THANKSGIVING APPETIZERS AND CHEESE PLATTER

Thanksgiving is all about the feast, but during the afternoon, I like to serve some appetizers to snack on. This Thanksgiving appetizer and cheese platter is perfect for guests to graze while cooking the traditional turkey feast!

Believe it or not, dinner isn’t my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I actually love gathering the family in the morning, watching the Thanksgiving parade, playing football outside, cooking, drinking wine, all while family members and guests graze on delicious Thanksgiving appetizers.

Easy Thanksgiving appetizers with meat, fruit, crackers, cheese and grapes.

Our Thanksgiving cheese and appetizer board is full of our favorite fall flavors! If you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving appetizers, this is perfect to serve! It’s also great to bring for a Friendsgiving and requires just a small amount of roasting.

A Thanksgiving appetizer that has all of the traditional Thanksgiving flavors. So easy to make and even better to eat!

HOW TO MAKE A THANKSGIVING APPETIZER PLATTER

SUPPLIES

INGREDIENTS

  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Roasted Greenbeans
  • Cranberry Sauce (or jam)
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Olives
  • Charcutier
  • Cheese (soft, medium and hard)
  • Crackers
  • Walnuts
  • Persimmons

CHOOSING CHEESE FOR YOUR BOARD

When making a cheese platter it’s important to have different textures and flavors. Choose a soft cheese, medium cheese, and hard cheese to put on the board.

SOFT CHEESE

Types of soft cheese:

  • Brie
  • Mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola
  • Feta
  • Goat
  • Ricotta
  • Blue Cheese
  • Camembert

MEDIUM CHEESE

Types of semi-soft cheese:

  • Gouda
  • Edam
  • Jarlsberg
  • Cheddar

HARD CHEESE

Types of hard cheese:

  • Parmigiano
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Manchego
  • Provolone
  • Jack
  • Cheddar
  • Monterey Jack

ASSEMBLING

Roast the green beans and brussels sprouts on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil and a pinch of salt, in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Start assembling the Charcutier on a large round board.

Arrange the different cheeses on the board. Try to select a soft cheese like goat or brie, medium cheddar cheese and a harder cheese like aged gouda.

Also, use different shapes of cheese too. You can also slice it differently so each variety stands out on the appetizer platter.

Next, add small bowls of olives and cranberry sauce with small serving spoons.

Place the brussels sprout and green beans on the board.

Fill in the empty spaces with grapes, sliced fruit, and crackers.

You can assemble the board the day before Thanksgiving. It’s best to wait for the fruit since it can turn brown, so right before serving slice the pears and figs.

Assembling the perfect charcuterie board with fruits, meats and a variety of cheese is not always easy but when it’s done right it’s one of our favorite appetizers or even dinners!

Article written by Eden of Sugar and Charm™

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Never Eat Microwaved Food Without Doing This First

When you want a meal and you want it fast, you probably head straight for your microwave oven. But experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn that all too often, you may be skipping a crucial step in your meal-making process—and one that ensures your safety. Their experts say that you should never eat a microwaved meal without doing this one thing first and you could be putting your health at risk if you skip this step. Read on to find out if you’ve been making this risky move and how to keep yourself safe.

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Don’t eat microwaved food without checking its temperature first.

Thermometer in Kobe Sirloin indicates 162 degrees, which is considered medium to medium well. On Rustic Cutting Board with grilling tongs.

According to the CDC you should never eat microwaved food without first checking its temperature with a food thermometer—especially if you’re heating meat. “When you think your food is done, place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food, making sure not to touch bone, fat, or gristle,” the health authority advises. Checking more than one part of your food will help alert you to a microwave that cooks unevenly.

CDC experts say that your thermometer should in most cases reach a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, “a temperature hot enough to kill germs.”

Reheating food below this temperature could be a serious health hazard.

Failing to microwave your food to a safe temperature can put you at increased risk of food poisoning. Experts say this holds true regardless of whether you’re cooking pre-packaged microwavable meals or yesterday’s leftovers—both of which have been linked to Salmonella and Listeria outbreaks.

