Thanksgiving Tips & Recipes from our Foodie Friends!!!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving 2016?  

For those of us who need a little help navigating the kitchen, here are a few tips from our friends who have made their passion for food into a business!

TIP #1: Plan Ahead for the Big Day

Be proactive, not reactive. Every Thanksgiving I prep each dish the night before and have them organized in plastic bags. That way, if someone wants to help, you have everything ready.

Also, roughly map out the timing of everything so that you can stay on schedule and reduce the stress!
— Michelle David, Food & Lifestyle Blogger

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TIP #2: Those Sides Tho!!!

Let your macaroni noodles set in the hot water after cutting the burner off for an additional 10 minutes. They get plump, and I swear my macaroni and cheese is so much better!

Also, I add butter to my cobbler batter and to the pan before I pour the batter in... OMG! Hahaha!
— Shana Swain, Food and Lifestyle Blogger

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You have to make sure you really clean your greens. It takes a lot of time.
— My Coworker Jeanette

TIP #3: Let's Talk Turkey

If deep frying your turkey, keep the oil temperature at 350 degrees, or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees or better. Then cool for 25 minutes.
— Andarrio Johnson, Chef and Entrepreneur

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Don’t be afraid of exotic spices on your turkey! Using seasonings like curry powder or Jamaican Jerk marinades can be an interesting and delicious surprise to your Thanksgiving table!
— Tevra Francis, Lifestyle Blogger -

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TIP #4: Don't Forget About The Chef!

Keep it cute in the midst of all the preparation commotion by getting draped, of course!
— Choya, Couture Apron Designer at Draped in Elan

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TIP #5: Count Your Blessings

...By His hand we all are fed...
— Prayer for Grace at Thanksgiving

And for a Sweet Treat...

Rikkia's Sweet Potato Biscuits by Rikkia Kohn of Kohn Kitchen Certified (@Queen_Kohn on Instagram)

1 large sweet potato
1/3 to 1/2 cup of whole milk
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold unsalted butter (chopped into smaller pieces)

Remember the amount of milk added depends on how moist your potato is.

Don't over knead your dough, 2 or 3 times with the palm of your hands should do it, until it comes together!

Bake 12 to 14 mins and top with honey butter (3/4 butter, soften and about a 1/4 of honey)... DELICIOUS!! 

Whether you are cooking up a frenzy or playing Armchair Quarterback this year, we wish you a


Love and Peace,