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Tips to put a twist on holiday meals

Year-round outdoor cooking is on the rise as consumers are becoming more adventurous chefs, forgoing the oven or stove-top and opting for turkey and trimmings cooked on the grill, smoker or fryer. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 62 percent of consumers are cooking outdoors year-round and 15 percent are cooking part of their Thanksgiving meals outside, up nine percent from 2009. People say they are cooking outdoors for convenient and faster cooking, flavor, less costly meals, healthier meals, minimal cleanup and for crisp fresh air. For outdoor cooking tips and recipes, visit www.hpba.org and www.eatturkey.com.

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