Tag Archives: Turkey Talk-Line

Giving Thanks

Carol just took a call from a cook whose turkey wound up sitting out on the counter all night. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “Well,” Carol said, “she had put the turkey in at 2:00 am, and had told her son to cover it at 3:30, but he got confused and took it […]

Ever Wonder What People Ask the Talk-Line Experts?

This morning, Carol Miller, who has been answering phones at the Butterball Talk-Line for 25 years,  said to me, “Do you want to hear a cute story?” Yes, I said, because I am all about cute stories. Especially when they involve turkey. A man called the Turkey Talk-Line today from New York City, to ask […]

The View from Here

Ever wonder what the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line looks like? The Talk-Line experts are serious about making you feel welcome; they are kind and generous and happy to help. And they know more about how to cook a turkey than you would ever imagine possible. Go ahead, ask them a question. You can’t stump them. I […]

A Butterball Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s snowing here in Naperville, at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line headquarters; I am ill prepared for the weather (I didn’t bring any gloves! what was I thinking?!?). Fortunately, it’s warm and cozy inside — and also busy busy, with phones ringing and experts answering every imaginable question. Here are a few numbers to […]

What to Do With All That Leftover Turkey

I always buy a much larger turkey than I need for Thanksgiving.  Given the amount of people who are eating at my house on Thanksgiving, this is quite a feat. I like having a lot of leftovers to make into other dishes.  Of course I save the carcass and make it into turkey soup.  I […]

First Thanksgiving

Poultry and I have a longstanding and failed relationship. It started when I tried to cook a chicken early on in my marriage and I succeeded in burning the skin to a crisp while keeping the insides cold, bloody and raw. I have since invested in three separate meat thermometers (165°F for poultry!) and have […]

Getting the Most Bang for Your Cluck. (Gobble?)

We have a saying in our family, “If you’re not eating turkey a week after Thanksgiving with at least 10 more pounds in the freezer, you didn’t do Thanksgiving properly.” Rarely do we ever polish off more than a breast and a leg during Thanksgiving dinner, maybe because most of us have spent the day […]

Thanksgiving on a Diet

Give Thanks for Smart Eating For most of us, Thanksgiving is the one occasion each year where we organize our entire day around food. The centerpiece, of course, is the turkey, but alongside the Butterball are all those dishes that bring your family together: Cornbread stuffing and oyster casserole and that special green bean salad […]

How-To Guide to Deep Frying Turkey

One of the things I love about roasting a turkey is how simple it is; the other thing is how little mess it makes. So when Butterball asked me to fry a turkey, I said sure, why not! But I have to admit that I was nervous about the whole process, because if anything was […]