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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Have a clean up party with your guests! Don’t be left with a gigantic mess all by your lonesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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?”ย  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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    โ€œHave you had any Thanksgiving Disasters that youโ€™ve turned into something fun?โ€ = 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Already a FB fan ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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    Sean says:

    Like you on FaceBook!

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    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!

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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    Alina says:

    Already like you on FB ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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.

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    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Kalyn says:

    I follow by RSS Feed.

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    Kalyn says:

    I like Picky Palate on Facebook.

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    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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    Nicole says:

    Every single year, my mom almost ALWAYS forgets to cook the rolls. One year she even lost them!!! Thanks for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

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    jenna says:

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

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    Nicole says:

    “Liked” you on Facebook!!

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ and just had ice cream that year.

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    Donna B says:

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

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    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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    danielle says:

    I follow on Twitter

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    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.

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    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

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    Sarah says:

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

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    Sarah says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    Sarah says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Sarah says:

    I like you on facebook.

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    Kari says:

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Kim says:

    I follow you on twotter’ @oowidescrnoo

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    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!

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    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.

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    Valerie says:

    p.s. I like you on fb!

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    Kim says:

    I follow you on my rss feed

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    Kim says:

    I liked you on dacebook

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    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.

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    Lisa says:

    I like you on FB

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    Hilary says:

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

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    Lisa says:

    I follow your blog

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    Lauren says:

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

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    cassie says:

    I follow in RSS (Google reader)

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    cassie says:

    I also follow on Twitter

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    D. Dallas says:

    No disasters to speak of [knock on wood]!

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    Laina Wolf says:

    I follow you on RSS Feed

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    Laina Wolf says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Laina Wolf says:

    I like you on Facebook!

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    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!

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    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)

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    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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!

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    Lindsay says:

    I follow on FB!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    Joanie H says:

    I follow you on facebook!

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    Katie says:

    I “like” you on facebook!

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    Kari says:

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Carrie Igl says:

    Following on Facebook!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Jamie says:

    No disasters yet!!

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    Jennifer M says:

    I’m an RSS subcriber!

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    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!

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    Chelsea P. says:

    I “like” you on Facebook

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    Chelsea P. says:

    I’m an RSS subscriber as well!

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    Shannon says:

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

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    Gini Walker says:

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

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    Shannon says:

    I like PP on FB. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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!

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    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.

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    Travis says:

    Burnt the turkey

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    Shannon says:

    I also follow you on Twitter. Love your blog!

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    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!

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    Heather W says:

    I follow u on twitter as heatherlwheeler

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    Heather W says:

    I like you on fb!

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    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.

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    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..:)

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    Glyn says:

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

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    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.

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    april v says:

    I’m a follower!

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    Megan says:

    Never had any disasters. Thankful for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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!

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    Megan says:

    Facebook follower.

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    Gini Walker says:

    I follow you via google

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    Gini Walker says:

    I follow you on twitter

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    Maureen says:

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

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    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 : (

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    Gini Walker says:

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Maureen says:

    I follow picky palate on Twitter

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    Maureen says:

    I subscribe to Picky Palate’s RSS feed

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    Maureen says:

    I “like” Picky Palate on Facebook

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Karen says:

    No…thankfully everything has gone off without a disaster!

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    Tara Lynn says:

    And I follow you on facebook!

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    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”!

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    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!

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    Bev Scherdin says:

    No disasters yet, thank goodness!

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    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!!

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    Beth says:

    I follow on twitter

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    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

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    Lori Summers says:

    I like you on Facebook!!

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    Carole Resnick says:

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

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    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lori Summers says:

    I’m also subscribed to yor RSS feed!!

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    Megan M. says:

    I like you on Facebook too.

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    Charlene h says:

    A horrible runny pumpkin pie once! Just awful. Haha

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    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:)

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    Carole Resnick says:

    I follow PP on FB and have done so for years

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    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.

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    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jamie Chatham says:

    I like you on fb.

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    Beth says:

    I follow on Facebook.

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    Rita says:

    I have been pretty lucky so far and haven’t had any disasters. Hopefully this year will be the same! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cynthia says:

    And on Twitter!

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    Rita says:

    I follow through an RSS feed.

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    Cynthia says:

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

    Have a wonderful day!

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    Cassie says:

    I like you on FB.

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    Beth says:

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    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.

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    Cassie says:

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    I’m a facebook follower!

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ although, homemade really is the way to go…Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Smylee says:

    No disasters yet…but it’s bound to happen sometime with almost 40 crazy family members in the house every year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Donna says:

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

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    Smylee says:

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    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!

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    Kandice McDermott says:

    My mom retains all control over Thanksgiving dinners. I’m nearly 30 years old and have never hosted one. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    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.

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    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.

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    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)

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    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!

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    Lara says:

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    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lara says:

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    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.

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelli says:

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

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    Kelli says:

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    Pam says:

    so far none that I can think of….

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    Pam says:

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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:

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    Robin Whiting says:

    No disaster…yet!

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    stephanie says:

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

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    stephanie says:

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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:

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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:

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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!

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    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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    Emily says:

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    Emily says:

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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.

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    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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    Rebecca says:

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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:

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    Erica Williams says:

    I haven’t had any disasters that I can remember… so they must not have been too bad ๐Ÿ™‚ BUT, gotta say…Your Smoky Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes are one of my very favorite recipes and I make them a few times a month! Love Picky Palate!

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    Danielle says:

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    Rebecca says:

    My mom has always been the planner, chef, and hostess of Thanksgiving and since I was a kid I’ve been her assistant. One year, when I was in college, my sister got into a car accident late afternoon on Thanksgiving day (thank goodness she was ok!) and my mom had to go and deal with that, so teenage me had to take over and be in charge of the whole thing! When the other guests arrived we actually had fun running around and trying to figure everything out and it luckily it ended up being delicious!

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    Melissa says:

    I did over cook the rolls, or something happened to them during the mixing/kneading/rising process, but the kids had fun using them as baseballs in the backyard! lol!

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    Erica Williams says:

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    Melissa says:

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    Sarah says:

    One year, my sister-in-law somehow managed to get a plastic lid inside my oven door. We had to take the door apart to get to the lid and managed to put it together again. Thanksgiving dinner saved!

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    Melissa says:

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    Debbie W. says:

    I had the turkey all ready for the oven. Put it in and cooked it. I always do this the day before so I am not so rushed thank goodness I did because when I was taking the meat off the bones I noticed something inside the turkey. I had left the innards inside. It still tastied good and delicious.

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    Jan Smiley Carter says:

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    Tama says:

    Brined a fresh, organic turkey in apple cider. When I removed it from the oven, it was totally black and charred. Yuck!

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    Crystal says:

    I have been very fortunate to not have had any disasters. The only thing that comes to mind was an under cooked fried turkey a few years ago. We had to cut it up and finish cooking it in the oven. But it was still delicious b/c it was fried ;O)

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    Staci A says:

    No kitchen disasters yet, thankfully! We did do a Turkey Trot in the freezing rain last year, carrying a 6 year old. That seemed disastrous!

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    Staci A says:

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    No disasters yet, but one year at my parent’s house our cat tried to eat the leftover gravy in the kitchen while we were eating and stepped in one of the pies in the process. He was such a bad cat!

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    Wanda McHenry says:

    I’ve never had a Turkey disaster, thankfully. For some reason my Turkey’s are always moist and delicious!

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    Jaclyn Jayne says:

    โ€œHave you had any Thanksgiving Disasters that youโ€™ve turned into something fun?โ€
    Last year was my first time hosting Thanksgiving at my house or cooking any form of meat myself besides a chicken breast or hot dog! haha. We are newlyweds and did not have any serving pieces or silverware at the time, so my parents had to bring it all over. My dad told me to use his roasting pan for the turkey, it worked a little too great because our turkey was done an hour and a half before we were supposed to eat!!! We had to rush to get the sides done. All in all it wasn’t a disaster but definitely want to practice before next time.

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    Pamela Rose Budd says:

    The electrical power went out at my parents house where the turkey was cooking and where we were supposed to have guests and dinner. So with no lightts, heat or an oven – Plan B was my house, under construction getting a total remodel. We were with family and that’s all that mattered.

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    The first turkey I made for Thanksgiving was a total disaster. I took it out of the oven and the breast caved in! Dry and over cooked!

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    Cortney B. says:

    I burned the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. Unfortunately there is nothing fun about burned marshmallows…so far that’s been my only disaster.

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    Wanda McHenry says:

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    Sara Osborne says:

    I left my dressing in the refridgerator over night and it dried out terribly! I didn’t know what to do because thanksgiving without dressing is a no deal so I added warm water to the mix and it came out perfectly!

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    Cortney B. says:

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    Daisie Dance says:

    Thankfully no disasters yet!! Fingers crossed!

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    Sarah says:

    I accidently used powdered sugar instead of flower in a pie crust!!!

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    Cortney B. says:

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    Daisie Dance says:

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    The only disaster I can remember is walking into my sister’s kitchen one year (she was hosting our family thanksgiving dinner) and seeing a box of Stovetop Stuffing. Seriously???!! We have brought the stuffing every year since!

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    Brooke says:

    I haven’t had any Thanksgiving disasters yet. I am sure it will happen in the future, though! Lol

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    Sadie says:

    Yes! One year I completely forgot to cook the turkey. We had chicken instead and the next weekend I invited everyone out for a smaller turkey dinner.

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    Jessica M. says:

    No serious accidents for me yet, a couple narrowly avoided ones. I almost forgot to take out the giblets and neck with the first turkey I made.

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    Sarah says:

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    I had been dating my boyfriend(now husband) for 3 months, and we decided I would spend Thanksgiving with his family that year. It was a great and fun Thanksgiving, but by that night we were all fighting for the 2 bathrooms in the house…it was terrible!! Most everyone got food poisoning. The only thing fun about it is that we can all look back and laugh about how terrible it was!

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    Sadie says:

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    Daisie Dance says:

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    Elizabeth B says:

    Thankfully no major disasters yet! Cross my fingers that there are none to come either!

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    I haven’t ever done Thanksgiving on my own (wish me luck this year!) but a couple years back my mom made sweet potatoes with bananas from a recipe she had seen Tyler Florence make. It came out looking perfect! We all dug in looking forward to this beautiful dish and it was awful. It tasted horrible! We all dug in together and the looks on our faces was priceless. Mom said go ahead and spit it out, she wouldn’t be offended. We still tease about that!

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    Elizabeth B says:

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    Pam says:

    We were at the morning Thanksgiving church service, and my mom asked me if I had any problems getting the turkey in the oven this morning? I stopped and turned around and went straight home to take it out of the freezer! I had everything else under control for the day except the turkey!

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    YEP. Sweet potato gnocchi turned into sweet potato…..mash? YEAH, MASH.

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    Heidi says:

    I have ruined rolls more times that I can count!! I don’t usually turn them into anything fun…BUT I either remake them or take as it is and it usually is fine!!

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    Heidi says:

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    Heidi says:

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    Elizabeth B says:

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    Jill says:

    Fotunately, my wonderful Mom hosts our Thanksgiving dinners, so I’m only responsible or bringing dessert. And I don’t have a good dessert disaster to share. But I’d love to be able to provide my sweet Mama with the turkey this year!

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    mike says:

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    Regina says:

    No disasters at my house. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jessca miller says:

    I forgot to put the sugar in the pumpkin pie one year. That is one story I will never live down! We had a good laugh and no pumpkin pie that year. It was disgusting!

