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Le Thanksgiving Tail

When spending the day with relatives, I highly recommend a few of these.  Cheers to a day filled with too much food and too much family.  

The Best Thanksgiving Turkey
Hedin Thanksgiving
Hedin Thanksgiving
Ali Hedin | Thanksgiving


serves 16


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Unwrap and rinse the turkey (be sure to remove the insides). Pat the turkey dry and place in a roasting pan. Rub 1/2 of one of the pomegranates all over the turkey coating the skin entirely. Be sure to squeeze as you go so you really get the juice out.


Slice the second pomegranate into 4 pieces and stuff inside the bird alternating with the sliced onion. Give the pomegranates a gentle squeeze so some of the juice comes out - but not all of it.


Season the top of the bird with salt, pepper, and the crumbled sage. Pop it into the preheated oven.


Check the turkey every 20 minutes and baste when the skin appears dry. When the temperature inside the turkey reads 100 degrees, rub the remaining 1/2 of pomegranate over the turkey and top the skin with the butter.


Reduce the heat to 400 degrees and continue to cook. Use a thermometer to check for doneness. The temperature should read 180 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.


Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let rest on a cutting board for 20 minutes.


Gage the time it will take by assuming each pound will cook in 15 minutes. For a 16 pound turkey, that’s 240 minutes or 4 hours.

1 - 20 lb turkey

2 large pomegranates

2 large onions, sliced into quarters

1/4 cup dried sage, crumbled

4 tablespoons butter, cut into 4 pieces

Ali Hedin | Thanksgiving
As Seen on TV :: Thanksgiving Kid's Table

Tune into Q13 FOX News this morning at 8:45 to get the kid's table set and ready for your Thanksgiving party!  Shouldn't everyone sit at the kid's table?

When I was little we never separated into kids table/adults table.  We sat at one extremely long table with all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and random friends that someone showed up with.  And we ate.  If there is one thing that my family has always done well, it's eat.

But I love the concept of a table filled with fun.  And fun things to do.  And fun.  There's a chance I will turn the entire table into a 'kid's table' this year.  I'm sort of smitten with the idea.

In case you are smitten too, here's what I did:

1. Covered the table with kraft paper.  You can draw on it and when you are done it's compostable {at least the kind I bought is compostable}

2. Drew on placemats and place cards.  Black pen = outlines for coloring everything else.

3. Created snack cornucopias out of ice cream cones.  Here's how to do it ::  dip the base of the cone in water for 20 seconds.  microwave the cone for 20 seconds.  bend the cone around a pencil and let sit until hard.  Stale cones work best.

4. Printed out games and activities to play.

5. Made play dough.  Arguably, you can buy it too.  But more fun to make it.

6.  Made handprint turkeys with the little turkeys.  Easy, trace their hand, cut it out, glue on.  Let them cut it out.

7.  Apple juice in milk jars = happy little hands.

Thanksgiving Re-vamp :: Cranberries in a Can

Nothing screams THANKSGIVING like those cranberries from the can.  But they feel a little 'blech' sometimes and I have no idea what is in them.  Instead, make your own.  Pour the hot mixture into a can and let them set up overnight.  Just don't use a can that has a 'pop top' because you cannot get those things out of a can like that.  

4 cups cranberry juice

4 envelopes gelatin

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 tablespoons sugar

Pour one cup of juice in a heat proof bowl and sprinkle gelatin over top.  Set aside. 

Put the remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Boil five minutes until the cranberries begin to pop.  Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  Pour hot cranberry mixture over gelatin mixture whisking constantly until gelatin has dissolved completely. 

Divide mixture between two very clean 15 ounce cans.  Refrigerate until set - at least four hours.