House Talk Today Radio Show Newsletter              November, 2012




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In This Issue

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 projects to complete

Chris' favorite turkey recipe

Traditional green bean casserole

Alex's delicious pumpkin nut bread recipe

Thanksgiving dinner questions?

Food for thought

Turkey, TX

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 12 projects to complete very soon

  1. Repair cracks in driveway and walks. If not filled, in and freeze, making them even larger.
  2. Plant trees and shrubs.
  3. Tune-up your mower or take it to a shop. Empty the gas tank, disconnect the spark plug, change the oil and clean the underside of the mower, and sharpen the blade. Never store over the winter with gasoline in the tank.  Click here for DIY instructions. 
  4. Freeze-proof outdoor faucets or consider having a plumber install freeze-proof faucets.
  5. Inspect and replace bad weatherstripping and caulk around doors and windows.
  6. Have professional check heating system.
  7. Clean gutters.
  8. Have an experienced chimney sweep check wood fireplaces for flammable buildup (known as creosote) and chimney blockages like bird nests. They will also check for improperly functioning dampers, cracks in the firebox, damaged brickwork and masonry, and missing or damaged chimney caps.
  9. Paint exterior of house or maybe power washing is all it needs.
  10. Repair or replace damaged siding.
  11. Plan holiday lighting.
  12. Clean carpets.


Chris' favorite turkey recipe


Until I found Emeril Lagasse's brined and roasted  turkey recipe, I was not a fan of turkey -- it always seemed dry and flavorless.  Now, my family loves the turkey I prepare using this recipe and you will too -- I guarantee it! 


It takes a little extra time to do the brining step, but it is really worth it.  Enjoy!


Traditional green bean casserole for Chris' daughters


My daughters just love, and just

HAVE to HAVE, this traditional green bean casserole every Thanksgiving. 


Alex's delicious pumpkin nut bread recipe -- actually his wife Mary's

This is Mary's favorite recipe to give as gifts. The mincemeat makes it so flavorful and rich. She thinks the recipe comes from an old book she bought at a yard sale forever ago.  When she started making them, she never quit. Everyone loved it.  We hope you love it also. 


Here is a special tip from Mary: "I have never been able to find mincemeat in a package. I have found it in a jar (about 20 ounces) and I just half that. Because I bake so much during the holidays, I use aluminum loaf pans (3 in a pkg.) with lids. Because the pans are smaller, I can make 3 loaves from this recipe."





3 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup shortening

4 eggs

1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin (about 2 Cups)

1/2 cup water

1 (9 ounce) package Condensed Mincemeat, crumbled

1 cup chopped nuts



  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder; set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, pumpkin and water; mix well.
  5. Stir in flour mixture. Then mincemeat and nuts.
  6. Turn into 2 greased 9 X 5 loaf pans.
  7. Bake 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely. Makes 2.


Thanksgiving dinner questions?


Help is just a phone call away.

*USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline;

(888) 674-6854 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and holidays, except Thanksgiving. Special hours of operation on Thanksgiving

are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.


*Reynolds Turkey Tips Line;

(800) 745-4000 Open through December 31, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


*Butterball Turkey Talk Line; 

(800) BUTTERBALL (800-288-8373) Available November 1 through December 28, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Nov. 24 to Dec. 25, weekdays, 8

a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. 


*Honeysuckle White 

(800) 810-6325 Recorded answers to frequently asked turkey preparation questions.


*Crisco Pie Hotline 

(877) 367-7438 toll-free. Provides answers the most common questions about baking pies for novice bakers as well as offering tips that will benefit the most seasoned baker. The hotline also offers the option for callers to connect to a live pie expert for pie baking guidance. Hours: 9 - 7 EST except for: Nov. 12 - 21 (8am - 8pm EST) and Dec. 12 - 22 (8am - 8pm EST).


*Empire Kosher
(800) 367-4734. Year-round Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m EST. Closed on Jewish and secular holidays.


*Land O' Lakes Holiday Bakeline
(800) 782-9606 Available through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, CST, 7 days a week.


*Betty Crocker
(888) ASK-BETTY (888-275-2388) Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST weekdays; staffed year-round.


*Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line
(800) 777-4959 Weekdays, 9am to 4pm CST, year round advice for bread bakers.


*Nestle Toll House Baking Information Line
(800) 637-8537 Year-round baking help, plus recipes, from 10am to 6pm. 


*Ocean Spray
(800) 662-3263. Staffed year-round, weekdays (open Thanksgiving Day; but not Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other major holidays) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST. 


*Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374
Stressed about your pumpkin pie? Get tips and advice, plus recipes using canned pumpkin. The line is open Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 8 PM EST, all year round. 


Food for thought 

Study Shows Homes Save More Energy from Location Than Efficiency


What is the value of energy savings at the building level if we're not also looking seriously at energy savings from transportation to and from our buildings? Thanks to a study commissioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we have some new answers to that question, at least for Energy Star-rated residential buildings.


The energy savings realized through location efficiency (walkable access to public transit and work, school, and retail centers) are greater than those achieved through home efficiency.

In other words, a conventional home in a transit-oriented neighborhood saves considerably more energy-and money-than an Energy Star home in a conventional suburban development.


Turkey, TX  -- did you know?


"Take me back to Turkey Texas where the music Swings and Bob Wills is still the King"


2013 Bob Wills Day: 

April 26-28, 2013




The small West Texas town of Turkey, Texas, population around 421, has welcomed tens of thousands of attendees to the annual Bob Wills Day festival since 1972.  Turkey is the hometown of Bob Wills, the famous bandleader, fiddler, composer, charismatic performer and movie star who fused old time fiddle tunes, jazz blues, country, mariachi and gospel music into Western Swing, one of the truly American music forms. 


The event includes concerts, fiddlers contest, special guests, a parade, dances, jam sessions, a barbeque cook-off and a grand reunion of former Texas Playboysand friends of Texas Playboys. 


  Want to add it to your calendar?  Click here to learn more. 


Let us hear from you!




Chris Miles                              Alex Guthrie