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Thanksgiving Turkey Tales
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When the Pilgrims first arrived at Plymouth, they weren't quite prepared for the adventures that lie ahead. After a devastating first winter, the Pilgrims received the help and guidance of neighboring Indians. Through the Indians, they learned what it would take to survive in this new and strange land. The following fall, the colonists were rewarded with a bountiful harvest, and they invited their new Indian friends to celebrate with three days of prayer and feasting.

This became an annual harvest celebration, and in 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on November 26 of that year. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual holiday to be commemorated on the last Thursday each November.

For many, Thanksgiving is a family time that is rich with tradition. It's also a time that is filled with many rich foods! The turkey has become the mascot (as well as the standard fare) of Thanksgiving although there is no evidence that turkey was ever served at the first Thanksgiving dinner. That hasn't stopped some 90% of Americans from serving turkey on this holiday! Fortunately, today's turkey comes plucked and ready to cook, with Butterball being the most recognized brand. Although I'm somewhat partial to the Willie Bird myself.

Once you have your bird of choice, it helps to know how to store, thaw and handle it. Not to mention the finesse involved in cleaning, stuffing, cooking and carving it! Fortunately, the National Turkey Federation has put together an extensive list of Thanksgiving tips that will take you from buying the turkey to putting it on the table.




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GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
INGREDIENTS:
3 lbs potatoes, pared & quartered
4 large cloves garlic
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup, half & half
Salt & freshly ground white pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes and garlic. Reduce heat slightly and boil until potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain thoroughly.

In a mixer bowl, add potatoes, garlic, and butter, and begin beating on high. Gradually add half & half, and continue beating until potatoes are creamy. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.




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