Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving is here! Thanksgiving is here!

It’s my 10th anniversary hosting Thanksgiving… after ten years, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and hosting. But even better, with a bit of age and more lessons under my belt, I’ve become even more thankful for the special people in my life, the fun times we’ve had, and […]

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Thanksgiving Week is Here!

Number one Question on the minds of Thanksgiving hosts and hostesses everywhere:

How do I make sure I serve a moist Thanksgiving Turkey?

Here are Jen the Catalyst’s Top Tips for a great Turkey on Thanksgiving!

Begin the Great Brining Thaw on Sunday.



Why brine? Brining allows the Turkey to absorb more water before […]

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Snow Day Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Yesterday, it snowed. and snowed. and snowed!

I wanted to be in the kitchen… not the car. I wanted to bake… not shop. So I raided my pantry.

I had pumpkin, but no milk. Flour, but no whipping cream.

I found a recipe at myrecipes.com (Oxmoor House, June ’07) that was easily adaptable for what […]

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Thanksgiving Primer III

I like the number three- everything seems to come in trifectas!

Thanksgiving is no exception- where the First Part is guests/menu, the Second Part is sketching out what needs to be done and asking for help, and the third part is:

Actually doing it.

The week before Thanksgiving is such a rush!

And yes, I […]

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Thanksgiving Primer II

Like most anything else, if I break a big big thing down into smaller pieces, it doesn’t seem so unwieldly. Thanksgiving is like that too.

I like to think of Thanksgiving in three parts. Part One is to figure who is coming, and what (and how much) we’ll have to eat.

You can learn all […]

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Thanksgiving Primer, Part I

I love love love hosting Thanksgiving, after my first time many years ago. I was intimidated even just to cook back in those days, much less host a bunch of people for the best fall holiday. Doing it the first time showed me that I could do any dinner party I wanted… practice is the […]

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Jen the Catalyst Cook’s first Dinner Party

SO…. there I was in Paris with a kitchen, a cookbook, and some hungry friends. I had ZERO cooking skills but I did have the seedling of desire- and a phone card. I called Pam from the telephone booth on the street (probably after having partaken in some cheap table wine, and for sure after […]

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