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    Ashley M. says:

    One year I over cooked the rolls and was so mad at myself. Instead of staying in my pity state, we took them outside and hit them with golf clubs and baseball bats. Granted we didn’t have any rolls with the meal, we still got a little exercise after dinner. ๐Ÿ˜›

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    Jessca miller says:

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    Tami McCoy says:

    I honestly have never had any disasters! Sorry to disappoint!

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    Melissa says:

    The first turkey I ever made (back in 2001) was raw on the inside. Nothing good came out of that. I refused to make another turkey for the next 6 years. I made one in 2008 & it turned out wonderful.

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    Tami McCoy says:

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    Brigitt says:

    Once our garbage disposal decided to spit everything back up. I was too young to remember whether or not it turned into something fun at the time. I just remember my dad, grandpa and uncles trying to clean up the mess with a bunch of plungers. At least it’s funny looking back on it!

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    jacqueline says:

    Havent had any Turkey Day cooking disasters yet but ive only cooked 1 Thanksgivng meal alone. But id love a free turkey!

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    Catherine says:

    My husband bought a last minute ham but we didn’t have enough time to soak it (to get salt out) so we cooked it the next day. No one ate any, it was SSSOOOO salty. Sad! ๐Ÿ™

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    Stephanie says:

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    No disasters yet, but I’ve only hosted once! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rachel says:

    One year I forgot to take the liners off of the pie crusts. I baked the pumpkin pies and then saw the liners peaking out. I scooped out the pie, removed the liners and patted the filling back in. Once covered with whipped cream you never even knew what had happened. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Schmidty says:

    One Thanksgiving (when i had many guests) I baked a huge amount of rolls, last in the oven before we sat down to eat. I burned the bottoms …they were black. My daughter helped me slice the bottoms off of every one of them and we served them without bottoms …and to this day my kids ask, “Mom, are we having black bottomed rolls this year?”

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    Schmidty says:

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    Schmidty says:

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    Karri says:

    When I was 10 I made a couple pudding pies and had them on the counter before we were going to bring them to my Grandma’s. When I went to grab them they had cat paw prints in them, my cat had gotten into them. Needless to say we didn’t bring them that year.

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    Jen says:

    I made twice baked sweet potatoes that took an hour longer to cook than anticipated! They were done midway through our meal!

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    Stephanie says:

    Turkey day disasters turned fun? I’ve definitely had some turkey day disasters…why just last Thanksgiving, I had a momentarily life changing experience. It happened so fast and really just…had an impact on the day. Let’s just say my car and a person riding their bike ran into each other. Ok yes, a biker hit my car. I know, right? I totally thought I ran them over, but as it turned out, it was their fault!! I thought in the car vs. bike equation car always loses. Anyway, that was hard to bounce back from. This year I’m not driving anywhere!

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    Lynda M. says:

    I’m happy to say that I haven’t had any disasters yet – keeping my fingers crossed that this years goes well too!!

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    Karri says:

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    Jennifer Marsh says:

    One year the cat jumped up on the counter and pulled the turkey to the floor just before everyone arrived. We scrambled to clean it up before anyone found out. I am still scarred from that year!

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    Jen says:

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    I made a cranberry, white chocolate, peacan pie one year. The white chips never melted and made the pie have a funny texture. Reheated the next day and it was good with ice cream

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    Karin says:

    My only disaster was when my FIL wanted garlic mashed potatoes for something “different.” I figured it would be easy enough, but I had never used fresh garlic before. I didn’t know that I was supposed to roast the garlic first, so I put raw garlic into the potatoes… Big mistake! The potatoes were inedible, but we still laugh about it to this day (12 yrs later). I have since made them without incident!

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    Maria says:

    No disasters thank goodness!

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    Audra says:

    One year, the oven broke and we had no idea until 2 hours into the turkey “cooking” thankfully, Marie Calendars was open!

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    Liza says:

    I haven’t had any thanksgiving disasters BUT I’ve had quite a few recipes not turn out when trying them out

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    Liza says:

    I’m subscribed to your rss feed

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    Lindsay says:

    Luckily no disasters yet!

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    Liza says:

    I like you on facebook

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    Amanda says:

    One year we had a turkey disaster where the turkey was frozen all the way through. Luckily we were able to get a pre-cooked turkey from a local deli and every year since we’ve had Turkey day catered ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lindsay says:

    I follow through RSS feed.

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    Sheena Mahrle says:

    I brought a dish to pass – and it was TERRIBLE! It became the joke of the evening, but it turned into fun because I got a lot of good cooking tips from my grandmother ๐Ÿ™‚ A great bonding experience!

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    Peggy says:

    The only “disaster” could be a dry turkey (yuck), so this year we are going to try brining! I can’t wait. My brother brined one last year and it was the yummiest thing that I have eaten in a long time!!

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    sandra says:

    I get the RSS feed

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    sandra says:

    I “like” you on facebook

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    Hilary says:

    Thankfully, I have a mom who insists on cooking the turkeys for our family – so I get the pleasure of just handling dessert! No disasters just yet, but maybe I should try some new recipes this year and see if I can’t make a disaster happen! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Christine Waddell says:

    No disasters so far… There is always this year!!

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    sandra says:

    My only disaster was that I didnt consider how many things I would need to use my oven for and didn’t have enough room to get everything cooked! I was very late getting dinner done!

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    Christine Waddell says:

    Liked Picky Palate on FB

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    Ann Self says:

    The year I tinkered with the menu to make it “healthier” I added a roasted root vegetable dish to the spread. My son described it as “roots, shoots and leaves.”

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    Karri says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook

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    Kristie K says:

    Only disaster here is a big family in a small house at my in-laws ๐Ÿ™ No room for kids to play.

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    Erin B. says:

    One Thanksgiving my parents were suppose to come up to my brothers house to celebrate. My Dad is usually the Thanksgiving cook..he makes everything. Well the day before they were suppose to come he got the stomach flu and had to stay home! We all went into panic mode because nobody makes dressing like my Dad! So my brother calls my Dad on Thanksgiving morning to get the low down on how to make the stuffing. My mom took over the Turkey making and I baked and baked. The dressing turned out ok…for my brother’s first time making it it was pretty good actually. Of course nobody makes Dressing like my Dad’s…must be the pound of butter he puts in it becuase my brother said he just couldn’t bring himself to put that much in…LOL!!!

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    Erin B. says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Erin B. says:

    I follow you on Facebook too :)!

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    Erin B. says:

    And I also follow you on Twitter :)!!!

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    Donna says:

    My Mom took dibs on preparing Thanksgiving Dinner all my adult life so I’ve not had to experience any disasters.

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    Catie says:

    No disasters as of yet, but I will have three opportunities this year!

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    Katie says:

    No not yet, I haven’t had the chance to make Thanksgiving dinner on my own yet.

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    Judy says:

    I forgot one year to put the stuffing on the table – never missed it til we were cleaning up. It was delicious the next day with the leftovers!

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    Katie says:

    I follow on Twitter.

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    Crystal says:

    No disasters for me yet, but then I’ve never done a whole meal…

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    I’ve never made Thanksgiving dinner, we always go to my parents’ house so no stories from me.

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    Katie says:

    I follow on Facebook.

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    I like Picky Palate on fb.

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    Katie says:

    I am an email subscriber.

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    I follow Picky Palate on twitter. @JamieTweets0811

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    Tammy Valley says:

    Luckily I don’t usually cook @ Thanksgiving, so I have not had a disaster ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Janice says:

    First time deep frying a turkey I was concerned that it was looking pretty dark on the outside. Got it in the house, and the inside was still raw!

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    Tammy Valley says:

    I follow your RSS feed

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    Tammy Valley says:

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    Stephanie Long says:

    Thankfully there haven’t been any disasters in our family yet but one year my Mom did manage to cut herself with a knife the night before!

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    Stephanie Long says:

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    Sabrina says:

    Well I burnt the stuffing 1 year. Just completely forgot it. It was black and crispy. We all had a good laugh over it and it was a great holiday anyway.

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    Sabrina says:

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    Becky Blad says:

    I haven’t had a disaster yet. Thank goodness! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Emily Johnston says:

    Last year as I was transfering the turkey to plate it, it broke in half!! (good sign of a tender bird!) I was so sad it didn’t look beautiful, but my family ate it all the same

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    Becky Blad says:

    I follow Picky Palate on Twitter.

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    Becky Blad says:

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    Allison Johnson says:

    One year for Thanksgiving dinner I was making a pumpkin cheesecake and without my knowing, it overflowed the springform pan in the oven, enough so that it caught on fire inside the oven. The house was filled with horrible smelling smoke and the cheesecake was tossed… no one really wanted a smoked dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Emily Johnston says:

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    Becky Blad says:

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    Kathy says:

    I follow on RSS feed

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    Joe Vieira says:

    I love to cook for thanksgiving, and love someone else to clean up more!

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    Stephanie Long says:

    I follow you on RSS feed!

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    Krystal says:

    There is always little disasters here and there in my house. Nothing inedible and always things we still laugh about till this day! Thanksgiving is the best no matter what the turkey ends up tasting like!

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    Kathy says:

    the only disaster, if you want to call it that, was food not ready when the guests thought it should be !!! You know, sometimes things take alittle longer than you think !!! ha ha

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    Owen's Mom says:

    We have had disasters, can you say paprika instead of cinnamon in the pumpkin roll, but nothing too delicious came from it. ๐Ÿ™

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    Stasia says:

    No disasters yet, unfortunately we eat out with my husbands family ๐Ÿ™

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    Beth says:

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    Meghan says:

    Actually, I can’t think of any thanksgiving disasters, but then again we always go to a family members house for dinner. I’m sure I will be witness to my own dinner disasters in the future!

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    dsellers says:

    Great tips! I love THanksgiving, no worrying over presents, just thankful to be with my family!

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    Not exactly a disaster, but my husband dislikes turkey and pretty much every other iconic thanksgiving food, so we started a new tradition of adding a pizza to the spread.

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    Suzette says:

    our family of 35 finally all got together for Thanksgiving. We had 3 turkeys going and 1/2 when we checked the turkeys realized that the oven wasn’t working. So no turkey was happening. So we ran to the store only could find cornish gain hens grabbed a bunch and dutch oven cooked them. They turned out really yummy and with all the sides everyone left fat and happy.

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    Monica H. says:

    No disasters yet, but I did drop my phone in Turkey drippings 2 years ago…my husband has not let me forget that ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Beth says:

    When I was in my 20’s my friends and I thought we’d be cool and buy that Thanksgiving dinner from the grocery store. Supposedly already everything is all premade and ready to go….no so much! We spent about 3 hours heating everything up. Could have cooked it in that time! So we all ended up going out to a local restaurcant for food! Lesson learned…homemade is best!

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    Michelle says:

    I tried to make chicken and dressing in my crockpot and it cooks way too hot. I turned out like wallpaper paste.

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    Kat C says:

    Of course I like you on Facebook! And stuffed cookies are the new fav in our house, even being requested to make the smore stuffed cookies for thanksgiving!

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    Kristan Heyman says:

    Thankfully, I’ve never had any disasters!

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    Kristan Heyman says:

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    Kat C says:

    Biggest thanksgiving disaster was my mom breaking her leg right before thanksgiving so I ended up having to cook the whole meal myself with her guidence of course…luckily things turned out great and I showed her a couple of tricks along the way.

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    Heather says:

    My first attempt at cornbread dressing resulted in a big pan of dried out brick-like mess! My family tried to eat it to help me feel better, but later a friend came to dinner and said “Oooh weee, this dressing is WAY too dry”… all I could do was SHAKE MY HEAD and laugh out loud (crying on the inside).

