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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


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 and will be notified by email.  Coupons provided by Butterball.

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  1. 101
    Laura says:

    Well the only “disaster” I’ve had is the the turkey took 2 hours longer than I thought it would but we just had to wait nothing was ruined!

  2. 102

    I’ve only been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for three years, and haven’t had any major disasters yet. Nothing worse than burning the bread.

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    I follow your blog via Google Reader.

  5. 105
    Rose says:

    Worst disaster was when my son spilled his glass of water over the platter of just carved turkey. It was really moist after that!

  6. 106
    Joanie H says:

    I am 24, so I haven’t been cooking thanksgiving dinner all that long. so no diasters to date. although i just remember doing half the dinner last year and it was intense work!

  7. 107
    Joanie H says:

    I follow you on facebook!

  8. 108
    Katie says:

    I “like” you on facebook!

  9. 109
    Kari says:

    I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving but we’ve had a few close calls with the Easter ham.

  10. 110

    Our family tradition when I was growing up was to scrape the black bottoms off of the burnt dinner rolls. Without fail the rolls would be left in the oven as we all sat down to dinner. Someone would finally notice, grab them from the oven, and put them in a basket anyway. The tops were still good. We got so used to having the square bottom of a burnt roll next to our plate that the year they didn’t burn was the year we all laughed about it.

  11. 111
    Katie says:

    Thank goodness I havent had any disasters yet! Even tried to make cornbread dressing the first time as a college student and it turned out perfect!!

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    Carrie Igl says:

    Stuffing in the ‘self-basting’ turkey turned the stuffing into grayish, weird stuffing soup. But when you invite your husband’s single friends over for dinner, you learn they’ll eat ANYTHING as long as it tastes good.

  14. 114
    Carrie Igl says:

    Following on Facebook!

  15. 115
    Alisha says:

    One year as a girl my mom was in charge of making all the pecan pies, and she forgot to put in the sugar! So we make a marie calendars run.

  16. 116
    Jennifer M says:

    My biggest Thanksgiving disaster was when I was 10, and helping my mom cook dinner. She asked me to boil a bunch of eggs (for pea salad, and deviled eggs, and stuffing). I got a stock pot boiling, and then CRACKED ALMOST TWO DOZEN EGGS INTO THE WATER! My mother almost cried. Thankfully, it was early enough in the day that the stores were still open and she could get new eggs. That did not turn into something fun, except for the funny story we can tell every Thanksgiving.

  17. 117
    Jamie says:

    No disasters yet!!

  18. 118
    Jennifer M says:

    I’m an RSS subcriber!

  19. 119
    Chelsea P. says:

    I had the typical turkey isn’t done cooking when the rest of the meal is sitting there getting cold:)
    I’m hoping my timing is better this year!

  20. 120
    Chelsea P. says:

    I “like” you on Facebook

  21. 121
    Chelsea P. says:

    I’m an RSS subscriber as well!

  22. 122
    Shannon says:

    No disasters yet! I’ve only orchestrated the feast once though…

  23. 123
    Gini Walker says:

    I am not that creative. If I’ve had a disaster (thank goodness,not many)they just hit the trash.

  24. 124
    Shannon says:

    I like PP on FB. 🙂

  25. 125
    Heather W says:

    This year will be my first Tgiving in my own home, with my fiancee, so I’ll have to let you know!

  26. 126
    Sondra says:

    I haven’t had a turkey disaster yet because I always spend Thanksgiving at my parents house. However, this year we will be cooking Thanksgiving and my fingers are crossed that I don’t have a disaster.

  27. 127
    Travis says:

    Burnt the turkey

  28. 128
    Shannon says:

    I also follow you on Twitter. Love your blog!

  29. 129
    Amy says:

    My Thanksgiving disaster was peeling potatoes over the sink and thinking I could send the peels down the garbage disposal. That was not pretty. But in the end it all worked out and we had a nice dinner!

  30. 130
    Heather W says:

    I follow u on twitter as heatherlwheeler

  31. 131
    Heather W says:

    I like you on fb!

  32. 132
    Kay H says:

    One year we cut into the turkey and it WAS NOT DONE!!! So we put it back into the oven, enjoyed the sides and conversation, and had turkey for our final course—quite a while later.

  33. 133
    april v says:

    No huge disasters that I can remember but I know we’ve over-cooked more than our fair share, and we just try to salvage what we can and try to eat it anyway..:)

  34. 134
    Glyn says:

    The pecan pie that the bottom crust is plastered to bottom of the pie dish..

  35. 135
    rita says:

    One of my early turkey’s. Didn’t know what I was doing and followed TIME of cooking recipes. Well. When it was done it looked kind of pale so I turned on the broiler to get the color right. Well, as you can guess. It was pretty raw inside. The fun part was I didn’t run away crying in shame when everyone didn’t take seconds. Or in some cases firsts. But the good news was I had little leftovers of everything else.

  36. 136
    april v says:

    I’m a follower!

  37. 137
    Megan says:

    Never had any disasters. Thankful for that! 🙂

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    Ron Goldman says:

    When I was about 7, my grandparents were coming to our house and wanted to bring the turkey. When they arrived, the turkey was not in the back of the station wagon…. Apparently, my grandfather had set it on the roof of the car while opening the back and then got busy loading other things in and drove off with the turkey still on top. Ended up being a vegan Thanksgiving!

  40. 140
    Megan says:

    Facebook follower.

  41. 141
    Gini Walker says:

    I follow you via google

  42. 142
    Gini Walker says:

    I follow you on twitter

  43. 143
    Maureen says:

    I have only prepared one Thanksgiving meal so far. It went well and I’m hoping I can duplicate it this year!

  44. 144
    Terri says:

    One year we fried one turkey and roasted one turkey – my SIL was in charge of the roasted turkey and when my brother was carving it, it wasn’t cooked through – we ended up putting the half carved turkey into the hot oil left from the other turkey and it was fantastic…….love fried turkey but with the price of peanut oil now ($50/3 gallons) we won’t be frying a turkey this year : (

  45. 145
    Gini Walker says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  46. 146
    Maureen says:

    I follow picky palate on Twitter

  47. 147
    Maureen says:

    I subscribe to Picky Palate’s RSS feed

  48. 148
    Maureen says:

    I “like” Picky Palate on Facebook

  49. 149
    Tara Lynn says:

    One year I bought one of those betty crocker bake & fill pans. Big mistake. My plan was to bake a chocolate cake, fill it with chocolate mousse, and ice it with chocolate ganache. I baked it, filled it with mousse and was going to ice it in the morning. It totally fell apart. My husband called my mother-in-law and told her I wrecked the cake for dessert. Then inspiration hit. I chopped up the cake – mousse and all – and put it all into a 9 x 13 pan. Put a little more mousse on top and drizzled the ganache over top and delcared it to be “Ugly Cake”. There were almost no left-overs and everyone loved it. Ok, so not much of a disaster…but it almost was 🙂

  50. 150
    Karen says:

    No…thankfully everything has gone off without a disaster!

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