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More on cooking a turkey

Cooking turkey is actually kind of a dumb idea. Most people don’t ever cook turkey. Turkey is like chicken … it’s a domestic bird that is familiar to all Americans … but it is very difficult to cook in a way that does not ruin it. So once a year, you cook this huge bird…

Did you get a gift card for a bookstore from Santa? Consider this new item (Thanks Virgil Samms for the tip!): Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated A cookbook based on notes by Charles Darwin’s wife is to be published. Mrs Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book features more than 40 dishes from her personal…

I like to cook, and I am good at it and know something about it. So I therefore am somewhat attracted to certain information streams including, for instance, Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s “The Splendid Table” on National Public Radio. (Although this show comes out of the Twin Cities, Kasper and I have only crossed paths a…

How To Make Gravy

… a culinary repost. You’ve got your turkey all planned out, and you’ve got some stock. Now, it’s time to explore the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Gravy. (And maybe something to put it on.) I will tell you how to make excellent gravy with no stress and guaranteed success. Without lumps.

A good way to cook a turkey

You have time but time can go by very quickly and suddenly Thanksgiving is upon you. This repost from one year ago may help you plan your turkey-day meal. My daughter, Julia, is named after two people. One of them is Julia Child. I happen to think Julia Child has had more influence on American…

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The Best and the Hottest

I believe that the hottest hot sauce you can get without a permit is Dave’s Insanity Hot Sauce. It is also one of the best tasting. That is an unsolicited product endorsement. If you think differently, fine, but you have not tried it so don’t be so sure!!! Why do I mention this? Because every…

How To Make Gravy

You’ve got your turkey all planned out, and you’ve got some stock. Now, it’s time to explore the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Gravy. (And maybe something to put it on.) I will tell you how to make excellent gravy with no stress and guaranteed success. Without lumps.

Making Stock

I previously posted on a way to make a turkey that would leave you with the bulk of the bird’s uncooked skeleton, and I promised some tips for how to make good stock.

A good way to cook a turkey

My daughter, Julia, is named after two people. One of them is Julia Child. I happen to think Julia Child has had more influence on American society than most other people, by helping to make varied and interesting cuisine part of American culture. One day when Julia was a very young child (my Julia, not…