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    Kristan Heyman says:

    I follow you on google reader

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    Kimberly Atkins says:

    I haven’t had a disaster yet…then again, I haven’t cooked the Turkey yet. :p

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    Kimberly Atkins says:

    I have yet to have a disaster on Thanksgiving. Then again, I’ve yet to cook the Turkey. :/

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    Kimberly Atkins says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Owen's Mom says:

    I follow on twitter (notimeMom)
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    Kimberly Atkins says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

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    Kimberly Atkins says:

    I follow you on your RSS Feed as well!

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    Owen's Mom says:

    I subscribe to your RSS
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    Owen's Mom says:

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    Connie Pruitt says:

    I follow you via email.

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    Sarah L.J. says:

    I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year, so I hope we don’t have any turkey disasters! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Connie Pruitt says:

    My very first Thanksgiving dinner I left the neck and giblets inside the bird. Didn’t even know what that was and suprised when it was carved. I think alot of people have done that.

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    Michele C says:

    After 20 yrs of doing Thanksgiving dinner, I am lucky to say no disasters yet. Who knows this might be the year something DOES go wrong…

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    Michele C says:

    I like PP on facebook.

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    kirsten hoy says:

    no disasters yet ! fingers crossed. i follow you on FB and love it !!

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    cara says:

    I did have a turkey mishap. I was making an early thanksgiving for friends and forgot to start defrosting the turkey early. My turkey had many many baths trying to speed up the defrosting. Believe it or not the turkey actually turned out fine, but I had a huge water bill from all the turkey bathing that took place.

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    Stasia says:

    I also follow on Twitter!

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    Erin says:

    My green bean casserole turned out soupy one year and it was not a creamy soup, it was a watery soup. LOL I still have no idea what I did wrong, but thankfully I have not had the same problem again. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Erin says:

    I follow PP on Twitter…

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    Jessica says:

    We haven’t had any disasters…but then again, there’s always a chance this year! haha.

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    Erin says:

    …and subscribe to your RSS feed (don’t want to miss a thing!)…

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    Erin says:

    …and I love you on facebook! P.S. This year I am making your Cheesy Bacon Green Bean Casserole Pot Pie…mmmmm!!

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    Debbie says:

    No real disasters other than the turkey taking way longer than expected and dinner not being served when everything else was ready to go.

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    Szkent says:

    One year we were celebrating at my sister’s new townhouse. She clearly had never used the oven before and we could not get that sucker hot enough to cook the turkey thoroughly. Our Thanksgiving LUNCH turned into Thanksgiving Dinner. We just drank A LOT and had Dominos until the turkey was ready.

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    Sandie Gallagher says:

    Cooked the turkey upside down one year.. we all cracked up !
    I am a big Facebook Fan of yours !

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    Larissa says:

    I had a disaster that certain people won’t let me live down. My mom had let me borrow her big roaster as she had done every year. I got up early put the turkey in it. Turned it on and went about cooking. I baked pies made all the sides and once my parents arrived my mom made a comment I can’t smell the turkey. I said it has been on since like 5 am it should be about ready. My husband opened the lid, which I had checked on once, and the turkey was room temp and raw. Yes the roaster decided to quit on my that year. We live in the country so there were no stores open. But a friend saved the day with a brisket.. It was a sad day…

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    Stasia says:

    I like on Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amber says:

    Well it wasn’t really a disaster, but it sure made me feel bad….does that count? LOL
    For fun, and with Mom’s prior approval, my husband and I brought a small turkey to deep fry to the family Thanksgiving dinner. No one had every had one and we all wanted to try it since it was the new fad at the time. Please note that my mom makes absolutely MARVELOUS turkey!! Well, the deep fried turkey turned out so good that everyone wanted the deep friend and left Mom’s beautiful turkey untouched. I felt so bad to take away from Mom’s turkey!! To this day, I just bring a dessert and life is much simpler!

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    Amber says:

    I like you on FB:)

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    Allison M. says:

    No disasters except the occasional burnt pie crust. Nothing a big dollup up cool whip can’t fix!

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    Alyssa says:

    My only disaster is the burn mark that I still have on my wrist from accidentally letting the immersion blender out of the soup before turning it off. The hot soup burned my skin! Two years later I’m still rocking that scar. Needless to say I haven’t forgotten to turn the blender off since.

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    Renee says:

    My family has been lucky enough not to have any disasters…yet!!!

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    Sarah Mae says:

    I burned the pies!

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    Katie Amaral says:

    No I don’t think so…. but hope it doesn’t happen this year either!

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    Janet says:

    The only disaster we’ve had is not enough pie!

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    SalBug says:

    Knock wood, I haven’t had any disasters – – yet!

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    Jenette Marie says:

    2 years ago my hubby and I got together with some friends to smoke a turkey. We were all new to turkey smoking, but were determined to try a new method and have a thanksgiving party with friends. Whoever did the cooking time calculations was WAY off and we didn’t eat until almost midnight. Luckily we were with friends and still had a great time… even if we ate ALL the side dishes before the turkey was done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenette Marie says:

    I like Picky Palate on Facebook

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    KJ says:

    I’ve only hosted ONE family Thanksgiving so far, and everything ran smoothly. But this year marks attempt #2, so we’ll see!

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    Katie Amaral says:

    I “like” you on Facebook.

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    Heidikins says:

    The only disaster was not being home!! And not enough mashed potatoes… Ever!

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    Katie Amaral says:

    and I also “follow” you on twitter!

    love your recipes!!

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    Mama Bub says:

    For our second married Thanksgiving, we were supposed to host, but I was pregnant and was put on bedrest for the long weekend. So, everyone pitched in while I sat on the couch and watched. It was kind of the best way to do it, actually!

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    ColleenMarie82 says:

    No real disasters my husband fried a turkey one year, just for our house and lets just say it was not my favorite.

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    ColleenMarie82 says:

    I follow on twitter as Halleelujahmom

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    Angela cavalier says:

    No disasters, this is my first year cooking myself! Hopefully with a butterball!

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    Andrea W says:

    No disasters – but I also haven’t attempted a whole Thanksgiving dinner on my own before!

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    ColleenMarie82 says:

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    Denise P. says:

    I had the turkey on the counter to warm up a bit before cooking. When no one was around the dog took it! I found him and it in the family room. I washed it and cooked it and never told anybody. (We all lived)

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    Megan M. says:

    The first year I hosted Thanksgiving dinner with my new in laws, I put the pumpkin pie in the oven without the tin pie holder that comes with it. Needless to say, when I went to check on the pie a half hour later, it was a soupy mess on the cookie sheet I had place it on. My sweet mother in law scoop it back into the pie pan and we ate the pie in a heaping mess. Every year we continue to laugh whenever it’s time for me to put the pie in the oven.

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    Michelle says:

    No disasters since my mother in law makes all the food. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Denise P. says:

    I “like” Picky Palate on facebook

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    Megan M. says:

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    Andrea W says:

    I get your RSS feed!

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    Denise P. says:

    I’m an email subscriber

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    Megan M. says:

    I follow you on twitter, @meganspaperie

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    Heidi F. says:

    No disasters yet (knock on wood)! I’m hoping that it stays that way!

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    Andrea W says:

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    Lisa says:

    Last year was my first Thanksgiving ever! I’d always gone to family’s houses for the holiday. Last year my boyfriend and I decided to host our first holiday dinner and invite our friends who had no where to go. We had 7 people total and everyone brought a dish. The turkey was a little iffy at first. We checked it half way through and the temp said it was cooked but it didn’t LOOK cooked. That was almost a disaster. But we cooked it longer and everything was delicious!

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    Janelle S says:

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    Janelle S says:

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    Heidi F. says:

    I like Picky Palate on Facebook!

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    Janelle S says:

    I haven’t any real disasters yet! Thankfully!

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    Heidi F. says:

    And I’m subscribed to the RSS feed.

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    Erin F says:

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    Erin F says:

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    Erin F says:

    I haven’t had any real disasters, but have heard plenty from my friends!

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    No real disasters, but one year we decided to buck the system and made our family’s favorite enchiladas! Talk about A. mer. i. can.!!!

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    Robin Schick says:

    Almost set the house on fire while cooking the Turkey at 500 degrees, but after the first hour,(to crisp up the skin) then I turned it down and we were fine.
    The best turkey ever, brined.

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    Leah says:

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    Sarah F says:

    I invited 25 people over for my first turkey dinner. I was hoping not everyone could make it… just incase it did not turn out. Everyone came, the house was full and it was the best turkey everyone had ever had! It was AWESOME!

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    Nicole says:

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    Nicole says:

    I follow you via RSS feed.

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    Nicole says:

    The Thanksgiving my daughter was born we had 20 people over to our tiny condo. The turkey weighed more than she did. I spent the entire time crying because my parents couldn’t be there. And it was the day I started drinking again after pregnancy/nursing. I’m an awesome hostess. And by awesome, I mean that I’ve been banned from hosting Thanksgiving again.

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    Samantha Barber says:

    Our family always whips up heavy whipping cream to top the thanksgiving pies, my mom happened to use pickling salt instead of sugar to sweeten the cream a couple years ago. (My grandma had simular tupperware containers for each.) Needless to say we all were a bit surprised when we dug into dessert! YUCK!

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    brooke says:

    Thankfully, I haven’t had any real disasters.

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    Pam Capone says:

    Two years ago I was in the hospital and got out just a couple days before Thanksgiving. I was still pretty much on bed rest so there was not going to be the big traditional Thanksgiving. Our friends heard about our Thanksgiving and put together a wonderful dinner for us and dropped it off. I felt so blessed.

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    brooke says:

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    brooke says:

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    Pam Capone says:

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    Heather says:

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    Heather says:

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    Cami says:

    No disasters yet, I have only been at it for 5 years. Many more to come.

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    Cami says:

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    I’ve been privileged not to have any disasters, but my sister-in-law had one. Her oven quit working last year the day before Thanksgiving, and she was supposed to host for three friends. They ended up going out to eat and seeing a movie,and she swears she’s doing the same thing this year.

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    Gina says:

    Done the bag left in the turkey, chinese buffet on T-day complete with food poisoning, and lots of lumpy gravy. No true disasters, but all small mishaps are fun stories…

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    Kim Prince says:

    I was taking out my pretzel jello and it slipped and fell on the floor. There was no saving it!

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    erin says:

    Lucky for us, no disasters to date! We were sure last year was going to be it when we attempted to deep fry a turkey but much to our amazement we were successful!

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    Kim Prince says:

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    erin says:

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    erin says:

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    erin says:

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    Kim Prince says:

    Follow on RSS!

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    I have not had a holiday/Thanksgiving disaster yet, and I hope this trend continues (at least for this year)! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Char says:

    I haven’t really had any recipe failures, just constant changes in when and who. Not sure what is going on for Thanksgiving this year. Empty nesting has it’s benefits and downfalls.

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    Char says:

    I already follow you on facebook.

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    Hannah Horne says:

    Never gotten to make Thanksgiving, so no misadventures… yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Hannah Horne says:

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    Nikki says:

    I haven’t had any diasasters yet (knock on wood!!!)

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    Jennifer C says:

    One year when the Atkins diet was all the rage my Aunt and Uncle did not make mashed potatoes for our Thanksgiving meal. Boy did they hear about and keep hearing about it every year. Those potatoes are now on the table every year!

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    Jennifer C says:

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    Jennifer says:

    Happy to say no disasters, YET! :o)

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    Rachael F says:

    We haven’t had any disasters for a long time, (knock on wood)My Sister in law didn’t thaw the Turkey all the way two years ago, which we had to delay eating for another hour, but we played boggle while we waited.

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    Jennifer says:

    I also subscribe to your RSS feed! :o)

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    Whitney says:

    No disasters as of yet, thank goodness!

