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Thanksgiving On a Dime [Kindle Edition]

Jill Cooper , Tawra Kellam
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Book Description

If you want to make a great traditional Thanksgiving meal, Thanksgiving On a Dime can make it easy! Even if you have never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before, you will find all of the resources you need to confidently make a Thanksgiving meal that will satisfy your family and friends.

Thanksgiving On a Dime contains lots of tips and easy to follow recipes for all those basic, classic Thanksgiving comfort foods that fill us with warm fuzzy feelings during the holidays! The recipes include easy to follow steps about how to prepare the dishes and the results are absolutely delicious! At the end of the night, your guests will think, "That was a really incredible meal!"

Do you wish you could make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey? Would you like to learn to make perfect pies? Jill's recipes are known for being simply the best. Thousands of readers have commented that she makes the best pies they have ever tasted, even better than pies from restaurants that specialize in pies!

- Learn how to save money on your Thanksgiving dinner and what to do with all those leftovers!

- Simple instructions on when to do what in order to get everything on the table and ready for your guests.

- Did you know you can cut a turkey in half and only cook half of it and save the hassle of messing with an entire turkey. Jill and Tawra tell you how.

- Learn how to save your cooking disasters and still have a beautiful Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving On a Dime will greatly simplify Thanksgiving day preparation and give you peace and confidence about preparing a great Thanksgiving dinner!

Product Details

  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Publisher: (November 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3L6BHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected November 22, 2013
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The writers have a site that's promoted at the start and end of the book. They really don't have a lot of 'new' here, but rather stick to basic tips like 'Buy larger turkeys' as they are usually less expensive and don't cook the whole thing if you don't want leftovers, and recipes.

The book has some good tips that may be new to some people, especially those who are new to preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner. I can see this book being a good choice for someone who is hosting for the first time. It would be a good 'how-to' primer with tips on when to serve dessert and the proper layout of a buffet table. Money saving tips seem to have taken a backseat to these tips however.

I liked the section on how to fix 'Boo Boos' like if your stuffing is too dry, or if you burn the dinner rolls, but they almost seemed out of place in the book.

Basic recipes and tips are good, and this again goes towards who this book would most benefit: new cooks and/or hosts of holiday dinners. Others may find the book less useful.

The recipes related to turkey leftovers are a nice addition, but nothing really new.

The format of the book doesn't flow well, so things like what to do with leftovers are followed by dessert, dip and main dish recipes in a seemingly random order. I found that disappointing, as I had to keep referring back to the Table of Contents.

This book could have benefited from a clear flow which included sections which were solely 'tips' and 'recipes'. There are helpful tips and basic recipes in this book, but the title: 'Thanksgiving On A Dime', is slightly misleading as I don't really see a lot of money-saving tips, which was what I expected from this book. Instead I found a mediocre book with lots of website promotion.
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I've always had a problem with author's Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam's recipe for roasting a turkey as they recommend using a temperature less than 325 degrees F to cook a turkey. In fact, they recommend starting a turkey at 250 degrees F and then lowering the temperature to 200 degrees F and allowing the turkey to cook for an 10 to 15 hours. The USDA at clearly recommend roasting a turkey at 325 degrees F. It is best to follow USDA cooking directions as this is the safe way to prepare food.

Other than the poor roast turkey recipe, their cookbook Thanksgiving On a Dime is very good. The authors offer tips on how to prepare traditional Thanksgiving foods. They also explain what to do when a recipe fails and how to rectify the recipe gone bad.

Overall, this is a good cookbook, written well, that would receive a higher rating, if the authors used a better recipe for roast turkey.

Recommend with caveats given.

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There are many good ideas on how to save money this Thanksgiving. I'm pleased to have read this book at this time, just when I need it! Obviously Jill is an experienced chef as well as a great planner. Suggestions like using leftover mashed potatoes to thicken soups and stews is just of the great ideas that are in this book. Although this book is billed as a Thanksgiving book, you can use a lot of the simple common sense ideas for cooking all year long.
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This creative book seems to have all kinds of great advice on how to cook a Thanksgiving meal......prep days before so you aren't stressed on the day. It says you don't need massive amounts of side dishes, and you can have a grocery store butcher cut it in half, so you aren't eating turkey til Christmas. If you are a seasoned cook, this probably isn't for you. BUT IT WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT TO A YOUNG OR INEXPERIENCED COOK that is going to make a meal on their own. In any case, I got a whole lot more out of it than expected. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!! November 23, 2014
By Susan P
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This is a very good book for someone who is preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. It explains what you need to do, when you should start preparing the turkey, helpful hints & very easy recipes that look wonderful. Even though I've cooked many Thanksgiving dinners in the past, I like to explore other ways to do things that I was not aware of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good tips! May 10, 2014
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I love Jill's advice! There wasn't much that I hadn't heard before, but it's always good to get re-inspired. Worth reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical advice December 5, 2013
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Excellent practical advice on how to really enjoy Thanksgiving without sacrificing hard earned money. Reinforces the point that it's not what you spend, rather, it's the memories you make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanksgiving on a Dime November 17, 2013
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Wonderful book loaded with some delicious recipes for the Turkey Day feast and some wonderful ideas for all the left overs. Some really good recipes of how to make those pesky leftovers into a totally new and tasty dish. Includes some ideas for things to do besides watching football.
A truely unique how to do Thanksgiving at your house.
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More About the Author

Tawra Kellam is an expert of frugal living and co-author of the website along with her mom and husband (he's behind the scenes).

She is also the co-author of the bestselling Dining On A Dime Cookbook (over 200,000 copies sold) and 35 other books and e-books on saving money.

Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. Tawra shares her secrets of how she spends an average of $450 per month feeding her family of six without using coupons.

Tawra and her husband Mike have 4 children. In five years, they paid off $20,000 personal debt on an average income of $22,000 per year. Now that the debt is out of the way they are hoping to quickly pay off their house!


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