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Trump and Kim Shake Hands Before Dinner: Hanoi Summit Update

Trump and Kim Shake Hands Before Dinner: Hanoi Summit UpdateTrump met with Vietnamese leaders before the dinner, and watched as three of the country’s airlines signed commercial deals with U.S. companies. Kim wasn’t seen leaving his hotel before meeting Trump in the evening. The White House excluded some of the journalists covering Trump from a brief availability with the two leaders at the beginning of their dinner.



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Trump and Kim to have dinner before series of official talks

Trump and Kim to have dinner before series of official talksWASHINGTON (AP) — Redefining success, President Donald Trump headed to his second meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, determined to tamp down expectations that he'll achieve big strides toward denuclearization. Yet he was still eager to claim an attention-grabbing victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home.



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Trump and Kim to meet for dinner at colonial-era Hanoi hotel

Trump and Kim to meet for dinner at colonial-era Hanoi hotelU.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will begin their second summit in less than a year when they meet in the Vietnamese capital on Wednesday, with the U.S. side seeking tangible steps by North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. The White House said Trump would meet Kim at Hanoi’s French-colonial-era Metropole Hotel at 6:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half. Trump flew into Hanoi on Air Force One late on Tuesday.



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Do-ahead Christmas dinner: 10 tips for preparing your food early

Do-ahead Christmas dinner: 10 tips for preparing your food earlyWe all know the feeling. It's Christmas Day, but rather than enjoying a glass of wine or catching up with family, you're peeling carrots, boiling Brussels sprouts, and hoping you'll have time to get the bread sauce out of your hair before the turkey needs basting. Dinner will, of course, taste delicious – but by the time you sit down to it, you'll be so exhausted you'll barely have the strength to pull a cracker. With a little pre-planning, such chaos can be a ghost of Christmas past. At the end of the day, remember, Christmas dinner is just a roast – and there are plenty of elements in a roast that can be prepared days, if not weeks, ahead. 1. Gravy You can make a deliciousChristmas gravy long before the main event. Simply freeze it in a container, and defrost on the day. You can then add the juices from your Christmas turkey to it just before serving. Recipe: Stephen Harris's ultimate gravy recipe, which can be made ahead 2. Stuffing Stuffing freezes well – you can even freeze it in an oven dish, so once it's defrosted, you can pop the dish straight into the oven. Some people go so far as to cook the stuffing before freezing, so on the day it only requires warming up: a good idea when oven space is at a premium. Recipe: Stevie Parle's Middle Eastern stuffing 3. Red cabbage Credit: Tara Fisher Braised red cabbage is one of those foods that actually improves its flavour over time, so it’s well worth making in advance. It will keep a few days in the fridge, and reheats brilliantly. Recipe: Diana Henry’s braised red cabbage with blackberry jelly and spices keeps well and has a lovely festive flavour. 4. Brussels sprouts Save time by using what chefs call “blanching and refreshing” – boil the sprouts, drop them in cold water to stop the cooking process, then the next day just reheat them in a pan or in the microwave. You can do this with most other vegetables too. Recipe: Marcus Waering explains how to blanch and refresh Brussels in his Christmas lunch guide, and Diana Henry has delicious recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts with apples and bacon 5. Potatoes Some people parboil and freeze their potatoes to give them a headstart on Christmas Day. Personally, I like them cooked from fresh, but you can still get ahead by peeling and chopping them the night before. Keep the potatoes in a water-filled container overnight to stop them browning. Recipe: The ultimate roast potatoes from the chef director of three-Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 6. Turkey Credit:  Michael Powell Many turkeys are oven-ready, but if you want to do anything messy like deboning, you’ll want to get it out of the way on Christmas Eve. You can also rinse it and pat it dry, and prepare anything you’re planning on filling it with – be it stuffing or something like chopped onions and herbs. Store them in the fridge in sealed containers. Recipe: Our ultimate guide to cooking a Christmas turkey, complete with tips, timings and side suggestions 7. Bread sauce Nobody wants to be faffing around with sauces on Christmas Day. Bread sauce freezes well, but it also keeps for a surprisingly long time in the fridge – just make it a few days before, and you won't even need to defrost it. Cranberry sauce can also be made ahead. Recipe: Bee Wilson's bread sauce  8. Parsnips You can boil your parsnips and keep them in the fridge for up to a day before, to cut down on the cooking time on Christmas Day. Alternatively, you could freeze them. Recipe: Marcus Waering details how to make the perfect honey-glazed parsnips in his guide to Christmas lunch 9. Yorkshire puddings Credit: Andrew Twort & Annie hudson for The Telegraph If you’re serving Yorkshire puddings, you could make the batter a day in advance. You could also completely cook and freeze them, then, after they're defrosted, just give the puddings a quick 5-10 minutes in the oven to warm them up. Recipe: This Yorkshire pudding recipe is foolproof 10. Desserts Clodagh McKenna's winter berry trifle Credit:  Kirstie Young Christmas pudding, of course, can be made months ahead: simply steam it for a few hours on Christmas Day till reheated. Make sure any other desserts are simple and don’t require oven space. Cold desserts that can be made ahead and served straight away, like a chocolate mousse or a frozen dessert, are ideal. Recipe: Try Diana Henry's marmalade Queen of puddings for plum-pudding haters, or Clodagh McKenna's winter berry trifle with crème de cassis For the classic Christmas pudding, try Stephen Harris's recipe



