I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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Happy Thanksgiving


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 […]

My secret for turkey gumbo

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 […]

Thanksgiving in Process, Circa Noon

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 with Donald Link’s deer sausage (recipe and comments)

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 […]

Friday afternoon open thread

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: Emergency Answer Man Thanksgiving Morning

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 […]

Sam Sifton of the NY Times brings us: The Explosive Turkey Bomb

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 […]