COOKING TIPS: The Butterball Hotline (1.800.288.8372) & Turkey-Carving Video

Don’t thaw in the bathtub while bathing the kids. For 10 months a year, the Butterball Hotline is an automated tip line. But for almost 30 years, live operators take over during peak turkey season, November and December, and a tidal wave of people (last year, around 100,000) phone for their advice. If we may…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Sprinkles Cupcake Mix

In greater Los Angeles, home to Sprinkles Cupcakes,* there is the usual discussion board controversy. You’ll read everything from they’re “the best there is” to “avoid at all costs.” We only know Sprinkles cupcakes from their mixes. We’ve made every one, and we stand firmly with “the best there is” crowd. Maybe your homemade cupcakes…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Glamorous Garnishing

A bowl of tomato soup garnished with crab- meat, fresh basil, shredded Grana Padano and snipped chives. Photo courtesy WisDairy.com. Remember when a garnish meant parsley? Today, part of the creativity in cooking is the choice of edible garniture. Just a bit of garnish makes any plate look better. Try whole or halved cherry or…
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GIFT: Thanksgiving Cookie Basket From Corso’s Cookies

We received a Thanksgiving cookie bouquet and, though surrounded by piles of food samples requiring tasting, took a moment from the work of the day to relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the hand-decorated turkeys, pumpkins and ears of corn. While many cookie bouquets are sugar cookies—hard and pretty flavorless—Corso’s Cookies produces softer,…
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