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Add These Garnishes to Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Dishes



You have a lot to think about on Thanksgiving. I get it. Just delivering the dishes to the table is a feat of engineering, logistics, and emotional resiliency. Small things may fall off the radar, but still, don’t send your plates out to the table naked. Garnishing your Thanksgiving plates isn’t just pretty—it adds a special something to each dish. (And what is Thanksgiving, if not special?) Here are three easy ways to get a win. 

Add some zest

A garnish is a dash or a dot or a zip of something at the end, on the plate that makes the dish pop. It should add some color, some texture and some taste. Yes, it should be edible.

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It’s just a slice of lemon in a pinwheel. You got this.
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Citrus has so many things going for it, garnish-wise. It has the rind, which is hard enough to hold structure but contains tons of citrus oil, which smells wonderful, and adds a little pop to a dish when grated (zested) over it. Not only that, but not a lot of foods are the fantastical colors citrus has to play with– lime green, bright orange, sun yellow. 

If not grating, use a vegetable peeler to pull off a long coil, and either use it as is on the side or top of a dish, or lay it on a chopping board and cut it into long strips to sprinkle over your dish. 

You can sculpt citrus into a plethora of shapes, but that’s a lot of work. Even a lemon wedge is wonderful on a plate, particularly when a dash of lemon juice would be refreshing on top Cut the lemon into wedges, and be sure to pop out any seeds before plating. But also- consider a lime, orange or grapefruit wedge instead for something different. 

A solid go-to move is the pinwheel. Cut lemons into ½ inch thick slices, and remove the pits. Make one cut through the radius of the pinwheel, and then spread it apart with your fingers so it rests upright on the plate. You can also use this on the rim of a glass. 

Herb-y additions

Short of throwing chopped parsley on top of everything, what else can you really do with herbs? When you have access to fresh herbs, you can use entire sprigs of it on a plate. A turkey on a plate is nice. A turkey surrounded by sprigs of rosemary, thyme, oregano and other herbs is picture-worthy. Just place cut sprigs around the edge of the plate all going in one direction to create a wreath. 

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Those simple chives make a big impression
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Individually, herb flowers and leaves can be used really effectively. Thyme flowers are beautiful delicately floating on top of your mashed potatoes and will add a subtle depth to them.  Deep-fried sage leaves can be a powerful addition to any mushroom dish—sage and mushrooms go together naturally. If you are making stuffed mushrooms, or anything with a thick filling, stick a few chives in, vertically, for a nice visual impact. 

Finish with fancy salt 

Fact: Everything benefits from a little salt. And if you choose right, it’s not just delicious, but adds color, crunch, and a nice visual punch of crystals. 

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five different flaky, seasoned salts
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The key here is what kind of salt you’re using. Fleur de sel is the gold standard of flaky, gorgeous salt, but you can buy flaky sea salt at the grocery store in the baking aisle. In France, markets frequently have entire stalls of flavored, colored salts—a gorgeous rainbow of options. You can sometimes buy lavender or lemon salt here, but it’s absurdly expensive. Make your own using Claire Lower’s formula, adding any flavor you want to your salt (and color, too). Sprinkle the flaky crystals on top of your dishes right before they head out to the table. Just a light sprinkle is enough; you want to see the crystals, rather than be overwhelmed by them. 

It doesn’t take much to think about putting some color, flavor and texture on the plates that go out to the table. The garnish, the period at the end of the sentence, can make the difference between a holiday experience and a boring dinner.

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Upgrade Your Leftover-Turkey Sandwich With Thai Curry Paste



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Sure, the leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich is a classic for a reason, but part of the joy of eating is refreshing the classics. When you’ve layered sandwich bread with turkey and mashed potatoes so many times it’s become a chore, it’s time to reach for a new flavor. Get excited again for that leftover poultry and make a turkey sandwich—but not the kind stacked with cranberry and stuffing. Instead, clear out your fridge and your sinuses with a fiery Thai curry turkey sandwich.

