WATCH: Deep Fry a Turkey with ‘The Millers’ Star JB Smoove

11/25/2013 at 11:13 AM ET

JB Smoove How to Deep Fry a Turkey

For JB Smoove, star of CBS sitcom The Millers, a roasted turkey just won’t do.

“We like to make our turkey proud to be part of the family for Thanksgiving,” the former Curb Your Enthusiasm star says in a video as he reveals his eight-step recipe for a crispy, juicy deep-fried bird.

The comedian, whose real name is Jerry Brooks, says he begins by treating the turkey “like an infant” and giving it a thorough wash before taking it outside, where he has his deep fryer set up “as far as possible from the house.”

The 46-year-old explains how to avoid starting a fire and how to tell when the meat is cooked (“I hold the turkey up to my arm and make sure we’re the same complexion”). He also reveals the finer points of presentation: “I prop him up nice, so he’s part of the family, you understand?” he says. “If you lay him down, it’s like going to see someone sick in the hospital. He’s not sick, he’s part of your family now—he’s your turkey.”

Check out the video below for more of Smoove’s sage advice. But vegetarian readers can move along, because there’s nothing to see here.

—K.C. Blumm

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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