This Is The Holiday Dish You Never Knew You Needed

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Sometimes the most unexpected combinations can make for the most delicious recipes. As it turns out, Cheetos and turkey go together perfectly! The Cheetos make the perfect crunchy, crispy crust with just the right amount of heat. Are you brave enough to try this?

  • 1 bag Flaming hot cheetos
  • 4 Turkey legs
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup pickle brine
  • 1 head garlic, smashed
  • 6 tablespoons kosher salt, separated
  • 2-3 turns with a pepper grinder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  1. Mix buttermilk, pickle brine, garlic and 3 tablespoons kosher salt in a large bowl. Add Turkey and stir to coat.
  2. Cover and let Turkey brine in the fridge for at least 2-4 hours to overnight. Remove Turkey from fridge, and as it comes to room temperature prepare your coating.
  3. Place Hot Cheetos into a food processor and pulse until there are no chunks left.
  4. Mix together the flour, Hot Cheeto dust, 3 tablespoons kosher salt, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder.
  5. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan with high sides. Place a thermometer on the side of your pan so you can keep the oil temperature around 375 degrees.
  6. When your oil is heated, take the turkey piece by piece from the brine and dredge it in the flour mixture.
  7. Fry each piece until golden brown, usually between 14-16 minutes per side, depending on the size of the Turkey pieces, taking care not to crowd the pan while frying. Let cool on a wire rack.

You’ll Gobble Up These Fascinating Thanksgiving Facts

There are some things that make this country a spectacular sight to behold. We have monuments that stand to show our history as one of strength, beautiful natural parks that stretch across the rugged and wonderful landscape, and passionate citizens truly blessed to live in the greatest country in the world.

Another aspect of these United States that captures the spirit of its people are our traditions that we hold dear. They reflect our history as a nation and serve to bring us together in celebration.

We have many holidays that the world celebrates with us, but Thanksgiving is all our own. We take the time to gather and show thankfulness to each other and our country, and we get to eat delicious food, too!

This time of year is full of little traditions, some grand, others wacky, but all of them a part of what makes America great. So let’s take a look at how all these strange and wonderful customs have come to be!

Perhaps the most popular of all traditions are the parades that every city, town, and neighborhood seem to put together just for this one day of coming-together.

There is the historically accurate America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade that happens in Plymouth, the first Pilgrim settlement erected in 1620. It is a grand event, that incorporates a military flyover, floats, and people wearing the traditional Pilgrim garb. They host a series of historical reenactments from some of the most important moments in our country’s legacy.

Of course, no one can forget the Macy’s Parade. This outstanding showcase of Americanism and popular culture is a famous aspect of not only the holiday, but the country in general.

It all started in 1924 when the new Macy’s was set to open and the company wanted to celebrate with a march that used floats and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. Since then, it has become the most well-known parade in the country.

The day after Thanksgiving should probably be spent in bed, resting and digesting after seeing the in-laws and filling up on large quantities of stuffing. But many choose to brave the elements and fight their way to amazing deals at malls across the country.

Black Friday has almost become a holiday by itself, and has been made infamous by the enthusiasm some people have had for getting huge discounts on products, at the expense of their health and safety.

While the day is often overshadowed by the violence that breaks out, the deals on merchandise are really incredible. You can read all about it here!

Just remember, gifts are about the thought, not the fight!

Cops Are Pulling People Over For A Fowl Reason

Montana motorists were given a festive surprise when they were stopped by the Billings Police Department.

On Nov. 8, officers were tasked with pulling over drivers who had committed minor traffic violations, and then checked to see if they had any outstanding warrants.

According to the Billings Gazette, if found in the clear, the unassuming drivers would receive a written warning, along with a frozen turkey.

In an act of kindness, a local businessman had donated 20 turkeys to the police department in an effort to pay it forward. His only request was for the Thanksgiving centerpieces to be distributed in time for the holiday.

Officer Andrew Sanders told KTVH he was thrilled to be able to spread goodwill across town.

Satisfy Your Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cravings With These Easy Reese’s Turkey Bites

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If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then this is the dessert for you. Easy Reese’s Turkey Bites are the perfect little mouthfuls of chocolate and peanut butter delight…plus they’re adorable! Serve them at your Thanksgiving dinner for a treat everyone will love.