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    Whitney says:

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    Rachael F says:

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    Katie says:

    Never had any major turkey day disasters, thank goodness!! (knocking on wood right now!)

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    Katie says:

    Already following you on Twitter!!

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    Amy Martin says:

    The first Thanksgiving I had at my house I put postato peels down the garbage disposal… didnt know that I wasnt supposed to due that. Well needless to say we had a sink full of water and potato peels that wouldnt drain and my turkey was so juicy that it overflowed the cooking pan and started smoking and then the fire alarms in the house went off and that is when guests started to arrive. Oh well we managed to laugh it off and have a great Thanksgiving anyways.

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    Jolene says:

    First Thanksgiving with the in-laws in town – I tried to make home made rolls – I put them in the warmest room in the house to rise and then forgot about them. They rose all right – all over my daughter’s dresser… Mom-in-law ran to Bashas and got some brown and serve rolls – not the best but it did the trick.

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    Erica Tanner says:

    Seriously never had HUGE disasters. Burned a few things, but not total mess.

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    Anna says:

    I burned the top of the turkey, while broiling it in the last 4 minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was my first time making turkey. My hubby said it will make us remember it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa says:

    My first turkey was one of the ones with the pop up timer. When I thought it should be done, I couldn’t find the pop up thingy. We pulled it out anyway and put it on a platter, what I had done was cook it upside down, with the breast in the juices. Turned out great – we had the most tender, juicy breasts ever!

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    Margaret says:

    My first Thanksgiving in college was a disaster! I cooked a turkey for the first time and left everything in the turkey–the neck, gizzards, everything! It was disgusting to find it AFTER the poor turkey was baked!

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    Tara says:

    I love your recipes & blog!

    My mother hosted all of her kids & their families last year. Since we were all staying from out of town she was so consumed with getting the guest rooms ready, baby proofing the house, etc. that she forgot to start the oven. We arrived in the mid-afternoon & someone mentioned within the hour that they didn’t smell the turkey! I felt so bad for her b/c she worked so hard to try & make everything perfect & forgot to start the oven. There was plenty of food/apps to hold everyone over & we had a LATE Thanksgiving dinner. These times are the best memories to look back on and laugh at. Happy Holidays to you all!

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    Margaret says:

    I love being your RSS subscriber!

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    Rachel B says:

    Well, since I drink soy milk I thought it would be ok to use it in the mashed potatoes last year, but I forgot that I had vanilla soymilk… its a running joke with the fam!

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    Susan says:

    No – nothing really bad has ever happened. My mom is a fantastic cook and taught me well….although my sister told me she is baking the stuffing in a pumpkin….that should be interesting…..and my nephew insists that I served a tofurkey one year…I totally have NEVER done that….it has now gained urban legend status

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    Brandi Briseno says:

    A couple of years ago our turkey we thought our turkey was done, so we carved it and it was still pink. Instead of putting back in the oven we stuck it in the microwave to cook!! We still laugh about our Microwaved turkey dinner.

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    Anna says:

    I follow you on FB!

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    Charlene says:

    Just got married a couple years ago …so we always go to mom’s! No diasters that I can remember!

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    Charlene says:

    I like you on fb!

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    thankfully no disasters…instead i was proposed to one year on Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Charlene says:

    I follow you on twitter!

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    monica says:

    The most common mistake that I did the first time I made a turkey was to leave the bag in the neck, didn’t find it until we were carving the turkey. Haven’t made that mistake again.
    The 2nd worst incident was in our first house, first Thanksgiving to host and our sink clogged up before the guests arrived and we were unable to use the kitchen sink for anything. We were very creative in washing dishes in the tub until we could tear apart the sink to fix it.

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    Charlene says:

    I subscribed for RSS feed!

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    Anna says:

    I follow PP through RSS feed.

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    Sue says:

    Slight accident while frying a turkey, did get a partial new deck out of it.
    But have great respect now for hot oil and chilled turkey!!!!!

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    RachaelDF says:

    I’m happy to say that I haven’t had any disasters yet! Unless you count getting to the families on time:)

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    Larissa says:

    I am a Facebook follower.

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    Ginger says:

    No disasters that I can think of, but it seems like there were many dinners when I was growing up where halfway through dinner, my mom would realize she had forgotten to set out a certain dish she had made ahead. That was always fun.

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    Larissa says:

    I follow Picky Palate on twitter.

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    Ginger says:

    I follow you on Twitter. thanks!

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    Larissa says:

    I subscribe to RSS Feeder

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    Ncnike7 says:

    One year my mom and I made 12 pumpkin pies for a big family Thanksgiving feast. After hours of work my little brother accidentally dropped a football in one! Luckily it was just one pie ruined, but we still haven’t let him live it down!

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    Emily Virkler says:

    I have never hosted Thanksgiving. It is something my mom always does. She one year tried to make homemade cranberry sauce and burned it, but we poured it over some snow and it make for some really pretty pictures!

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    Renee says:

    My brother and I as teens decided we wanted to contribute a side dish to Thanksgiving. We decided on boxed mashed potatoes. Well, we mixed up the measurements and added waaay too much milk, making it like a potato soup. So we had turkey, dressing and potato soup that year!

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    Melissa says:

    Thankfully, I haven’t had any real disasters. It does seem to take a lot longer to cook the turkey though than I usually plan for. That just means we usually are much later eating than expected, but oh well. Gobble Gobble!

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    Vicki says:

    I have never really cooked a big meal. the first time i did, i prepared everything the night before. what i didn’t take into account was i needed to added time to cook because everything was cold out of the fridge. well we all made our plates and microwaved them to heat them up. thank goodness it was all close family.

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    Vicki says:

    i follow you on fb

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    Vicki says:

    i subscribe to you

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    David Folsom says:

    No big disasters but every year I am looking for a new way to do the turkey.

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    As a Canadian reader I’m hoping we are eligible for this giveaway? Anyway my turkey disaster story was when I had my Mother-in-law coming for dinner as a GUEST. However, she then proceeded to take over my kitchen with my sister-in-law. At one point I became rather irate and tried to grab something off the stove but my MIL jumped in my way and instead I managed to burn my arm rather badly. At that point I had had enough and decided that if my MIL and SIL wanted to take over so badly then they could finish the meal! I went and sat down and had a stiff drink – to sooth my burn, of course. I still have a scar on my forearm from that day but I’ve learned to just not try to cook for my in-laws.

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    Andrea says:

    My very first Thanksgiving turkey I discovered, after roasting it, that I had put the turkey upside down in the roasting pan. Years later – roasting a turkey upside down was said to make the turkey more juicy. If only I had known I discovered a cooking secret ๐Ÿ˜‰ My mom did say it was the best turkey she ever had.

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    Tricia Folsom says:

    I probably haven’t cooked enough Thanksgiving dinners to have a big disaster yet. But my rolls are always hit or miss so I have decided to just give up and use frozen rolls. Saves time and they are always yummy.

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    Tricia Folsom says:

    I like you on FB.

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    Sheila says:

    Our Thanksgiving Disasters happen when my In-laws & kids came up for the day. Our weather was very cold & windy, so I planned on us eating early so everyone could make it home in case we had a storm.Well dinner was almost done cooking when a Big snow storm started .(Our home is all electric)The electric went out & I still had to make the veggies & rolls.So I asked my husband to start the bbq.Everything turned out great & in-laws made it home safe.

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    Sheila says:

    love ๐Ÿ™‚ Picky-Palate on FB

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    amy dripps says:

    no disasters yet but i’m cooking this year so we’ll see!!

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    amy dripps says:

    i follow via RSS feed

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    amy dripps says:

    i like you on facebook

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    Kristi C. says:

    Haven’t had any Thanksgiving disasters left but this will be the first year my grandma isnt here with us and doing the majority of the cooking so it might get interesting.

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    Ellen says:

    I was in charge of making the rolls, and I made these fantastic rolls….or so I thought. Apparently they weren’t cooked all the way through! So we just ate the outsides of them. Now I know for next time to cook them a bit longer so we won’t be eating dough-balls!

    Life is good ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I dropped the pumpkin pies one year (two of them). Fortunately they landed right side up, but they still ended up crumpled and broken. I tossed them in a pretty trifle bowl, layered them with some whipped cream, and they tasted fantastic. No one was the wiser, except my husband who was helping me de-thaw some cool whip tubs!

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    Laurie says:

    Well one time I made cornbread dressing (or stuffing) in the crockpot. I follow directions on how long to cook it, lets just say it didn’t get done all the way. I had to take out of crockpot and put in the oven and dinner was late! I will ‘like’ you on Facebook too! Great giveaway!

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    Melissa Moore says:

    My first attempt ever at cooking a turkey (I was 14), I accidentally roasted it upside down. My mother was horrified, but to this day we all say it was the best turkey we’ve ever had. Makes me think I should do it on purpose this year!

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    Emily says:

    Since so far I’ve only been a guest and not hosted a Thanksgiving the pressure is usually not on me! I have had some homemade pie crust failures and ended up recovering with a store bought pie crust – I just try not to get too stressed out about these things!

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    Sarah says:

    We’ve one pretty decent disaster with our family and Thanksgiving. My cousin had just moved into a new house and we nominated her to have dinner at her place. She got a pretty big turkey seeing there was close to 15 of us coming over. No one filled her in on the fact that the cooking time for a turkey varies by the size. We all got there for dinner around 4pm, and well needless to say the turkey was not done yet. She put it in at noon thinking it would be done by 4. Good thing everyone brought side dishes and deserts because that is what our Thanksgiving turned into. That turkey wasn’t even fully cooked until almost 9pm that night.

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    โ€œHave you had any Thanksgiving Disasters that youโ€™ve turned into something fun?โ€ One year I had put our turkey in a garage fridge to dethaw but the fridge knob inside got turned to high and ended up with a VERY FROZEN turkey. I ended up getting a turkey from a neighbor who just happened to have an extra…so we ended up having turkey day together with our neighbor…and the frozen turkey ended up in a match of “Frozen Turkey Street Hockey”…it was sooo silly but what a memory!

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    Linda says:

    I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 38 years and can’t think of any incidents I’d call disasters. Several times dinner has been later than planned because a recipe took more time to prepare or dishes were waiting to go in the oven, but hungry family members have always been very forgiving!

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    Richelle says:

    I have never hosted Thanksgiving and made the turkey but this is my first year and all of the scenarios have played through my mind!

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    Melanie says:

    No real disasters, just the stress of getting everything on the table, hot, at the same time. I have a timeline that I follow every year, and look out if you get in my way!

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    I’ve had more Thanksgiving “blunders” than I care to discuss, but the one that turned out WONDERFULLY was the year that I made a pumpkin spice cake that had been layered with cranberry preserves and topped with maple cream cheese frosting. It slid right off of the cake plate and onto the kitchen counter as I was putting finishing touches on it, so I took the smushed up cake and made a trifle out of it! Nobody knew that I had made a cake, so they were none the wiser! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I follow you on Twitter via ItsYummilicious

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    Sia says:

    I like PP on Facebook.

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    Kelly Burke says:

    My oven quit working halfnway through cooking the Turkey so I pulled out my electric pressure cooker, cut up the bird into sections & threw in and voile we ended up having shredded turkey! It ended up being different but none the less still very tasty! It’s all about being able to quickly adapt and not stressing when things don’t always go as planned. Spending time with my loved ones was the best part of the day!!

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    Jen says:

    i had a banana bread. I divided the recipe in to 2 mini loaf pans. They got to big for the pan there was banan bread dripping down the sides of the pans.

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    Cheryl V. says:

    I like Picky-Palate on FB!

