post

Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada, and now several other countries also observe similar celebrations.

People celebrate this event as a way of giving thanks for all the blessings they get this year and for the preceding year.

Turkey Recipes

The most common food that we serve our family and friends at Thanksgiving is turkey, so here are three turkey recipes for all of you thanksgivers.

TURKEY IN A BAG

A very easy Thanksgiving recipe from AllRecipes where you put the turkey inside an oven bag, and the turkey is cooked in a moist environment because all the juice of the turkey remains in the bottom of the bag. You can also make gravy out of the turkey’s juice.

Turkey Recipes [Read more…]

Please like & share:
post

The Essential Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

Cranberry sauceNo matter how plump or well roasted the turkey is, your feast will not be complete without a bowl of cranberry sauce, an essential side dish for Thanksgiving. Although cranberry sauce is a relatively recent addition to the traditional Thanksgiving table, it is an offering that has been embraced as a fitting and indispensible contrast to the turkey and its usual trimmings.

How Cranberry Entered the Thanksgiving Picture

Cranberries are native to North America, predating the presence of the first Pilgrims who came aboard the Mayflower. Their availability in the New World, however, did not mean it was present during the first Thanksgiving meal. In The History Behind 5 Thanksgiving Traditions Americans Love of The Blaze, Billy Hallowell says while these fruits cranberries were very present in America and easy to access, “…The Pilgrims likely weren’t devouring the commodity. Considering that sugar — a key component of cranberry sauce — was a luxury item when the first Thanksgiving unfolded, making the jam was expensive. [Read more…]

Please like & share:
post

Drinks for Thought: The Practical Drinks for Thanksgiving

Practical Drinks for ThanksgivingExpenses during the holiday season can totally bust your budget, if you’ll not spend wisely. A savvy spender would think of the most practical ways to get the best without sacrificing the quality of the holiday experience that you and your family look forward to each year. A good nugget of wisdom is to know how to save money on the wine at the start of the season, which is Thanksgiving.

Given the stress that comes with all the preparations, your wine to uncork during the celebration can be the best reason why you may decide to get the best. But if the cost will bust your budget for the remaining feasts during the season, give its some thought.

The Secret

What can be the most practical drinks to have during Thanksgiving? Maryse Chevriere of Serious Eats shares some drinks for thought in the post How to Save Money and Drink Good Wine This Thanksgiving. She writes: [Read more…]

Please like & share:
post

Make Ahead Cranberry Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Cranberry CocktailsCranberry is one ingredient that will certainly find its way in your Thanksgiving table as a sauce to the traditional turkey. But aside from swamping the turkey with that sweet-tart-savory flavor, you can also boost the holiday cheer by making cranberry your official cocktail this Thanksgiving, if it isn’t yet.

Even those who aren’t a big fan of cranberry find these cocktails a real treat during festive occasions such a Thanksgiving.

Get it All Mixed in Advance: Tangy Cranberry-Black Pepper Shrub Cocktail

Thanksgiving officially marks the long holiday and the start of relatives and friends coming around for reunions or casual visits. At a time like this, who would like to be tied down in the kitchen making crowd pleasers – mixing drinks and preparing bites and platters of dishes? Get creative and prepared; foods and drinks that can be prepared in advance should be your allies this Thanksgiving.

Elana Lepkowski shares the Tangy Cranberry-Black Pepper Shrub Cocktail, a cranberry cocktail recipe you can prepare ahead of time for a fun party in Serious Eats’ Prep This Easy Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail in Advance. She explains why it can hold without spoiling for a while: [Read more…]

Please like & share:
post

Yams and Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving

Yam

Yam

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Yams and sweet potatoes are part and parcel of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, especially in the southern part of the United States. These can come in the form of a pie, an open tart, or simply as a plain dish of gooey caramelized goodness. They can come embellished with orange zest or topped with marshmallows. Some cooks will prepare them with a touch of bourbon and a splash of lemon juice so that you get a sweet-tart dessert in contrast to the turkey, the centerpiece of the meal.

Is it a Yam or a Sweet Potato?

The orange tubers served as Thanksgiving dessert are usually called yams, but they are actually sweet potatoes. There is a difference between a yam and a sweet potato, and although the dividing line between these two terms has blurred, the yam is a substantially different from the sweet potato. “What is the Difference Between a Yam and a Sweet Potato?” According to NCS Sweet Potatoes,” A true yam is a starchy edible root of the Dioscorea genus, and is generally imported to America from the Caribbean. It is rough and scaly and very low in beta carotene.” [Read more…]

Please like & share:
post

Turducken – The Turkey, the Duck, and the Chicken

Turducken

Photo Credit: Simon Doggett https://goo.gl/hCUkam

There is a popular expression about hitting two birds with one stone, but turducken brings everything up by one level because this dish is all about three birds in one roast. The word turducken is a combination of three words: turkey, duck, and chicken. It is a dish that brings a new twist to the traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece while increasing its feeding capacity.

How the Turducken Came to Be

In Delish – Holiday Recipes Section’s The History of the Almighty Turducken, Justine Sterling says, “For those not intimately acquainted with this meat masterpiece, the turducken consists of a de-boned chicken stuffed inside a de-boned duck stuffed inside a de-boned turkey. Each layer is padded with stuffing. This new beast is then prepared as a traditional turkey would be: roasted, braised, fried, grilled, barbecued, it’s up to you. [Read more…]

Please like & share:
© 2009 - Vinfo Pty Ltd. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our
Privacy Statement and Terms & Conditions and Earnings Disclaimer.