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Old 11-29-2008, 02:25 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by GB View Post
That sounds amazingly delicious!!!

It is dangerous in more ways than one. I will not make one unless I have a family event or party to go to, because I could eat the whole darn thing.

I first had it over in Scotland this past summer - it was love at first bite.

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Old 11-29-2008, 09:22 PM   #32
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First Thanksgiving Meal

Made my first Turkey this year, did Alton Brown's 'Brine and cook' method, miscalculated and did a 16 hour brine. It smoked at 25 minutes so i pulled it, browning looked good so i dropped the Temp to 350, applied the Turkey Triangle and waited for 161.

Pulled and rested it carved up a little pink on the dark meat, but with clear juices. At friends urging I foil wrapped it and set it back in the 350 oven while I called a "emergency Turkey Line" they said the pink was probably from the brine, and it had been in for about 45 minutes more by that time, so i pulled it and re-rested. person said it needed to stay in there for "a few more hours" but no pink meat and no complaints, some of the best turkey I've ever had and my leftover sandwiches the next day were fantastic!

Bit of a miss on my sweet potato pie. I don't have a stand mixer, or any other power tools and I left my masher at home, so I mashed with an inverted cup. My mashed sweet potatoes were a big hit, as was the mashed celery root, but the pie has a mix of a texure issue. I picked up a stick blender and some Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Spice Mix and Pumpkin Spice Creamer and I'm gonna try one more time.

Biggest success was roast carrots. Washed, peeled, sliced on a bias and tossed with a mix of olive oil, orange blossom honey and a pinch of salt, roasted with a sprig of rosemary on a bakeing sheet at 400 for 30 minutes.

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Old 12-02-2008, 08:29 AM   #33
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we went to my parent's house for toikey day, so we didn't cook. my eldest sister went to their house the night before and helped my mom prepare everything.
we did bake a few apple pies, which came out very good.
(gw, i finally got dw's recipe roughly measured and written down. i'll post it and pm it to you as soon as i can.)

my sister made a coupla new dishes that were delicious. well, new to me, anyway.
she made stringbeans, blanched, then simply tossed with evoo, savory, and s&p. the 5 simple ingredients really compliment each other well.

also, she made another simple but delicious one. crock pot kielbasi in sweet sauce. the kielbasi was boiled, then sliced and served in warmed duck sauce in the crock. sweet and salty, yum.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:37 AM   #34
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I made a bacon cheese dip out of BH&G or Southern Living (don't remember which) and it was a big hit. Even those who don't eat bleu cheese loved it. Of course, I didn't tell them it had bleu cheese in it.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:20 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by Michelemarie View Post
HIT!!!!! I did Alton Brown's brined turkey this year with the help of Andy M - it was a HUGE hit - this was the most beautiful and best tasting turkey any of us had ever had - this will now be the tradition!
Yeeeup, me too. I've brined chicken and pork in the past, but never took on a 18 lb. chunk o' protein. It was really easy, tasty, moist, and everybody wanted to know how I did it. HOLLA!
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:27 PM   #36
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didn't have guests for thanksgiving this year, i was the guest. i did take some dishes per gd wishes. but not new. what was new for me were the turkeys, yep turkeys. there was a deep fried, a smoked, and a reg. roasted turkey. i couldn't see much difference in reg. and fried. both was moist and tasty. the smoked one had to much salt, he brined it. i think he needs less salt. it did taste like the wood he used, not sure what that was. i was told but have forgotten. it was a wonderful meal and my granddaughter did a bang up job. lots, and lots of food and guests.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:33 PM   #37
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We had a large group for dinner, and people brought food...our vegetarians brought a tofu "turkey breast." Word was that the tofu thingie was God's first attempt at creating a turkey, and He quickly decided that turkeys would descend from the animal kingdom rather than the vegetable kingdom. Even the vegetarians wept at the sad fate of innocent soy beans.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:07 PM   #38
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I did my first try at brining and smoking a turkey. Everyone loved it! Thank you all that helped me.

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