November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


Just wanted to say hi before all the craziness starts!  The smells, the tastes, the excitement are so great.  I love this holiday but I must admit that the days of cooking that precede it are always long with lots of time spent on my feet!  But it's worth it!

This year one of my Thanksgiving classes involved a Spatchcocked Turkey and that's what I'm cooking on the Day as well.  This involves cutting out the turkey's backbone and flattening it for quick moist roasting.  While relatively easy to do on a chicken or game hens it is a bit gruesome with a turkey.  My kitchen shears and chef's knife usually devolve into the use of my cleaver and a bit of hacking if truth be told but the resulting succulent turkey with a cooking time of about 1 1/2 hours makes it all worth while.

My last newsletter included a few basic sides dishes from this years collection so if you didn't have a chance to check these out, here's the link to these recipes. The Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes are made the day before and popped into the oven 40 minutes before dinner time, right next to the Bacon and Leek Dressing. Then there's a side of Cranberry-Orange Sauce, Maple Sweet Potato Mash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon--oh my!

If you have looked through my site yet you may have noticed that I now have a tab for Recipe Collections.  My first one--Holiday Appetizers 2015--is available now.  I have included 20 of my all time favorites--click the tab for a list of these recipes.  The collection is only $4.99!  After you pay online I will receive notice and email you the booklet.  Don't panic, it's not set up as an automatic download as of yet.  I'm quick to get these to you but do give me 24 hours in case I'm off shopping, teaching or just enjoying life!

I wish you all an amazing Thanksgiving this year and onto a magical holiday season.  Keep cooking and enjoying, Phillis