Turkey Brine

I am a huge advocate for brining a turkey before cooking it. Not only does the turkey come out nice and moist, but also the extra moisture means that the bird will be more forgiving to the variables … [more]

Thanksgiving Turkey or Chicken

Hi guys! - I’m back from my travels, which means it’s time for some more recipe videos… Here’s one that gives you something different from the regular roast turkey, without … [more]

Cranberry Clafoutis

Here is a version just in time for the holidays based on a traditional French custard recipe. The tart cranberries contrast nicely with the sweet custard. This recipe serves about 6. [more]

Pepitas (Roasted Pumpkin Seeds)

Waste not. I like to roast my pumpkin seeds when I’m making pumpkin puree for pie or have them left over form my Halloween Jack-O-Lantern. Pepitas are a popular ingredient in Mexican cooking, but I … [more]

Chesapeake Boiled Turkey with Chestnut Sauce

Here is a historical alternative for cooking a turkey. I’ve cooked turkeys in the traditional manner and have even deep-fried them with my brother in North Carolina but this one is interesting. … [more]

Scalloped Oysters

This is one of my favorite dishes for Thanksgiving but, I will make it anytime oysters are available. This recipe makes about 6 servings. [more]

Pumpkin Pie

Nothing says fall like the taste of a great pumpkin pie served with fresh whipped cream. This is one of my favorites with a touch of rum. [more]

Pumpkin puree for pumpkin pie from scratch

For those of you like me that like to occasionally make things from scratch, here is a puree for your homemade pies . It is simple and has a better flavor than you will find in any can. Look for … [more]

Rhubarb Chutney

A great relish for all meats and poultry (especially grilled). Try as a topping on ham and turkey sandwiches [more]

add balsamic to gravy

Add a touch of balsamic vinegar to gravy to create a depth of flavor. It gives a little tang as the vinegar brings a hint of acidity. [more]

Turkey Gravy

Here’s a simple gravy to go along with a holiday meal. [more]

Cranberry sage chutney

Here’s a cranberry sauce that will make the driest of birds taste great and take a perfectly done turkey to a whole new level. So whether you are planning a large holiday feast or simply … [more]

Cooking Times (Turkey)

The charts below are approximate cooking times at 350F. Your times will vary because of ovens, altitude, and type of bird. Un-Stuffed Turkey Cooking Time (approximate) Weight Approximate Cooking Time …

Turkey (amount to buy)

Still don’t know how much Turkey is enough? A general guideline is to allow ¾ to 1 pound of uncooked turkey (of course you will cook it before you serve it to your guest) per person (based … [more]

Things to Relish and to be Thankful

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I am sure that all of us have some great memories and stories. I for one, would like to see, hear, laugh and commiserate with you. It seems like everyone … [more]

Is that oyster sauce in my gravy?

I took my daughter, Lucy, to Toronto to meet her Chinese Canadian grand god-parents and celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with them. In Mike and Shirley’s house at Thanksgiving, like so many across … [more]

Thanksgiving porridge

Sometimes it is OK to indulge yourself… just as long as it is not too often. I would suggest that this is a twice-a-year indulgence (unless you have bionic arteries). It is a perfect way to … [more]

Thanksgiving Cranberry Chutney

Here is a delicious cranberry chutney that will make your Thanksgiving feast a special one. You can prepare this well in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Makes: enough for … [more]

Real Pumpkin Pie - from scratch

We still have some pumpkins from Halloween and I am feeling up to a challenge. Does anybody have any recipes for preparing pumpkin pie from scratch? [more]

Aunt Anne's Bread Stuffing

Robert’s Aunt Anne is the Giroux family favorite Chef and between 11 siblings the Girouxs know good food. Anne shared with us her recipes for several Thanksgiving favorites that are simple to … [more]

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