• Pumpkin and turkey head with leaves for Thanksgiving
    Main Course,  Recipes,  Turkey

    How and Why to Brine for Thanksgiving

    It is time for the most food festive holiday of the year – THANKSGIVING! All over social media, I see questions like: “what is the best way to cook a turkey?” “should I stuff my turkey?’ “should I brine my turkey?” I have baked, fried and smoked turkey for many, many Thanksgiving feasts. Regardless of which cooking method you chose, you must, must, BRINE your turkey. Now, let’s discuss proper prepping and cooking the traditional, centerpiece of your holiday meal. What is a Brine? Brining is a technique whereby meat is soaked in saltwater, which tenderizes, moisturizes, and flavors the bird, as well as reduces the cooking time. Brining is…

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    5 Non-Food Thanksgiving Tips

    I am lucky, I have been invited to my dad’s house for Thanksgiving, which means, I do not have to prepare the traditional meal. However, I hosted a huge family Thanksgiving several years ago. There is more to it, than just cooking a turkey and few trimmings..   I wanted to give you my 5 non-food Thanksgiving tips. Use biodegradable plates, utensils and napkins Just because Thanksgiving is a bit more special than a weekly, family Sunday dinner, does not mean you cannot use disposable items. Beyond the convenience of not washing plates and flatware till Christmas, using disposable plates allows for quick clean up, so you, the hostess, can…