Today on Home & Family Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Craig T. Nelson
"Parenthood" star Craig T. Nelson talks about being the patriarch on the show with its ever expanding cast of characters. In real life, he too has a large family that spans quite an impressive age range. Craig explains how he's preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving with his brood. He also blows the whistle on his fondest memories of the nine years he spent in the leading role of Hayden Fox on "Coach." Craig sticks around to contribute to our potluck, sharing his recipe for rhubarb pie.
" Parenthood" returns with an all new episode on Thursday, December 12 at 10/9c on NBC.
Those nearest and dearest to "Home & Family" share recipes this Thanksgiving Eve to create a feast opulent with delicious side dishes and scrumptous desserts. Later, the family gathers again in the living room to express their thankfulness and gratitude for family, friends, health, and all the joys being a part of "Home & Family" brings to each and every one of them.
Fabio's new cookbook, "Fabio's Italian Kitchen," is available at www.amazon.com. For more information on the chef and to subscribe to his newsletter, "Fabio's Kitchen Academy," go to www.fabioviviani.com.
John McLemore's Deep Fried Turkey
John McLemore, President/CEO Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc., conducts a class in deep frying a turkey, including the nutritional facts and important safety tips to avoid a safety hazard. Plus, it only takes 56 minutes to cook this tender and juicy bird! John suggests injecting buffalo ranch dressing inside for additional flavor, if desired. And, don't let those leftovers go to waste. John shares creative ways to use turkey all week long.
All of the recipes can be found in "DADGUM That's Good" and "DADGUM That's Good, Too!," available at dadgumthatsgood.com.
John warns that the popular Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer is almost sold out, but suggests checking Walmart, Home Depot, Loew's, or masterbuilt.com.
Go to Whole Foods Third and Fairfax Los Angeles for today's turkey ingredients.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece & Tablescape with Jessie Jane
Jessie Jane crafts a rustic candelabra with antlers and tea lights. Later, she and Cristina arrange a harvest-themed buffet and tablescape. She suggests sticking to three colors in your design and explains the best order to place the food. Make sure to leave room for dessert!
Setting a Buffet Tablescape:
1. Create levels with pots, pans, even terra cotta pots.
2. Place plateware in front, silverware at end of buffet. 3. Use spray painted dried fall leaves to decorate napkin rings. 4. Arrange food from hot to cold. 5. Once plates are arranged, fill in the tablescape with accoutrement that matches your theme. Find naturally shed antlers online or at local taxidermy shops. Find Epoxy 6000 at craft or hardware stores. Personalized Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecakes are compliments of Bread Basket Cake Company. Please visit them at breadbasketcake.com.
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Tips for Taking Holiday Photos
When you're snapping away with your camera at family gatherings, Mark teaches Debbie Matenopoulos how to frame and light the perfect shot. Anti-posing, Mark prefers to capture his subject's personality with more natural, candid shots. He explains how he got his kids comfortable with the omnipresent camera lens. Then, all the family members join together in the kitchen for a group portrait.
1. Don't tell people to say "cheese" when taking a photo.
2. For great candid shots, you want the action coming towards you. 3. For a cohesive family portrait, you want to wear neutral colors that complement you. To see some examples of Mark's gorgeous photography, check out www.marksteines.com.
You can follow TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @iamdebbiem. And, be on the lookout for her forthcoming cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family's Century-Old Recipes," set to be released on April 29, 2014.
Cristina Cooks Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans with Feta, & Walnut-Shallot Vinaigrette
Cristina introduces three kinds of cranberries and their uses in desserts and wines. She then cooks cranberry sauce in orange mint sauce with jalapeno and stresses the importance of blanching green beans. Cristina also encourages you to always use fresh ingredients to enhace the flavor of your dishes.
Kym Douglas' DIY Beauty with Thanksgiving Leftovers
Leftovers aren't only for eating, according to Kym Douglas. She shares food-based remedies to get you smoother, flawless skin from your face all the way down to your heels. Kym even reveals Eva Longoria's exfoliating secret.
1. Combine butternut squash, milk, and vegetable oil to soothe cracked, dry feet.
2. Mix brown sugar with leftover pumpkin puree for an effective body scrub. 3. Use cranberry sauce and oatmeal to combat blackheads. 4. As a solution for split ends, apply ½ cup whipped cream to dry hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com. Follow her @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.