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COVER STORY: Miss Leesburg & Miss Eustis Pageants Pg. 20-21 Community Spotlight Pg. 13 Lens Around Lake County Pg. 16-17

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7 Avoid the flu this season:

18-19 U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults

8 -9 DIY pet treats: economical, easy and nutritious

20 -Miss Leesburg Scholarship Program

10 -12 What’s Happening with Habitat?

21 Miss Eustis Pageant

13 Community Spotlight: Mike Matulia

22 -23 Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision

14 - Protect your credit while shopping this holiday season

24 -25 Vitality Bistro

16-17 Lens Around Lake County

26 -27 Practice makes Perfect a dress rehearsal for your turkey

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from the publisher’s desk Al Asghar


e have another exciting issue for you this month, a wide range of topics and events that make a difference in our county. Most of the cities in the county have started their annual festivals and we will be there covering most of them. We have added a new section in the magazine that we had on our website for a long time, Lens Around Lake County. This will feature photos from around the county. Take a look at it and see if you know anybody in there. Our cover story features two events from Leesburg and Eustis. We have also added a Community Highlight, and this will feature a member of our community that has made a difference in a lot of people’s lives. I also want to thank all our listeners to our radio show, The Everything Lake Magazine Hour. Because of you, we are the fastest growing radio show in Lake County. I also want to thank our sponsors and the great guest that have come on and made a big difference to the show. We are headed into one of my favorite time of year, the holiday season. There is a lot happening, so go out and enjoy yourselves. Enjoy the current issue and I will see you all next month.

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Cover features Emily Pelton Miss Leesburg and Alexis Clark, Miss Eustis. Cover photo taken by Jennifer Moseley.

The goals of the writers at EverythingLake Magazine is to provide great stories that are true and accurate from beginning to end. Please be forgiving if we make a mistake. We will make it right. EverythingLake is a monthly publication and can be located in various Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Businesses, Restaurants, etc. Any comments can be sent to EverythingLake Magazine at or call 407-697-7933. 2273 Jennah Circle, Eustis, Florida 32726 EverythingLake Magazine assumes no responsibility for claims made by their advertisers. All letters and their contents sent to EverythingLake Magazine become property of EverythingLake Magazine and maybe reproduced at any time. All views expressed in our magazine are those of the writers and may not be of EverythingLake Magazine. Use of the material in our magazine is prohibited unless written approval is given by EverythingLake Magazine

Avoid the flu this season: Tips for keeping your employees and business healthy (BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s flu season began four weeks earlier than expected, resulting in the earliest flu season in a decade. While the early arrival proved to be tough on families, it was especially difficult for small businesses and start-ups that rely on their staff to stay profitable and productive during the holidays and tax season. The CDC estimates that each year the flu results in 75 million days of work absences and 200 million days of diminished productivity for businesses nationwide. Cumulatively, the flu costs businesses an estimated $6.2 billion in lost productivity each year, with small businesses proving to be no exception. To keep your staff healthy and business booming, Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Pharmacy offer the following tips to avoid catching the flu this season: * Encourage employees to get immunized Immunizations are a simple and effective way for adults and businesses to protect themselves from catching and spreading the flu. The CDC recommends getting an annual flu immunization as the first and most important step in protecting yourself against the flu. Get immunized early and persuade your staff to do the same. Encourage your staff to get immunized by taking them out for lunch and immunizations. Find a location near you that administers the flu shot. This year, your local Sam’s Club Pharmacy offers scheduled and walk-in immunization appointments for all adults age 18 and over - no membership required. Sam’s

Club has also implemented additional options for adults to increase flu protection convenience including increased inventory, trained pharmacists to administer immunizations and a privacy screen at each pharmacy for a more comfortable experience. * Stop the spread of germs In addition to getting the flu immunization, simple daily measures can protect you and those around you from getting sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs. * Stay home when sick If you or a staff member begins to exhibit flu-like symptoms, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the flu and infecting others. If you are sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. 7

