Archive for the ‘Chicken & Turkey’ Category

Stress-Free Roast Turkey Picture Book Recipe

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Years ago I put together what I thought was the most stress-free roast turkey picture book recipe available. That recipe produced terrifically tender results because it required roasting the turkey at consistently high heat (450℉/230℃) mostly with the bird in a breast-side down position. Leaving the the turkey breast-side down for most of the roasting time protects the more delicate breast meat from direct heat and also allows the fat in turkey’s legs and thighs to baste the rest of the bird naturally by gravity. That technique, though, has two significant drawbacks: high heat roasting works well only for turkeys weighing up to 15 pounds and consistent high heat roasting temperature creates a lot of smoke in the kitchen. Read more »

Easy Turkey Leftover Parmesan – All in Pictures


Turkey Leftover Parmesan

This turkey leftover Parmesan recipe is just as easy to make – and vary to your taste – as it is fantastically flavorful to enjoy.

Here’s what you need – if you don’t have leftover turkey or oven roasted squash as shown below, just substitute those with whatever meat/vegetable leftovers you have.

Needed to Make Turkey Leftover Parmesan

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Happy Thanksgiving & Picture Book Thanksgiving Dinner Help

Roast TurkeyThanksgiving: by far my favorite holiday! All that’s expected is a good meal with family and friends. For help in the kitchen, just click any picture on this page to get to the Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook Thanksgiving Help page that provides a planning and timing guide with links to step-by-step picture book recipes that show how to make favorite Thanksgiving dinner dishes: roast turkey (cooked quickly and tenderly at high heat), turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, easy and flavorful pie crust, apple pie, and an assortment of whipped creams.

 

Thanksgiving Planning & Timing Guide

Happy Thanksgiving!

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 »

Leftover Turkey? Turkey Nachos: Real Easy, All in Pictures

Have leftover turkey and want something fast, flavorful and family pleasing? Easy! Make turkey nachos: Just your favorite corn (or any) chips, leftover turkey, 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 the Meat from a Turkey


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First, I hope you had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving. Yah, I know for some of you that line’ll lay a good wry smile on your face. I had a good time stretched out on my toes in the traditional Thanksgiving family picture – and just managed stand with the tallest in the group. You bet, I’m smiling! Read more »

Stress-Free Roast Turkey


Here’s how the 15 1/2 pound turkey I roasted last night (Thanksgiving Eve) turned out after 2 1/2 hours of high heat roasting. After misreading a recipe and making adjustments years ago, using high oven heat (450°F/230°C) at 10 minutes per pound is my favorite stress-free method for ensuring a moist and tender turkey. Read more »

Quickly Thawing a Frozen Turkey in Water

Frozen Turkey Thawing in Water

It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Stores will be closed tomorrow. Hopefully, you’ve already bought a turkey if you plan to have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

If you bought a frozen turkey, here’s the quickest safe way to thaw it. Plan on 30 minutes thawing time per pound – about 6 hours total thawing time for a 12 pound turkey, 7 1/2 hours for a 15 pound turkey. Read more »

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