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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Thanksgiving Menu: A Last-Minute Trimming

Photo by Susie Cushner
Yesterday at a book signing for my new book, Sunday Roasts, I offered samples of Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey mounded on baguette slices, topped with spoonfuls of glistening Cranberry and Dried Cherry Chutney. 

Those who stopped by all commented on the moistness of the turkey, but what really caught their eye and their palate was the deep crimson chutney. One woman told me that she had not been pleased with her cranberry sauce the previous year, and was eager to try this chutney.

I’ve included this special condiment more than once in my Thanksgiving classes, and each time it turned out to be one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Everyone loves the balance of flavors—the sweetness of the cherries countered by the tartness of the cranberries.

If you’re still looking for a great complement to your bird, give this chutney a try. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and can be made several days ahead. Store it in the fridge, and at serving time mound it in a bowl. Then watch your family and friends reach for seconds!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turkey Tips--Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey from Sunday Roasts

If you’re beginning to worry about roasting your holiday bird until it's a rich golden brown with tender, moist flesh beneath, check out the interview I just did for The Daily Meal. There are plenty of tips and suggestions for helping you to turn out a bird that’s picture perfect!

The interview, including the recipe for the turkey pictured here, should be on The Daily Meal's s home page for the next week or more. The photo at left is by Susie Cushner.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Emergency Red Beans and Rice!

I live in western Massachusetts, and so far this year we’ve had a day of tornados in the spring, a slight earthquake and a major hurricane in the summer, and just a few days ago a totally unexpected, out of nowhere, fall snow storm!  The latter, a true Nor’easter, did so much damage that almost everyone in our little college town ended up for the better part of a week without power or heat, and in some cases without phone and water.

At my house we had no electricity or heat, but my trusty Viking gas stove top worked, making it possible for me to cook during the black out. The first dish I made was “quick” red beans and rice. Instead of following tradition and using dried beans, which are soaked, and then simmered slowly with ham hocks for several hours, I used canned ones, rinsing them off first to remove their salty taste.