Thanksgiving (Pasty) Hand Pie

Thanksgiving Hand Pies

When I used to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Pasty (pronounced “Past – eee”) was king. It is a meat filled hand pie that was usually topped with gravy or ketchup. The pie was all meat and potatoes and lacked the gravy or liquid inside of a pot pie. I though this … Read moreThanksgiving (Pasty) Hand Pie

Turkey 101

Turkey Time

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I wanted to give a few pointers.  Let me know if there is anything that I have left out. Choose your turkey wisely… Choose a turkey based on the number of guests.  Average is about 1lb per person.  Sounds like a lot, but remember a turkey contains … Read moreTurkey 101

Roasted Chestnut and Corn Bread Dressing

Roasted Chestnut and Cornbread Dressing

Is it dressing or stuffing. While the ingredients can be the same, the difference is in how it is cooked. If it is stuffed and cooked inside of the bird, well then it is stuffing. If it assembled and baked outside of the bird in a casserole dish, then it is dressing. However, the two … Read moreRoasted Chestnut and Corn Bread Dressing

How to Smoke a Turkey

Smoked Turkey

Ever since I got my first smoker, I have been smoking everything but turkey.  I never had the guts to try to smoke a Turkey for Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is one of those meals that you cannot screw up.  However, after this year of competitions and gaining more experience with my smoker, I wanted to try it.  I must say, smoking a turkey is simple and fun.  Plus, it tastes amazing.  I have no idea why I have not done this sooner.  Smoking a turkey opens up space in your oven for side dishes and also makes it so that your oven does not have to be on all day.  With a few simple steps, your turkey will come out perfect every time.

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How to Brine a Turkey

Turkey Brine

It is that time of the year.  The time when many people freak out trying to cook a turkey for a large group of people.  When done right, turkey is the most amazing food around.  However, turkey easily dries out and needs to be monitored when cooked.  The easiest way to add flavor and keep … Read moreHow to Brine a Turkey

Where to get Sausage Casings

After Thursday Blog about Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst, I recieved a bunch of emails regarding sausage casings and where to get them.  FYI- I started to make my own sausages a couple of months back after receiving the sausage making attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer, and also after taking a sausage making class at the … Read moreWhere to get Sausage Casings