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You have containers of leftovers from yesterday’s big dinner and not sure what to do with it all? Relax because we’ve done some homework to help you clean out that refrigerator. We’re ready to dive right back in on these simple and scrumptious recipes, all while creating some new meals your family is sure to love. 

Next-Day Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Polpetti

Turkey Reuben

Thankful Shepherds Pie

Second Day Fried Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Sauce Pesto

Cranberry Tartlets


Get geared up for the biggest shopping day of the day the year!  We found a few websites that provide tips on how to survive the long lines, massive crowds, and all chaos this day brings.  If you want to get a head start on your shopping, BlackFriday.com posted ads and holiday deals from many different merchants.


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As the peak holiday travel season has begun, there are a few things you should know before embarking on your favorite vacation destination. Whether you’re visiting family and friends or traveling abroad, you want to make it a pleasurable experience. With many of the travel rules and regulations changing almost daily, it’s wise to check ahead for security procedures at the airports to get you moving through the screening process more quickly.  If you’re traveling outside the U.S., it’s sometimes helpful to check any travel tips or advisories on the country or countries prior to your visit.  You will find these two websites informative and helpful.  If you don’t find what you need, you can always contact your local travel agent for more information.

The World’s Best Beaches


The lure of the bronze sun, vast azure skies and the endless blue-green oceans on a tropical paradise beach resort make for a perfect holiday destination. With hundreds of beautiful beaches to choose from, some have been given the distinction of being the best beaches in the world. Some of these resorts are listed below

The Beach in Ka’anapali, Hawaii1) Ka’anapali, HawaiiOne of the most populated, popular best beaches in Maui, Hawaii, Ka’napali is a paradise on earth. It is located in West Maui, two miles north of the historic whaling town of Lahaina and is surrounded by numerous elegant hotels and condominiums. The beach is three miles long and is full of fun-filled activities where you can snorkel, windsurf, jet-ski, parasail and even kayak. It is divided into two separate long stretches by a massive 300 foot cinder cone Pu’u Keka’ known as the Black Rock. The rock divides the sand into two and swimmers find themselves bathing in deep water. The rugged lava coastline around the Rock is also an outstanding snorkeling spot, one of the best on the island. Swimming in the crystal clear waters is safe throughout the year but best outside the season of high winter surfs.

2) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

With 60 miles of pristine beach, Myrtle Beach water sports and Myrtle Beach fishing are the finest among the different beaches in America. Besides lazing and tanning in the tropical sun, the soft wide beach provides ample opportunities for swimming, surfing, parasailing, shell collecting and volleyball. Check out tailoredtackle.com if you are keen on fishing and if you want to get a solid foundation of quality tackle for getting started.

Although your fun begins at the beach, the best attraction always, there is plenty more to do at Myrtle Beach. Besides beautiful beaches, it has delectable food, amusement parks, variety of shopping malls, lively nightlife and adventure sports. With hundreds of attractions, both indoors and outdoors, Myrtle Beach offers fun and excitement for all ages to enjoy.

This beautiful beach resort has more than 100 professional golf courses, a NASCAR sanctioned track, minor league baseball as well as tennis. You can take a deep sea fishing adventure from eight different piers or fish the backwaters and creeks all the way from Little River to Pawley’s Island on the South Carolina coast. Moreover, there is a wildlife sanctuary where you are likely to spot alligators and deer combined with several boat tours to give you a real feel of the place.

Fiji’s best beaches compete in beauty only with the Seussian-array of marine life below the water’s surface and the candy-colored coral reefs fringing the over 300 islands here, A holiday to Fiji won’t disappoint if you’re yearning for stunning beaches and resort. Follow our lead to these top Fiji beaches that can only be called the makings of South Pacific dreams.

Best Beaches in Fiji | Castaway Island
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Castaway Island

Soft, white-sand beaches and easy snorkeling access to the technicolor hard coral gardens just offshore make the beautiful stretch of shoreline at Castaway Island, a Fijian fave. Officially named Qalito Island, Castaway Island lies within the 20-island Mamanuca Chain — a volcanic archipelago to the west of Nadi, Fiji’s capital. The four-star resort here is surrounded by rainforest, beaches and more beaches.



We spent this past Saturday morning with Bill D’Amico and his staff of Chalet Premier, a local state liquor agency specializing in premium wines, spirits, and specialty beers.  The purpose of our visit was to get some fresh ideas of what types of wines are available to serve with this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Bill has a deep background in the beverage industry and he states his broad knowledge is primarily a result of the customer feedback he receives. Furthermore, the service The Chalet (as we like to call it) offers is second to none!  As busy as The Chalet is this time of year, Bill set aside some of his valuable time to educate and introduce us to a handful of wines that are tailored for pairing with your Thanksgiving Day dinner.  All of the wines mentioned are recommended to be served chilled and are priced reasonably under $20.00. You can watch a segment with Bill this week on the WFMJ TODAY show featuring the Beaujolais Nouveau Thanksgiving wine.

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2013 Georges Duboeuf BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU– This is first wine we were introduced to and lucky enough to taste.  It was smooth and delicious.  This wine was released to Chalet Premier the Thursday before Thanksgiving.  It is a light-to-medium bodied red wine that is dominated by fruity ester flavors such as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear drop. This easy drink receives large hype globally, due to the await of its release.  We think that is the reason the word “CELEBRATE” is on the label.  Beaujolais region, France.

3 Girls Pinot Noir– A light dry red wine with soft floral aromas, a hint of cedar trufles and fresh-turned earth.  Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi, CA

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Fetzer Gewurztraminer Shaly Loam– A medium bodied white with flavors of honeyed apricot and peach, with the aroma of rose petals and honeysuckle. Mendocino County, CA

Hogue Late Harvest Riesling– A crisp, sweet, tangerine apricot flavor with aroma of orange, lemon-lime and peach.  Columbia Valley, WA

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling – This Riesling is an off-dry wine that delivers sweet lime and peach with subtle mineral notes. This is an “any day” Riesling, a pleasure to drink and easy to pair with a variety of foods.  Columbia Valley, WA

Snoqualmie Winemakers Select Riesling – This moderately sweet wine has aromas of spicy pear and dried apricots that give way to luscious fruit and honey notes with a crisp and clean finish.  Columbia Valley, WA

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Also for you beer drinkers, we haven’t forgotten about you.  A fall favorite of Chalet customers during this season is the pumking.  Ryan Zocolo, the resident beer expert, described it as a dark and spicy beer that falls into the autumn seasonal ales.  As we head towards the Christmas ales, which are already being sold, Ryan suggested an alternate to the famous Great Lakes Christmas Ale.  His personal favorite for the holiday season is a Breckenridge Christmas Ale that he describes as having well balanced flavors with a just a hint of spice.    For the adventurous beer connoisseurs, try 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Akron, OH and Anchor Christmas Ale-Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA.  If you want to sample a variety of specialty beers, The Chalet offers a “Mix-A-Six” that allows you to create your own custom 6 pack.

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