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. 151
    Tara Lynn says:

    And I follow you on facebook!

  2. 152
    Barbie says:

    no disasters – I pretty much stick to our “traditional” fare, so there are no surprises. There was the year that my sister in law made some bourbon balls and when making them she forgot that she had already put the bourbon in, so she put in more. Not sure you would consider that a “disaster”!

  3. 153
    Beth says:

    My Thanksgiving disaster didn’t actually include a Turkey, but one year, my little brother shook up a bottle of soda and it exploded all over the kitchen right before we served dinner. What a nightmare!

  4. 154
    Bev Scherdin says:

    No disasters yet, thank goodness!

  5. 155
    Lori Summers says:

    I’ve never done my own Thanksgiving. One thing I’m thankful for is my grandparents are still around so we still have Thanksgiving at their house every year, but everyone brings things so my grandparents don’t have to do any cooking. I haven’t had any real disasters, but every year, I make a pea salad to take. One year, I asked my dad to pick up a few cans of peas for me while he was at the store. When I went to make my pea salad, I realized he had gotten the peas with pearl onions and mushrooms in it. I was not thrilled and thought it was going to be a disaster, but it turned out really good and so now that’s what I use every year to make my pea salad and everyone loves it!!

  6. 156
    Beth says:

    I follow on twitter

  7. 157

    Had everything ready for dinner, and couldn’t find out why turkey still wasn’t done. Come to find out my oven gave out and was only about @ 200degrees when I checked it. Had to bring turkey to another house to finish cooking it

  8. 158
    Lori Summers says:

    I like you on Facebook!!

  9. 159
    Carole Resnick says:

    No disasters, yet But I have only been doing Thanksgiving for 20 years

  10. 160
    Megan M. says:

    I haven’t really had many disasters, although one year my oven burned out on me a day before I was going to make a small Thanksgiving dinner, and I had to use my sister’s tiny oven (she lived in a small apartment and didn’t have a full-size oven) and then take the food back to my house. It was interesting. :)

  11. 161
    Lori Summers says:

    I’m also subscribed to yor RSS feed!!

  12. 162
    Megan M. says:

    I like you on Facebook too.

  13. 163
    Charlene h says:

    A horrible runny pumpkin pie once! Just awful. Haha

  14. 164
    Marianne Stilb says:

    Do I dare say it…there has yet to be a disaster. I will knock on wood now – I am hosting this year:)

  15. 165
    Carole Resnick says:

    I follow PP on FB and have done so for years

  16. 166
    Jamie Chatham says:

    I haven’t personally had any disasters but I was at a Thanksgiving celebration about 15 yrs ago that did. The turkey was not done when it should have been so the edges of it were cut off and microwaved while the rest continued to cook.

  17. 167
    Cynthia says:

    I’ve had a couple of cooking disasters that I didn’t try to save. Last year though, I was rushing around a little too much and slipped and fell down the basement stairs landing on the side of my face. So, I spent Thanksgiving dinner looking like a bloodied Rudolph…a little too early for the Christmas decorations, I think? This year, I’m planning ahead and I ain’t rushen around! :)

  18. 168
    Cynthia says:

    I already follow you on FB! :)

  19. 169
    Cassie says:

    Thanksgiving was almost a bust this year because I almost wasn’t able to spend it with family which is what it is all about for me. Luckily I get to now :-)

  20. 170
    Jamie Chatham says:

    I like you on fb.

  21. 171
    Beth says:

    I follow on Facebook.

  22. 172
    Rita says:

    I have been pretty lucky so far and haven’t had any disasters. Hopefully this year will be the same! :)

  23. 173
    Cynthia says:

    And on Twitter!

  24. 174
    Rita says:

    I follow through an RSS feed.

  25. 175
    Cynthia says:

    And do the RSS feed! And Pinterest, and….wait. Is that it?

    Have a wonderful day!

  26. 176
    Cassie says:

    I like you on FB.

  27. 177
    Beth says:

    I follow your RSS feed

  28. 178
    Chris Beason says:

    I was adding black pepper to a green bean casserole and the top fell off dumping tons of pepper into it. I dug as much of it as I could out and even added a potato. Well, it was horrible! I’m no longer allowed to make green bean casserole! We still laugh about it every year.

  29. 179
    Cassie says:

    I follow you on twitter

  30. 180
    Cassie says:

    I follow via RSS feeds

  31. 181
    Chris Beason says:

    I’m a facebook follower!

  32. 182
    Kellie says:

    We had a small disaster one year with the stuffing, it got placed on top of the stove and then the wrong burner was turned on…let’s just say that 9×13 glass dishes really are not supposed to be used on the burner…stove top came to the rescue that evening :) although, homemade really is the way to go…Happy Thanksgiving.