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    Cynthia says:

    Don’t recall any disasters…yet!

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    Crystal says:

    No disasters (yet) but I follow you on RSS.

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    Crystal says:

    I also follow you on Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Danyelle says:

    I’ve not had any disasters. I’ve burned a couple desserts before and we just ate what wasn’t burned.

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    Danyelle says:

    I follow PP via google reader.

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    Jen says:


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    Lisa says:

    Thanksgiving disasters….a few forgotten and overcooked dishes, but that’s all!

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    Jen says:

    has tittered about PP

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    Bonnie B says:

    I follow you on twitter and like you on facebook. I can’t wait to make “The Best Stuffing Ever!” YUM.

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    sophia says:

    I had a disaster… the power went out while I was baking my turkey in my electric stove. Luckily I lived close to my parents home and they had a gas stove! Problem solved…

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    sophia says:

    I follow on twitter!

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    sophia says:

    I also subscribe to your feed!

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    Amanda says:

    I have yet to host a Thanksgiving! I am really looking forward to it when it is my turn, but for now we split the holiday between the parents and in-laws. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jen says:

    one more on google reader

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    Amanda says:

    I like you on facebook!

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    Amanda says:

    I subscribe via rss!

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    Courtney says:

    I personally haven’t had too many disasters. However, when my best friend called me after cooking her first thanksgiving once she got married, it was a disaster. She didn’t know to take out the giblets, and neck from inside the turkey so she stuffed the turkey with dressing and roasted it. Then realized about an hour into cooking what she had done. She called in a panic and asked me what to do. We laughed a bit and I told her to continue cooking it, unstuff the turkey and dispose of the giblets and neck bone. Nobody knew except us and we still laugh to this day about it

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    Renee says:

    I was having all of my husbands family (33) for dinner. Mistake 1 huge turkey, it just wouldn’t get done. Lesson learned cook 3 or 4 smaller birds, faster, more juicy and tender and lots more turkey legs.


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    Tina says:

    I have not had any disasters yet, but I hopefully have many Thanksgiving dinners ahead of me, and there might be a disaster at some point down the road!

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    Jacqui says:

    We haven’t had any disasters yet thankfully!

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    Jacqui says:

    I follow Picky Palate on Twitter

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    Jacqui says:

    I am subscribed to the RSS Feed

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    Jacqui says:

    I am a fan of Picky Palate on Facebook

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    Does bathing a turkey in the bathtub, praying it thaws quickly count? What a pain!!!

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    Kate says:

    No disasters thus far!! For that I am THANKFUL!

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    Kate says:

    I like you on Facebook.

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    Kate says:

    I also follow you via RSS.

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    Danielle says:

    No, I sure haven’t, but that’s because I’ve never made Thanksgiving dinner before. My Dad always does.

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    Ha, well there was that time that I walked into the kitchen to discover my rising roll dough taking over the counter…

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    I like Picky Palate on facebook.

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    I follow Picky Palate on twitter.

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    Briana Murphy says:

    We’ve never had any disasters!!

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    karynn says:

    I feel lucky enough to say that so far I have not had any Thanksgiving disasters, but I am sure it is only a matter of time!

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    Melissa says:

    each year dad decides to do something different to the cornbread dressing so then we can’t figure out what true way to make it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jennifer G. says:

    Thank goodness we haven’t had any major disasters. Guess I should “knock on wood” for luck huh??? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jennifer G. says:

    I follow on Facebook!

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    Amanda Auwen says:

    Yeah, I once had the idea that I would make an entire turkey and share it with the family and it would be so delicious that nobody would be able to stop eating it and then they would ask me for the recipe and love me forever and ever and ever and… I neved made turkey.

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    Patricia Irizarry says:

    A couple years ago, I had all my family and some friends over for thanksgiving dinner. For some estrange reason when I took the turkey out it was not ready:(( my guests were starving, so we had the longest blessing of the food, I served the salad firs with yummy rolls, and I made sure everyone was talking lots, that gave my turkey more time in the oven.
    When I took it out it was perfect and nobody notice that I was running late with the turkey, and we all had a lovely time

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    Patricia Irizarry says:

    I Follow you on facebook:))

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    Lanna says:

    My mom dropped the pan of cornbread dressing upside down on the floor when taking it out of the oven. We just put it right back in the pan and served!!

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    Morgan says:

    Last year we tried to fry a turkey for the first time…well we fried it a little too long! It was black and crispy! Good thing we had about 3 times too many desserts to fill up on!

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    Mona says:

    the huge food fight after dinner was great fun

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    Mona says:

    I follow on facebook

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    Goat Girl says:

    I have honestly never had a Thanksgiving disaster.

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    Goat Girl says:

    I already Like you on Facebook

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    Goat Girl says:

    I subscribe to your RSS Feed

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    Teri Dingler says:

    The main disaster I have had so far is my dressing did not turn out at all! We just didn’t eat it! But the rest of the meal was great!

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    something always seems to go wrong and we manage to just laugh at it

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    Teri Dingler says:

    I also “like” you on facebook! Yea! another chance! Thanks!

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    I have managed to forget about the yams in the broiler “toasting” the marshmallows for several years in a row. Yes they burn and we do it again… after the laughing subsides. It has happened so often the kids think it is a tradition!

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    Arlene says:

    Oh, I remember one really BAD one…I was probably about 17 years old — that will be my excuse!! — I decided to make a pumpkin pie out of a real pumpkin instead of using canned puree and was following a recipe out of an old natural foods cookbook. I remember being pretty distracted by dealing with the pumpkin while making the pie. I took the pie over to my then boyfriend’s house as my contribution to the dinner. I was so proud of myself…and then my boyfriend’s father took the first bite out of his piece and made a funny face…it turned out I had forgotten to put in the milk in the pie filling. It was yucko!

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    I never had a disaster that became fun… but I did have a cranberry upside down cake that ended up completely raw in the middle and burned on the outside (still have no clue how that happened). Just made other desserts to make up for it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Maureen says:

    Everyone forgot something. One person forgot rolls and others forgot potatoes!

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    The only realy disaster I’ve had is trying to make gravy the way my Grandma makes it. Oh, and I injected a turkey one year to give it more flavor…and I couldn’t taste it.

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    Lisa says:

    No real disasters. Closest we’ve come is MIL insisting we have Thanksgiving at their place so I didn’t but a single thing. She calls a day or two before Thanksgiving to say they are going out of town. So I had to rush out and get stuff.

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    Marlena says:

    I’m not very good at turning disasters into fun ~ looking forward to learning from other comments.

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    Marlena says:

    I follow on Facebook.

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    Corisa says:

    i follow you on fbook!

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    LauraHelen says:

    My little sister decided to put ALL the marshmallows on the candied sweet potatoes. The inside of the oven looked like the stay-puff guy blew up in there!! But the house smelled like the perfect combination of turkey and sweet potatoes!! =D

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    Corisa says:

    i follow your twitter feed ! follow me : corisaANN =)

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    Melissa says:

    I made rolls for the first Thanksgiving we celebrated with my husband’s family. They didn’t rise so we had hard little balls of cooked dough…they still tasted halfway decent though!

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    Melissa says:

    I follow you on twitter

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    Melissa says:

    I’m an RSS subscriber

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    GinaE says:

    Grandparents missed their connecting plan one Thanksgiving when I was a kid.
    So needless to say turkey dinner was put on hold and there was a lot of going back and forth to the airport checking on late arrival (it was way before internet options). The turkey was put on very low in the oven and should have been all dried out. Not only was it wonderful and juicy, it probably tasted better after all the extra waiting and having my grandparents finally get there safely. Oh, and the cat ate part of the pumpkin pie. We just scooped that part out and finished the rest of the pie. I’m sure many of you will be grossed out by that.

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    GinaE says:

    I’m already a follower.

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    GinaE says:

    Liked you on facebook.

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    Last year my rolls flopped, but they were still edible. That just taught me to let someone who’s good at it make them!

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    Susan Din says:

    The only disaster I can recall happening on Thanksgiving was many, many years ago.
    As a new housewife my disposable aluminum roasting pan sprang a leak…in the oven with the turkey half roasted!
    The juices leaked in the oven and smoke pretty much filled my house!
    I had to shut everything down and wait for things to cool off so i could clean it.
    Needless to say, after the smoke cleared, our meal was really late.
    And we were extremely thankful when we could finally eat!!!!

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    Lisa says:

    Follow you via email.

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    Lisa says:

    Like you on FB.

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    Susan Din says:

    I Like you on facebook!

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    Wendy F says:

    Thankfully I haven’t had a disaster yet – knock on wood!

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    Susan Din says:

    I follow you on RSS feed too!

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    Melissa says:

    I’m a facebook fan

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    Wendy F says:

    Like you on FB!

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    Wendy F says:

    Subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    karen says:

    We once had a turkey that just would not defrost! My mom and I were pulling out ice chunks and chipping the fat/skin off. We ended up eating pretty late that night…but we had plenty of side dishes to fill up on in the meantime!

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    Whitney says:

    Yes! I was going to make these cute tureky sugar cookies with candy corn as the turkey feathers. I didn’t realize until a couple of days before Thanksgiving that candy corn is all sold out by mid-November. So my plan B was to still make cookies and decorate them. The oven in my little apartment burnt half the cookies, and the ones that I could salvage just didn’t look so pretty. They tasted good, but I had this grand idea of brining this heaping plate full of beautiful homemade cookies a la Martha Stewart to the family meal. I still took the cookies but not many got eaten, so I considered this one a fail, but a win because I learned a good lesson!

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    Debbie P says:

    First turkey left the plastic bag of inners in the bird. We just laugh about it now…

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    Maria says:

    No disasters for me either; my husband and I usually only do breasts instead of an entire bird, so perhaps thinking small is the reason we’ve been so lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Maria says:

    I follow you on Twitter! @mdatilano

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    Becky T says:

    Surprisingly, I haven’t had any Thanksgiving disasters. Thank heavens!

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    Becky T says:

    I follow you on facebook.

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    Becky T says:

    I subscribe to your feed via google reader.

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    sheri grennille says:

    i wanted to make butter the one and only time i hosted my mom for thanksgiving – thought my three year old would love the idea but she didn’t and i ended up shaking by myself for 10 minutes. she did love the butter when we served it with the bread!

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    sheri grennille says:

    i like you on facebook.

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    Sarah R says:

    So Thankful every thanksgiving meal has been disaster free. Last year we even had a tofurkey for our vegan friend and it turned out well.

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    Angela Spengler says:

    I luckily have not had a Thanksgiving Day disaster yet.

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    Lexi says:

    No real disasters just a turkey that took longer than anticipated. Like two hours longer…everything was ready except the turkey.

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    Rebekah Eyler says:

    When I was little, I greased and floured the pan for no bake cookies.

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    Tammy M. says:

    I remember I baked my first turkey with the giblet bag inside!…oops

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    Jess :) says:

    no disasters just yet….but I am still young!

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    Tricia says:

    We came into the kitchen one year to find the cat “straddling” the turkey and choosing down…ewww!

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    Tricia says:

    I follow you on teitter

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    Tricia says:

    I like you on facebook!

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    I follow you on facebook

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    Tricia says:

    I follow your RSS feed…

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    ellen says:

    So far, so good. No disaster yet, but should I have one to have more fun?

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    No true disasters, except for the circuit breaker kept getting flipped while trying to use to many appliances cooking dinner, so it kept interrupting all the cooking and baking, and had to leave out some dishes.

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    Kristin says:

    I made turkey last year and made my husband soo sick! I felt so bad and there wasn’t anything good that came of it.