“Thorough cooking in the microwave is especially important because, contrary to popular belief, microwaves don’t cook food from the inside out,” warns Consumer Reports. “The microwaves only penetrate food to a depth of about one to one and a half inches. At the center, thicker foods cook by conduction, as the heat moves from the outside in,” their experts explain.

Of all foods, poultry is perhaps the most likely to make you sick when improperly microwaved. “In our tests for bacteria in fresh chicken published in 2007, we found that 83 percent of the birds harbored campylobacter or Salmonella, a stunning increase from 2003, when 49 percent of the birds tested harbored one or both pathogens,” says Consumer Reports.

However, the safe minimum temperature may vary depending on what you’re cooking.

The CDC notes that some meats require higher minimum temperatures than others. Their experts say that all poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, while ground beef, lamb, and pork must reach a minimum of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Fish can be lower still, at 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat other cuts of beef, pork, and lamb, such as veal chops, roasts, and steaks to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit, then let them stand for three minutes before serving. Doing so enables the food to continue cooking after the microwave turns off and gives food a more consistent temperature throughout, the CDC explains.

Adjust your cooking time depending on your microwave’s wattage.

The CDC recommends looking up your microwave’s wattage, either in the owner’s manual, the manufacturer’s website, or inside the oven’s door. If your microwave has a lower wattage—typically meaning between 600 and 900 watts—it means your food may require a longer cooking time.

When in doubt, a food thermometer will take the guesswork out of whether or not your meal is safe and ready to eat.

Article by Lauren Gray  for Best Life©

Source: Never Eat Microwaved Food Without Doing This First, CDC Says (msn.com)

This is the dog breed that’s attacked the most people

Got kids? Careful with this particular dog breed.

Slide 23 of 23: Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 5,994 (166.5 per year) Deaths (1982-2018): 421  Pit bulls have a fearsome reputation, but they’re not natural fighters like some people think. "Pit bull” refers to a variety of breeds, which inevitably means these dogs are regularly misidentified by shelters and news outlets. Statistics around their dangerousness are therefore almost impossible to compare with those for more universally defined breeds. Some pit bulls may be aggressive due to genetics and training, but these dogs are generally intelligent, gentle, and extremely loving dogs when owned by those who know how to handle their rambunctious nature.
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#1. Pit bull

Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 5,994 (166.5 per year)
Deaths (1982-2018): 421

Pit bulls have a fearsome reputation, but they’re not natural fighters like some people think. “Pit bull” refers to a variety of breeds, which inevitably means these dogs are regularly misidentified by shelters and news outlets. Statistics around their dangerousness are therefore almost impossible to compare with those for more universally defined breeds. Some pit bulls may be aggressive due to genetics and training, but these dogs are generally intelligent, gentle, and extremely loving dogs when owned by those who know how to handle their rambunctious nature.

Enough said. Compare it to one of the safest breeds:

Slide 5 of 23: Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 15 (less than 1 per year) Deaths (1982-2018): 3 Golden retrievers are even-tempered, energetic, friendly with everyone, and easy to train, making them a perfect family pet. They’ve been one of the most popular dog breeds in America since they were introduced around the early 1900s, but they didn’t really take off until Gerald Ford’s golden retriever Liberty occupied the White House in the 1970s.

#19. Golden retriever

Attacks doing bodily harm (1982-2018): 15 (less than 1 per year)
Deaths (1982-2018): 3

Golden retrievers are even-tempered, energetic, friendly with everyone, and easy to train, making them a perfect family pet. They’ve been one of the most popular dog breeds in America since they were introduced around the early 1900s, but they didn’t really take off until Gerald Ford’s golden retriever Liberty occupied the White House in the 1970s.

When my hometown media reports of a death due to a dog attack, I expect that breed to be a Pit Bull. Yet, some people swear by them. Go figure.

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Top 5 Reasons Why You’re Single —​ And Will Remain That Way

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If you’re wondering why you’re single, you might want to take a look at the reasons below.

Then, you can use them to stop doubting yourself and start searching for a stable relationship.

1. You’re too much of a perfectionist.

Sometimes, people are too perfectionistic when they are looking for a mate. They reject anyone who has even a small flaw or who doesn’t perfectly match their list of what they are looking for in a future spouse.

