A taste here, a bite there, a sip to smooth the way—the Thanksgiving journey from kitchen to table adds up. For fun, we did the math. By: Phillip Rhodes
November 08, 2010
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What the Thanksgiving Cook Nibbled
When it comes to Thanksgiving calorie consumption, our bet is that the cook takes the cake. Realizing we are partly to blame—after all, we did rank "Not Tasting as You Go Along" number one on our list of Most Common Cooking Mistakes—we give you this fun calorie count to show just how quickly a nibble here and a sip there can add up.
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Stack the cake layers and mix the frosting. Lick spatula...
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Brown bacon for gratin. You're working hard—you deserve a slice...
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Toast bread cubes for stuffing. Need to keep energy up, so take opportunity to carbo-load...
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Whip heavy cream for pumpkin pie. Wonder if it's sweet enough? Good cooks taste as they go...
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Maybe a shot of Grand Marnier would liven up the cream. Better have a sip to see...
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Feel sudden burst of inspiration! Add dried cranberries to this year's stuffing. Sample a handful...
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Set out cheese plate for early arrivals. Munch as distant cousin provides update on impossibly perfect children. Try not to roll eyes...
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Return to kitchen. Down dregs of first glass of wine. Immediately pour another...
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The warm crunch of perfectly toasted pecans is impossible to resist...five times...
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Pull beautiful bird from the oven. Before tenting with foil and letting meat rest, pry off juicy chunk of thigh meat (with skin, of course) when no one is looking...
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While blanching green beans, realize you're probably short on the day's recommended vegetable servings...