If you’re in a bind about how to prepare and cook your turkey, consider calling Butterball’s famous turkey talk line (1-800-Butterball) or send an email directly to BBTurkeyCo@aol.com The turkey talk line is available 6 am to 6 PM Thanksgiving Day. Check the website for the talk line hours through November and December. You can also download a Butterball podcast to listen as you cook. Go to the website for great recipes, helpful tips and ideas to make your holiday special.
Jennie-O Turkey Store:
Turkey producer Jennie-O’s website offers recipes and its own turkey hotline (1-800-Turkeys) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The site also offers tips on pairing wine with food, table settings and holiday decorations.
The National Turkey Federation:
The National Turkey Federation has recruited chefs from around the country for its Virtual Chef section where you can watch a video of a chef creating a dish, get the recipe, and submit questions. Leftover recipes are also included.
America’s Test Kitchen offers tons of tips on turkey, including a Q&A section, 25 “fool proof” recipes, as well as information about kitchen and meat safety. The step-by-step carving guide is well detailed as well. Registration is required to access some of the parts of the site, though it is free.
General Food Finds and Recipes
Take a hint from Rachel Ray, Emeril, Alton Brown and some of your favorite celebrity TV chefs as they whip up various Thanksgiving meals. The site also offers videos, recipes (with user reviews) and other helpful techniques for your own cooking.
This site serves as an open directory to Internet sites which focus on Thanksgiving recipes. Links to side dishes, desserts and vegetarian options are also featured quite extensively.
Find vegetarian recipes and products. Information is given on how to create a stuffed tofu “turkey,” and other ideas for celebrating a meat-free Thanksgiving. Recipes for side dishes and desserts for meat-lovers too!
Internet shopping is easy and fun, but use common sense giving out confidential personal or financial information.
Following are a few guidelines for shopping safely:
Following are some web retailers to check out. There are many, many more; practically every major retailer you can think of has a corresponding web site. Ditto for catalog retailers. One advantage to the web is that retailers often have online discounts not reflected in their catalogs or stores. Additionally, just about all the online retailers offer gift certificates that can be emailed to a recipient or printed out.
http://shopping.yahoo.com/ - Links to over 100,000 stores, with option to narrow to “last-minute gifts.” This option will list stores throughout the web and their absolute latest deadline for mailing a gift.
www.amazon.com - Amazon’s “Gift Central” icon will link you to an option for “last minute gifts.” Gift options include gift certificates, magazine subscriptions, DVDs, and books that can ship out in 24 hours. Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) offers similar options. Check out other booksellers online as well.
www.overstock.com - Check out Overstock.com for terrific deals on a large variety of gift options.
www.llbean.com - The venerable Maine cataloger offers its complete collection online with sales sections.
www.shop.com - The online equivalent of a mall.
www.josbank.com - Traditional men’s clothing retailer Joseph Banks offers sportswear, menswear and business casual attire.
www.talbots.com - Traditional women’s clothing retailer Talbots offers fine clothing for women of all shapes and sizes
www.luckymag.com - Lucky Magazine’s web site has a web shopping guide and guides to shopping in large cities.
www.landsend.com - The popular retailer’s web site includes a virtual model on which you can “try on” clothing.
www.ebay.com - The largest online auction house there is.
An E-card is a postcard, sent by means of the Internet through email. To send an e-card, you select a pre-written card style with image and message from a list and specify the recipient's e-mail address.
On sending the card, the recipient receives an e-mail with a link to the e-card provider's webpage, and this link would go to the e-card as a webpage, with the sender's personal message. The actual card is not usually sent through the e-mail, rather only a link to the card hosted at the e-card provider's website.