Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving made easy(er) (Sponsored video)

That darned turkey! Are you afraid of ruining it with your poor carving skilz? Hey, everything's online. Like this video on HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY. It's only one minute of video. It will take you a little longer than that to carve yours, but that's because you're going to be sneaking bits of crackly crispy skin and snagging a few bites as you go.

What? You don't do that. Um, well, neither do I, I guess.

And what goes with turkey? POTATOES.

Here's a quick video on how to make mashed potatoes. I thought everyone grew up knowing how to make mashed potatoes, but given some of the un-good potatoes I've eaten, perhaps there are a few people who could benefit from this one.

And really, there are good tips here.

Last, but not least, let's have some vegetables. Or at least PRETEND we're having vegetables, as we stuff ourselves with stuffing and gravy.

But really, if you're going to make vegetables, you might as well blanch them ahead of time. It keeps the color bright and makes the final cooking a little more civilized. I like blanching those little teeny fancy green beans - you know, the hairy corvairs? Or haricot verts, if you prefer. I like to blanch them, then give them a quick reheat on the stove in some butter before serving.

This method works for a lot of different vegetables, actually.

So there ya go. Three simple videos to help make your Thanksgiving just a teeny bit less stressful. Now pass the gravy, please.

This post is sponsored by Campbell's Kitchen