Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2016

Turkey Sugar Cookie

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. I know that cooking in general can be stressful enough, without the added pressure of having a houseful of guests.  So I want to help you all out with a few tips, tricks and time saving ideas. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Yes you can cook a frozen turkey and it will turn out delicious.  Its all in there.  If you have any other questions, click the Ask Rex link in the menu above.  I will be around answering emails all week.

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2015

Turkey Time

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  Be as prepared as possible.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Its all in there.

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Memorial Day 2015

Red, White and Blue Shooter AKA "Liquid America"

Happy Memorial Day 2015! First and foremost, I want to thank all of the soldiers and veterans out there. Because of you guys and gals we can enjoy our freedom and we have the ability to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank You!

Memorial Day is the official start of the summer and nothing screams summer like, BBQ and grilling! To help out with your outdoor party, I have compiled a few tips, tricks and recipes to share with you all!

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How to turn a gas grill into a smoker!

How to Turn a Gas Grill into a Smoker

Gas grills have a lot of fans.  I have one and really love it.  They are quick to heat up, provide a nice searing surface and are easy to maintain.  What they lack in aroma and flavor they more than make up for in convenience.  However, what if you could add flavor and aroma to … Read moreHow to turn a gas grill into a smoker!

How to Split and Grill Lobster Tails

How to Split and Grill Lobster Tails

The weather is finally making a turn for the better.  It is about time that spring has finally sprung upon us.  To celebrate spring, I picked up a few lobster tails on special.  I usually skewer the tails but decided to cook them in a different way. In this method I completely split the shells opening up more area to char on the grill.  It imparts the most smoke flavor to the lobster that I have found.  Plus it is simple, quick and delicious!  Did I mention it is easy to eat!  If you are looking for a great recipe with a more elaborate presentation, check out my how to grill lobster tails post.

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Clarified Butter

Clarified Butter

I have a lot of recipes that require clarified butter, but I have never posted how to make clarified butter.  Clarified butter is basically butter fat without the milk solids in it.  So it has a higher smoke temperature and a longer shelf life.  It is great for sautéing and other applications that require higher temps. … Read moreClarified Butter

How to Cook a Frozen Turkey

How to cook a turkey from Frozen

There is nothing worse than waking up on Thanksgiving morning to discover that you forgot to defrost your turkey.  You panic!!  There is no safe way to thaw a turkey in time to eat it and you can’t figure out what to do.  Well, I am here to help rescue you.  We are going to cook … Read moreHow to Cook a Frozen Turkey

Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2011

Smoked Turkey

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I wanted to give a few pointers. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few … Read moreTurkey Tuesday Roundup 2011

Summertime Picnic Brownies

Picnic Brownies

I have a vast collection of cookbooks.  Some are new and some I have collected from yard sales and random book sales.  I was looking through one random book on baking when a cutout of random paper fell into my lap.  That cutout was from a July issue of Coastal Living, and described this brownie … Read moreSummertime Picnic Brownies

Bacon Chicken Kabobs

Bacon Chicken Kabobs

I love grilled chicken.  However, if you cook boneless skinless chicken breasts life can become dry and boring.   So I devised a surefire way to cook chicken, keep it moist and give it a smokey bacony flavor.  Yep, skewer the chicken with a couple strips of bacon.  The fat keeps the chicken moist and imparts a nice smokey flavor that everyone will love.

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Memorial Day

Red, White and Blue Shooter AKA "Liquid America"

Happy Memorial Day!  I just want to give a quick shout out to all of the Veterans out there that have served this country. Thank you very much for all that you have done.  The United States would be nothing without you.  As for today, it is the best grilling day of the  year.  Get … Read moreMemorial Day

Get Sauced! – Homemade Mustard

Memorial Day is the ultimate grilling day!  Nothing goes with hot dogs like Mustard.  The other day I tackled homemade Ketchup, and today I am tackling the other half.  Homemade Mustard. Once again making your condiments homemade allows you to determine what goes into your sauces.   No high fructose corn syrup, preservatives or fillers. … Read moreGet Sauced! – Homemade Mustard

French Dip Sandwiches

French Dip Sandwich

I was starving for a French Dip sandwich the other day.  So I jumped head first into my collection of cook books to see what a French Dip sandwhich consisted of.  I wanted to get the herbs right.  Who knew but the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook had a quick and easy recipe for it. … Read moreFrench Dip Sandwiches