This single person needs to realize that nobody is perfect, and we rarely find anyone who meets all of our requirements. 

They just need to try out different types of people with a more open mind. This person might also benefit from some self-analysis and reflection to learn what his or her imperfections are.

2. You have low self-esteem.

This kind of perpetually single person does not feel good about him/herself and therefore won’t open him/herself up to the kind of soulful sharing that is necessary for a spouse. This person needs therapy to learn how to feel good about him/herself and to figure out how to trust their own feelings.

Until this person even likes him or herself, there is no way that they are going to find someone to love them or to trust that they can fully love the other.

3. You’re afraid of what commitment will mean.

They enjoy dating and enjoy the almost endless variety of people they can meet.

Deep down, they are probably afraid of giving up the next good person that they might meet. Even when they find someone who might make a fantastic mate, they may think, “But what about the next person I meet?”

This forever-single needs to learn that there probably is not one perfect true love for anyone; that each of us probably has multiple great spouses out there. We just need to find one of them and commit to receiving the almost unending benefits that a good marriage can bring you.

4. You think changing yourself will help you fit in.

This method simply doesn’t have merit and is one of the top reasons why you’re single. There is no way that a person who is completely faking it to seem like they are just like their potential mate can keep up that charade.

And, even if they manage to for long enough to become engaged or even married, it is highly unlikely that this will form the basis for a long, satisfying marriage. Instead, this fake persona will likely lead to a relatively rapid divorce.

5. You’re simply too uninteresting.

They don’t have hobbies. They don’t have interests. They don’t have things about which they feel passionate. Oddly enough, of the five different types discussed here, this is the easiest to fix. Get out! Enjoy life. Try different things.

Find something you love doing. Odds are, while you are doing that thing you now love, you will find someone else also doing the same thing, and soon, maybe you can begin loving doing that thing together.

David J. Glass is a former therapist and now a family law attorney. He has been a frequent guest on various radio programs including KABC in L.A. and Starcom Radio.

This article originally appeared on YourTango

Adele Shares Exactly How She Lost 100 Pounds

How Hitting the Gym Helped Her Mental Health

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Adele, 33, managed to keep her year-plus long health journey under wraps. But now, she’s finally opening up about her 100-pound weight loss, and how it all stemmed from a newfound focus on mental health.

During her “Adele, One Night Only” TV special with Oprah, the musician gave rare insight into her battle with anxiety following her divorce from Simon Konecki and the COVID-19 pandemic. Adele says she turned to exercise for relief, which led to her weight loss. “It really contributed towards me getting my mind right,” she told Oprah.

In an October interview with British Vogue, the “Hello” singer shed even more light on the changes she made to her health—and why she chose to keep her “100-pound” weight loss to herself.

Now, Adele—who was hurt most by the “brutal conversations” other women had about her body, she told Vogue—is pushing back against the reaction to her weight loss. “It’s not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies,” the “Easy on Me” singer told Oprah. “I feel bad if anyone feels horrible about themselves, but that’s not my job. I’m trying to sort my own life out. I can’t have another worry.”

“People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey.’ They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand,” she said in the British Vogue interview. “I couldn’t give a flying f**k. I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”

Despite her changed appearance, Adele assures that she hasn’t changed on the inside. “My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now,” she told Vogue in a separate interview last month. “I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person.”

“You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive. You can be any shape or size,” she continued in British Vogue, and reiterated in her recent interview with Oprah.

Here’s how Adele lost 100 pounds over the past few years to feel her best today, according to the singer herself.

She’s intensified her workouts

Adele told British Vogue she’d become “quite addicted” to working out, because it made her feel good. “I work out two or three times a day,” she said. The singer opts for strength training in the morning, and then in the afternoon she’ll hike or box. At night, she gets her cardio in. “I was basically unemployed when I was doing it. And I do it with trainers,” she said, admitting that this routine is “not very doable for a lot of people.”

