Basic Roast Turkey


In sifting through my “Thanksgiving” recipe cache I keep, I chose this recipe for turkey because it was so simple. I’ve made an herb-roasted turkey. I’ve done a dry-brined kosher turkey. I made roast turkey stuffed with herbs and veggies and brined beforehand. I overcooked some turkey legs in a crock pot one year. I baked a…

Crispy-Skinned Herb Roasted Turkey


I asked my dad if he wanted to fly in for Thanksgiving this year instead of me flying back home to the Midwest when I realized I was low on cash. One of my dogs was diagnosed with diabetes in June, and it’s been a bit crippling to my pocket the last few months. Since…

Homemade Jerky


I can’t say I ever imagined I would make my own beef (or turkey) jerky. However, now that I’ve made it, I never want to eat store-bought jerky again. Consider this: you can make your own nitrate-free jerky without a dehydrator with very little effort. I took some of this stuff in to work for…

Dry-Brined Thanksgiving Day Roast Turkey


After much research, deliberation and conversation over how to prepare a Kosher turkey, I decided upon a recipe published in the New York Times for my first ever roast turkey. What was all the to-do for? Supposedly, you shouldn’t brine a Kosher turkey the traditional way (liquid brine) as it will make your turkey too…

Turkey Leftovers Bowl


My refrigerator is bulging full with leftovers. Pizza, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, creamed spinach, spinach and egg bake, pie and pancake batter. There are so many leftovers stuffed inside my fridge it’s actually a bit daunting. I’ve never been a huge fan of leftovers. Mainly because I think that food doesn’t taste quite as…

Christmas Day Roast Turkey


Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make a large Thanksgiving dinner this year (as I have the past few years). Because I missed my chance on Thanksgiving, I wanted to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Christmas. (Thanks, Mom, for the nice new Calphalon roasting pan!) I’ve never roasted a turkey before so of course I…

Brined Turkey


I read somewhere that the way to ensure that you do not dry out your turkey when roasting is to brine the turkey beforehand. I also liked the idea of a brine because a brine (in theory) is rather simple. What I learned when making my first brined turkey is that brine needs to be…

Crock Pot Turkey Legs and Herb Gravy


For the past few years now (having moved far away from where I was born and raised), it’s been tradition that my dad and I (or a substitute for my dad when he’s not available) have a steak or seafood dinner at an expensive restaurant on Thanksgiving. In 2008 my dad and I ate at…