DIY pet treats: economical, easy and nutritious (BPT) - Many families are struggling to find time to sit down together for a meal these days so it may seem funny that more people are making time to bake treats for their pets. But pets are gaining status in the family hierarchy, according to a Harris Interactive study. In fact, more than 90 percent of pet owners say their pets are an official member of the family. Twenty-four percent say they frequently cook specifically for their pets. Dedicated pet owners have been making treats for their furry buddies since the 1800s, according to Chef Noel Ridsdale, culinary academic director at The Art Institute of Tucson. He adds that in the last five to seven years, the number of people making pet treats has taken off. “There are many reasons for this, but I think it is the attitude that people have taken with their pets. It seems that over the past 20 years or so, pets have almost become another child in the house. So with this change in behavior toward our pets, it only makes sense that we would now want to feed them better.” Value - both in cost and better health Chef Ridsdale states that making pet treats at home is both economical and healthy. “Recipes for these treats are not any different than food for their human counterparts. Most recipes include a protein, a vegetable and a bread. All of these ingredients are readily available and are inexpensive.” Do-it-yourself recipes are available on reputable food databases including Allrecipes. com, and - just be sure that the recipes have been tested by others prior to trying them on your pet. Chef Ridsdale cites additional, important reasons for making treats at home. There 8

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DIY pet treats: economical, easy and nutritious made - is becoming increasingly important. “We want to ensure that our pets are getting the same level of food quality [that we are]. If a dog food is made in China, we don’t know for sure what standards are being met. I would not want my pet eating something that might make them sick,” states Ridsdale. Chef Ridsdale’s homemade cat treats Ingredients: 1 cup buckwheat or oat flour 1/2 cup dried garbanzo beans, ground into flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 6 ounces tuna, salmon, or other meat 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup water

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9 pan with olive or canola oil. Cats can detect the taste of vegetable or corn oil, so do not use these. 1. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. 2. Mix tuna, egg and oil together at medium speed. 3. Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients. 4. Add enough water to create a cake batter consistency. 5. Spread batter in pan evenly and bake for 1 hour. 7. Lower oven temperature to 250 F and bake for 45-60 minutes more. 8. Remove pan and slice into 1 inch squares but keep treats in the pan until ready to serve. 9

What’s Happening with Habitat? Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide non-profit organization that many consider a “household name” but few truly realize the scope of what the Lake-Sumter affiliate is working on in their own community. The current initiatives of Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter are on track to forever change the face of Lake and Sumter counties. Veterans Housing Initiative 2012 marked the inaugural season for The Veterans Housing Initiative. Last November, Habitat kicked off their drive to support the veteran community in Lake and Sumter counties with a Pro-Am Golf Tournament and Gala at Mission Inn, along with a truss setting for Curtis Walters, a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Mr. Walters home was dedicated in February, and he still supports Habitat’s efforts. He is excited for this year’s upcoming veterans build for female veteran April Harden. While Habitat has made building at least one home per year for a veteran its priority, the organization is also working towards building a transitional housing facility in the Lake County area- a facility that will help struggling veterans transition back into civilian society. In addition to this year’s Gala, Pro-Am Golf Tournament, and Truss Raising Celebration, there will be a Community Golf Tournament on November 18th where members of the community can register to play and be a part of the festivities. Registration details are as follows: • $125.00 for individual registration • A foursome can register for $400.00 (If

you can recruit your own foursome, contact for a registration special!).

Players will play in a best ball scramble and will receive a buffet lunch and gift package as part of their registration. The gift package includes: A full sized duffel bag, a golf towel, a bag tag, a cap, a custom hat clip w/ ball mark, and custom tees. Additionally, prizes will be given for teams in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. If you have any questions, or wish to register for this 10

tournament, contact or call (352) 483-0434 ex. 122.

