Turkey Tips for Thanksgiving

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By this time tomorrow, I’ll be bathing suit clad in The Maldives.
I thought I dust off this old post just in time to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Roasting a huge bird may seem daunting…
Follow these simple steps and you’ll end up w/a golden, juicy and flavorful bird that will be impressing everyone!

TURKEY ROASTING TIPS

Tip #1
After rinsing, removing gizzards and gravy bag and patting the turkey dry (very important)…
Start separating the skin from the breast meat, be careful not to tear.
This seems easy, but it can be a bit of a challenge to start out.
After you have separated the skin, make the herb butter.

Herb Butter
1 stick salted butter, melted
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
fresh cracked pepper

Next, pour the herb butter under the turkey skin.
Some will come out the other side, that’s OK.
I just took the extra and patted it all over the outside of the turkey.
Finally, season the whole bird with salt and pepper.
T(USE PLENTY OF KOSHER SALT – HELPS KEEP THE MOISTURE IN)

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Tip #2
Stuff the turkey with yummy aromatics.

Turkey Stuffing
2 celery stalks
1 lemon, quartered
1  green apple, cubed
6 whole garlic cloves
a bundle of fresh herbs (thyme and rosemary)
1 onion, quartered

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Tip #3
Tuck the wings and truss the turkey.
I admit, I had never done either of these before.
So, I pulled out my favorite cookbook AD HOC AT HOME, by the fabulous Thomas Keller.
See above how he explained this important step.

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Tip #4
Use a roasting bag.
I had never used one of these space-age bags before, but my mom suggested I try one.
Thanks Mom, she’s so smart!
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No basting, perfectly browned, extra juicy turkey – guaranteed.
This was so easy.
I had a 10 pound turkey, I roasted mine at 325 for about 2 hours,15 minutes.
(obviously everyone’s oven is different)
It was a perfect 170 degrees, then let stand for at least 20 minutes.
This is, by far, the most important step.
If you do not wait 20-30 minutes, all the juices you worked so hard to contain, flood right out of your meat.
not good
After resting, start carving your bird.
If you are clueless how to do this the proper way, check out this video.

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I hope these tips helped you out, I know they worked for me.
I’m always on the look-out for helpful tips so…

Got Any Turkey Roasting Tips for Me?

Turtle-ly Awesome Weekend – Giving Thanks

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This week I am thankful for…

…winning the Halloween costume contest on Saturday night!  There is nothing better than working hard at making your “vision” come alive and then winning “Best Costume”. Operation #TMNT was a success!

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…a very patient husband.  Yesterday, we had tickets to the epic Detroit Lions NFL game that was played here in London.  After we had taken 2 trains to arrive at Wembley Stadium, I realized our tickets were at home on the cork board.  Instead of getting mad, my amazing husband just headed home to grab them…we ended up only missing the 1st quarter.  

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…being able to attend the UNBELIEVABLE Lions game yesterday.  With the score 21-0 for most of the game, then 21-3…no one thought the Lions would come back.  I did, I screamed and screamed and screamed DEEEETROIT and with 3 seconds to go….they WON the game!  I can barely talk today…but it was SO worth it!

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…the fact that tomorrow at this time…I’ll be en route to The Maldives!  I’m still pinching myself at the moment….

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What Are You Thankful For Today?

10 Reasons Why I’m Loving London…

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1.  Beautiful flowers are blooming everywhere still....

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2.  It feels great to live again in a country that gets really excited about sports.
We live within walking distance of Chelsea football stadium so the excitement is always in the air!

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3. Traveling via public transportation – the Tube is easy to navigate and so convenient.

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4.  The sights...so amazing.

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5.  Discovering my new favorite cheese – COMTE
Look for it & buy some…it’s amazing, creamy and delicious!

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6. Wagamama – this casual dining chain has my new favorite eat in London.
Shrimp lollipops – so yummy!

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7.  These amazing tomatoes on the vine.
These aren’t the pretty, but flavorless kind we have in the US, these babies are AMAZINGLY yummy!

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8.  To get to & fro, all the little kids here in London, travel by scooter.
I had to snap this adorable picture yesterday outside a school...so cute!

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9.  I’m getting to experience Fall for the 1st time in over 11 years.
Crisp air, apple cider & the leaves falling…I missed you Fall.

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10.  We have a home that is beautiful & unpacked and cozy.
And in a couple months…
It will become even better and finally complete  with the addition of our adopted 4 footed child.
#cantwait #sofreakingexcited

Tell Me 2 Things You Love About Where You Live!