Turkey 2013 7.0

3:23 pm 1 hour 37 minutes to go….. The potatoes are peeled and in the pot on the stove.  I think I’ll turn on the heat about 3:45-ish. DH helped set the tables.  The serving dishes are all out on the buffet.  The chairs have moved in and the dog is napping in the recliner….

Turkey 2013 6.0

1:56pm 3 hours 4 minutes to go….. Now I’m feeling like I’m too far ahead….weird?  Oh well The turkey is still in the hands of my MIL. The pies are all finished and cooling on the table. The crock pots are chugging away on low with stuffing and sweet potatoes. The green beans are blanched…

Turkey 2013 5.0

12:15pm 4 hours 45 minutes to go……. The turkey just went up to my MIL house to roast.  Our oven is acting up and I really don’t want turkey problems.  I rinsed off the buttermilk brine, dryer her well, stuffed in a few lemons, oranges, onions and celery,  trussed the legs, rubbed a bit of leftover…

Turkey 2013 4.0

10:01am 6 hours 59 minutes to go….. I think I’m behind. The pumpkin pies (2) are in the oven.  These pies have butter crust due to the problem with the lard yesterday. The peanut butter pie is in the refrigerator.  DS-14 made the base this morning and will finish the ganache topping soon. Recipe to…

Turkey 2013 3.0

7:27pm 12 hours and 23 minutes to go……. The apple pie crust is done and chilling in the refrigerator.  It looks great. The pumpkin is mixed together with 8 oz of cream cheese and chilling in the refrigerator until tomorrow. The turkey is happily brining away, DH just added a bag of ice to keep…

Turkey 2013 2.0

5:18 pm23 hr and 42 minutes to go….. The turkey seems to have thawed nicely in the two 30 minutes dunks in the sink and is now safely tucked away into the brine in the cooler.  We will be turning it every 30 minutes and covering it with ice pack to make sure the temperature…

Turkey 2013 1.0

3:30 pm 23 hours 30 minutes and counting…… Turkey This year we are contending with a frozen turkey.  The hens were being naughty, chasing the hens around the chicken yard, and so they went to the processor a bit earlier than usual.  This resulted in smaller birds (15lb and 19lb rather than 40lb), but at…

Studying Sage

I have started an herbal study, choosing Sage, Salvia officials, as my herbal ally.  Today, I started looking at my task list as outlined by The Kitchen Herb Wife and set out into the autumn garden to take a few photos and collect some fresh Sage before the frost we expect early in the week. Task…

Harvest Treats – Apple Cider

This morning we harvest the last of the apples; there were about 20 pounds. I think we waited too long and the deer had eaten quite a lot of them.  I peeled and sliced some and put them into the dehydrator for the day. The rest of them needed some attention but our cider press…

The End of the Harvest… The Beginning of the Garden…..

The End…… This week we are nearing the end of October and the end of our harvest.  There are apples to be picked, beets and carrots to be cleared from the garden and a few more herbs to be dried. The turkeys went in to the processor on Sunday night, they had been chasing the…