Show me a raw turkey and I can tell you if it is a Butterball or not.

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Show me a cooked turkey and I could tell you what method was used to cook it, in what kind of pan, for how long, at what temperature and what, if anything, you did wrong.

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It’s mind boggling! All of it! No one should ever EVER! screw up a turkey. EVER! SO EASY!

I find myself looking at the cover of magazines thinking in my head “OPEN PAN METHOD! ALUMINUM! UNSTUFFED! 325°! CONVECTION OVEN!”

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What you don’t even realize is that I’m actually speaking turkey. It only looks like English through type. But in my head? GOBBLE GOBBLE.

My two days spent in intense training at Butterball University were life changing. If for no other reason than I found out it is possible for one to eat 10% of their body weight in poultry.

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A special thanks to the ladies of We Are Not Martha, Chris and Susan for sharing in tryptophan overdose and close calls with the next pandemic of vomiting children.

And an even greater thanks to the ladies of 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Y’all are mind boggling. Your love for turkey is infectious. Thank you for letting me spend a two days in your presence. Go save those turkeys. All of them. GOBBLE.

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I got to go to Butterball University working with Butterball and writing all about Thanksgiving over at the Butterball Blog. Yes. They are paying me. Yes I already liked Butterball. And yes, this is my own opinion. P.S. The FTC sucks. xo


  1. Looks like you had some fun!

  2. Hahaha, “PS: The FTC sucks”!

    Glad you had fun.

  3. Wow, I’m amazed at your turkey prowess.

    And also, very hungry.

  4. When you look at covers of magazines you should be thinking “stuffed with paper towels, wings pinned into place, and covered in varnish.”

    Sorry – I work in food photography. “-)

  5. I wouldn’t be disappointed if one of those turkeys ended up coming my way. Did I tell you I love thanksgiving?!?

  6. Turkey on Thanksgiving Day, hot out of the oven, sliced thick white meat. That’s the only way I like turkey! Call me un-American, but I don’t like turkey left-overs. Wish I knew how to make a perfect butterball!

  7. Oh this sounds like such a great opportunity!!

    And, to soften the blow of what Corrin revealed, I did find out that General Mills never photographs their food in an inedible state- it’s always the real food product!

    (no they did not pay me to say that)


    corrin Reply:

    @Adventures In Babywearing, just because the cereal is real, doesn’t mean the milk is! The only thing that has to be edible is what the company is actually selling. 🙂

    Selling ice cream? The ice cream in the commercial has to be 100% your product. Selling an ice cream topping? The ice cream in the commercial is totally Crisco.

    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting Reply:


    Yup, you are totally correct there. I remember seeing somewhere that the “milk” is actually glue because milk on camera is bluish.

  8. Those turkeys look so good, I swear I could smell them through the screen.

  9. My in-laws do meatloaf for Thanksgiving. MEATLOAF. It absolutely breaks my vegetarian heart. Just because I’m not eating the bird doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be at the party.

    Glad you had a great time!

  10. You, my dear, are amazing! I’m glad we got to learn all about turkeys with you!!! It was a fabulous two days! 🙂


  11. This is a great idea by Butterball! I could definitely benefit from a turkey tutorial. It sounds like it was an interesting and fun event!

  12. Sounds like you could hire yourself out, a good turkey is hard to find.

    Any connection between this trip and your mom’s travels???

    And by the way, what do you have against a Free Tele Converter?

  13. Could I beg a post with a Turkey Tutorial? I am hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time…for my in-laws…and I’ve been a veggie for over 20 years…ACK!

  14. Darn it! Now I have to wipe tongue prints off my monitor. I love Thanksgiving! Too bad there aren’t more days dedicated totally to gorging oneself if the name of gratitude. Do share what you have learned!

  15. I wanna GO!!! xoxoxo

    glad you had fun!
    YUM! GOBBLE xoxo

  16. Love the note the FTC 😉

    I had no idea it was possible to tell so much about the cooking method just from looking at it…interesting.

  17. Casey, I wasn’t able to leave a comment on today’s post — so I’m leaving it here.

    I really admire all that you are doing to rebuild your relationship post grad school. Marriage isn’t really “easy” even without grad school so I’m sure it is super tough to get through law school without “growing pains”. (My husband did an MBA and I tell ya, I felt like a widow.) I think you’re doing a great job. Thanks for sharing so much of your life and experiences. It really is inspiring.

    P.S. I’m sorry that I never sent you a picture of my wall. (You may not even realize what I’m referring to…) I have to get the ladder to hang the pictures and I’ve been too lazy. It will happen sometime in 2009. 🙂

  18. Oh heavens! So what technique will you employ for your Thanksgiving celebration? My mom cooks her turkey upside down for 30 minutes. delish!

  19. Turkey!!! That’s awesomer than awesome. I bow to your knowledge, Obi Wan Ke-Turkey? Uhm.

    O-Butterball Wan Kenobi?

    I give up, my head’s too stuffed to come up with something witty.