What’s Happening with Habitat? VolunTourism of Central Florida On a rainy October 7th, pillars of the Lake and Sumter communities gathered at Habitat’s newly remodeled Domestic Global Village facility for its ribbon cutting ceremony. October 7th also marks World Habitat Day. This was the perfect day to celebrate the difference Habitat has made in the community thus far, while also looking towards the future and what they hope to accomplish with the Domestic Global Village. The 14,000 square foot Domestic Global Village is a hostel-like facility that will house 95 volunteers in bunk-style rooms while giving them access to a brand new bath house and changing facility, laundry facilities, complimentary wireless internet, as well as a game room, movie room, sand volleyball court, and a basketball court. Volunteers from around the country, and possibly the

globe, will have the opportunity to enjoy a week at the facility as they spend their time volunteering and touring the Central Florida area.

In addition to the traditional building of Habitat homes, “voluntourists” will participate in various community engagement projects such as 11

What’s Happening with Habitat? environmental beautification, serving meals at shelters, tutoring and/or reading to children, painting, repair work, maintenance at local care facilities and shelters, and assembling food and care kits for the less fortunate. Habitat of Lake-Sumter and VolunTourism of Central Florida will be leading the charge in an effort to unite other local non-profits to “solve community challenges through people helping people.� If you are a Lake or Sumter county municipality, or non-profit organization interested in becoming a partner in this groundbreaking initiative, please contact or call (352) 483-0434 ex. 121. In addition to the current initiatives, Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter has countless opportunities for members of the community to make contributions of their time, talent, and financial resources in an effort to further the Habitat mission of improving the lives of both individual families and their communities. For more information on how you can help, contact Habitat at (352) 483-0434 or visit

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was the opening of the sports complex in September of 2000. We now have a state of the art facility. Our vision had come true. We had a lot of community leaders out here for the opening and it was just a great moment. You just had your fund raiser golf tournament, how did that go? The golf tournament went great. We had a huge showing for it. I am glad to say that we raised $30000 at that event. That money goes towards scholarships, equipment and text books.

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Athletic Director Lake Sumter State College How long have you been with Lake Sumter State College? I joined the college in 1997. Prior to that I was a professor and a baseball coach at Miami Dade College. When you first started at Lake Sumter, what was your immediate project? The school did not have an athletic department when I first started. I knew I had to get the community to rally behind us and build a strong program that way. We started putting the pieces together and today we have a baseball, softball and a women’s volleyball program. What would you say was the best moment for you at Lake Sumter? For me, the greatest thing that happened

What do you want the people in the community to know about the athletic program? Its open. We want people to come check it out. Our women’s volleyball program is growing and we have games at both our locations. You can come out to games for next to nothing. And the kids get to come in for free. We want the kids to come and enjoy the program. I have heard that the athletics and you do a lot of community services, tell us a little more about that? We encourage our athletics in their down time to go do community service. They have helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, go to little league fields and help the kids and the coaches with practices, just to name a few things. I want to thank Mike Matulia for taking the time to sit down with me to do this interview.

Protect your credit while shopping this holiday season (BPT) - The holiday season is a great time for merriment - finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season. However, the holidays can cause a strain on your credit if you don’t take certain precautions. Don’t let this year’s celebration leave you with the credit blues come January. Here are some tips to prevent damage to your credit score during the holiday season: 1. Resist opening new store credit cards Those one-time discount offers are tempting, especially while you’re racking up large shopping bills at different department stores. If you have established credit, it might not be in your best interest to open multiple retail store-sponsored credit accounts. A good rule of thumb is to apply for credit only when you need it. If you were to open multiple accounts just for the holiday season to get those one-time, 5 percent-off discounts, the resulting negative impact to your credit score could last a long time. However, if you are trying to establish credit, department store or “branded” cards may be a good first step in establishing credit and positive payment patterns. 2. Avoid accumulating too much debt Paying your credit card bills in full, and ontime, is key to maintaining good credit. But if you aren’t careful in your budgeting, you might find yourself needing to take a couple of extra months to pay off those holiday bills. The percentage of debt, relative to the borrowing limit on a credit card account, is factored directly into your credit score. “It’s easy to overuse the credit card for all holiday purchases, and this behavior can negatively impact a credit score that will last for months or even years to come if you can’t pay that debt down in a reasonable amount of time,” says Barrett Burns, president and CEO of VantageScore Solutions, a credit score model developer. “Shoppers should carefully budget how much they’ll spend on holiday purchases, so they can avoid maxing out their cards and also be able to pay off the bills in full when they arrive.” 14

