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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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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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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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 […]
Keep reading Thanksgiving Primer III
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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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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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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