The new rage is to cook your bird on its breast.
But I happen to be an accidental expert on the matter.
If you cook a turkey -breast side down- chances are your guests will rave how juicy and wonderful it is. And because you cooked it, you can pretend you knew what you were doing the whole time.
I did this once in 2002 and again in 2014!!!
Happy (work) anniversary! Mike and Sko
We are celebrating two greats at WISC - chief photographer Mike Van Susteren and news manager Steve Koehn.
Both started here 40 years ago! It is so rare to have that kind of knowledge in a newsroom and I just admire them so much! The quality of their work cannot be matched, plus, they're just great men in general.
They were true innovators in television news, starting out as the owners of their own communication company, freelancing as reporters for Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay. They even owned the first CP-16 film camera in the market...before any of the television stations.
They have been quite a team over the years. With Mike's great eye and Steve's gift of words, they have influenced more journalists in the Madison area than anyone else. Our general manager, Tom Bier (who has made his own significant contributions to our industry) says describing them as 'great' is quite an understatement. He says they introduced "b-roll" to the market in the days of film and had and continue to have an uncanny understanding of visual storytelling.
Great is an understatement but they are great. Congrats to Mike and SKO!
Whatever happened to the Chinese lady?
I've been gone for nearly two years... and I'm Korean! But thanks for asking, Ruben! It's been a while since I got called Chinese!
Let the holiday gift giving begin!
Special thanks to our loyal viewer JR for making us a batch of his famous carmel corn! (Do you say carmel corn or caramel corn?)
Our newsroom is gobbling this up as we speak, and I just wanted to say thanks! We love how connected everyone in the community feels to our news team. We feel it, too.
That being said, I had 3 people just yesterday ask me when I'm going to make my apple crisp! I begged KYTV's Lisa Rose for the recipe when we worked together... and now I think of her once a year when I make it to share with my friends. Thanks, Lisa!
We've had a lot of fun trying to raise awareness for the UW Carbone Cancer Center...
I made my mustache this year... with a hair extension. I actually glued it to my face between newscasts the other night. Pretty goobery... but I wanted it to kind of look like a fu manchu.
Anyway, throughout the day, we posted silly mustaches pictures... some of you even made your own pictures of me! Thank you for that. We had a ton of fun and it feels good to know we did it for an incredible group and cause. Thank you!
L.L. Bean Free organizer
I love getting stuff for free.
Thanks to a recent catalog in the mail (who says you only get junk mail?), I was able to snag a freebie from L.L. Bean.
If you look at the back of the catalog, you'll see a $10 off promo code.
There are no restrictions on the code, so I bought a fleece lined organizer on sale for 9.99. I used my promo code and got it for FREE! I didn't have to punch in a credit card for any reason, so it was just as simple as asking for a free item and getting it.
I found a few items less than $10 but I thought this was the best one for me. Great stocking stuffer, secret santa present or just a little extra something for myself!
Own 'Tammy' on DVD -- Coming in hot!
Tammy is available just in time for Black Friday!
Explore the Outdoors: Pewits Nest
The fall season is really one of the most beautiful, but that especially holds true in Wisconsin.
My sister and I recently went to Pewits Nest with our hubbies. It was a perfect morning.
Easy ways to explore the outdoors
We've seen some really great pictures on the news. Send them to us! firstname.lastname@example.org OR show us how you're exploring the outdoors for our Time For Kids campaign. Use the hashtag #TFKOutdoors and we might feature your pics on the news!
The race to the polls in Wisconsin
Here we go, did you vote? I was #311.
Thanks to all the workers at my polling place! I had to register on site. Everyone was friendly and they said they were pretty busy today!
We're getting ready back here in the newsroom. Good luck to all the candidates. See you on TV.
GRAPHIC: Oh dear, we hit a deer
WARNING. GRAPHIC PICS AHEAD.
Jim and I were headed back from Chicago feeling like big winners with a bag of gummy worms, a CVS cheese sandwich and a golden Emmy.
We were following traffic when the car in front of us moved lanes, leaving us with a split second to see a freshly killed deer in the center of I-90. We couldn't switch lanes because cars were on either side of us.
"Hold on," said Jim. I did.
When we parked our car in the garage, we could smell something "gamey"... and when the sun came up the next day, we had to take care of it.
Poor deer. We had no choice but to hit it but it was pretty gross. I won't share all the pics but we took them just in case we had damage to report to insurance.
Has that ever happened to you? Our car appears to be okay, but I feel really bad for the roadkill. Also, I think we saw the car that hit it and it was such a tiny vehicle. I sometimes feel guilty owning an SUV but I'm always happy to have one on the interstate. I once got hit by a drunk driver on I-44 in Missouri while driving a little bitty Honda... and that was enough to propel me into a bigger car.