New Holiday Meal Planner Simplifies Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation

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Resource provides a select menu, recipes, shopping list customized for the number of guests and a helpful preparation sequenceÂ? does everything but cook for you!

The holiday meal planner from the maker of the Honeysuckle White(R) and Shady Brook Farms(TM) brands of turkey products provides recipes for the classic roast turkey plus beloved Thanksgiving dinner dishes including mashed potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.

This meal planner, however, goes above and beyond the ordinary, everyday recipe list. It calculates a complete shopping list of ingredients, based on the number of guests that will be served. The shopping list is displayed in the order in which people shop – by grocery store department (e.g. Meat, Produce, Dairy, Baking, Canned/Packaged Goods).

Another particularly helpful feature of this holiday meal planner is the “Pulling It All Together” preparation sequence guide. This time-saving organizer begins three to five days in advance of Thanksgiving with thawing the frozen turkey, then directs meal preparers through each key step in the meal preparation and cooking process – all the way through carving the luscious turkey and sitting down to enjoy it with guests.

“The Thanksgiving meal is a cherished tradition for most families,” said Lorena Rull, brand manager for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms brands of turkey products. “With this holiday meal planner, we think those fixing the meal can be more prepared, less stressed and be able to enjoy the company of their guests while delivering an impressive, delicious holiday feast.”

This holiday season, shoppers will find this helpful meal planner as a convenient tear sheet near the turkey case in grocery stores around the nation. Or, before they head to the supermarket to purchase their ingredients, Thanksgiving meal preparers can also access this planner interactively online at and

Other important holiday meal information on the Web sites includes:

•    Guidelines for thawing your frozen turkey

•    Recommended turkey roasting times

•    Directions on using a meat thermometer to ensure the turkey is cooked properly

•    Tips on carving your turkey to ensure the most white meat

•    Recipes and storage “keeping times” for leftovers

•    Additional recipes for turkey and side dishes

Many of these same preparation guidelines and recommendations are also available, toll-free, 24 hours a day, by phone. The Honeysuckle White Turkey Line is 1-(800) 810-6325, and the Shady Brook Farms Turkey Line is 1-(888) 723-4468.

About Cargill

Cargill Value Added Meats produces a wide variety of high-quality turkey products under the Honeysuckle White? and Shady Brook Farms? brands. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Cargill Value Added Meats is a business unit of Cargill, Incorporated, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. For more information, visit, and

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