Since poultry has a reputation for drying out in the fridge and losing flavor, I wanted to add powerful ingredients and a bit of moisture. I reached for a can of massaman curry. Thai curry is something I keep stocked in my cabinets, and I find that the flavors pair up brilliantly with any protein. Thai curries use a varying combination of ingredients, like shallots, ginger, makrut lime leaf, garlic, and chilies, depending on the type you choose, but something you can count on is that it will be flavorful. Toss cold, shredded turkey with a tablespoon of curry paste and you’ll trigger a bright new outlook on all of your holiday leftovers. 

Thai curry paste can be pounded or processed at home, but my family has always used premade Maesri brand cans for cooking. You can find Maesri in Asian grocery stores, but big box grocery stores like Shoprite and Whole Foods carry different brands of Thai curry as well. The benefit of jarred curries is that you can use a spoonful and close up the lid again. (The cans can be a little annoying if you don’t use the whole thing.)

Ingredients for a sandwich on a cutting board

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A Thai turkey curry sandwich will be a bit spicy, of course, but you can control that with this recipe. Thai curry paste is powerful, even in small quantities, but not every curry packs the same amount of heat. Heat is a personal preference, but if I want mild spice I’ll use massaman, yellow, or red curry paste. For medium heat, I use pad prik king paste. To make myself sweat I’ll use green curry paste. Use any of these according to your preference, and then control the heat further. Use just a teaspoon or so of paste and mix it with two tablespoons of mayonnaise. The mayo will cut the spice level down further because of the fats involved. Taste it. If you’re spiced out, add more mayo. If the flavor is too weak, add more Thai curry paste. Toss a cup of shredded turkey with the mixture and load it onto a couple slices of bread.

This hack is especially helpful in this final day or so of turkey scraps, but you can ignite your taste buds with this recipe any time during the year using leftover chicken or pork. I like to make a quick, crunchy slaw with shredded cabbage tossed with lime juice and salt. These are some classic Thai ingredients and it rounds out the flavors of the sandwich beautifully. The massaman turkey filling is spicy and sweet, and the slaw is crunchy, salty, and tart. 

For even more of a flavor boost, add a couple leaves of torn basil (Thai basil if you can get it), and a chopped raw Thai chili pepper. Those last ingredients will really rock your sinuses, and make it the kind of sandwich that you can’t stop talking about (even while you’re actively eating the sandwich).

Thai Curry Turkey Sandwich recipe


  • 1 cup shredded turkey

  • ½ tablespoon to 2 tablespoons Thai curry (adjust according to taste)

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 Thai chili, chopped (optional)

  • 2-4 leaves Thai basil,  (optional)

  • ¼ cup shredded cabbage

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

  • 2 slices of sandwich bread, toasted

1. In a small bowl, toss the cabbage together with the lime juice and salt. Set aside on the countertop for 10 minutes, tossing periodically.

2. In a different bowl, mix curry paste with mayonnaise until combined. Taste the mixture and add more curry paste if desired. Mix the shredded turkey into the dressing. Mix in the chopped chili and basil, if using.

3. Mound the turkey mixture onto a slice of toasted bread. Add the cabbage slaw and top it with the other slice of bread. Give the sandwich a press with your hands, and enjoy.

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No, NameDrop on iPhone Won’t Automatically Share Your Contact Information



According to a report by The Washington Post, police departments and news sites are spreading misinformation about “NameDrop,” a new feature in iOS 17. These outlets claim that simply bringing your iPhone close to another iPhone allows the other user to steal your contact information, without your consent or any action on your part. If that sounds scary, don’t worry: It’s pure hogwash.

Yes, NameDrop is enabled by default on all iPhones running iOS 17.1 or higher, and Apple Watches running watchOS 10.1 and higher. But it can be only used intentionally, and only with your consent. That’s what a lot of news outlets and law enforcement agencies are getting wrong. The City of Chester Police Department in Ohio says, “This feature allows the sharing of your contact info just by bringing your phones close together.” Of course it’s going to seem dangerous.

