Sunday, November 23, 2008

Top 10 Thanksgiving Websites

If you're like me, you like to wait until the last minute to do everything. Thanksgiving is no exception to the rule. I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving this year and have yet to buy anything or even think about what I'm going to make. What to do? Thank God for the power of the Internet. Ten years ago I would have been screwed, but now by typing things like "Thanksgiving resources" into Google I might have saved myself. I figured I'd share the top 10 Thanksgiving websites I've found.

10. Delish - Thanksgiving Dinner - A very useful Thanksgiving resource website that has a variety of tips ranging from recipes, saving money, party planning, and more.

9. Keeping the Kids Occupied on Thanksgiving - Nothing can be more of a buzzkill for enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal then hearing children bitch and moan about "being bored", "hating the food", or "wanting to go home". If you have children attending your house this Thanksgiving, give this website a look. It offers advice on how to keep them entertained during the holiday.

8. Preparing a Turkey - Turkey Preparation Advice - Turkey is typically the most important part of any Thanksgiving meal, unless you're a vegetarian, which in that case you should click here. This useful website includes advice on preparing your turkey (no matter what size bird you purchase) ranging from thawing, preparation, washing, and more.

7. Thanksgiving Games - Some families endure hours of awkward silence after the big meal. If this is the case with your family, instead of just kicking them out why don't you try some of these Thanksgiving-based games. Even if this is too corny for your taste, it will help pass the time and avoid any lulls in the night.

6. Thanksgiving Recipes @ iChef - Literally hundreds and hundreds of Thanksgiving-related recipes ranging from the normal to the very unique. With this amount of information you might think that this should be ranked higher. Although this is a very useful and informative website, there are so many recipes (that are only organized alphabetically by recipe name, not category) that it might be confusing to find exactly what you're looking for. Nevertheless, this website offers a lot of cool ideas to make for an unforgettable Thanksgiving.

5. Thanksgiving Football Schedule - If you're a guy, like me, you should already know this information, but incase you don't here's a list of this Thanksgiving's NFL and college football schedule. Yes I understand that ladies like football too which makes it even more important to have this piece of information handy. You don't want to be "that guy".

4. AllRecipes - Thanksgiving - Might be the best website for finding recipes relating to Thanksgiving. Pretty much every type of Thanksgiving-related food possible is represented on this informative website.

3. Good Housekeeping - Best of the Best Thanksgiving Advice - This useful website has a list of Thanksgiving-related advice to help you prepare for the holiday. These range from finding Thanksgiving recipes, to cleaning, table setting ideas, music, and even carving a turkey. Pretty much all the essentials are represented on this website.

2. AnswersTV - Thanksgiving Channel - Wow. That's all I can say about the Thanksgiving Channel on AnswersTV. It is comparable to if the Food Network had a day long marathon dedicated to Thanksgiving (which they might..what do I know I don't watch the Food Network). There are numerous free videos on entrees, sides, desserts, and even cocktails. These videos range from carving a turkey properly, to creating cranberry sauce, to making a spiced cider.

1. findingDulcinea - 6 Essential Thanksgiving Sites - The reason that this ranks at number 1 is because it includes the essential information that I need. This website includes information on how to cook a holiday meal the whole family can enjoy, creating the appropriate atmosphere, and even how to put an end to bickering (which always happens every holiday due to a certain cousin feeling the need to talk about her eccentric views on life). There is also some cool information on the history of Thanksgiving and advice on viewing the Macy's Day Parade.

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