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Roasting Chestnuts in an Oven or Toaster Oven – In Pictures

Roasted Chestnuts Just seeing fresh chestnuts in the store at this time of year brings back all kinds of memories to me – from seeing and smelling them roast on a cold night on the streets of New York City to cracking them open parked in front of a blazing fire in the living room with either cider in my very young years or Canadian Club and ginger ale after that.

Roasting chestnuts is darn easy. Here are a few tips. Read more »

Pineapple, Yogurt, Jam, and Dried Fruit – All in Pictures

Pineapple, Yogurt, and Jam

Last post showed how to ripen and cut a fresh pineapple as easily as possible. Here’s a fully flavorful and also very easy to make way to enjoy cut pineapple. As always, the ingredients you see below are only suggestions. Use your imagination to make your pineapple, yogurt, jam, and dried fruit all yours!

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How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple – All in Pictures

How to Cut a Fresh PineappleYou bet winter’s starting to get its bone-chilling grip on us. Digging into a fresh, ripe pineapple’s a great way to take a tropical flavor vacation.

There are lots of great things about pineapple. One is that it’s usually not that expensive, especially if you buy it at a large discount club store. I pay about $3 for a pineapple here in Central Massachusetts. As for the fruit once you get it home – and ripen it – I love pineapple for it’s rich yellow flesh color, it’s terrific juiciness when it’s just ripe, it’s teeth satisfying soft crunch texture, and it’s magnificent more sweet than sour flavor.

 

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Turkey (Leftover) Nachos – In Pictures

Turkey Nachos

Turkey nachos are great for a quick lunch or dinner or as a flavorful companion with your favorite drink when you’re watching sports or whatever you want to watch comfortably warm from the cold outside. All you need is your favorite corn (or any) chips, leftover turkey – or any other meat you might’ve had for Thanksgiving, canned beans (optional) and melted cheese topped with your choice or a combination of sliced avocado, chopped tomato, chopped onion, sour cream or plain yogurt and/or salsa. Read more »

How to Remove and Store Meat From a Turkey – All in Pictures

Removing Meat from a Roast Turkey Now that Thanksgiving’s over – great holiday! – it’s time to think about leftovers that are limited only by your tasteful imagination…after first removing the meat from the turkey body and then storing that meat properly. 

Yeah, I know: I used to dislike removing meat from a turkey, but now that I know how to do it about as efficiently as possible, I don’t mind the job at all. Read more »

Stress-Free Turkey Roast and Easy Thanksgiving Help – All in Pictures

Carving Roast TurkeyHappy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving because all that’s expected is good company and a great tasting meal. At the same time, I sure understand that putting together that fantastically flavorful meal can mean a good deal of stress for those in the kitchen.  To help relieve that stress, here’s the easiest, most stress-free way I know to roast a moist and tender turkey, especially one that, like the majority of turkeys available, weighs less than 15 pounds. Read more »

Quick and Easy Pie Crust From Scratch – All in Pictures

Quick and Easy Pie CrustLast post showed how to make a Thanksgiving dinner standard: fresh sweet and sour fully flavorful cranberry sauce quickly, easily, and in advance. Here’s another recipe that can be made in advance: quick and easy pie crust from scratch that in no way is just a flavorless shell for a much more flavorful filling. Not at all! Read more »

Fresh Cranberry Sauce and Stress-Free Thanksgiving Help

Fresh Cranberry SauceHomemade fresh cranberry sauce, with its Thanksgiving signature sweet and sour flavor and mouth pleasing snap and pop, tastes much better than canned cranberry sauce and is just as easy to make as boiled water. Fresh cranberry sauce can also be made well in advance and keeps fresh for weeks in the refrigerator.

Here’s all you need to make fresh cranberry sauce. Note: you’ll see a carton of orange juice in the picture below. Cranberry sauce recipes usually call for water. Instead of water, I like using fruit juice – orange juice as shown or apple or any other juice – for added flavor.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce IngredientsClick any picture above or this link for an easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. For complete stress-free Thanksgiving dinner help, click the picture below for a link to the Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook “Thanksgiving Help” page where you can find links to first-of-a-kind step-by-step Thanksgiving Dinner picture/video books as well has helpful and flavorful Thanksgiving tips.

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Kamut: Nutritious Great Tasting Ancient Wheat – Picture Book Cooking Directions

KamutEver since learning about flavorful, nutritious, and versatile quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) a few years ago, I’ve been looking for and experimenting with grains I’d never tried before. Recently, I found Kamut, which is a brandname derived from the ancient Egyptian word for “wheat”. Kamut, also known as khorasan wheat, is native to Afghanistan and Iran but is now grown in the US and Canada.  Read more »

Instant 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing – All in Pictures


Instant Salad DressingAll right! With Thanksgiving and a load of winter holidays well on the way, here’s a great, easy-to-make, and fantastically flavorful salad dressing you can make in under 5 minutes using only 5 ingredients.

Brief but funny note: I developed this recipe the first time I worked with a group of fellow military veterans. There was an outspoken guy among the group who said as I was talking about the teaspoon of both sugar and garlic salt I planned to use, “You don’t need that sh__(stuff)! I mean, we’ve got a lot of people here with diabetes and high blood pressure.”

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