers a free Thanksgiving Turkey (in the form of a $15 Coupon). How fun is that?  See bottom of post to enter.

If there are a few things I’ve learned over the years it has been the following things:

1.  Test out the recipes you are preparing for Thanksgiving in ADVANCE!  No need for any added stress if a recipe doesn’t turn out how you expected :)

2.  Have family help bring food to dinner.  The host absolutely should not have to prepare the entire meal him/herself.

3.  Prepare what you can the night before to save yourself some time in the kitchen.  I try to do all of my desserts the night before :)

4.  Have a clean up party with your guests!  Don’t be left with a gigantic mess all by your lonesome :)

5.  Most importantly enjoy every moment!

Here are some of my favorite Picky Palate Thanksgiving Recipes tried and true!  Hope y’all enjoy!

The Best Stuffing Ever!  Sourdough Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Smoky Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Green Bean Casserole Pot Pie

 

Bacon and Onion Pan Fried Potatoes

and

Simple Butter Herb Thanksgiving Turkey (scroll down to 2nd recipe)

Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake

Remember that the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line lady is also available to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions, share ways to save or to gobble up any turkey-day cooking myths. Their number is 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

Here’s How To Enter to win one of 10 Free Turkeys:

1.  Tell us in a comment…..“Have you had any Thanksgiving Disasters that you’ve turned into something fun?”  Let’s hear those Turkey Day stories!

2.  For extra entries, Follow Picky Palate on Twitter, RSS Feed and Like us on Facebook.  Leave 3 separate comments for this.

3.  Contest ends Friday November 11, 8am PST, Winners chosen by Random.org and will be notified by email.  Coupons provided by Butterball.


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  1. 51
    Sean says:

    Like you on FaceBook!

  2. 52
    Alex says:

    One year, my dad had gotten a new charcoal webber kettle grill and really wanted to test out the Thanksgiving turkey on the grill. Well, I live in New Hampshire where the weather can be semi-unpredictable. We hadn’t woken up early to throw the turkey in the oven per usual but when we did wake up there was at least 8 inches of snow on the ground. We all put our boots on and grilled the turkey anyhow! It was a lot of fun with all the snow but definitely unexpected!

  3. 53
    Sean says:

    We invited the entire family over. For a couple of weeks everyone changed the time, location, etc. The Conn’s thought we were all meeting at my mother’s house. One by one, we all get there and voila no TURKEY!!!! My mom was under the impression that we were all bringing one dish. Basically, she had bread rolls galore. That Thanksgiving we ended up eating none other than PASTA because pretty much that was the only thing we had enough to go around. We did give thanks to the pasta gods :)

  4. 54

    No terrible disasters on Thanksgiving – now Christmas Eve is another story!

  5. 55
    Alina says:

    Already like you on FB :)

  6. 56
    Kalyn says:

    Once, the gravy exploded and burned me and got all over the kitchen. But, once I was cleaned up and cooled off, we just started over and laughed at it.

  7. 57

    I follow you on Twitter.

  8. 58
    Kalyn says:

    I follow by RSS Feed.

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    Kalyn says:

    I like Picky Palate on Facebook.

  11. 61

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  12. 62
    Nicole says:

    Every single year, my mom almost ALWAYS forgets to cook the rolls. One year she even lost them!!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  13. 63
    jenna says:

    I had my husband bake a pistachio cake and it burned a little…we piled on a bunch of whipped cream topping!

  14. 64
    Nicole says:

    “Liked” you on Facebook!!

  15. 65
    Alina says:

    My gosh….my sister’s “SURPRISE” pie. She’s always been known to rebel against following recipes. Oh this might taste good in there, a pinch of that as well………and on and on. Every time she’ll come up with some new ingredient to add and never measure. Everyone knows that when you BAKE you MEASURE!!!!! Well, we ended up giving the surprise pie to some nosey neighbors :) and just had ice cream that year.

  16. 66
    Donna B says:

    Luckily I have been safe from any disasters, so far…!!

  17. 67
    danielle says:

    We once went to serve dinner and the turkey wasn’t cooked – we actually tried to stuff into the microwave.