Following two slipped discs and a C-section, Adele wanted to focus on feeling stronger—physically and mentally. “She got really turned on to movement, and especially strength training. So turned on that she started doing double sessions,” the singer’s trainer, Gregg Miele, told Vogue. (Adele said she’s probably spent more time with Miele than anyone else over the past three years.)

Adele’s weight loss journey started a few years earlier, though. In a 2016 interview with Vogue, the singer said that she was working out to stay in shape for her performances, which resulted in weight loss. “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour, so I lost a bit of weight. Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes—which is a really big problem for me!” she shared.

“I’m actually an athlete—I’m not even boasting,” she told Oprah this month. “I’m also a very good boxer. I’ve got a left hook that could kill you. If only at school I hadn’t discovered boys and someone had told me to go and do a bit more PE.”

She does not follow the Sirtfood diet

In January 2020, People reported that Adele has been following a “strict” diet. Other outlets, including Prevention, picked up the story that the star was following the Sirtfood diet, but the singer shut this down to British Vogue. “No. Ain’t done that,” she said.

The star also said she didn’t try intermittent fasting—or any particular diet, for that matter. “If anything I eat more than I used to because I work out so hard,” she said. “That whole thing of like, ‘Gets Revenge Body’ … It’s ridiculous. I think it’s that people love to portray a divorced woman as spinning out of control.”

In fact, Adele isn’t fussy about what she eats; she told Oprah that she loves to eat Chinese food and stopped by McDonald’s the night before their interview. Her favorite order is chicken nuggets, a Big Mac, and fries. “That’s my three-course,” she told British Vogue. “I eat it at least once a week.”

She focuses on being healthy and happy

While some may speculate that Adele’s recent weight loss is due to her breakup, Adele says it’s more to do with being the best mom she can be to son Angelo. “When I was 30, my entire life fell apart and I had no warning of it,” she told British Vogue of her divorce to Konecki.

“I was just going through the motions and I wasn’t happy,” she continued in Vogue. “I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It’s really important to me.” She says she and Konecki were broken up for some time before they told people. “I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since,” she said.

When Adele celebrated her 31st birthday, she hinted that she was going through a big period of growth. “I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay. Thirty-one is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time.

“For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself, people, we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity,” she continued. “Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough.”

Article by NICOL NATALE Associate Editor for Prevention Magazine©

Source: Exactly How Adele Lost 100 Pounds – Adele Weight Loss 2021 (prevention.com)

It’s Not the Turkey That’s Making You Tired

(Blame It on the Trimmings)

You know the drill: Greet relatives, eat turkey, pass out on the couch. But is turkey really to blame for the post-sup stupor? We got to the bottom of this persistent Thanksgiving myth.

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Just as traditional as the Thanksgiving turkey is the overstuffed and satisfied sleepiness that follows. And although society has historically pointed a finger at turkey, it turns out that it’s not the main cause of this overwhelming fatigue.

Yes, turkey does contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is a component of the feel-good chemical serotonin as well as a precursor to the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. But tryptophan can be found in all kinds of foods, ranging from dairy products and nuts to meats and tofu. And not only that, but turkey doesn’t have higher levels of tryptophan than any other common meat, reported the New York Times. In fact, gram for gram, even cheddar cheese contains greater amounts of tryptophan than turkey, says livescience.com. So if the tryptophan in turkey really did cause our post-Thanksgiving drowsiness, we’d experience the same strong, lethargic sensation every time we ate chicken, beef, cheese, or nuts. And, as we know, this obviously isn’t the case.

But if the tryptophan in turkey isn’t to blame for our sleepiness on Thanksgiving, what is?

It’s actually a combination of factors, starting with the high fat content of most Thanksgiving dinners. The average festive meal contains 229 grams of fat and 3,000 calories, reported MSNBC; that’s more than most men and women eat in an entire day! Digesting fat requires a lot of energy, so the body sends more blood to your digestive system to manage the load. Reduced blood flow throughout your body means reduced energy.

Alcohol is another reason your eyelids may grow heavy. On Thanksgiving, many adults drink beer, wine, or cocktails throughout the day and with their meals without realizing that alcohol is a central nervous system depressant with fast-acting sedative effects.

