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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - THANKSGIVING QUICK TIPS

Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency Services

YUMMY THANKSGIVING TIPS

Easy Stuffing : Saute a cup each chopped celery and onion until soft. Combine with one bag brownberry herb seasoned bread cubes, 4 tablespoons butter and 3 cups chicken stock (2 cups if stuffing inside the turkey). Combine until cubes are moistened. The mixture should be fairly wet. Add additional butter and broth if needed. If you are cooking it outside place the bird in a greased casserole and bake at 350 until the thermometer reads 165 degrees. I butter the top before baking. It gives a nice crust.  I know it's a lot of butter but heck it's the holidays.

Quick fresh cranberry sauce: Take one bag fresh cranberries, rinse and cover with water in a saucepan. Add one tablespoon orange zest and a half cup (or more to taste) sugar. Bring to a low boil. When berries begin to burst it is done. Serve at room temperature or chill.

Mashed potatoes made easy: use boiling size red potatoes. Cook whole! No peeling! Boil until fork tender, drain and return to hot pan. Let sit for a minute to dry out. In the meantime melt a stick of butter with half and half. A cup or so depending on how many potatoes you are making. Mash the potatoes then add the cream and butter mixture. Start with half the mixture then add more as needed. Remember you can always add more but you can't take it out. If the potatoes get a little runny keep stirring over medium heat and they will dry out a little. Potatoes can be kept warm in a covered bowl placed over simmering water in a large saucepan. Try not to keep them for too much longer than an hour. This really helps when you have six or more dishes all getting done at the same time.

Most of all don't stress out. It's perfectly alright to use canned veggies, a pat of butter and a couple of minutes in the microwave and you are set. By the way the microwave is the greatest invention known to man. Dry turkey? Moisten with broth and pop in the microwave for a minute.

EVERYONE HAVE AN EXCELLENT THANKSGIVING, EAT YOURSELVES SILLY, WATCH A LOT OF FOOTBALL AND HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

GOT A SPECIAL TECHNIQUE YOU WANT TO SHARE?  Let me know.

DEAN'S TEAM HOME & GARDEN EDITOR,

KATHLEEN WEAVER ZECH

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 4:07 PM by Dean's Team

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