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On-line Thanksgiving help

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Many of your kitchens will soon smell like a roasting turkey, or that secret family gravy. But before you pull out those old recipes, here are some helpful hints. You can't beat a traditional thanksgiving feast, but if you're short on cash or just want to try something a little different this year, here are some ideas... is a great website to visit for traditional and unique family recipes and tips, like how to choose a turkey, not to mention how to know when your turkey is done, and how to thaw and stuff your turkey. If you're really stuck - call or e-mail the turkey hotline. The folks at 1-800-butterball or can answer your turkey and other food preparation questions, even if your turkey isn't a Butterball. They are available from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For help with the rest of your feast, check out for an old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe or a method for rendering fat. has recipes for the perfect buttery mashed potatoes. If you still haven't picked up your groceries, has a one-stop shopping list and a last minute Thanksgiving guide. On a tight budget? offers step-by-step instructions for easy, low-cost recipes. As for desert, Sarah Bancroft is preparing a tasty treat she found on, a photo sharing website. She explained, “The base is an Oreo cookie and then it's a Resses' Peanut Butter Cup, a Whopper, and then another cookie on the back and then candy corn around the outside of the Oreo and then put eyes on it and little orange feet and there you go." But if you're not interested in trying something new, you can never go wrong with grandma's family recipe or mom's secret sweet potatoes.

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Eating Out on Thanksgiving?

Does anyone know of any local (Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach) restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day? We don't necessarily want turkey, just a place to go to sup! Any suggestions are very much appreciated! Nan

Here's one that's open...

Bon Appetit on Carolina Beach Road. They're located just south of Shipyard Blvd.

Golden Corral in Monkey

Golden Corral in Monkey Junction is open - if that's your kind of thing.

K&W is open

Cracker Barrel may be. (I know that one of the best Thanksgivings I ever had was at the Carcker Barrel in Lumberton. They may be open here, too.) I don't know if Golden Coral or Carolina BBQ are open, but give them a call.

I heard Golden Corral,

I heard Golden Corral, Caseys on Oleander, some Chinese food places. I'm sure there is more. I think there is also one at Wrightsville Beach. I heard it on the radio, but can't remember the name. Hope this helps a little. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!