Burns advises to keep credit card balances under 30 percent of the maximum amount of credit available. For example, if your credit limit on a particular card is $1,000, try to keep charges on that card under $300. 3. Keep an eye on your cards The holiday season is also the season for credit and identity theft. While it’s nearly impossible to completely prevent identity theft from occurring, shoppers can take steps to make it more difficult for thieves to steal their credit information for fraudulent use. Some tips include: * When shopping online, check that the website has https:// in the URL address, or a lock symbol on the page showing that the page is secure. * Only take one credit/debit card on each shopping trip, and only bring it out when making a purchase. Carefully conceal your card on your person, protecting against pickpockets. * Be alert - looking for over-the-shoulder peepers or worse, someone with a camera. * Only use secure ATMs at your financial institution. * Save all receipts to compare with bills when they arrive. Once paid, shred all receipts. If the item is a gift, ask for a gift receipt so the recipient can use the gift receipt to make an exchange, if necessary. * Monitor your credit report for any fraudulent activity once the holiday season is over. Take action immediately to report errors.



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U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults (BPT) - When it comes to caring for those who are aging, older Americans are not receiving the recommended standards of oral health care. This is a cause for concern, as maintaining

According to the report, the factors negatively affecting the oral health care of older Americans include:

a healthy mouth is essential for overall health and well-being at every age.

* Persistent lack of oral health coverage - 21 states do not offer dental benefits for lowincome Americans or only provide emergency coverage through Medicaid dental benefits.

The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, according to a new national report released by Oral Health America (OHA). A State of Decay, a state-by-state analysis of oral health care delivery and public health factors impacting the oral health of older adults, reveals more than half of the country received a “fair” or “poor” assessment when it comes to minimal standards affecting dental care access for older adults. One reason for the decline in oral health care is that many older Americans do not have dental insurance. In fact, only 2 percent of Americans who retire do so with a dental benefit plan. In addition, transportation issues, mobility limitations, fear of dentists, and lack of awareness of available oral health services are other factors which impact dental care. 18

* Strained dental health providers - 31 states have a shortage of dental health providers, meaning they only have enough providers to cover 40 percent of the population.

U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults * High rates of tooth loss - Eight states had extremely high rates of edentulism - the loss of all natural permanent teeth. Loss of teeth often results in a person forgoing nutritious food choices due to the inability to chew properly. * Deficiencies in preventive programs - 13 states have about 60 percent of residents living in communities where fluoride is not added to drinking water, despite the fact that it’s been recognized for 68 years to markedly reduce dental decay. “While we are seeing improvements in certain areas of older adult dental care, there is still a lack of progress in advancing the oral health of such a vulnerable population,” says Dr. Ira Lamster, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “Older adults face significant health challenges if their oral

health is poor, and there is no coordinated program to help fund necessary services.” In response to the need for reliable, readily available, cost-effective, and digestible oral health resources for older adults, Oral Health America has created, a user-friendly website that connects older adults and their caregivers with local oral health resources. With funding from the DentaQuest Foundation and support from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Special Care Dentistry Association, offers dependable oral care information from oral health experts across the country, so older Americans can learn why it’s so important to care for their mouths as they age. Visitors to the site can also utilize an interactive map to find resources where they live for affordable dental care, transportation, social services, financing care and support for caregivers. 19


