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Deb
10-31-2010, 09:38 AM
I love Thanksgiving. It gives me a chance to really do what I love to do... cook;)

I start planning and prepping early - everything is homemade and as much as possible is local. I do it all and don't let anyone bring anything other than beverages........


Here's the start:

Roasted Turkey Stock...... I don't rely on the drippings from the turkey for gravy. I always make a roasted turkey stock to use for the gravy and for the stuffing.

Carrots, onions, celery, shallot, garlic, rosemary, thyme , salt, peppercorns tossed with some olive oilhttp://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-12.jpg

Turkey (wings, thighs, necks) with thyme, sage, marjoram, pepper, salt, garlic on racks above veggies (I ended up rearranging later)
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-13.jpg

In the Traeger... pecan & cherry...... hour of smoke and then cranked it up to start the roasting process

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-14.jpg

to be continued...........

Big Poppa
10-31-2010, 09:39 AM
OH my1 I am so doing this.....

CarterQ
10-31-2010, 09:41 AM
Great idea! can't wait to see the too be continued parts!

Deb
10-31-2010, 10:25 AM
While we are waiting for the turkey & veg to roast for the stock...... I did this a week or so ago when I was smoking a turkey meatloaf - most of it went into the freezer for Thanksgiving. I made this one up last year and actually measured & wrote down the ingredients this year....

If you have never made cranberry sauce it is incredibly easy.

Cran-Blueberry Sauce

1 12oz bag cranberries
1 cup of water
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp dried lemon zest
2 Tbsp crystallized ginger, minced
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries

Put all in saucepan, mix, bring to a boil & then turn down to simmer. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes until the cranberries pop and it starts to thicken.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/4d1032b4.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/13c6499d.jpg

Missed a pic of the sauce cooled

Deb
10-31-2010, 10:50 AM
Stock update:

getting brown & roasty

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-12-1.jpg

veggies aren't roasted yet, I took out the turkey and left the veggies in

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-13-1.jpg

turkey, some herbs in the stock pot, I'll add some water & start it then I'll add the veggies in a bit

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-14-1.jpg

veggies added:
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-12-2.jpg

CarterQ
10-31-2010, 10:53 AM
Oh man, definitely gotta try this!

sparky
10-31-2010, 11:51 AM
it looks fantastic.

squirtthecat
10-31-2010, 12:29 PM
Nice Deb! I love the idea of doing the stock in advance...

SisInLaw
10-31-2010, 02:21 PM
Man, there's nothing better than home made stock. I like your idea of adding blueberries to the cranberry sauce, too. Nice work there, Deb!

Big Poppa
10-31-2010, 04:57 PM
That is the first culinary compliment sis in law has handed out to anyone.....you should be honored Deb!

Deb
11-01-2010, 03:47 AM
after simmering for hours, the house smells pretty good

almost 4 qtrs of stock & 2 gallons of stuff destined for the trash.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-13-2.jpg

after a night in the fridge - the fat & scum is on the top so it's easy to scrape off. The stock is like jello

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-12-3.jpg

to be continued (again ;) )

cowgirl
11-01-2010, 09:34 AM
Great idea starting early! Do you freeze or can the stock until needed?

Deb
11-01-2010, 10:21 AM
Great idea starting early! Do you freeze or can the stock until needed?

I froze it. I thought about canning it but freezing was easier for short term. I want to do some right after thanksgiving and might can that batch, the freezer is pretty full at the moment.

cowgirl
11-01-2010, 10:23 AM
I froze it. I thought about canning it but freezing was easier for short term. I want to do some right after thanksgiving and might can that batch, the freezer is pretty full at the moment.
Thanks Deb! I have a herd of company coming for the week.. I think I'll do as you and make some of this in advance!

Big Poppa
11-01-2010, 11:29 AM
can you imagine Deb and Cowgirl cooking together?

SmokinMAK
11-01-2010, 11:38 AM
can you imagine Deb and Cowgirl cooking together?

I think I just gained 5 lbs just THINKING about it!

MAK DADDY
11-01-2010, 02:15 PM
Very nice Deb! That cranblueberry sauce looks soooo goood too!

TentHunter
11-01-2010, 07:08 PM
can you imagine Deb and Cowgirl cooking together?

Be still my beating heart!

Deb
11-20-2010, 06:24 PM
Yikes, I'm behind in my thanksgiving prep, I got a good start and then stuff happened......

Trying to get caught up so I can relax a little on Thursday - I try to have everything possible prepped by Wednesday

So...... today.........

Cranberry Sauce 2 ---- Cran-apple sauce

12 oz cranberries
2 large apples, peeled and diced
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup maple sugar
1/2 cup vanilla sugar
(you could use 1 cup regular or brown sugar in place of the maple & vanilla sugar)
1 tsp cinnamon

Put all in saucepan, mix, bring to a boil & then turn down to simmer. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes until the cranberries pop and it starts to thicken.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/079a2d26.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/a9aa527a.jpg


I had room in the Traeger when cooking dinner so I threw a pumpkin in. It's destined for maple cheesecake with pumpkin swirl

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/9a3c6ba6.jpg

Deb
11-20-2010, 06:36 PM
Stuffing Bread (baked on the Traeger because I can ;) and because it was already on)

my stuffing starts out with this bread, I baked it tonight and will cube and dry tomorrow

from King Arthur website - the only difference is that I used King Arthur Whole Wheat flour instead of all purpose

it's an easy recipe - throw everything in a bowl - flour, sunflower seeds, potato flour, cornmeal, toasted sesame seeds, dry milk, oil, yeast, poultry seasoning, water

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-13-2-1.jpg

mix it up & knead

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-14-2.jpg

let rise for an hour, shape loaves, rise for about 45 minutes, bake

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/6664829c.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/60b54b83.jpg

KyNola
11-20-2010, 07:02 PM
Gotta love the "because I can".

