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Problem: To Baste or Not to Baste?

realsimple.com — You want to put the bird in the oven and forget about it. Your husband wants to baste it at every commercial break. Solution It depends on your priorities. "Basting is purely a skin treatment," says Wolke. Its only purpose is to facilitate browning and crisping.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @RealSimple: Pat your turkey 100% dry before rubbing with oil or butter. If the skin is wet, fat won't adhere. More turkey tips: ow.ly/ESRBg

The Best Excuse to Have Two Thanksgiving Dinners

realsimple.com — Sometimes home is where the turkey is. It takes a little planning (hint: send invitations) and a table big enough for a crowd, but you'll have more than enough hands to mix cocktails and make sides. Get ready for the best potluck ever.
Nov 25, 2014

Didn't need one tbh RT @TIME: Here's your excuse to have 2 Thanksgiving dinners ti.me/1FngbLp

Tips for Transporting Food

realsimple.com — Type of food: Hot casseroleTransport tips: Reach for a cardboard box and some bath or beach towels, advises Molly Stevens, coeditor of The 150 Best American Recipes (Houghton Mifflin, $30, amazon.com). Place the casserole in the box and pack rolled or folded towels around the dish, including a couple of layers underneath and on top to keep things from sliding and spilling.

How to Degerm a Hotel Room

realsimple.com — Leery of what might be lurking on that bedspread? You probably should be. Microbiologist Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology at the New York University School of Medicine, in New York City, helps fend off the filth. (Warning: This is not for the faint of heart.)
Nov 24, 2014

RT @RealSimple: If you're staying in a hotel this holiday season, you need to read this guide to de-germing the room: ow.ly/EH4mC

Video: How to Make Gravy

realsimple.com — Follow these easy steps from Real Simple's food director for delicious gravy this Thanksgiving.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @RealSimple: You can't have turkey without a nice helping of gravy. Our food director @edibleliving shows you how to make it: ow.ly/EH9FW

Nov 20, 2014

Seriously delish gravy (once called "life-saving gravy" by a sick food editor in our test kitchen: bit.ly/1xSudBx cc: @RealSimple

Video: How to Make Pie Crust

realsimple.com — Don't be intimidated: Just follow these simple steps from Real Simple's food director.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @RealSimple: Don't be intimidated by homemade pie crust—our food director @edibleliving has an easy how-to: ow.ly/ESVxw pic.twitter.com/G36Q9g0jax

Nov 19, 2014

RT @RealSimple: The perfect piecrust is easier than you think. Our food director @edibleliving has the how-to: ow.ly/ExRUP

Nov 19, 2014

Today I'm grateful I know how to make a perfect pie crust. You can, too! Watch, here: bit.ly/1xQ3u8E #simplygrateful #Thanksgiving