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Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision (BPT) - Popeye trumps Bugs Bunny - at least for your eyes. An overwhelming majority of Americans - 89 percent - identify carrots as the best food to eat to ensure healthy eyes but far fewer, 32 percent, know that spinach can help support their vision too, according to a survey by Kelton/DSM Nutritional Products. Move over carrots and beta-carotene, there are other foods and nutrients that appeal to eye health. Dr. Michael Roizen, author and co-founder of, provides a brief tutorial on the best nutrients for eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin - The same survey found that less than half of Americans (41 percent) are familiar with lutein and only 6 percent of Americans are familiar with the nutrient zeaxanthin. Of the 600 known carotenoids, these are the only two that are found in the retina of the eye. Eat dark leafy greens (like spinach) and eggs and you’re on your way to incorporating lutein and zeaxanthin into your daily diet. While there is no established recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for lutein and zeaxanthin, the American Optometric Association recommends 10 mg per day of lutein and 2 mg per day of zeaxanthin. The recently published AREDS 2 (Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2) was launched to determine whether a combination of key nutrients including vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene and omega-3s - can further 22

Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision reduce the risk of progression from the common dry macular degeneration to advanced agerelated macular degeneration (AMD). Secondary analysis showed that the group receiving lutein and zeaxanthin versus those not taking lutein and zeaxanthin, had a 9 percent risk reduction for progression to advanced AMD. DHA and EPA omega-3s - DHA omega-3, found in fatty fish, fish oil and algae (the fish get it from algae—they don’t make it themselves), is a major structural fat in the retina of your eye (and in your brain). It plays an important role in infant visual development, in visual function throughout life, and in eyesight and memory support with aging. The LUTEGA study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology showed that supplementation of lutein, zeaxanthin, DHA and EPA omega3s result in increased concentrations of these nutrients in plasma and a significant improvement in the optical density of the macular pigment in 172 individuals with “dry” AMD.

Vitamin E - This essential vitamin, found in oils, wheat germ and peanuts, is an antioxidant that supports eye health. It may be difficult to get the recommended daily amount of vitamin E through diet alone - 15 mg/day for anyone older than 14. For example, to get 15 mg of vitamin E, you would need to eat one cup of peanuts that comes with about 827 calories. You can also get this vitamin in foods such as spinach, salmon and walnuts. But, if you’re not eating foods rich in these nutrients on a daily basis, consider adding supplements specifically formulated for eye health. Some of these supplements include Ocuvite, i-Caps and Centrum Specialist Vision. Check with your physician before starting any supplement program. Roizen’s quick tips on how you can help support the health of your eyes include: 1. Avoid smoke, including second-hand smoke; 2. Wear UV protective sunglasses; 3. Take in 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin every day; 4. Get 900 mg of DHA omega-3 a day.




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The Tostada Mexicana is a Mexican spiced flat tostada shell topped with taco crumbles, grilled vegs, nacho cheese, a mound of crisp lettuce, sliced avocado, fresh salsa du jour and sour cream. The dish was on point and delicious. And off course, you can not have a meal

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The restaurant opened in 2012. Chef Madhi has been a vegan for over 42 years. “We have perfected our dishes over time. Our menu changes with the seasons. We have some thing for everyone” commented Chef Madhi. As I scanned through the menu, I noticed the huge selection of beverages that they offer. The menu has juices and smoothies that are made fresh. They also offer a variety of organic red and white wines and a nice selection of gluten-free ales. Looking on the food menu, I noticed that they have a good selection. From entrée salads, living entrees, sandwiches, and pizzas, there is something for everyone. Now, it was time to try some of this delicious food that we were talking about. I ordered Tostado Mexicana and their famous Pad Thai.. The Pad Thai is made of noodles from zucchini and sweet potato combined with mixed vegetables and delicately laced with a zesty, nutty Thai inspired red chili pepper sauce. It was simply delicious.

without dessert, so I ordered the cashew ice cream with a raspberry topping. Wow! Being totally stuffed and extremely happy with the over all meal, I thanked our host Chef Madhi on a wonderful meal. I will defiantly be back for more.


