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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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    Shelley says:

    I am glad to say I haven’t had any disasters yet!

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    Shelley says:

    I follow via Google Reader too.

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    Jessica says:

    Thankfully I haven’t had any disasters yet…I’m sure it’ll happen eventually!

    I’m cooking 3 turkey’s this year {so far, that I know of} for different functions. I could really use this coupon!!!

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    Jessica says:

    I subscribe to your RSS Feed

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    Jessica says:

    I like PP on Facebook

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    Jessica says:

    and i follow PP on Twitter!

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    amy marantino says:

    we had a smat of food poisoning one year. the older folks ended up in the hospital. the younger/caretaker folks made the best of it in the ER waiting room. I sure hope we dont see this disaster again.

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    Laura says:

    I haven’t had a disaster yet, but my mother-in-law did have a turkey disaster many years ago and it’s still talked about. She cooked the turkey with the giblets still in the plastic bag in the cavity…the poor bird was totally inedible so it was a pizza Thanksgiving that year!

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    jessica says:

    No disasters yet, thankfully! : )

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    “Have you had any Thanksgiving Disasters that you’ve turned into something fun?” = The first year my husband and i were together we assumed that restaurants in the very small town we were living in would be open. Wrong. We ended up getting sandwiches from a gas station called the Scotchman. Like 7-11 but worse. We laugh about it to this day.

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      Lisa says:

      That happened to us too one year on Christmas day! So funny. We are actually in a big town, and still couldn’t find anything open anywhere. We drove around and around, but no luck!

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    jessica says:

    I subscribe to rss feed!

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    judy says:

    No disasters yet..knock on wood!

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    judy says:

    I follow via RSS.

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    judy says:

    I like you on FB.

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    Becca H. says:

    Nope, I’m happy to report that I have not had any Turkey disasters at any Thanksgiving Day feast. Yet…

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    Kelly says:

    Coping with the loss of power was one near disaster (and actually that may have been Christmas rather than Thanksgiving). It is so memorable because my grandmother has a wood stove – so we just moved forward cooking with that hot stove!

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    corinne says:

    I haven’t done Thanksgiving myself yet to have any disasters, but I did make your stuffing last year and it was fabulous! When I was young my mom’s cousin peeled the potatoes the night before but didn’t put them in water, so we had grey mashed potatoes the next day… technically not that “fun,” but we still laugh about it so “funny” at least?

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    Sarah H.P. says:

    We haven’t really had any major turkey disasters in our house! Thank goodness! I think the biggest problem we’ve encountered has been dry turkey, but you just add an extra helping of gravy for moisture and it comes out just fine!

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    Laura says:

    A couple bad incidents – one time I spilled the corn all over the table…so no corn that Thanksgiving 🙂 One year my mom did pour hot turkey grease on her straight from the oven – that did not turn out well but I remember we did end up enjoying the turkey later after we got mom fixed up!

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    One Thanksgiving I decided to make a zucchini corn spoon bread that turned out just awful! So I quickly turned it into a cornbread dressing that was fantastic.

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    Marianne says:

    I’ve had 2 disasters, one was in Colorado, was frying the turkey for out meal, long story short, altitude and temps make a major difference when deep frying a turkey! 2nd again with the fried turkey, I had let friends borrow the fryer and pot didn’t realize they had not cleaned the inside of the pot, filled the pot with the oil and immediately noticed spots on the ground, long story short, there were tiny holes all in the bottom of the pot that I didn’t see when I cleaned it. Luckily friends had just finished frying their bird and came to our rescue! This year brand new fryer and 2 birds being prepared, one fried, one roasted!!!!

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    maddie cote says:

    not really any disasters, but i did buy a turkey once thinking it was the whole thing, and when i pulled it out it was missing its legs and wings.

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    Lauri says:

    The only disaster I have had was making choc chip pecan pie. I try to make it in advance & put it back in the oven to heat up the next day. Let’s just say it was a choc mess from the too many choc chips I put it. Everyone laughed about it & my crazy family members ate it all up.

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    maddie cote says:

    follow on google reader

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    Lauri says:

    I follow you on FB.

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    Crystal Hall says:

    The first year I cooked a turkey, I left the bag of giblets inside the turkey and didn’t find it til midways through the cooking process. I finished cooking them on the stovetop and made giblet gravy. Shhh!!!

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    Karen S. says:

    My worst Thanksgiving was when I tried to do a smoked turkey on our outdoor grill. It was so cold the coals wouldn’t light. I was so upset I cried! DH felt sorry for me and so he made Thanksgiving dinner for me.

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    Karen S. says:

    I get Picky-Palate in my Google Reader

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    Karen S. says:

    I like Picky-Palate on FB.

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    Mary Elizabeth says:

    My only disaster is being uncomfortably full after eating too much for lunch and then again for dinner. All of the food is always so delicious that I don’t know when to stop myself. It’s one of the few times during the year that I really indulge!

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    Gabe says:

    I was in charge of making a few side dishes one year and forgot to make the stuffing. Luckily there was some left in the frozen section at the local grocery store.

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    Gail Reed says:

    I made a carrot cake (in the morning of turkey day). Not only did it start to fall apart because I rushed taking it out of the cake pans, but I didn’t have time to let it cool completely before putting on the cream cheese frosting-which ran very nicely thank you. But we ate all of it and it was so good no one cared what it looked like. Needless to say, I get my baking done in the days before Thanksgiving now.

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    Eva Parsons says:

    No mishaps here that I can remember. I do recall a certain group of men almost setting the deck on fire the first year we decided to fry a turkey. 🙂

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    All these suggestions sound lovely. I haven’t had a disaster, but I know I’d be able to do something fun!

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    I follow you on twitter – @katrinadingle

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    I have to say I have been lucky in the holiday disaster department, none yet for me (knock on wood). 🙂

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    Erin F. says:

    Two years ago the turkey ended up on the floor – not so fun. The platter it was being served onto was bumped by another dish and it came crashing down. Luckily we were able to still get more off the actual turkey and all was saved, except for my platter and the floor that had a new gash in it…

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    Erin F. says:

    I like you Facebook as well 🙂

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    Erin F. says:

    “ON” facebook…

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    kayleigh says:

    we’ve never really had any disasters!!

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