I’ve been cooking since just after 8… There’s a 20 pound turkey in the oven (see above) stuffed on one side with sausage, pecan, chanterelle, sage, white bread, and on the other with cornbread, giblets, chili poblano, etc.; there’s double-rich stock cooking since late last night for gravy.
First thing this morning […]
This is the secret to turkey gumbo. First, in a lot of ways, it’s just chicken gumbo, but there’s a strong flavored turkey thing going on that you need to be aware of to achieve balance, and, second, the meat can turn up stringy if you aren’t careful.
The way I deal with the […]
A full morning of making a mis en place:
Starting at the orange one on the left: Satsuma and lemon for cranberry, onion, toasted pecan for the white bread dressing, carrots, celery, then a back row of rough chopped celery leaves, onion and celery for stock and for the turkey roasting pan, then […]
Turkey gumbo is my standard weekend post-Thanksgiving or Christmas production. It’s slightly tricky– turkey stock has a strong flavor that has to be accommodated in a way chicken or even seafood stock does not, and the turkey meat cannot stand any length of cooking in the stock without turning stringy.
A secondary issue with […]
A quiet afternoon of reading cases, eating turkey sandwiches, and half-watching some football. Saw Oxford’s own Justin Woodall draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (picked off an Auburn pass then threw away in a temper fit when he realized the play had been called dead and his interception was for naught). What is going down […]
Sam Sifton is the 911-blogger for Thanksgiving tomorrow morning at the NY Times food blog. Here’s what he’s offering:
The New York Times Thanksgiving Help Desk will open for business tomorrow morning at 7. I will be sitting at its w, armed with coffee, reference books, source lists, phone lists and all that the […]
I’m enjoying the hell out of Sam Sifton’s blogging on the NYTimes food blog (he’s also started off well and vividly as the Times’ new restaurant critic). This week, he’s doing Q&A on Thanksgiving dinner, and warns of (some of) the hazards of frying a turkey:
Q. I’ve heard suggestions of brining the […]