I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Turkey Week

This year, we are staying home and (crossed fingers) having a quiet Thanksgiving dinner. Since it is all me, I am determined to have a stress-free day and not a lot of dishes in the sink when I finally get to collapse. Here is what I am doing throughout the week to ensure we all had a wonderful Turkey Day. I will continue to post throughout the holiday as the final products come together :))

Monday night:
I made some chicken stock to be used for my stuffing and turkey gravy…off to the freezer until you are needed

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I made the crumb topping and pie crust for my Apple Crumb Pie, both into the freezer

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Tuesday Night:
I peeled/diced/chopped onions, carrots, celery, garlic and herbs for my stuffing, turkey gravy and turkey stock and soup (for Friday night). I even sautéed the veggies for the stuffing and soup so I wont have to take out any pans!

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My diced sweet potatoes and carrots for veggie side dish

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Wednesday Night:
Last week, around 6am, I was in the car with a sleeping Macie, on the way to get her tubes put in. I was lucky enough to hear a radio ad for Trader Joes and their fresh *Glatt Kosher* turkeys that are pre-salted/brined. These turkeys are so well preserved, they can sit in your fridge for a few weeks which makes them the most convenient food item I have encountered. This turkey has been waiting for us in our garage fridge for over a week…

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I am using Anne Burell’s roasting method which can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/brined-herb-crusted-turkey-with-apple-cider-gravy-recipe/index.html

Obviously, I didn’t brine it and wont be using cinnamon sticks or apple cider and - oops - just realized I didn’t put the apples in.

I only used 1/2 the herb butter. I see lots of herb toast in my future…

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All dried and ready to be slathered…

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Veggies and herbs ready for the bird…

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Slathered and trussed and ready for the fridge. See you tomorrow!!

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My bread cubes drying out overnight (hopefully) for this Crockpot Stuffing:

http://busycooks.about.com/od/sidedishrecipes/r/cptraditionstuf.htm

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I will be up bright and early to start our new Thanksgiving tradition of doughnuts and waffles!

Thanksgiving Day:

Our new tradition of making doughnuts was a success! I used this recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Glazed-Yeast-Doughnuts/Detail.aspx

I used Smart Balance Light, in an attempt to lighten things up before we gorged ourselves for the rest of the day.

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I wasn’t sure about the dough for the apple pie because I used Smart Balance Light, but it was perfect.

This is the recipe I used, the crust recipe is linked to it:

http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/apple-crumb-pie

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*Lots* of granny smith apples, 1/8th inch slices, but it does make a big difference.

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…after 40 minutes in the oven, the crumble goes on…

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It was done after another 40 minutes in the oven, and although it was really juicy, it needed to cool for 6 hours.

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Crockpot stuffing:
Having sautéed the veggies the other day made this dish so easy. I ended up turning off the Crockpot after 4 hours and left it in there for about an hour and a half. It was amazing.

http://busycooks.about.com/od/sidedishrecipes/r/cptraditionstuf.htm

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I took the turkey out at 2 hours and 45 minutes. I think it could have come out a few minutes earlier, but it was still delicious. I didn’t taste any of the herbs from the butter, but I don’t mind a simple roast turkey, especially with an amazing gravy.

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This is my new, nifty, fat separator…so I could put the fat right back into the pot for the roux. The recipe called for the turkey juices and extra stock, but I only used the juices and it was plenty.

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I am not sure why it was so pale, but I really don’t care…I could have licked this pot clean.

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The finished product, the perfect Thanksgiving plate…

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This was our Thanksgiving table…we sat there for an entire 30 minutes :) I bought a roll of butcher paper and *new* markers for the kids. They loved the surprise. We will bring out their masterpieces next Thanksgiving and make new ones each year.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you enjoyed your week of cooking as much as I have.

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