7 Turkey Tips to Be Thankful For

7 Turkey Tips to Be Thankful For

Because Who DOESN'T Want a Perfect Turkey?

Although Thanksgiving is personally my least favorite holiday of the year (hold off on throwing mashed potatoes at me for thinking so!), there’s something magical about the idea of a Thanksgiving turkey. Needless to say, sometimes our magical turkeys tend to be ruined by human error or (occasionally) divine intervention.

So to make sure you end up with a turkey on your table, here are some tips to perfect your turkey skills!

1) Forgot to Thaw Your Turkey?

Forgot to thaw your turkey? Try not to panic (which I know is really hard, but try to do so anyway)! The safest way to defrost a turkey ASAP is by defrosting it in cold water. Is hot water faster? Yes, but it’s absolutely not safe and shouldn’t be attempted. If you’re pinched for time, just defrost it in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes just to be on the safe side.

2) The Perfect Temperature for Your Oven

Contrary to the belief that a hotter temperature means a faster way to get your turkey on the table, you should be roasting your turkey around 325 degrees Fahrenheit. That way, your skin won’t brown so quickly and you won’t risk undercooking it either.

3)Take This OUT

Ever heard of giblets? Make sure you don’t forget to take them out. They usually come in a tiny bag tucked into the cavity; simply take them out and discard them (or make giblet gravy. . .whatever THAT is).

4) Want That Perfect Skin?

The best way to get the perfect skin? Brushing it with oil or, in true Paula Deen fashion, BUTTER.

5) Get Some Evenly Cooked Turkey on Your Plate

If you want an evenly cooked turkey which holds its shape, trying trussing. Trussing is when you tie the legs together with twine before sending your turkey into the oven.

6) The Perfect Internal Temperature...

According to the lovely USDA, turkey should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees (and you should be taking the temperature at the thickest part of the thigh)

7) Mmm, Moistness!

When your wonderful, scrumptious, absolutely (and hopefully) perfect turkey out of the oven, let it rest for 10-20 minutes before cutting into it. That way all the juices can make it moister than it already is, ergo: better turkey!

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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

And the responses you wish you could have said...

As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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5 Restaurants That Prove Pittsburgh’s Strip District Is A Foodie Destination

Eat up, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is known for its successful professional sports teams and its abundance of bridges, but these five restaurants are transforming the Steel City into a foodie paradise. From fresh fish markets to colorful island cuisine, these local restaurants will satisfy all of your food cravings in the Strip District.

1. Gaucho Parilla Argentina

You won’t find a better cut of steak in Pittsburgh than at Gaucho, a traditional Argentinian eatery that serves up wood-fire grilled meats and a variety of delicious sides at its cool location in the Strip District. Gaucho has an extended menu that features its award-winning steak sandwiches with your choice of cut served on fresh bread with grilled peppers and caramelized onions and topped with chimichurri sauce, a staple of Argentinian cuisine.

The restaurant also serves other types of meat and fish, hearty salads, and delicious sides including empanadas, provoletta, and roasted cauliflower. Don’t let the long line out the door scare you away from Gaucho—it’s well worth the wait.

2. Smallman Galley

This incubator houses four ‘restaurant concepts’ under one roof in the Strip District that change on a yearly basis. This modern space will please everyone with its wide variety of options. The current restaurants housed at Smallman Galley include IronBorn, a Detroit-style pizza joint, Brunoise, an upscale American cuisine spot, Colonia, a Latin-American concept, and Banhmilicious, a Vietnamese fusion eatery. Smallman Galley will keep you coming back to try each unique restaurant concept.

3. Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grill

This piscatorial themed seafood restaurant was started by Luke Wholey, owner and head chef, who grew up working in the kitchen of the iconic Pittsburgh fish market that bears his family's name just down the road in the Strip District.

The menu is devoted to fish and seafood and features Wholey’s original grilled salmon, Dutch Harbor Alaskan king crab legs, halibut, Baja shrimp, ahi tuna, crab cakes, cod, lobster, scallops, and a fresh catch of the day option. Seafood lovers come to this grill from around the city to try the chef’s fresh and delicious creations.

4. Kaya

The bold, exotic flavors of Kaya’s dishes are inspired by the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific, and beyond. The menu offers dishes such as conch fritters, jerk chicken, and tropical paella, along with festive tropical drinks that have made Kaya an award-winning dining destination in the Strip District for more than 20 years. The colorful atmosphere and vibrant menu keep Pittsburghers coming back time and time again.

5. Casa Reyna

This intimate, rustic restaurant and bar is located under the Reyna Foods authentic Mexican grocery store in the heart of the Strip. Casa Reyna serves up traditional, locally sourced Mexican cuisine including a variety of tacos, specialty platters, tropical beverages, and its famous homemade tortillas. This restaurant is considered one of Pittsburgh’s best spots for authentic Mexican food and is known for serving guacamole made right on the table in front of you. Visit Casa Reyna for delicious food, live music, and a vibrant, colorful atmosphere.

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