How NameDrop actually works

First of all, both iPhones or Apple Watches have to be unlocked. Then, the two devices have to be very close to each other, almost touching. When they come in close contact, your iPhone will prompt you, asking if you want to share your contact information and your Contact Poster, with the other iPhone. From here, you get two options: Receive Only and Share. It’s only when you tap Share that the two iPhones will do the dance of swapping contact details. If you choose Receive Only, the other person’s contact details will show up for you if they choose to share, but your contact details will remain private.

If your iPhone is locked, and there’s an unknown iPhone on top of it, this won’t work. Even if it’s unlocked, without your action, there’s no risk of losing your personal information. Rest assured, your contact details are safe. Hypothetically, this could be a problem if your iPhone is both unlocked and in someone else’s hands. But if that’s the case, you have a much bigger problem than losing your email address and phone number.

How to disable NameDrop on your iPhone

Still, if you want to disable the feature, it can be done from Settings > General > AirDrop > Bringing Devices Together > Off. But again, we wouldn’t recommend this, as it’s not worth losing the excellent AirDrop bump gesture.

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The Differences Between a Drill, Impact Driver, and Hammer Drill (and When to Use Each)



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If you’re considering a new tool purchase, or just trying to choose the right tool for your project, all the different options can seem confusing. Drills, impact drivers, and hammer drills have a lot in common, and they even have some overlapping features, but there are some key differences. Here’s a guide to these tools and their features to help you tackle your DIY venture with confidence.

Why are these tools similar?

These tools will all drive a screw with the right bit in them. They’re all designed to hold a bit and rotate for drilling into material like lumber and they will all drive hardware (e.g., a screw). Because of this, you might think of them as being interchangeable, but the amount of power they can exert is quite different.


A cordless drill is intended to primarily be used to drill holes into materials such as lumber or similar materials. What makes a drill different from an impact driver and a hammer drill is that it doesn’t include an impact as a part of its mechanical function. This reduces the amount of power that the drill exerts and makes it a gentler option. A traditional drill can be used for driving screws and sometimes even nuts, although it won’t provide as much assistance to the user when it comes to additional torque. A drill is best suited for drilling into more delicate materials and driving screws with a controlled amount of torque to prevent splitting. The other benefit of a regular cordless drill as opposed to an impact driver or a hammer drill: It’s much quieter.

Impact drivers

An impact driver is designed to assist the user with driving longer or wider hardware using extra torque. This is caused by the striking force of an internal hammer and anvil controlled by a spring that adds extra force at regular intervals to drive the rotating shaft faster, thus giving the driver more force. Impact drivers will also turn a drill bit, although they require an adapter or a quarter-inch hex shank attachment for a bit to be compatible with them. If you’re working with longer or wider hardware, or working with tougher material that you’re trying to drill through, an impact driver will work well.

Hammer drills

A hammer drill is like a traditional drill crossed with an impact driver and it’s larger and more powerful than a regular driver. A hammer drill has a larger, half-inch chuck, and looks and functions similarly to a regular drill except that it has spring-driven hammer and anvil component, much like an impact driver. These drills are generally used for drilling through more challenging materials like concrete or stone. It’s usually a good idea for safety’s sake to use the extra control handle that often comes with this type of drill, as the amount of force it can exert can be stronger than your bare hands. 

Choosing the right tool for the job

The more force a drill can exert, the higher the risk of causing splitting or snapping of hardware, so it’s a good idea to use proportional force to the project you’re working on. Driving hardware or a drill bit too fast can cause it to snap. Excessive force can also cause heat to damage the bit or the hardware. For more delicate, wood projects, a regular drill works well. For slightly larger projects, or for driving larger hardware, an impact driver is a good fit. For masonry or extra large bolts, using a hammer drill will do the job.

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