Most of us home cooks buy pre-cut pieces of chicken rather than whole chickens. We think a pack of chicken breasts, thighs, legs or wings can be more affordable. This can be true if you plan to cook several of each piece in a value pack. However, I want to challenge this notion a bit. You can get more for your buck if learn to debone a chicken and use all of the bird to it’s max. The trick is learning the techniques to unlock all of the flavor in the whole chicken.
So you’ve decided to cater your own holiday party….this is about the time panic starts to set in. You may be experiencing tunnel vision and having flashes of yourself trapped in the kitchen rolling out pastries, whisking gravies, roasting things, and sweating…profusely…while your guests stand around quietly staring at you. Relax! Step away from the ledge! Take some deep breaths into a paper bag! You can do this. I believe in you and I’m here to help, friend.
If, like me, you have chosen to brine your turkey this year you’re in luck because you’re about 3 hours away from some serious, melt your face flavor.
But wait! Before you can indulge in this face melting experience you have one more step! Follow this recipe to roast your brined turkey and prepare yourself for insane deliciousness.
Friends, I’d like to warn you that due to the nature of this post it will be in progress and updated with additional pictures over the next 4 days.
This year I have opted to brine a turkey. This process involves soaking the turkey in a salt water solution that can also include other adjunct flavorings. The result is an incredibly flavorful and moist bird.
It’s November. Pumpkins are everywhere. Let’s say you’ve dispatched all of your pumpkins of their seeds and maybe you have no idea what to do with them so you have begun collecting seeds. So much so that your friends may be planning to call some pumpkin seed hoarding TV special to stage an intervention.
Don’t allow this to happen, friends. Don’t let them take your pumpkin seeds!! Continue reading Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, A.K.A. Pepitas