Category Archives: Thanksgiving

eggnog cupcakes

Got leftover eggnog from a Christmas party? Use it for these cupcakes! Eggnog Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups (7.5 oz) all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg 8 TB unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup (7 oz) granulated sugar 2 large eggs (at room temperature) 1/2 cup eggnog 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Eggnog glaze 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) powdered sugar 5 tsp eggnog 1 tsp rum or brandy (optional, use an extra tsp of eggnog if omitting) Procedure Preheat Read more [...]

[recipe review] dry-brined turkey

Just to recap, I followed the advice of Russ Parsons (Food Editor of the LA Times) and dry-brined the turkey.  The process began on Monday afternoon with the application of 3 TB kosher salt (Morton's) to a 16 lb. fresh, free-range turkey.  Double-wrapped in plastic bags (no leaky turkeys here), it was flipped and turned around and around for a couple of days until I pulled it out on Thanksgiving morning. I made an herb butter with fresh sage, thyme, and unsalted butter and smeared it underneath Read more [...]

turkey time twenty-ten

Last year it was brined and high-temp-roasted.  The year before it was brined, air-dried, and spun around and around on the rotisserie.  The year before was my first year on the rotisserie; I burned the turkey because I hadn't figured out how to configure the burners on my gas grill.  (Turns out when you have a front-to-back three-zone grill you leave the middle one off.) This all goes to support the fact that, for a fairly traditional family, I'm given a lot of leeway with turkey techniques. Read more [...]

happy thanksgiving!

I've just returned to the world of food blogging after a couple of months off.  Anyway, I'm back just in time for Thanksgiving, the #1 eater's holiday of the year.  For starters, I'll link to some of my past Turkey Day recipes: the turkey is in the brine... mulled wine cranberry sauce ginger glazed carrots lemon garlic veggies (green beans, broccoli, etc.) maple cornbread spiced pumpkin bread As I looked over this list, I realized that I have never shared my recipes for stuffing Read more [...]