I did a couple things different this year.  We cooked the turkey the night before Thanksgiving.

I'll never do it again.

1st off...it doesn't take that damn long to cook a 21 pound turkey.  3 hours if you don't stuff it.  So, my idea about saving time in the morning didn't make sense.  And now, we're automatically having leftovers for Thanksgiving.

The other thing we did was watch how to carve a turkey properly.  Not to say my father did it incorrectly all those years...but I did feel like we got a LOT of meat off the carcass.

Next year, in my ever evolving quest to cook the perfect turkey, I will take it out of the turkey bag (we just oven bags to get it super juicy) and let it cook the skin a bit more.  Also, I kinda wanna make turkey soup by cooking the carcass.

Next year I will have to google more to find out how.

That being said, according to the USDA, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, gravy, and pumpkin pie can all last three to four days in the fridge.  After that there is a potential for bacteria to grow and make you sick.

You should eat them tonight or freeze them until you're not absolutely sick of turkey. Most leftovers can last a few months in the freezer. So prepare for turkey sandwiches now to eat in January.

There's one Thanksgiving staple that WILL survive in the fridge a little longer though.

They do say that homemade cranberry sauce lasts a week to ten days and the canned stuff can last up to two weeks in the fridge.

The Worst Things You Can Eat or Drink Before Flying This Holiday

The holidays always brings their own set of challenges, but there’s no denying that traveling for the holiday makes things especially tricky. If you’re flying to go see family or friends, here are some things you definitely should NOT eat or drink right before hopping on a plane along with a couple ideas of good food for you to eat before a flight.

Craft Breweries in the Quad Cities Area

We're very lucky to live in an area with such an amazing, thriving "craft beer scene". You'll be able to find everything you could want.

Not sure what you want? That's ok. The bartenders at these establishments are very well versed and can guide you through a wonderland of Ales and Lagers.

From "coffee infused" to "riff infused".

From "pale ales" to "peanut butter porters".

Fruity, Sour, Hoppy, Malty, Crisp, Crushable beers in all shapes and sizes.

Crowlers, Growlers, Cans & Kegs...the Quad Cities Craft Beer scene has it all.

And of course...a great beer isn't complete unless it's paired with some amazing food. Whether it's made in the breweries kitchen or in the food truck in the parking lot...brewers know that people love food with their beer. 

Take a look at the 19 Quad Cities Area craft breweries!