  • Full size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy eyes
  • Chocolate chips
  1. Melt your chocolate chips and place in a ziptop bag. Cut the corner off the bag and use like a piping bag.
  2. Use your melted chocolate to secure Reese’s Pieces around one side of your large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. These will be your turkey’s tail feathers.
  3. Next, take a mini peanut butter cup and secure it to the larger one using the melted chocolate. Place it just below the row of Reese’s Pieces. This will be your turkey’s head.
  4. Use the melted chocolate to secure two candy eyes to the smaller peanut butter cup.
  5. Take an orange Reese’s Pieces and place melted chocolate on one of the edges of the candy. Place between the eyes. This will be your turkey’s beak.
  6. Once the chocolate has hardened your little turkeys are ready to be gobbled up!

21 Useful Hacks To Help You Survive Thanksgiving

Depending on your skill level in the kitchen, the prospect of cooking Thanksgiving dinner will conjure up one of two words in your mind: family or stress.

We can guarantee you’ll be thinking of the former this year, because we’ve found 21 handy kitchen hacks that will make cooking your turkey (and everything else) a total breeze.

1. Store chopped potatoes in water

Mastering “prep” work is the easiest way to simplify your Thanksgiving cooking, You can store chopped spuds in a bowl of cold water in the fridge for hours. This trick also works for apples, or other kinds of chopped fruit.

2. Turn your stuffin’ into muffins

A worry-free way to make this Thanksgiving staple is to pack your stuffing ingredients into muffin tins. Not only will this save you some time, but it will also wow your guests.

3. Make dessert in your rice or slow cooker

When your stove and oven are all occupied, you can still make a tasty dessert ahead of time. There’s no shortage of slow cooker desserts to try, and you can even make tasty rice dishes in your cooker.

4. Peel potatoes in a snap

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Someone in your family is bound to look like Beetle Bailey on Thanksgiving, stuck peeling a giant pile of potatoes. Make it easier on them this year by boiling them whole. Then, dunk the potatoes in ice water. That will let you peel them with just your fingers.

5. Cut biscuit dough using a wine glass

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Home cooks trying to make biscuits on Thanksgiving often find they don’t have a plain, round cookie cutter. In a pinch, you can use a wine glass. Just keep flouring the rim so it won’t stick, and make sure you only push down, don’t twist the glass.

6. Cool your pie crust

When you’re making a single crust pie (as in pecan, pumpkin, any kind without a top) you should consider popping your crust in the freezer while you make the filling.

Letting the crust cool for 20 minutes to an hour relaxes the gluten in your dough, keeping it from “shrinking” as it bakes.

7. Tape your recipes to the cabinet door

This clever chef uses magnets to keep his recipes in place. ReBrn

Let’s be honest, counter space is at a premium today, and you don’t want to struggle to read a recipe after you’ve spilled cranberry sauce on it. Tape them up somewhere safe, where you can easily check them as you need to.

8. Make a shield for your pie crust

Here’s another handy baking tip: your crust tends to cook faster than your filling, resulting in those unsightly burnt edges. Keep your crust nice and golden brown by wrapping it in a tin foil shield.

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Just make sure you cut out a space in the middle of the foil, so the rest of your pie can bake properly. Also, don’t press the foil too snugly around the crust, give it a little space.

9. Guarantee a juicy turkey

There are a few schools of thought on how to keep your turkey from drying out, but these are the most popular methods.

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  1. Soak a cheesecloth in melted butter and lay it over your turkey’s breasts as it bakes. This way the bird will soak up the butter and stay juicy.
  2. Ice the breasts of your turkey for 15 minutes (using an ice pack or a bag of ice) before you throw it in the oven. White meat cooks a little faster than dark, but this should slow things down.
  3. If you’re feeling daring, lattice-wrapping your bird in bacon strips keeps it very juicy, plus your turkey will have a smoky bacon flavor.

10. Don’t forget to decorate

If you need a few ideas to make your home look fabulous for the holidays we have all the crafts you could ever need. But before the big day gets too close pick up some of these handy Thanksgiving accessories.