Deb, you're making the rest of us look really bad! Awesome, can't wait to see what's next.

Deb
11-20-2010, 08:47 PM
http://tapa.tk/mu/43bd8c41-9648-e183.jpg

Biga , soaker and sponge. Next up rolls.


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CarterQ
11-21-2010, 08:26 AM
Looking fabulous, thanks for taking the time to share!

Deb
11-21-2010, 08:52 AM
http://tapa.tk/mu/43bd8c41-3fba-c481.jpg

Cranberry sauce on stuffing bread. I may have to make more. lol. Need some of Squirts turkey for a sandwich


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squirtthecat
11-21-2010, 09:21 AM
I'll trade ya!

Deb
11-21-2010, 03:55 PM
Here's what the dough above look like when done.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-17.jpg

From one extreme to the other -- butter dipped dinner rolls and Peter Reinhart's Power Bread made into rolls (whole wheat, flax flour, sesame seeds, oat bran, flax seeds, cranberries, agave and raisin/cranberries soaked and processed for the sweetener)

The bread I made yesterday is cubed up and dried some - right side of the picture and on the left is a couple small loaves of Power Bread for friends.

Deb
11-21-2010, 03:56 PM
I'll trade ya!

its a deal!

HoDeDo
11-21-2010, 05:04 PM
Looks Great Deb! Tyler Florence has a killer Green Bean Casserole recipe that would work great with some croutons from that bread... Fresh beans, crimini and porcini mushrooms, mmm,mmm.

My brother started teaching at Vincennes University this year, so we are breaking up the normal family turkey day... usually everyone is at our place, but my parents are traveling to Indiana to have Turkey day with my bro, sis is going to the inlaws, so we have decided to stay home, and go rogue. Seafood Thanksgiving... Lobster Bisque, Crab Cakes with a homeade remoulade, Alaskan King Crab, Grilled, with a shrimp risotto , and probably the greenbean casserole noted above. I might go for lobster thermador if I go really nuts with the theme. Last time I made that, the dr. threatened to put me on cholesterol meds. LOL

Deb
11-22-2010, 05:05 AM
HoDeDo -Thanks

I'll check that recipe out - I need something green in the meal.

Your meal sounds incredible.... I see nothing wrong with going rogue .... I'd love to see pics (I love shellfish but am allergic to it so I have to live through pics) .... and its Thanksgiving go for the thermador :D

Big Poppa
11-22-2010, 06:25 AM
Im not allergic...I'll take one for the team and try both yours and Deb's creations...Thats what kind of guy I am....Now Im looking for that tyler florence recipe

Big Poppa
11-22-2010, 06:26 AM
Here it is and thanks Andy....Im cooking it but already have some twists I'm going to add.....

Green Bean Casserole Recipe : Tyler Florence : Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html)

Deb
11-22-2010, 06:35 AM
Thanks BP! Printing now


Just saw the weather, mostly rain for Thursday :eek:

KimG SOW
11-22-2010, 12:22 PM
Thanks for sharing Deb!! I'm stealing the cranberry sauce recipes. hehe I was looking for some good ones.

Deb
11-22-2010, 03:45 PM
my work week is over, time to get cooking :)

HoDeDo
11-22-2010, 06:43 PM
So I just posted it here, when I realized you already grabbed it! :) Can't wait to get your feedback on it! With a few twists BP....

Big Poppa
11-22-2010, 06:47 PM
Ill be twisting it up trust me!

Deb
11-22-2010, 06:56 PM
So I just posted it here, when I realized you already grabbed it! :) Can't wait to get your feedback on it! With a few twists BP....

thanks guys!

Deb
11-24-2010, 05:21 PM
my camera is not working!


2 deserts down, 2 to go

Deb
11-25-2010, 07:50 AM
http://tapa.tk/mu/43bd8c41-7723-375c.jpg

Forgot I only have two pie pans. Had to do the bourbon chocolate pecan pie in a cake pan. If this is the hardest decision today I am in good shape


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Deb
11-25-2010, 09:26 AM
http://tapa.tk/mu/43bd8c41-8dda-1d5d.jpg

Summer sausage that I made a few weeks ago. Cheeses are all from local farms


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TentHunter
11-25-2010, 01:56 PM
Bourbon... Chocolate.... Pecan..... Pie......

Wow... that title just gets better and better with each word. Amazing!

Deb
11-25-2010, 05:07 PM
couple random pics... I didn't get many today

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-17-1.jpg


chocolate bourbon pecan pie, dutch apple pie, pumpkin/maple swirl cheesecake, chocolate cream pie
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk234/deb415611/Thanksgiving%202010/photo-18.jpg

nepas
11-25-2010, 05:35 PM
Bourbon... Chocolate.... Pecan..... Pie......

Wow... that title just gets better and better with each word. Amazing!

And you should try them when she makes em.. FANTSATIC