Time to prepare for Thanksgiving!

Turkey 2014

Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  It is time to get the Turkey and determine when to thaw it.  Frozen Turkeys are just fine.  I know every TV chef in the country says to buy a fresh Turkey, I have prepared one fresh and one thawed Turkey side by side and my guests could not tell the difference.  Here are a few tips for picking out a turkey and getting ready for Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Menu Timing and Cooking Schedule

Turkey 2014

One of the most common questions that I get regarding Thanksgiving is….”How do I get everything to be done at the same time”? This question has a lot to do with the menu that you have selected. It also has a lot to do with proper planning and preparation.  Below I have laid out a sample menu and how I would prepare for it. Using this sample menu I have planned out a cooking schedule for my Thanksgiving feast.

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2013

Smoked Turkey

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 … Read moreTurkey Tuesday Roundup 2013

Dana’s Yellow Squash and Zucchini Casserole

Dana's Squash and Zucchini Casserole

Sorry for the long interval between posts.  Dana and I have been very busy.  Plus, our camera was broken.  Therefore, I was unable to take photos for the blog.  However, we discovered that we had an old point and shoot camera.  It takes mediocre shots, so please forgive the photos.  We were thinking of dishes … Read moreDana’s Yellow Squash and Zucchini Casserole

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I love thanksgiving so much that I often cook way more than I could ever eat.  So I usually end up make a  variety of leftovers that utilize the ingredients.  Here are my favorite ideas. Thanksgiving Potato Skins I love potatoes and I believe that they are the perfect vessel to deliver any food.  Thanksgiving … Read moreThanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2012

Smoked Turkey

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 … Read moreTurkey Tuesday Roundup 2012

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

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

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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