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Carve a turkey like a pro

Roasted turkey is the centerpiece of many holiday feasts. That glistening, golden skin and moist meat beneath is the perfect companion to potatoes, string beans and any number of side dishes.

Many holiday chefs have received compliments on the appearance of a freshly prepared turkey sitting on the holiday serving platter. But those same chefs may not know how to properly carve up their masterpieces after the grand presentation has been made.

  1. Place the turkey on a large, sturdy cutting board. Do not cut the turkey in the pan you used to cook it. Remove the string that may be tying the legs together. Turn the board so that the back of the turkey is facing you.
  2. Choose a sharp knife to carve the turkey. A long, narrow knife may work best. Serrated knives may tear the turkey meat, so it may be better to use a flat knife. Some people prefer the ease of an electric knife. This is entirely your choice.
  3. Cut through the skin on a leg and gently bend the leg as you slice through to expose the joint. Cut through and remove the entire leg. Then separate the drumstick from the thigh. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Cut the thigh meat parallel to the thigh bone and place on your serving platter.
  5. To slice the breast meat, insert your knife in the center of the breast bone and cut down until you reach the ribs. Then slice the breast meat in toward your initial cut so you are cutting across the grain of the meat. This will keep the meat tender. Another idea is to remove one side of the breast and slice across it to produce smaller pieces for serving.
  6. Find the wish bone and place it on the side to dry. Children typically like to break the wish bone.
  7. Find the joint of the wings and remove them in a similar fashion as you did for the legs. They are small enough that they should not require extra slicing and can be placed whole on the serving platter.
  8. Drizzle the sliced meat with any reserved cooking juices to keep the turkey moist and flavorful.

Since turkey is usually the star of many holiday meals, it pays to know the correct way to carve turkey for celebrations.

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Festive cocktails for Thanksgiving dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your place? You may have an array of savory sides, a tasty turkey and a delectable dessert already planned, but if you are looking to really wow friends and family with a memorable feast, consider creating a few signature cocktails for the occasion.

As more spirits brands introduce limited edition holiday flavors into their seasonal repertoire, spicing up the holidays is becoming a lot easier and a lot more delectable.

For example, Pinnacle Vodka has brought back two seasonal flavors this fall, including Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie and Pinnacle Peppermint Bark.

“We love the excitement these flavors create, especially around Thanksgiving when great cocktails and food are the center of attention,” says Jason Dolenga, senior brand director of vodka at Beam Suntory, makers of Pinnacle Vodka.

Alongside your dessert course, consider serving up these sweet cocktails:Festive Cocktails

Dessert Table

  • 1 part Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
  • 1 part DeKuyper Crème De Cocoa Dark Liqueur
  • 1 part half and half                           
  • Combine ingredients in a mug and serve.

Peppermint Cocoa

  • 1 part Pinnacle Peppermint Bark Vodka
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Prepare hot chocolate, pour into a mug with Peppermint Bark Vodka. Rim the mug with crushed peppermint candy. Garnish with whipped cream and cherries.

For recipes and information on incorporating more of Pinnacle’s 40 fun flavors into your seasonal cocktail creations, visit

— StatePoint Media