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Trump did not know of Huawei arrest during Xi dinner: Kudlow

Trump did not know of Huawei arrest during Xi dinner: KudlowPresident Donald Trump had not been informed about the arrest of Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s chief financial officer when he dined with China’s Xi Jinping, a top White House official said Sunday. “He did not know and he had no reaction afterwards,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday,” denying reports Trump was “livid” that the arrest took place while he was at dinner with Xi. Meng Wanzhou, 46, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada at the request of US prosecutors on December 1, the same day Trump dined with Xi on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires.



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13 ways to save your Thanksgiving dinner when things get awkward

13 ways to save your Thanksgiving dinner when things get awkwardHappy Thanksgiving, now you'll be forced to spend time with your family.  While you may be excited by the prospect of enjoying some quality time with your family, you may also have some concerns and reservations about dinner. There are — as we have all learned this year — so many ways that things can quickly shift from joyous to horrifying.  SEE ALSO: 9 videos proving turkeys are creepy as hell But don't worry, we've come up with a couple of unique and effective ways for you to shift the energy at your Thanksgiving dinner table, should things take a turn for the worst. From playing with pets to handy Alexa skills, we've got you covered this holiday season. Oh, and, feel free to reuse these ideas come Christmas as well.  Here are the 13 best ways to get out of your most uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner moments: 1. Call upon Alexa for back up Things just got super weird, and your family has an Echo or Echo Dot? Call out to Alexa for help. No, seriously. Alexa now has over 20,000 skills available for almost anyone to use. We recommend asking: 
Alexa, play Beer Goggles
Alexa, launch This Day In History 
Alexa, play Jeopardy You can also check out this handy article to see the 60 most useful Alexa's abilities, for even more skills and commands to call out during dinner. 2. Change the subject  This advice is obviously easier said than done, especially when conversations get heated and emotional. But, there are ways to effectively transition from difficult talks to slightly less trying ones! Real Simple has a really smart and easy to use guide on changing the subject and repositioning conversations — invaluable insights for awkward family gatherings. 3. Keep football on in the background Even if you're not super into football, keeping the game on in the background can serve as a welcome distraction at tenser moments during the evening and it gives everyone something to talk about. Even if you know nothing about football, you can comment on the commercials, make fun of referees, or just pick a team to root for to make the time pass by faster. 4. Play with pets Pets are meant to be played with — and this is even more true during a difficult time with family. Beckon pets over to you for cuddles and kisses, use a turkey bribe if you must, so that you can enjoy their comforting presence. 5. Discuss the book you read last If you're afraid of accidentally bringing up a touchy subject, instead bring up a book or article you read last that you found to be super interesting — and invite others to do the same.  As long as the last books you or your family read aren't super controversial this is bound to be a good topic of conversation. 6. Play Bop It!  Take a page from the
Gilmore Girls, and break out the Bop It! when things get dire.  Bop It! is quite possibly one of the easiest games to play since there's no set up, no board, all you have to do is team up with someone to play it. And the game is goofy enough that you'll all find yourselves laughing at how impossible it is to beat. 7. Call or DM Turkey hot lines For years, Butterball has catered to less intuitive home cooks by keeping its "Turkey Talk Line" open for any and all turkey-related questions. But this year, they've gone digital. You can now tweet, dm, or ask Alexa for help with all of your turkey cooking needs. (And yes, you can still call them.) We’ve always been there for Thanksgiving hosts, but this year we’re taking it up a notch. Visit our site to learn how the Butterball skill for Alexa will help you with a simple, "Alexa, ask Butterball": t.co/94bqWMmSJe #HostLikeaBoss #Alexa @AmazonEcho pic.twitter.com/HYcCaepqRm — Butterball (@butterball) November 12, 2018 If you've run out of things to talk about, or just want to switch topics, tweeting at or asking Alexa some ridiculous turkey questions could be just what you and your family needs. 