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    Kristin says:

    i follow your rss feed

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    Kristina says:

    My first disaster was last year. Tried out a Pumpkin Dump cake. I think that’s what it was called. Anyway, it was undercooked, or the recipe amounts were off, and it was like pumpkin mush. So I mushed it all up and made an ice cream topping out of it. Yum! It was like pumpkin pie ice cream, and the disaster didn’t go to waste. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kristin says:

    Lovin’ you on FB!

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    Carol says:

    Last Thanksgiving…turkey farm prepared turkey = dry as a bone! We filled up on sides and then tried again the following Sunday! Easier is not always better…

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    Jennifer says:

    My worst disaster was corn of all things. I had found a recipe that was a copycat of Green giant’s buttered corn. I had everything else ready and then at the end made the corn. It said to add a little cornstarch to thicken it but when I added it these corn boiled over on the stove and would not thicken. I kept adding more and more until I finally realized I adding baking soda and not cornstarch!!!!!! The corn was disgusting but we all had a great laugh!

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    Jennifer says:

    Following on Facebook!

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    No disasters that I can think of, just a lot of good memories!

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    Angel says:

    No disasters. . . yet. . .

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    Angel says:

    Like ya on Facebook. . .

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    Brandy says:

    Honestly, no… aside from burning some things (which doesn’t turn out nice), I’ve been pretty lucky!

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    Brandy says:

    fb follower of yours

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    Brandy says:

    twitter follower of yours

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    Brandy says:

    rss feed follower of yours

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    Sue says:

    I haven’t had any disasters since I’ve never hosted until this year! Since this will be my first I’m sure I’ll have a couple hiccups to write about!

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    Sue says:

    I’m following on RSS Feed

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    Shay says:

    I majorly overcooked the stuffing. It was so bad we tossed it out for the birds to eat and it sat there for weeks! They wouldn’t even eat it!

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    Marissa says:

    no salt in the rolls last year! Fed them to the dog. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had plenty of other food though!

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    Lisa says:

    Nothing yet since I dont normally cook for a lot of people….so I am probably gonna have a disaster this year since I am cooking for 10 people. YIKES (that’s alot for me)

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    Rachel P. says:

    No disasters that I can remember- my dad is in charge of the Thanksgiving cooking, he does a great job!!

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    Lisa says:

    I like you on facebook

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    Lindsey Gage says:

    No disasters yet because this is my first year up to bat! Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lindsey Gage says:

    I follow Picky Palate Via RSS feed.

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    Lindsey Gage says:

    I follow Picky Palate on FB ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Don’t remember a Thanksgiving disaster in recent years and my memory fades on the distant past! Hope you’ll enter me anyways. We’re planning a big family gathering of 18-24 people of all ages. Love your turkey-day food photos!

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    Nikki says:

    no disasters so far!

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    Nikki says:

    I follow you on FaceBook

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    Nikki says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    MJL says:

    The first time I brined a turkey and cooked it…..we made the gravy and it was soooooooooo salty, we could not eat it. UGH!! Well, gravy is a very important part of this day….so we opened packages of gravy mix and made that. BUT, not near as good or tasty. I now know to thoughly rinse the turkey after brining!!

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    These all look perfect! I have a perfect appetizer recipe up for you too ๐Ÿ™‚ Come over and check it out!

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    Tiffany says:

    I put toooooo much sage in the dressing and we could NOT eat it. Missed it so much. Now I keep a box of stuffing on hand..Live and learn.

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    Joanna says:

    No real disasters …. thank god!!

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    Lisa says:

    would love me a butterball

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    katie hadfield says:

    yes last year the Turkey took 2 hrs longer too cook, so we had Thanksgiving without Turkey. The year before that with no dishwasher we clogged the sink..too many dishes, so instead of cleaning up we headed down to the beach! I think this year Im coming over to your place LOL J/K

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    Angie says:

    I’m a classic over-planner. About 7 years ago we had my husband’s entire family out for Thanksgiving (about 35 of us) and I planned every last detail, too much food, too many recipes, asked my SIL to only bring a pie crust, not the filling (weird, I know). Well, 1/3 of the guests got the flu before the big day, so many had small appetites. I had planned to cook pretty much all the food, because most of them traveled from out of state. I was getting sick myself (but fighting it tooth and nail), ended up not making all the food I planned (but bought for). We had a lot of family we didn’t know very well, and they took it like champs, did all the dishes for me, and even gave me a nice gift for hosting. In the end, it worked out fine, but ever since then we have chosen to spend Thanksgiving with our church family, camping in the high desert, and we all bring just a couple items and share. Best turkey days ever!

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    Lauren says:

    I haven’t had any Thanksgiving disasters, but each year my husband and I spend most of the day in the car traveling between our families. That is my favorite part of the day. I love the quiet time we get together on what is typically a crazy day.

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    Lauren says:

    I’m a Facebook follower.

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    Janell says:

    None yet but I’m still young ๐Ÿ™‚

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    elizabeth says:

    white castle slider stuffing!

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    elizabeth says:

    beet and cream cheese sandwiches…yeah, not too tasty

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    Leanne says:

    YAY! I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year but I’m going to make all the traditional thanksgiving foods so that my hubby and I can eat leftovers! The biggest disaster actually happened to my grandmother when I was a child – the turkey had been in the oven for hours and she realized the oven was broken and wasn’t on! She cooked it at the neighbors house but my mom wouldn’t let us eat the turkey or stuffing in fear of food poisoning! Not ideal at all!

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    Leanne says:

    I follow you on twitter.

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    Leanne says:

    I like you on facebook.

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    Leanne says:

    I subscribe to RSS via google reader.

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    Lisa says:

    No disasters yet!

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    Lisa says:

    Following on FB

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    Lisa says:

    Following on RSS feed

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    Cathie Stratton says:

    only thing I can think of is one year I tried speeding up cooking the turkey because a few relatives had a long drive home after dinner. so we all sit down to eat, turkey is on platter looking delicous, my husband cuts into it and it wasnt fully cooked! there we all sit with an undercooked bird! so the fast thinker that I am–get the turkey fryer, get the oil hot and wha-laa! within 20 mintues we are all sitting down to eat turkey & fixings!

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    Tara D. says:

    Haven’t had a disaster yet!

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    debbie says:

    It wasn’t really cooking, but I had a pretty severe reaction to some antibiotics I took, 4 days before thanksgiving. I had hives even on my eyelids and in my throat. I also had 10 people planned on coming for dinner, all from out of town, and some from out of state. It was too late to cancel, so I cooked dinner anyway. It came out pretty good, but I couldn’t eat any of it.
    [email protected]

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    Tara D. says:

    Follow on twitter.

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    Tara D. says:

    Follow on facebook!

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    Thankfully we have had no disasters so far….other than Mom having a few too many glasses of wine while cooking…but hey – That’s tradition….lol

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    Liz says:

    No disasters yet, but maybe this year… :X I’m going to try a cook a turkey for the first time. YIKES!!

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    sweetpumpkin says:

    It wasn’t exactly a disater, but it was very interesting. One year my friend insisted on making her favorite mashed potatoes. 5lbs for four adults and one toddler! Well after they were strained my friend wanted to mash them in a bowl and use the broth we boiled them in to flavor them. Well 3 mixing bowls later we finally were able to get all of the potatoes mashed! It was a lot of fun and later on we experimented with making Parmesan potato cakes.

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    Carrie says:

    It’s not really a disaster, but it felt like one at the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our first Thanksgiving after we were married I went and bought my turkey, brought it home and realized that the stuffing had been made and was frozen inside the turkey! I was horrified! I had been looking forward to making my favorite family recipe for stuffing. *sigh* Oh well! ๐Ÿ™‚ This year is the first year I’ve hosted Thanksgiving for both sides of our family. It will be fun!

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    Linda says:

    When I was growing up, we always had Thanksgiving at our house, Christmas with my aunt’s family. One Thanksgiving, my mom went “all out” (cooking was not her thing at all) and made a Yule log for dessert. She put it on the back porch to keep it cool until serving time. When she went to get it, all that was left were the pieces of plastic holly that she’d used for decoration. Our hound dog, Blue, had herself a little Turkey Day treat. To this day, that cake gets mentioned ’round the table by those of us old enough to remember….and she never made another one!

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    Shaikell Weidman says:

    I am thankful in saying that i have never had a thanksgiving disaster yet!

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    Lindsay says:

    I’ve only hosted Thanksgiving twice, and (luckily…knock on wood) we’ve come out unscathed both times! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lindsay says:

    I like Picky Palate on FB!

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    Randi Lynne says:

    I don’t have a good story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Zelda says:

    Gobble, Gobble, no diasters!

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    Eleena Barton says:

    There is never too much gravy that won’t fix many-a-dry turkey!!

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    Jenny says:

    I haven’t had anything go too wrong!…so far! Thanks for the giveway!

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    Jenny says:

    I like Picky Palate on FB!

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    Erin says:

    So far I have been lucky and haven’t had an issues, but I’m sure they will come once we start doing Thanksgiving at our own house!

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    Casey says:

    I follow picky palate on facebook!

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    Casey says:

    I was once helping my mom with the turkey and she was handing it to me to put on the island and we had a bad hand-off and the whole thing just went splat on the floor!! 5 second rule anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Abby says:

    First Thanksgiving Dinner I cooked the Turkey didn’t thaw and I turned the stove on while the stuffing was sitting on it and burnt the finished stuffing.

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    Abby says:

    Liked you on facebook

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    Cathy says:

    My one and only semi disaster was the first year my husband and I hosted thanksgiving. I was making turkey breasts and after already trying out the recipe and it being a success, my pyrex baking dish decides to explode the day of with our family there. It was super scary from what I’m told because it was so loud. Although I was standing right next to it, I thankfully didn’t get hurt (at least not physically, I felt so bad though that dinner was delayed!) I did go on to finish everything up and we had a great time.

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    OTA Mom says:

    My in-laws were two hours late, the other guests became irritable, my MIL dropped my Lenox gravy boat, the kids complained about the food, but then we got in the car and went for a ride together and it was great! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Debbie says:

    Nothing major (yet) only burned the bottom of my rolls last Thanksgiving….that was an easy fix….just cut the bottoms off and we were good to go!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Emma says:

    cranberry relish- it was disgusting, but it became a classic Thanksgiving story

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    Emma says:

    I like you on facebook also

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    Melissa says:

    Crossing our fingers, but no disasters yet!

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    Pat says:

    Love Butterball turkey! Gobble! Gobble!

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    Kay B. says:

    I made a wild rice dish that turned out rather dry and not much flavor, I added chicken and some cream of chicken soup and turned it into a casserole. It was delicious!

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    Roo says:

    Disaster, no. Mishap, maybe.

    My mom decided to be thrifty and cook the turkey in a disposable foil tray. As she was taking it out of the oven to put in on the counter to “rest”, the pan gave way… dripping turkey grease all over the tile floor. Needless to say, slippage occurred and she was skating across the floor and turkey was flying. Most of the turkey did manage to get up on the counter, but a wing and leg were lost.

    Luckily she didn’t hurt herself either and a trip to the ER was not needed.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ awww.. memories!

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    ashley says:

    This year will be my first year hosting thanksgiving! Heres to hoping i don’t have any disasters

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    ashley says:

    I follow your RSS feeds

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    Leigh Ann says:

    No disasters thankfully!

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    ashley says:

    I like PP on facebook

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    Leigh Ann says:

    I follow on twitter

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    ashley says:

    I like Picky Palate on facebook

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    Jessica P. says:

    A few years ago my mom forgot to add sugar to the pumpkin pie.. We were all pretty shocked when we took our first bites! Luckily there are always plenty of other desserts like pecan pie, brownies, and cookies, but it is something we still tease my mom about and get a good laugh from every year!

