Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Let's Talk Turkey!

vintage ceramic turkeys

Hi Friends:

The Georgia's crew devotes this post to all things Thanksgiving. We, like many of you, will be spending the day in the kitchen! Here are a few things that we found to be tried and true:

*Don't stuff the bird. The stuffing doesn't get hot enough which may not be safe and it takes longer which may dry out the meat. More importantly, you miss out on the crispy bits! Consider cooking the stuffing in muffin cups so everyone gets some of the crunchy deliciousness!

*Plan for 15 minutes per pound at 325 degrees. Test for doneness with an oven thermometer inserted in the thigh meat. The bird is done when the temperature reaches 165 degrees. Tent with tin foil to keep warm until the sides are ready.

*Good gravy is made with a roux, a fancy name for thickener. Melt 1/4 cup unsalted butter in a saucepan. Stir in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Continue to stir until roux is lightly browned and smooth. Whisk into your stock and pan drippings.

*To avoid stodgy, glue-like mashed potatoes, keep it simple. Just add a knob of butter and some milk to boiled and drained potatoes. Beat quickly with a hand mixer until creamy.

*Share the tasks; more hands makes for less stress and more fun.

*Take a 30 minute walk in the morning; you may not feel like it after dinner and you'll be glad you burned a few calories! 
We found this great image on Pinterest and loved it immediately!

This poem is dedicated to you, our friends:

Thanksgiving Friends
Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.
Without you as our friends,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in our lives
Is what we are thankful for.
Adaptation of Thanksgiving Friends by Joanna Fuch
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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