Linkage Love

by Kristen Abell

So when I was making up this schedule two months ago, Brenda was all, “Maybe we should take the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off.” And I was all, “No, no, no – we need to keep blogging. I’ll take that day if I need to.” Yeah, great idea, Kristen. Will someone PLEASE tell me to put a sock in it the next time I say something like that?

So, in light of the upcoming holiday and the fact that I’m in no mood to blog, I decided to do a little pre-cooking work for you. Since I don’t really cook, I don’t know that I’ll ever find these sites useful, but if I did, this is exactly how I’d go about it – by Googling “how to cook a turkey” and finding the most descriptive site possible. So see, here I’ve gone and done the work for you.

So I have to think that someone who takes the time to register the domain name must know something about cooking turkeys. Or just wants to screw with all of us. But after looking at the site, I’m gonna go with the former – this site is extremely detailed, down to thawing time and everything. Definitely going to use this if I ever have to cook one.

Then, of course, there’s the Butterball site – – long known for its helpfulness on all things turkey. There are recipes, tips and ideas for cooking your turkey all in one place. And with it being Butterball, you know these are tried and true.

But we all know there’s more than turkey to Thanksgiving – there’s stuffing! And Food Network has all the stuffing recipes you could possibly want to try. And then some. But in case you do try all of them, and you’re looking for something else, you can find more at

And of course, no Thanksgiving would be complete without pumpkin pie. Now this, I do know how to make. This is one of my favorite recipes – a two layer pumpkin pie with a whipped cream/cream cheese layer that is absolutely heavenly.

And my older sister swears by Charlie Gibson’s pumpkin chiffon pie – which tastes yummy, but takes longer to make than I want to spend on something that will be gone in five seconds.

And if you’re a cheesecake fan like I am, the pumpkin cheesecake recipe from The Cheesecake Factory is sure to be a hit (and sure to be one I’m trying in the near future – yum!).

Of course, when all else fails, I find a phone call makes a great recipe – and saves lots of prep and clean-up time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Brenda Bethman

    Um, I did tell you to put a sock in it, but you didn’t listen to me. Maybe next year you will :-)