Before the Internet, when preparing for Thanksgiving you would most likely open the cupboard above the good china and pull out your grease stained copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook or your Grandma’s recipe for Green Beans Almondine. When you had a question because your 24 Pound turkey didn’t completely defrost overnight, you would call 1-800-BUTTERBALL and wait on hold for the Butterball Turkey Talk Line® expert.
Thanks to the Internet, we now have thousands of recipe options, cooking tips and inspiration to impress even the most hard-to-please relative on Thanksgiving. Here are some good places to start:
- In conjunction with Butterball’s 800 hotline, they now offer live online chat with a turkey expert. On Thanksgiving day, an expert is available to talk you through any giblet emergency between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. (PST). The chat is available every day through Christmas Eve.
- The National Turkey Federation has lots of advice on the various cooking methods for your Thanksgiving turkey, plus more than 1,800 recipes for leftovers the day after (my favorite leftover meal is turkey on white bread with a little mayo, salt and pepper).
- Food Network’s Twitter page has loads of information including Alton Brown explaining the effects of trytophan or Giada De Laurentiis’ advice on knife safety.
- See what’s going to be on the Thanksgiving table of America’s favorite domestic diva at Martha Steward’s Facebook page.
- Ocean Spray has lots of recipes to help add a new dimension to that can of jellied cranberry in your cabinet. You can also learn the fascinating history of the cranberry, plus take a peek at the company’s Live Bog Cam to see where your cranberries come from.
At NST, we are also looking forward to using tips taken from our clients’ websites.
- From Milton’s Craft Bakers, the Smoked Salmon and Cucumber “Bagel” Snacks using the Everything Multi-Grain Gourmet Crackers are a light and refreshing appetizier before the big meal. Or try the Apple Walnut Stuffing with Milton’s Original Healthy Multi-Grain Bread.
- Ocean Mist Farms, the largest grower of Artichokes in the United States shares some Thanksgiving tips and recipes in their latest e-newsletter. A proven winner is the recipe for Artichoke and Fennel Stuffing.
- Chicken of the Sea has a Crab Basil Spread recipe that would be a perfect compliment with Milton’s Roasted Garlic and Herb Multi-Grain Gourmet Cracker.
- After the guests have left, you should have a can of Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover handy for red wine or gravy spills on your carpet.
Need more inspiration? You’ll find more than you need with a Thanksgiving search on Pinterest.
On behalf of the staff of NST, we wish for you a bountiful Thanksgiving and with the convergence of Hanukkah this year, Chag Chanukah Sameach!