Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Pie Recipes Anyone?

turkey.jpgI think the folks at All Recipes must have been listening to my conversations with friends over the last few days. You see, this year, yours truly will be cooking the entire Thanksgiving feast all by her lonesome. Why do you ask? Simple, my mom and dad decided to head south earlier in the season and so beginning next week, I’m going to be chained to my kitchen and frankly, that scares me.
And just today, I started asking people about the best websites to visit for some great turkey recipes and then BAM! Like a telepathic message from Emeril Lagasse, I get this fortuitous message waiting in my inbox from All Recipes
“According to the National Turkey Federation, approximately 690 million pounds of turkey will be eaten November 27. What’s this year’s preferred method for cooking the holiday bird? As tracked by Allrecipes.com, the world’s #1 food site, it appears it’s back to basics.
Based on the activity of the eight million home cooks who have already visited the site this November, searches for roast turkey recipes are up 135 percent as compared to last year. Brined and fried turkey is piquing the curiosity of a few, but overall searches to these recipes are down three percent. No matter how you cook it, below is a list of America’s top five most popular turkey recipes this year.”

Allrecipes.com’s 2008 Top Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

CLASSIC
Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way
WITH A TWIST
Maple Roast Turkey
BRINED
Perfect Turkey
DEEP-FRIED
Deep-Fried Turkey
GRILLED
The Greatest Grilled Turkey
BAGGED
Turkey in a Bag
ETHNIC-INFLUENCED
Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey
OTHER
Garbage Can Turkey

So now that I got the turkey recipes down pat, what do I do about my mom’s classic sweet potato pie with marshmallows? Do you think that could make it through fed-ex…have no fear, here are some of All Recipes favorite picks for those fabulous Thanksgiving Day side dishes.

Most Popular 2008 Thanksgiving Pie and Dessert Recipes

TOP SWEET POTATO
Sweet Potato Pie I
TOP PECAN
Pecan Pie V
TOP PUMPKIN
Brown Family’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie
TOP APPLE
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
TOP THANKSGIVING CHEESECAKE
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
PIE WITH A TWIST
Cindy’s Pumpkin Pie
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
FOR THE MINIMALIST
Mrs. Sigg’s Fresh Pumpkin Pie
TOP PIECRUST
Pie Crust IV
PIE CRUST VIDEO
Making a Pie Crust, Step by Step
NOT QUITE A PIE
Crustless Cranberry Pie

10,000 Staples Shoppers to Win Up to $5000!


Last week, I was invited to attend a lunch hosted by Staples and Coach Tom – the retailer’s current spokesman who, after appearing that morning on the Today Show, had a lively discussion over burgers and fries with mom bloggers and pregnancy website editors.
Coach Tom was on hand to talk about a cool giveaway campaign Staples is running this holiday season. Here’s the scoop – if you shop at Staples, you could be eligible to win $5000 worth of office supplies and there will be 10,000 winners so your odds of winning are pretty good! So if you’re planning to shop for a laptop or printer, camera, desk, photo paper, stationery, file cabinets, you name it, shop at Staples and you just may wind up walking out a winner.
Meanwhile, after I was interrogated by Coach Tom about Role Mommy and our web traffic (here’s to readers clicking on this page thousands of times), he reached over into his gym bag and handed me a trophy. He then started giving trophies and medals to everyone else at the table – including the wait staff and then after he left our lunch, proceeded to distribute trophies to unsuspecting New Yorkers and tourists.
When I returned to my office, Coach Tom left me a twitter message and when I didn’t post a reply, he wrote back a few days later wondering why no one was responding to him. So I twitter-ed back that he should write about the Motrin moms controversy and he’d be sure to get a few followers. And you know what? He twitter-ed right back with a really funny comeback line and since then, I’m really liking that Coach Tom guy. If you’d like to follow Coach Tom on Twitter, then click here or if you’re on Facebook, you can click here to add him as a friend too. Plus there are plenty of funny YouTube videos featuring Coach Tom (like the one above) – so get to know him – he may be giving Jared at Subway or the Verizon guy a run for their money.
And if you’re in need of office supplies, then look no further than Staples – shop till you win – you never know – with 10,000 winners you can totally increase your odds if you shop there a few times a week – heck the Staples near me even carries paper towels, water and snacks – if only there was a frozen food and deli meat section – I’d be there three times a week!