My culinary taste buds took me to a very popular Vegan restaurant in Mt Dora. The restaurant is located in the heart of Mt Dora. It is very well decorated with windows all around that give the patrons a great view of Mt Dora. “We are filling a need in Mt Dora” stated owner and chef Tenanda Madhi. “ There are no true VEGAN restaurants in our area. We are offering people organic, living, vegan, gluten-free drinks and food. We are the only restaurant that offers this in our area”.

On November 18th, help us build homes for our heroes... Play in Habitat for Humanity-Lake Sumter’s Veterans Housing Initiative Tournament at Mission Inn

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Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey

(BPT) - The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you’ll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your turkey. More than 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, according to a National Turkey Federation survey. But before doing so, why not do a dry run and prepare a turkey, or try a smaller bird like chicken, using a brining technique that is sure to be a crowd pleaser? It’s the hot new culinary trend that’s got everyone from celebrity chefs to home cooks buzzing. But even though brining may be the latest technique to sweep kitchens, it’s hardly new. Mankind has been brining since ancient times. It probably started out, hundreds of millennia ago, as a way of preserving seafood with sea salt. The technique has come a long way since, and now food lovers everywhere, in typical what’s-old-is-new-again fashion, are rediscovering the benefits of brining. Think you don’t have the tools to brine? Chef Helen Roberts, director of culinary development at Kikkoman, has perfected the turkey brine. The brine is simple: salt, sugar, water, dried spices and the magic ingredient: soy sauce. Pull out your refrigerator drawer or a large, deep bucket

to brine your bird. After you’ve stirred your ingredients and placed your turkey in the liquid, let the brine work its magic overnight.

Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey What’s the secret behind brining? Brining has a tenderizing and moisturizing effect. The brine is absorbed and diffused throughout the meat as it soaks overnight. In addition, Roberts explains that soy sauce has a savory effect that seals in the turkey flavor and moisture. “Brining makes a big difference when you’re roasting meat. You’ll have the juiciest bird you’ve ever tasted,” says Roberts. But, as we all know, a turkey isn’t the only thing on the kitchen table - check out some recipes here that will leave your taste buds craving for more. Savory Turkey Brine Ingredients (Recipe for a 16 to 24 pound turkey) 2 gallons cold water 10 ounces Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce 1/2 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons dried sage 2 tablespoons dried celery seed 1 tablespoon dried thyme Instructions The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out. In a large stock pot or 5 gallon bucket, mix water with remaining ingredients. Stir well until all the salt is dissolved. Place turkey in the pot, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Remove turkey from the brine, rinsing well. Follow your regular cooking instructions. Brining isn’t just for meat though. Brine veggies for a rich, savory taste. Perhaps one of the trendiest veggies, Brussels sprouts, are a prime candidate for a soy sauce brine. Sick of the same old side dishes? Now that you’ve brined your turkey, get creative with your side dishes too.

Put a spin on classic mashed potatoes with the Wasabi Mashed Potatoes recipe found on The spice and heat will balance out the creamy texture of the mashed potatoes. If you have leftover turkey, try a completely new dish instead of just reheating. Keep enjoying your juicy turkey by adding to a stir fry, include in a salad or in a tetrazzini. For leftover mashed potatoes, use panko to transform into crunchy, warm Panko Mashed Potato Cakes. Have you ever wondered ... why turkey for Thanksgiving? Turkeys became a Thanksgiving staple after the Native Americans introduced turkey to the Pilgrims back in 1621 during the first Thanksgiving meal. As you prepare to celebrate the holidays, try this brining recipe to keep turkey juicy and moist, and you are bound to enjoy a wonderful meal with friends and family.



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