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    Jenny says:

    We usually make a vanilla milkshake with eggnog and rum but once we didnt have all the ingredients and instead had some good coctkails ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jessica P. says:

    I like you on facebook!

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    Jessica P. says:

    I subscribed!

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    Amy Linder says:

    I think the biggest disaster was cooking the bag o’ innards still in the turkey. Luckily, it was a paper bag & not a plastic one! It didn’t ruin the turkey, just embarrassing!

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    Hillary says:

    No disasters yet!

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    MaryAnn WI says:

    Facebook follower!

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    Regina says:

    Dry turkey…the worst!

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    Cindy says:

    Only disaster was leaving the bag of giblets in and cooking it along with the turkey…luckily my husband carved the turkey before dinner so he snuck it out before it was seen:)

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    Matt says:

    Burned rolls!

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    MaryAnn WI says:

    I blame my mom for this one! When I was learning to cook I wanted to make the whole meal for Thanksgiving. My mom gave me advice but one piece didn’t make sense to me. She explained how to safely thaw a turkey, but the directions on the turkey that I bought said “Do not thaw”. I told her that an she insisted that it had to be thawed. I listened to her and thawed it and we couldn’t eat it! Luckily I had a chicken that I cooked instead. We pretended it was turkey!

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    Cathy says:

    I like you on FB

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    April was in CT now CA says:

    *knocks on wood* So far I’ve not had any disasters and lets hope that continues!

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    Kathy says:

    Cameras help any disaster turn into a laugh and memory.

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    April was in CT now CA says:

    I follow you via RSS!

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    Kathy says:

    I likEd u on facebook!

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    Chelsea says:

    this is actually my first year cooking the turkey ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Wini says:

    My biggest disaster was forgetting to get the ingredients for stuffing. Luckily my mom was able to save the day.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Hugs, Wini

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    Wini says:

    I follow you on Twitter.
    Hugs, Wini

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    Wini says:

    I have liked you on Facebook for quite a while.
    Hugs, Wini

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    Wini says:

    I follow you on RSS (email).
    Hugs, Wini

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    Ashley says:

    I don’t host Thanksgiving, so thankfully I haven’t had any disasters.

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    Ashley says:

    I follow Picky Palate on twitter. @brideonbudget

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    Ashley says:

    I follow Picky Palate’s RSS feed.

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    Ashley says:

    I follow PIcky Palate on facebook.

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    Heather Spooner says:

    I liked Picky Palate on Facebook.Thanks!

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    Heather Spooner says:

    Most of our disasters involve burnt food. Such as rolls and an overcooked turkey. We scrape off the burnt and make the best of it. Hoping for better luck on the next holiday. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Brenda Thompson says:

    It wasn’t really a disaster but my turkey was done before we even got to our snacks!!!

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    Robin B says:

    Our beagle managed to get the plate with the turkey drumsticks off of the table as everyone was sitting down to eat. A race ensued to keep her from eating the sharp boned drumstick she had in her mouth.

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    Suzanne says:

    I can’t remember any disasters. But, then I’ve never been in charge of the entire meal before. Just a side or two. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Robin B says:

    No big disasters, our beagle swiped a drumstick off of the table one year, though. I guess she thought no one would notice!

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    AppleTree says:

    My sister dropped the pan of turkey drippings. It was like a grease flood. The dog thought he was in heaven.

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    Brendon F says:

    Fortunately, no.

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    A few years ago my oven/range stopped working. Fortunately the warming in the oven part still worked but that was all. It was Thanksgiving and no oven or stove, just the warm part of it. I was thankful I still had my toaster oven and my microwave. I had to save my turkey for Christmas. Then I got the ham out and baked it in the toaster oven, then the sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls by one in my little toaster oven..Then I kept everything warm in the broken oven/range. Finally supper time..Everyone enjoyed it ..and we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner..I was so Thankful for my little toaster oven<3

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    Jennyroo says:

    Surprisingly, I haven’t had a thanksgiving disaster. But I keep the menu pretty simple, though!

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    Jennyroo says:

    I follow PickyPalate on twitter (@Jennyroo1)

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    Jennyroo says:

    And I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    Jessica G says:

    I haven’t hosted my own Thanksgiving, so thankfully no disasters.

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    Sarai Acosta-Alonzo says:

    I had a disaster with stuffing one year that I turned into a great salad topper!

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    Abbie says:

    I havent yet either BUT this is my first Thanksgiving that I will be cooking. My fiance is working so we wont be able to go home for the holidays this year but I’ll looking forward to having an awesome 1st Thanksgiving dinner ready for him when he gets home!! Well at least I’m going to try ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cheryl Newton says:

    I can only attribute the fact that I’ve never had a turkey day disaster to the fact that I’ve only ever cooked for our little family of four. (Nope, I’ve never cooked an actual entire turkey. And I’m 45!!!)

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    Tracy says:

    My husband and I were torn between which family to visit on Thanksgiving! We went and had pie with both and then took a road trip to California!!! No traffic on Thanksgiving day, and great Black Friday shopping the next day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katie says:

    I only just started cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family last year, so no real disasters yet, but we will see…

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    Becca says:

    Well, my family lives away from the family that celebrates Thanksgiving (the other half is Australian) so my Thanksgiving dinner consists of my mom, dad, sister, me, and there’s never been a Thanksgiving disaster (none that I remeber at least) except for this one time when I was little. Apparently I didn’t understand the concept of Thanksgiving and I thought we were getting a turkey as a pet…. Needless to say, I cried my little heart out when I found out the bird was dead. My parents say it was a sad Thanksgiving and we burried the carcas in the backyard after the meal.

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    AprilM says:

    One year at my Mom’s house, we lost power and ended up cooking the turkey on their old wood stove. It took 8 hours but turned out to be one of the memorable Thanksgivings we’ve ever had. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    lisa says:

    no holiday disasters yet thank goodness!!

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    Brenda M. says:

    My brother-in-law was deep frying a turkey a few years back and it was taking forever…because it was still partially frozen, and one year I realized after baking my turkey that I had forgot to take the neck bones out of the cavity!

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    chris finney says:

    Overslept .. and no time to do anything.. to get dinner ready in time .. .. the family arrived and we all went out to eat .. LOL .. was a blast .. i only regret that there were no leftovers for the next week to munch off of …..

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    Anita says:

    My little brother brought potato salad instead of mashed potatoes. Gravy on potato salad…uh, not so good!!

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    Krissy says:

    No Thanksgiving disasters here and hoping to keep it that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Krissy says:

    I like PP on facebook…..

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    Krissy says:

    I follow PP with RSS feed too…..

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    Hannah says:

    Haven’t had any major problems!! Hope it continues.

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    L larson says:

    Happy to report no disasters yet!

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    Our biggest one-time flub was trying to BBQ the turkey on our charcoal barrel grill. It was so hard to regulate the heat & keep it at a consistent temperature. We finally had to take it off & just eat it – the outer parts! The inside was still uncooked after several hours! Yikes!

    Recurrent crapiness – I CANNOT make gravy from scratch! I’ve tried every year & never end up with anything edible.

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    I follow you on Facebook!
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    I follow your feed.
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    Not exactly my disaster, but I was part of it! My older sister wanted to cook thanksgiving dinner for the family. It was her first home, the first time she cooked a turkey. When we arrived at 11 a.m. the turkey was in the oven at 250 degrees, icy to the touch, and holding the giblets in plastic inside. The rest of the family were going to arrive for lunch. I called my mom and asked that she pick up whatever she could from whatever was open for lunch. My sister was trying to cut pieces off the turkey with an electric knife, still insisting that it being a little pink was okay. I set her to work on the potatoes and prepared the turkey, getting it ready for dinner at 6:30 7:00 p.m. My mom arrived with fish and chips which we snacked on for lunch. Happy Thanksgiving?!!!

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    I follow PP on RSS and mail subscription

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    Julia says:

    It was the day of Thanksgiving last year, and our turkey was two hours into cooking. All of a sudden we heard a bang in our oven. We looked and saw that some fuse had exploded. We quickly had to bring the casserole, mashed potatoes, AND turkey over to my stepdad’s parents’ house, and did some serious transportation of food.

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    Diana S says:

    Knock on wood, no disasters as of yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Diana S says:

    I follow you on email.

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    Sheila R. says:

    The first year I tried my hand at baking a turkey, I used a heavy-duty aluminum pan (the throw-away type). No real problems but couldn’t set the turkey properly, for it kept leaning to one side. I invested in a nice roasting rack and pan set after that. Could be quite an interesting question for the Butterball hotline. “How do you make a turkey heel?” ;o)

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    Sheila R. says:

    Picky Palate is also “Liked” by me on Facebook as well.

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    I suppose on Thanksgiving my husband and I decided just to go to the chow hall on base. The night before him and his friends decided they wanted us to do Thanksgiving at our house. So, we went out and got a turkey. We tried everything to get it to thaw by morning. I was up most of the night working on getting it to thaw. In the morning it still had ice chunks on it, but I went for it anyways. I put it in the oven and cooked my half frozen turkey. It ended up taking forever, was my first turkey and everyone raved about it. They said it was the juiciest turkey they ever tasted. I was afraid it was juicy from not being fully cooked, thankfully no deaths or sicknesses were reported.

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    I follow you on facebook.

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    I subscribe you your RSS feed.

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    Jasmine says:

    attempting to make a lighter version of pumpkin pie….now i’ve learned to always test the recipes first!!

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    Erica Best says:

    no disasters yet but i have not cooked my own thanksgiving yet so who knows.

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    Erica Best says:

    im following @purplelover04

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    Erica Best says:

    im following on goggle

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    Carol L says:

    I can’t recall any real disasters happening. Your recipes above look delicious. And thanks for the opportunity to win a turkey. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    Carol L says:

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    Judy says:

    No real disasters. Had to make my first pumpkin pie after my mother in law who was hosting the dinner had to rush my young sister in law to the ER resulting in Emergency appendectomy. Turned out pretty good. Also I had to cook the turkey that year.

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    Judy says:

    does google reader count?

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    Tiffany says:

    No disasters for me yet, but I’ve never hosted, just made a few dishes as contribution to the feast. One year my mom mistakenly used salt instead of sugar in the pumpkin pie. Inedible!

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    Sandra Taylor says:

    The only disaster I can think of at the moment happened last year. While driving to my daughter’s for the day, I was supposed to be taking care of the pie made by my future daughter-in-law. Before we even got out of the city limits, the unthinkable happened. I’d put Ashleigh’s homemade pie on the seat beside me while I dug in my purse for who knows what. My son braked suddenly, and the pie slid into the floor. I felt terrible, but she was a good sport about it. Fortunately, there was a cover on the pie, and it was saved — albeit topsy turvy! What kind of pie? An adorable Chocolate Mud Pie, complete with gummy worms. The tumble made it more rustic, and of course the flavor was unaffected. I am still embarrassed that I let that happen, and really appreciate Ashleigh’s forgiving me right away. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Stefani says:

    No disasters yet..knock on wood!

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    Stefani says:

    Following you on twitter

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    Stefani says:

    subscribed via rss

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    Stefani says:

    like you on facebook

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    Kirsten says:

    Oh, yes…the time we had dinner the DAY before Thanksgiving. Long story short: I took a nap while my parents drove up to visit. My husband and daughter got mixed up and thought they were coming then so we must be having dinner THAT day. They thought they would surprise me by starting dinner without me.. I woke up to the smell of turkey..had a few minutes of bliss until it hit me. WHAT? I jumped up and asked..uh, nicely? WTH was going on. With potatoes boiling, turkey almost done, mom almost here there was nothing else for me to do but run and buy a store bought pie…Sara Lee cheesecake I think..and we had leftovers on Thanksgiving. Makes for a funny story…NOW. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kirsten says:

    like you on FB

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    Renee says:

    a few thanksgivings ago our dog pulled our finished turkey off the stove and drug it through the house. we had grilled cheese to go with our thanksgiving day sides.

