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Thanksgiving prep

Not sure how your Thanksgiving will look this crazy year but I am still planning on cooking for my family and my in-laws that we spend the most amount of time with. Well my plan is to cook for everyone the only downfall at the moment is I cannot find any small turkeys. I prefer to make two small (10 pounds or under)  birds versus one large one. Not only do I find they have a better chance of being tender If I can prepare them differently. Last year I roasted one and fried the other. If I can’t find what I want today I will have to just deal with what I get then decide how I want to cook it.

spatchcock

 

cajun rubbed fried

 

My food blog for the most part has become a weekly diary of what is happening not only in my kitchen but my garden and some parts of my life. I try not to share every detail but I think if I read back over the years I could come up with a pretty clear picture of what’s been happening. With that being said I am going to share a few past recipes that my family has come to expect on our Thanksgiving table a week before the holiday. Look at me evolving.

Cranberry sauce, canned or fresh?  I have been serving both for a few years now. Not sure which one is easier seriously. Opening a can or a bag?  A bag add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and some orange zest into a sauce pan, bring to a boil until the cranberries start to pop and a little longer. the sauce will thicken while it cools. that’s it.  Give it a try this year if you haven’t before.

here are a few links for our favorite dressing/stuffing along with a couple of ideas for leftovers. Turkey soup and leftover egg rolls that everyone loved.

Thanksgiving – Sausage Ciabatta dressing

Thanksgiving Leftover Egg Roll

turkey rice soup – tis the season

 

Easy delicious turkey stock / soup

I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! As usual I made more food than anyone can consume in a 4 day weekend and now I am looking for room in my freezer so nothing goes bad. I also broke the unwritten “don’t stress out and make something new rule” well it actually might be written somewhere, I heard it all over the TV; every cooking show, morning news show etc. and to make it even funnier, I forgot I even bought them to make. We were scheduled to eat at 2pm. Everything was SO on time that I even said “damn I am going to make it for 2 not bad”

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Around 1:30 I opened the fridge to get a stick of butter for the potatoes and saw the package of brussels sprouts – ugh should I make them? Everyone except my husband said yes, he still raves about the only way he likes them broiled steak over brussels sprouts Click here for that post https://wordpress.com/post/cookingatclarktowers.com/2736

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My daughter was quick with a “let’s put maple syrup and bacon on them”. Thankfully I had already cooked up a pound of bacon that morning, with another intention but we didn’t need anymore food to eat; or me to make ONE MORE THING to snack on.

 

I quickly cut the brussels sprouts in half and covered them with olive, salt, pepper and some maple syrup and while the turkey was resting; put them on a sheet pan to roast for about 15-20 minutes. Transferred them to a platter and crumbled bacon on them. YUM!!!! Said everyone but my husband – can’t win them all!

So with all the leftovers and turkey stock I vow to eat & make things from the fridge/freezer till Christmas – yup I am saying it out loud; there is no need to buy anything except bread, milk, eggs, fruit and veggies. See how quickly I clarified what I meant.

Today is going to be turkey soup day! It’s cold out and I have no more room in the freezers. After the turkeys (I always make 2 smallish birds) were picked clean I had a pot on the stove for the carcass’ and added the pan drippings, leftover gravy and some fresh celery, carrots and onions; brought it to a boil and then left it to simmer for about an hour.

I didn’t have time or the energy to “deal” with it so I put the whole pot outside on the back deck. It’s quite cold here so it is fine. Now comes the fun part of skimming off the fat and throwing everything but the stock aka “liquid gold” away and storing in the freezer (when I find room) what I don’t use for soup.

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depending on how much soup you want to stock you have on hand.
3 carrots – peeled and diced
2 celery stalks – diced
8 +/- cups of stock
3/4 cup rice

throw everything into the pot and bring to a boil them simmer for 30-40 minutes till the rice and veggies are cooked.

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