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  19. 69
    danielle says:

    I follow on Twitter

  20. 70
    Anne says:

    My 1st Thanksgiving as a newlywed and with no previous experience in cooking a turkey, I just plopped the defrosted bird on a roasting pan (gizzards still neatly packaged in the cavity), added a little seasoning and let it bake for the recommended time. Dry outside and definitely UNappealing on the inside. Since then I’ve come a long way and my family now looks forward to my Thanksgiving turkey.

  21. 71
    Jeanette says:

    actually i haven’t had any thanksgiving day disasters. we are away from family and have to travel some distance to be with loved ones on the holiday so we are usually exempt from bringing food. sorry, no great stories here! boring! thanks for the chance to win! best, j

  22. 72
    Sarah says:

    I have not yet had any Thanksgiving day disasters, thank goodness!

  23. 73
    Sarah says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  24. 74
    Sarah says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  25. 75
    Sarah says:

    I like you on facebook.

  26. 76
    Kari says:

    No real disasters here… Just mmm… pie looking forward to it… Mmm…

  27. 77
    Kari says:

    OH!!! This isnt a cooking disaster, but I just remembered that as everyone was showing up to eat a couple years back… My daughter took an entire tub of vaseline and wiped it ALL over herself and the kitchen and I had to scrub her and the kitchen down in a jiffy before everyone got there. ha! Totally forgot about that until just now.

  28. 78
    Kim says:

    Two years ago we were supposed to have two families over. My da had bought a turkey and “won” one in a golf tournament. The morning of thanksgiving, both families bailed since they all came down with the flu and both turkeys were already in the oven. Let’s just say between 4 people, two turkeys lasted more than two months.

  29. 79
    Kim says:

    I follow you on twotter’ @oowidescrnoo

  30. 80
    Valerie says:

    Fortunately, I have not had any T-giving Day disasters! The worst was when I didn’t watch the marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole close enough when I put them in the oven to broil. Still, burnt marshmallows are better than none!

  31. 81
    santiago cardona says:

    One time we somehow managed to burn the turkey. So we had all the sides and our centerpiece was a large cheese pizza. Most memorable Thanksgiving ever.

  32. 82
    Valerie says:

    p.s. I like you on fb!

  33. 83
    Kim says:

    I follow you on my rss feed

  34. 84
    Kim says:

    I liked you on dacebook

  35. 85
    Lisa says:

    I’ve never had a Thanksgiving Disaster, but I’ve never been in charge of cooking the bird. I’m normally in charge of making a pie or two and I can handle that.

  36. 86
    Lisa says:

    I like you on FB

  37. 87
    Hilary says:

    My mom was cooking the turkey one year, and accidentally caught it on fire! Oops!

  38. 88
    Lisa says:

    I follow your blog

  39. 89
    Lauren says:

    I haven’t ever prepared Thanksgiving by myself, so no disasters yet! Hopefully I don’t have any this year!!

  40. 90
    cassie says:

    I follow in RSS (Google reader)

  41. 91
    cassie says:

    I also follow on Twitter

  42. 92
    D. Dallas says:

    No disasters to speak of [knock on wood]!

  43. 93
    Laina Wolf says:

    I follow you on RSS Feed

  44. 94
    Laina Wolf says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  45. 95
    Laina Wolf says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  46. 96
    Emily Wilson says:

    I haven’t had any Thanksgiving day disasters because I have never hosted Thanksgiving, but this year I am. We have just build a new home and my whole family will be coming to our house for Turkey day!

  47. 97
    Laina Wolf says:

    I have yet to prepare a Thanksgiving by myself, so no real disasters yet, there is always a fight over who does the dishes though (usually with the boys)

  48. 98
    Christiana says:

    Last year we had Thanksgiving at my parents and their oven wasn’t working so my mom cooked the turkey in the pressure cooker and the men of the family took the (cooked)ham outside with a blow torch and had so much fun carmelizing the outside. I brought the baked pies already baked. My SIL brought the sweet potatoes. It all worked out great and pressure-cooked turkey will always be on my menu. It was delicious. It brought us closer together as a family and is one of my favorite thanksgivings. :)

  49. 99
    Lindsay says:

    No real Thanksgiving food disasters at my house..there have been some family melt downs trying to get it all ready on time though! That is a challenge every year. We are getting better and better though!

  50. 100
    Lindsay says:

    I follow on FB!

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