More advice, including how to make the perfect mashed potatoes, lies ahead…

Matthew McConaughey Celebrated His Birthday By Delivering Thousands Of Turkeys

While some people celebrate their birthday with family, friends, cake, and alcohol, actor Matthew McConaughey spent his special day hand-delivering 4,500 frozen turkeys to the residents of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

The movie star, who has appeared in popular films including Dallas Buyers Club, The Lincoln Lawyer, and We Are Marshall is the founder of the just keep livin Foundation and the creative director for Wild Turkey bourbon.

On Nov. 4, McConaughey surprised the 250 volunteers at Wild Turkey Distillery, and gave a passionate speech, which would be later posted to Facebook.

“Thanksgiving, gratitude, we believe in our family that the more you’re thankful for, the more that you show gratification, the more that you’re gonna create in your life to be thankful for,” he said. “I think it’s kinda scientific and here’s kind of living proof of it right here this morning.”

The enthusiasm only further escalated on Saturday when unsuspecting recipients met the actor in absolute astonishment.

Turkey Pops Are The Cutest Thanksgiving Dessert…Ever!

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Who says you can’t have turkey for dessert? These adorable turkey pops are just what your Thanksgiving dinner needs this year. They’re easy to make, delicious and super adorable! What’s not to love?

  • Rice Krispies Treats (either homemade or store bought)
  • Melted chocolate (use candy melts or chocolate chips)
  • Fondant (orange, black and red)
  • Straws or popsicle sticks
  1. Dip your Rice Krispies Treat squares into the melted chocolate so that they’re fully coated. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Cut your turkey’s eyes, pupils, beak and waddle out of the colored fondant. Place the pieces on the chocolate covered treat to form your turkey’s face.
  3. Your Turkey Pops are now ready to be gobbled up!

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“Beehive” Homes Have Been Around For 3000 Years, Would You Live In One?

These ancient homes are a marvel of engineering. When they were used, roughly 3000 years ago, the way they were constructed made them able to stand up to earthquakes, windstorms and heavy rain storms that hit the area during the rainy season. Perhaps this is an easy explanation as to why the structures are still standing today.

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These “beehive” homes are located in Harran, an ancient city located between the borders of modern day Syria and Turkey. The city is so historically significant that it is even mentioned in the Bible a few times. Over the years, the village, which still stands, has been reduced to a footnote in history.

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“Santa Claus” Found Buried Beneath A Turkish Church

Congratulations to everyone who actually believed that at one point in time Santa really existed, because archaeologists in Turkey have made a new discovery that could once and for all settle the centuries-old mystery.

While experts have historical evidence to believe that St. Nicholas aka Santa Claus, a bishop of Demre, a town located in Turkey’s Antalya province, was alive sometime around the 4th century, no one really knew where he was buried.

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Some theories claim that during the crusades St. Nicholas’s bones were moved from Demre to Venice or Bari, Italy. In fact, many Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe that the Basilica di San Nicola is the location of the saint’s tomb. Others argue that the remains ended up in Ireland where they were placed in an abandoned churchyard by French knights.

This week, a team of archaeologists including Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya’s Reliefs and Monuments authority, were digging through an 11th century church located in St. Nick’s birthplace when they stumbled upon a grave that could change history as we know it.

Celebrate Thanksgiving With These Adorable Turkey Cupcakes

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Have your turkey for dessert with these cute Turkey Cupcakes! Whip these up for your Thanksgiving dinner and watch as your guests gobble them up in no time! What’s best is that they’re super easy to make, so you can get your kids to help. Give them a try and let us know how they are!

  • Batch of cupcakes made with boxed spice cake mix (make according to package directions)
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Red licorice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Candy eyes
  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • Orange Nerds Candy
  • Candy Corn
  1. Ice your cupcakes with the chocolate frosting. You can use homemade or store-bought, both will work great!
  2. Using the frosting as ‘glue’, attach two candy eyes to the top of your Nutter Butter cookie.
  3. Next, attach an orange Nerds candy between the eyes (this will be the beak), and a piece of red licorice to the right of the beak. Your turkey’s face is now complete!
  4. Push the Nutter Butter turkey about halfway into a cupcake.
  5. Push your Candy Corn into the cupcake behind your turkey’s head (this will be his tail feathers).
  6. Enjoy!

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