Finally, on Thanksgiving, even low-carb dieters allow themselves to indulge in carbohydrate-rich foods such as mashed potatoes, pies, stuffing, cornbread, yams covered in marshmallows, and more—all in one sitting. But eating such a ridiculous amount of carbohydrates at once triggers the release of insulin, and digesting it all is a lot of work for your body, which can leave you feeling pretty comatose.

If you swear that you feel particularly sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal, it’s true—you’re not imagining it. But don’t blame the poor turkey. If don’t want to snore on the floor after you’ve cleared your plate, cut back on the fat, carbs, and booze! 

Article by Aubrey Almanza for The Healthy.com©

Source: Does Turkey Really Make You Tired? | The Healthy

Arriving This Early Before Your Flight Is Now ‘Critical,’ Experts Warn

Slide 1 of 5: The many struggles at airports around the country have been well documented in recent months, as major airlines have seen delays and cancellations on a massive scale. In recent weeks alone, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines each canceled thousands of flights in high-profile snafus due in large part to staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic. All of the drama for passengers around the country is only expected to get worse in the coming weeks, with demand for holiday travel surging and airlines trying to beef up their employee rosters and trim their schedules in the hopes of minimizing disruptions. If you are scheduled to travel in the midst of the mayhem, you'll want to make a plan to move through the process as smoothly and proactively as possible to get where you're going. Read on to find out how early experts suggest you arrive for your holiday flights.RELATED: Another Major Airline Just Said It's Cutting Flights for the Next 2 Months.Read the original article on Best Life.

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The many struggles at airports around the country have been well documented in recent months, as major airlines have seen delays and cancellations on a massive scale. In recent weeks alone, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines each canceled thousands of flights in high-profile snafus due in large part to staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic. All of the drama for passengers around the country is only expected to get worse in the coming weeks, with demand for holiday travel surging and airlines trying to beef up their employee rosters and trim their schedules in the hopes of minimizing disruptions. If you are scheduled to travel in the midst of the mayhem, you’ll want to make a plan to move through the process as smoothly and proactively as possible to get where you’re going. Read on to find out how early experts suggest you arrive for your holiday flights.

Experts recommend arriving two hours early for domestic flights this holiday season.

The ongoing circumstances mean you should be arriving at the airport with a much larger buffer of time than was necessary in the past, even for domestic flights. Now, both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport officials around the country say travelers should plan to arrive two hours before a domestic flight.

Experts call this a “critical” tip, citing the huge demand for travel as well as long TSA screening lines. “Passengers should not cut it close or they could definitely miss their flight. We want to avoid any backlog at the TSA passenger screening checkpoint,” Thomas R. Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, told The Morning Call.

The TSA app can help you gauge airport conditions and wait times.

In order to guarantee that you don’t miss your flight—and miss Thanksgiving dinner with the family—always give yourself at least that two-hour buffer, experts say. But you can also get some help gauging wait times at your target airport by downloading the MyTSA app. In advance of your scheduled flight, you can check how busy the airport is likely to be on your specific day and time of travel based on historical data.

The holiday travel surge will slam into the airline staffing shortage.

Consider that TSA data shows that 1,525,948 passengers passed through security checkpoints on Nov. 3, which is nearly two and a half times more than the 636,533 passengers recorded on the same day last year. That’s a lot of people going through airports at a time when the whole industry is struggling to find enough workers. A large-scale staffing shortage happened after airlines slashed rosters early in the pandemic, encouraging employees to take buyouts or furlough arrangements. But the demand for travel roared back faster than expected and left a gap at a time when hiring is difficult and job seekers have choices.

Expect travel disruptions, crowds, and oversold flights this season.

Airlines are trying to mitigate disruptions through strategies like offering major perks to employees who work throughout the season, CNBC reports. But you’re still likely to face hiccups, so pack your patience—and a few strategies of your own. If your flight is oversold, for instance, know how to negotiate: Never take the airline’s first offer, experts say.

Article by Alesandra Dubin for BestLife©

Source: Arriving This Early Before Your Flight Is Now ‘Critical,’ Experts Warn (msn.com)