  33. 183
    Chris Beason says:

    I’m following you on Twitter!

  34. 184
    Smylee says:

    No disasters yet…but it’s bound to happen sometime with almost 40 crazy family members in the house every year! :)

  35. 185
    Smylee says:

    I follow RSS…

  36. 186
    Donna says:

    Thanksgiving has always been really great. No disasters yet! Knock on wood. Lol.

  37. 187
    Smylee says:

    …And I Like you on Facebook!

  38. 188
    Chris Beason says:

    I subscribed to your RSS feed!

  39. 189
    Deborah says:

    Spending most of my life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest we often would experience some sort of “stormy time” during Thanksgiving. Never the 20 feet of snow type in the colder climes, but rain and wind that would bring those huge Douglas fir trees down on powerlines. Often there would be power outages that would occur early on Thanksgiving Day. One year just as I was getting the bird all stuffed and ready to place into the oven, the lights went out! What to do? We had a Weber charcoal grill… I had never done a bird on a grill, though our good friends often did. So I summoned my courage and attempted the feat. The turkey did not turn out beautiful, but it did cook (after I removed the 50 pounds of stuffing I had just stuffed it with!) The turkey took forever to cook, had quite a bit of burned/dried meat on the outside, but our family did not care. We treated it as an Adventure. I made the stuffing into a thin sheet wrapped in foil and it cooked alongside the bird. We often joked about our Thanksgiving cookout in the storm. (Luckily, I had made the pies the night before, so turkey, stuffing and pie was our menu…not too bad, considering.) We had and do have so much to be thankful to God for!

  40. 190
    Kandice McDermott says:

    My mom retains all control over Thanksgiving dinners. I’m nearly 30 years old and have never hosted one. :-) I’m pretty sure there have been few, if any, disasters in her kitchen the day of, however. She’s a professional and she is amazing! A disaster wouldn’t dare mess with my mom on the big day! ;-)

  41. 191
    Lara says:

    I personally haven’t had a disaster but when I was a kid we went to someone’s house for Thanksgiving. He decided to grill the turkey and the grill caught the siding of the house on fire. I don’t think we ended up eating turkey that Thanksgiving.

  42. 192
    Cheryl Hopkins says:

    The only disasters I have encounter was planning to cook a traditional dinner with a large turkey at a cabin we rented. The oven was too small for the turkey, any side dishes. We had to chop the turkey to cook on baking sheets. Thankfully there was propane BBQ that we cooked the side dishes on in the freezing cold.

  43. 193
    Crystal says:

    I have been very fortunate to not have had any disasters. The only thing that comes to mind that went wrong was an under cooked fried turkey. Our turkey was SO big that it didn’t cook all the way through, so we had to cut it into pieces and bake it to finish cooking it. Still came out yummy b/c we had already fried it ;O)

  44. 194
    Marcy Blackwelder says:

    The year my husband decided to fry a frozen turkey that was twice as big as the recommended size stands out in my mind as a Thanksgiving Disaster! Hot grease was exploding all over the place for a couple of hours. On second thought, this doesn’t qualify… There was NO way to salvage that disaster, and the cleanup was horrendous! LOL. But I can laugh, now. He hasn’t tried to fry a turkey since. We now use the massive turkey fryer (that he just HAD to have) to boil corn-on-the-cob at family get-togethers! haha! I don’t allow him near the peanut oil, anymore!

  45. 195
    Lara says:

    I’m following on Twitter!

  46. 196
    Jenn says:

    My husband and I were doing our first Thanksgiving by ourselves and were too scared to do a normal turkey, so we got this frozen Jennie-O turkey loaf thing. It was TERRIBLE. Gross to look at and gross to eat (and took forever to cook to!). Unfortunatley, our main dish couldn’t be saved that year, but we learned to never do that again! Since then, we got a little frozen fully cooked turkey from Sams. Still not as adventurous as doing the real thing (stuffing it, etc.) but it tasted delicious. This is our last year having Thanksgiving just the two of us, we’ll have our baby boy by this time next year, so one of these days, I’m going to break down and attemp the full blown turkey experience. :)

  47. 197
    Lara says:

    You are ‘liked’ on Facebook.

  48. 198
    charissa says:

    we went to my aunts for thanksgiving when i was a kid. she had been cooking the turkey all day when she went to cut it at 6pm the turky was still raw inside! it was then she realized her oven did not work! thank god for mash potatoes and cranberry sauce because that was our dinner since we could not make anything else. to this day we still laugh about it.

  49. 199
    Jenn says:

    Liked on Facebook.

  50. 200
    charissa says:

    follow u on fb

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