8. Invite a "buffer" over for dinner It might seem cruel to invite someone to Thanksgiving in the hopes that they'll create a buffer for you and your weirdo family, but in reality this tends to make the meal much more enjoyable for everyone. If you know someone who doesn't have anywhere to go this holiday, or someone that's spending their first holiday in the states, why not invite them over? You and your family will spend time asking your buffer about what they do, their family traditions, and they'll be so distracted that they'll forget to ask you if you're seeing anyone special this year. 9. Bring some Play-Doh along Another valuable tool in the Thanksgiving dinner arsenal is play dough! If there are kids at your gathering, they're sure to get a kick out of playing with Play-Doh, and adults will have fun revisiting this childhood toy. It may seem kind of goofy, but your guests will definitely enjoy and welcome this distraction.  You can buy a pack on Amazon, or if you're feeling overly ambitious this year, you can make your own fall-scented dough with the help of this recipe — just don't let anyone eat it! 10. Read off some funny tweets Make a list on Twitter of all the funniest people you follow, and refresh it to keep yourself amused throughout the evening.  And, if you're wondering who to follow, we recommend, I've Pet that Dog, for some extremely wholesome content, any of these celebrity trolls for hilarious commentary, and the always amusing comedian Rob Delaney. Alternatively, you can always just look back on some of the best tweets of the year. 11. Take a break There's no hard and fast rule that says you're never allowed to get up from the dinner table. If you need a break, take a break. Walk around the block, chill out in the bathroom, or head anywhere else you like for a little reprieve.  You're an adult! You can do whatever you want — with a few minor caveats.  If things aren't going great, do what you need to make yourself more comfortable. Sure, dinners can get tense, but you shouldn't feel like you're being tortured. 12. Use telemarketers to break up fights Telemarketers Save Thanksgiving is a website that allows you to send a call to whatever phone you want, that will play a selection a soothing recording of your choosing. You can choose to have the National Anthem, calming ambient sounds, and positive affirmations, among other non-antagonizing messages play when the telephone is answered.  13. Eat through the pain Look, we've all gathered for the food — and to be thankful, or whatever — so why not fully lean into the dinner. Savor the smorgasbord of food at your table, compliment the dishes you like, and give thanks to whomever your host is. Everyone loves food, and almost everyone loves to talk about it, so why not make it your mission to discuss nothing but this year. WATCH: An entire Thanksgiving dinner reimagined as ice cream



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18 Ways To Add Pineapple To Your Dinner

18 Ways To Add Pineapple To Your Dinner



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Civility alert: Can’t we all just get along, or even get dinner?

Civility alert: Can’t we all just get along, or even get dinner?Maxine Waters speaks at a Keep Families Together rally on Saturday in Los Angeles. Just last year, Interior Secretary Scott Pruitt’s security chief defended the need for his boss to fly in first class to avoid hostile confrontations with the “vulgar” and “threatening” occupants of coach-class seats. Pruitt was widely mocked for his expensive tastes, and for the presumption that public officials should be shielded, at public expense, from expressions of opinion by members of the public.



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Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu's unusual run-in with UAE envoy

Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu's unusual run-in with UAE envoyWASHINGTON (AP) — Officially, their governments don't speak. The United Arab Emirates doesn't even formally recognize that Israel exists.



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38 Easy Ways To Eat Eggs For Dinner

38 Easy Ways To Eat Eggs For DinnerAlways have eggs in your refrigerator. (Unless you're vegan, in which case you



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