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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. 201
    charissa says:

    follow u on twitter

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    charissa says:

    subscribe to your rss

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    Alexandra says:

    I actually haven’t had any disasters, because I’ve never had to host Thanksgiving or cook for it! But this will be my first year hosting AND as a big bonus, it will be my first Thanksgiving meal with my soon-to-be hubby. Hopefully, the food will be delicious and disaster-free.

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    Torey says:

    I have never had a disaster cause I have never had to cook thanksgiving dinner but I’m sure when it’s my turn there will be a disaster!!

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    Kelli says:

    I wasn’t me but once at my sister’s house the turkey just would not get done. So we had dessert first! 🙂

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    Kelli says:

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Hi Jenny! Hmm Thanksgiving disasters may include a cake recipe that went HORRIBLY wrong! eek!

  10. 210
    Kelli says:

    I follow you on twitter!

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    Kelli says:

    I’m subscribed to your RSS feed.

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    Pam says:

    so far none that I can think of….

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    I also “Like” you on Facebook!

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    Pam says:

    I’m a twitter follower

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    Pam says:

    I “like” you on FB

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    and follow you on Twitter!

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    Heather says:

    Thank goodness I haven’t had any disasters to this point!! But we always try to do at least one new dish every Thanksgiving so it may happen one day!

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    suzanne says:

    I haven’t had a turkey disaster but I always ruin the rolls. I either burn them or under bake them. Since I cook for several extended family members and friends on Thanksgiving I have started delegating rolls to someone more trustworthy.

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    Heather says:

    I like you on Facebook!

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    suzanne says:

    I am a facebook fan

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    Robin Whiting says:

    No disaster…yet!

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    Robin Whiting says:

    I “Like” (love) you on Facebook.

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    Robin Whiting says:

    I follow you via RSS feed

  24. 224
    stephanie says:

    we haven’t had any disasters, but my nephew was born 2 years ago on thanksgiving =)

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    stephanie says:

    Follow you on FB!!

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    Weezie says:

    My family enjoys a traditional German sausage stuffing “log” that is baked in a glass pie pan- last year I somehow managed to bake it at 450F instead of 350F and burnt it to an absolute crisp! Thankfully, the outer “crust” had baked up so fast that the interior was the juiciest it had ever been- somewhat nontraditional, but accidentally delicious!

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    CW says:

    One Thanksgiving my wife decided to make a turkey breast in one of those rotisserie ovens. She got up at 5 am to put it on, and, around 6 am, she woke me and said “Come quick, the turkey’s on fire!” Turns out the string wrapped around the turkey had caught fire! We got the turkey out, put out the fire, and ended up roasting the turkey in the oven. It turned out great!

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    Weezie says:

    I also follow you/subscribe on Google Reader

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    Carolinachef says:

    Fortunately my worst disaster was overcooking my dressing. I seem to be the only one in the family that can re-create my mothers dressing….We don’t have a recipe and she passed away over 20 years ago. I spent a lot of time with her in the kitchen, so I guess I absorbed the methods she used. Back to the disaster… I was cooking in an unfamiliar oven and it dried out. It was about an hour before I was supposed to be at our family dinner and I was devastated. I looked around the house I was in and found some chicken boullion, removed the dressing from the pan, mixed a couple eggs with the chicken broth and worked it into the dried out dressing. I then put it all in muffin pans and made, what I told my family was, dressing bread pudding. They loved it. All was well with the world.

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    Rebecca says:

    I forgot to turn the oven on and didn’t realize till almost 3 hours later.. Oops! So our dinner was all sides. ;(

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    mrsblocko says:

    One year the turkey didn’t thaw out in time. (It had been thawing in the fridge for 4 days!!!) My mom and I spent an hour giving old tom an ice bath. We joked around a lot and my husband thought we were nuts! Thank goodness dinner only wound up being about an hour late!

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    mrsblocko says:

    I follow you via rss feed.

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    Emily says:

    I think the best Thanksgiving story happened when i was younger and my mom was in charge of bringing the rolls to thanksgiving dinner. So she had them in pans all around the kitchen rising on the oven door and even chairs. Well she was very tired at one point and forgot there was a pan on the chair, sat right on the rising rolls! It was funny the rolls were very flat but still tasted great!

  34. 234

    I was just assigned dessert for Thanksgiving. My family would love that sheet cake. The biggest disaster on my side of the family every year is that my grandmother doesn’t use salt when she cooks…disastrous for anyone who likes their food seasoned! We joke that we have to stash our own salt shakers for the meal.

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    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Emily says:

    I follow on RSS feed.

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    Emily says:

    I like on Facebook!

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    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Sherry says:

    One year my husband and I were in change of the pumpkin pies for thanksgiving at my parents house. We decided to make them together, I made the crust and he made the filling. They were all done and looked yummy, when my husband said “I can’t remember putting in the sugar.” Sure enough, they were sugar-free and not tasty at all.

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    miranda says:

    My only Thanksgiving disaster (so far) was when I left the crock pot of mashed potatoes in my refrigerator and drove off without them! I wound up stopping at a gas station to buy instant potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, milk and butter and whipped them up quickly once I got to my parents. I was able to pass them off as my aunts recipe and since then, I have used the instant as a time saving trick when I don’t have time to boil, peel and mash potatoes.

  42. 242

    For the last few years we have decided to have a little get-away over Thanksgiving, but we must always go somewhere that has a Cracker Barrel. If we aren’t going to get homemade cookin, Cracker Barrel is the next best thing. I don’t recall any disasters the years I did cook it though. I just do the basics and then there are no surprises. This year we haven’t decided yet where we are going or IF we are going anywhere. I just may need a turkey!

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    I get your RSS Feed.

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    I follow you on twitter.

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    I like your facebook page!

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    Rebecca says:

    I subscribe to the feed!

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    Jan Smiley Carter says:

    Decided to make rolls from scratch only to discover after making them that the yeast had quit working and they weren’t good enough for company BUT hubby enjoyed the bread pudding the next day made with the flatty rolls.

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    Karen says:

    Despite common sense, I always try a new recipe for rolls every year. I’m not great at breads so they usually turn out a bit chewy, but my boys cover them in honey and still they they’re the best!

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    Danielle says:

    I’ve been lucky not to have too many disasters. One funny memory is my husband’s grandma making the pumpkin pie one year and forgetting the sugar…it did not go over well with everyone!

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    Karen says:

    And I like you on FB!

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