When Van Ness asked the woman to speak up, the woman confessed she was hiding from her husband who was sorely disappointed that she bought a breast instead of a whole turkey. Apparently, he was concerned the breast meat would be dry and was looking forward to enjoying leftovers after the Thanksgiving dinner. Van Ness recommended she cook the breast at 325 degrees F to an internal temperature of 170 degrees F to ensure tender, juicy meat and suggested she purchase an additional breast for her husband's leftovers. The woman called back days later to say that the tips and the turkey breast were a big hit with her husband after all!
Favorite Thing About Turkey Talking: "The thing that keeps me coming back each year is the opportunity to share this All-American holiday with so many wonderful callers. We answer their questions and instill confidence in to help them make Thanksgiving memorable and delicious."
Around Her Holiday Table: "At our table my husband and I have our two daughters and our mothers. They usually have everything ready for the meal by the time I arrive home."
Favorite Holiday Recipe: Honey Spice Glazed Turkey
When She's Not Talking Turkey: Van Ness is involved in the marketing and sales of residential and commercial real estate in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Education: Van Ness graduated from Rosary College/Dominican University in Riverforest, Illinois with a degree in Home Economics
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