Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Eagle has Landed……

If you have never brined a turkey in a buttermilk brine, you’ve got to try it.  I can’t think of any other reason that a 42 pound turkey would have a chance of being as moist and delicious as this … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost 10:00 in the morning and I’ve finally got a chance to sit down for  a few minutes. …..and so the saga of the Giant Turkey (42 pounds) began…… 6:30 am:  rolled out dough for pumpkin pie, blind baked, … Continue reading

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A Honey of a Store in Gladstone

Today I found a great shop in Gladstone selling honey and bee supplies.  Ruhl Bee Supply also carries wax, oils, candle-making and soap-making supplies.  I picked up some almond oil along with a Columbia Gorge Wildflower Honey to make my … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: T-18 hours

Turkey: Tonight we brined the turkey (more like a pterodactyl).  We made a brine with brown sugar, salt, juniper berries, bay leaves, pepper, red peppers, star anise, garlic and ginger.  After heating to dissolve the sugar and salt, we let … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: T-46 Hours

Oh boy, Thanksgiving and Christmas, this year’s turkeys came in at 22 and 42 pounds. Researching the Brine 2 2/3 cups Morton’s kosher salt 1 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries 1 teaspoon dried … Continue reading

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Planning a Thanksgiving Supper

This year we have somewhere between 7 and 15 people coming for supper.  My oldest son will be home from the University and I told him to bring along some strays that need a Thanksgiving supper.  He’s not sure how … Continue reading

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