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    Renee says:

    like you on FB

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    Jennifer says:

    No disasters yet!!!!

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    Jennifer says:

    I like you on FB : )

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    Jennifer says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Jennifer says:

    subscribed via rss

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    Kat Caruth says:

    The first Thanksgiving after my mother and father got married my mother hosted Thanksgiving at their house and she had NEVER cooked a turkey… So when dinner was ready she pulled the turkey out of the oven and started to cut it and she just started crying hysterically b/c she said there was no breast on the turkey… Then my grandma (her mother in law) turned the turkey over and showed her that there was meat on the turkey she just cooked the bird upside down:) But they did say it was a very moist turkey


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    Karey Hideg says:

    No real disasters yet – but this year I am doing it all myself – so there is still time!

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    Tara says:

    A couple of years ago my sisters and I were tasked with preparing Thanksgiving dinner because both of my parents had to work the day of Thanksgiving. I attempted a pecan pie for the first time…as a result of not knowing the art of tempering I ended up with scrambled eggs in the hot pie filling! It was embarrassing at the time but my second attempt turned out much better.

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    Kim says:

    Who hasn’t had a Turkey disaster? I didn’t thaw mine properly and had to go buy a fresh one the morning of Thanksgiving. We ended up having two Thanksgivings; one on Thanksgiving and one a week later, once that crazy frozen turkey finally thawed! We also found out our second refrigerator worked more like a freezer!

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    Amy P says:

    One year when my mom was hosting Thanksgiving, I decided to help by making the pumpkin pies. I used frozen pie crusts and accidentally forgot to remove the sheet of paper liner that was in between the crusts! When we went to cut into the pie, there was a layer of paper below the pumpkin. Oops! Luckily, we were able to slide it out and reassemble the pie. It didn’t look pretty, but still tasted good!

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    Janice says:

    One thing I have learned – a frozen turkey takes a LONG time to thaw – so I now allow for that!

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    Kat Caruth says:

    I liked you on facebook:)

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    Rebecca says:

    I was making an apple galette when I was younger (around 12 years old), and the recipe called for buttermilk. I didn’t know what that was at the time, so I just added extra butter and some milk. Needless to say, the crust was quite tough…but my family ate through it anyways, telling me how good it tasted!

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    Brooke says:

    Disasters, yes… fun, nope I hate disasters. The first year I made a turkey, it wasn’t quite done and we had to microwave the pieces that were still a little raw! SAD!

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    Meme says:

    Last year I tried to bake everything in less than 8 hours with only one oven. The dish the squash casserole was in even broke in the oven… In the end, it was all delicious, and we had a fun Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Meme says:

    I follow you on my RSS feed

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    Aarol Williams says:

    The first year i was in charge of the turkey i forgot to take it out of the freezer and the next morning i was in tears seeing my mistake b/c the turkey wasnt going to be ready in time… Lesson learned:)

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    Pamela says:

    At a big family gathering, the hostess was taking the nicely roasted turkey out of the oven and the old roasting pan she was using split in two and the large turkey sped across the kitchen floor leaving a trail of grease! With more than a dozen hungry family members waiting, the women in the kitchen carefully rinsed off the turkey, added a little more glaze and served the run-away gobbler!

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    Pamela says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Pamela says:

    I follow you on twitter.

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    Pamela says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    Michelle Wright says:

    Can’t remember any disasters ~thank goodness~.

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    Winnie Dolderer says:

    I didn’t bring my MIL a dinner for thanksgiving at the nursing home as she INSISTED not to that she wanted to eat with the residents. We show up and she asks where her dinner is…I nearly fainted. I ran home and whipped up a dinner like a nutcase…Returned and she was happy. She thought I would “surprise” her…well, the surprise was on me…from then on, I always brought food even when she insisted she didn’t want any.

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    Lisa Z. says:

    The only disaster I have had at Thanksgiving involved putting a pie outside to cool and discovering one of our bird dogs sampling what would have been dessert.

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    Joan Pratt says:

    The first year in our new/old house I was cooking for the in-laws. The night before when I was cooking pies my old electric oven died. After having a panic attack I remembered seeing an article on how to grill a turkey on a Weber grill. I did just that the next morning and ended up with a smoky, juicy 20 pounder everybody loved!

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    Jen H. says:

    A few years ago, our family sat down to eat Thanksgiving dinner. As my cousin’s husband was carving the turkey, he realized that it was still very undercooked. We didn’t let that get in our way. We stuck the turkey back in the oven and proceeded to stuff ourselves with all of the delicious sides.

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    Jen H. says:

    Like on FB.

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    Christine says:

    No disasters thus far (fingers-crossed for another good year!).

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    Deanna says:

    Moved into our new house during week of Thanksgiving…wanted to host Thanksgiving dinner but didn’t realize we were still on temporary electricity. Blew the light in our stove, turkey didn’t cook in time – it’s been 6 years now and we always have it at our brother’s house!

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    amanda s says:

    when i first started really getting into cooking i invited my whole family over.. i was so excited i got up early put the turkey on..started all my side dishes.. it was almost time to chow down.. but before we could eat i noticed my turkey was on fire.. OMG!! the grease had dripped and my turkey was completely black.. so much for making a good first impression! haha

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    amanda s says:

    followed you on twitter

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    amanda s says:

    also liked on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

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    miranda says:

    i subscribe through RSS

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    Katrina says:

    I have not had a disaster yet but I have only been doing Thanksgiving for a few years now.

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    Marisa says:

    A few years ago my mom made a pumpkin pie and forgot to add sugar to it. My 3 year old daughter was the only who would eat it.

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    Brooke says:

    The first time I was in charge of the turkey I couldn’t find the baggie of guts that you find in most turkeys. I even asked my mom and she couldn’t find it either. I needed it for the gravy…I was trying a new gravy recipe that called for the gizzards and neck. After I baked the turkey I found them! Everything turned out okay though. Whew!

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    Lindsey Johnson says:

    One year we forgot to thaw the turkey. Frantic about the house full of people, it ended up being microwaved. Not the best moment but definitely unforgettable.

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    Patty says:

    My first year hosting I accidentally left the bag of giblets in the turkey. Luckily the bag wasn’t plastic and it didn’t burn, no the turkey was still edible.

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    Susan says:

    A couple of years ago my 25 year old daughter who was single never cooked a turkey before was helping me and stuffed the turkey without taking out the neck heart, etc. She stuffed it and we put it in the oven and I was looking around for them to boil them for the gravy and I ask her where she put them and she ask me what I was talking about. Needless to say we had to pull the turkey out and take the stuffing out and get the neck,etc. I ask her when you were cleaning it out why didn’t you take it out and she said I did…but I thought it belonged in there so I put it back.

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    Michelle Woodcock says:

    ! year, we tried to fry a turkey for all my husbands side of the family. Unfortunately, the turkey was not quite thawed………
    We definitely had lots of leftovers!! : ) Just no turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Emily M. says:

    Had Thanksgiving one year and my stove stopped working.

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    Emily M. says:

    I follow you on facebook

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    Lisa Boudreaux says:

    One year my husband got a 30lb turkey as a gift from his job. It barely fit in the oven – we ended up using 6 aluminum pans and the drippings kept overflowing the pan – eventually causing a small fire. Finally we were forced to cut the breast meat off and just cook that – it was still enough for 12 people!

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    I made rolls one year for Thanksgiving and they were as hard as rocks. It was so terrible because my mother and sister-in-laws are all wonderful cooks. I decided to become a GREAT roll maker…..and didn’t give up. I have to say I make some incredible soft, light rolls now…….with a little practice … can do anything !!!

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    Raejean says:

    Our fridge died the day before Thanksgiving. It was interesting preparing dinner from an ice chest. It kind of felt like camping for Thanksgiving. Dinner turned out great and we enjoyed being with family.

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    rosa says:

    no disasters yet luckily.

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    Rina says:

    I made some homemade rolls for the first time the day before Thanksgiving and I accidentally left it out overnight on the stove uncovered. The next day it was hard as a rock! Instead of throwing it out I made some awesome bread pudding with it.

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    Jenny says:

    My comments really boring but we have never had a thanksgiving disaster..

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    Jenny says:

    I follow you on FB

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    My husband and my’s first Thanksgiving, my turkey was done at 10 am. That was so not planned! So instead, we had Thanksgiving breakfast!

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    Cindy says:

    One year, my grandparents power went out so we attempted to cook the turkey on the grill. Emphasis on the word “attempted”!!!

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    Amy Boyett says:

    Any disasters have usually been hidden by the time guests arrive!

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    Alvin Singer says:

    I don’t cook, I eat So No Disasters

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    LynnLynn says:

    I once made a cheeseball that turned out to be the most disgusting thing ever. One of my cousins put some on a cracker, ate it and then made this face of disgust!!! Needless to say I never made that recipe again.

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    Kara says:

    My first Thanksgiving after getting married, I decided to make rolls from scratch for a 40+ Thanksgiving menu. Not having worked with yeast much before, I did not know the time involved and was shaping bread well into the Thanksgiving day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Luckily my new husband and I had fun laughing in the kitchen together, and it all worked itself out, even though the rolls were slightly doughy and crispy!

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    Carol G says:

    Years ago I decided to have the family come to my house and cook Thanksgiving dinner all by myself, after all how hard could it be? (shaking my head smiling) My Mom made it look so easy… I bought a turkey that had a plastic tube which popped out when it was done, however you had to twist it to a ‘cook’ position which I must have read over. Everything else was completed a good 3 hours and my turkey still hadn’t ‘popped’. When we decided to take it out it was really done and dry. We had a turkey-less Thanksgiving and I am still teased that I tried to make my Southern family ‘vegetarian’! lol Nowadays I let my brother fry our turkeys, they taste much better ๐Ÿ™‚

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    jamie says:

    i actually have never had a thanksgiving day disaster? thanks for the turkey giveaway. and i’m loving your thanksgiving recipes!

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    Ashley says:

    I had about ten people all together in our house last Thanksgiving and our turkey did not get done until about two hours later than expected, and everybody ate the meal without the turkey!!! So, needless to say, we had a lot of left over turkey. It was fun though!

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    I burnt our homemade sweet rolls and had to cut off the bottoms. Thankfully, no one noticed so I guess it wouldn’t be considered a “disaster” but definitely close especially in a family of bread-lovers!

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    I follow you on Facebook too!

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    Rebecca says:

    Not a disaster, just an unconventional thanksgiving. Last year my husband missed Thanksgiving for a 2nd year in a row, due to deployments. So my children and I made homemade mashed potaties (to say they were gummy is an understatement), breaded turkey breasts, garlic toast (slightly over toasted) and brownies. Best Thanksgiving ever!

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    tracee stewart says:

    Just started following you on facebook!

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    courtney says:

    So far not yet. At the transition stage in life where you conform to immediate family rather than the big ol extended family because grandparents aren’t there anymore. Needing to make our own little traditions desperately in efforts not to miss them so much at these times.

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    courtney says:

    I follow via RSS feed – Google reader

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    courtney says:

    I am a fan on Facebook

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    Vickie says:

    I’m grateful to say that I haven’t had any real disasters on Thanksgiving! it’s my favorite meal of the year to cook!

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Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!