This Thanksgivings I had a reunion with my nemesis, the Turkey. Oh Turkey, how I ..........you! This bird is my nemesis not because I ever failed in cooking it, so maybe nemesis is not the correct word but the antagonistic feeling I have towards it, makes me declare it a nemesis.
My son requested the roasted turkey for Thanksgiving declaring it "the best lean protein around". In a weak attempt to get out of roasting a turkey, I said as long as we find a small turkey, I would do so. Normally, all we see are huge birds. However, we were at Barons in Temecula- they had not one but 2 small turkey of about 10 lbs each!! Admittedly, a small part of me, deep down, was happy to find the small bird. One's perspective changes when a child leaves for college.You try to make occasions like Thanksgiving they way they want. Dear daughter is home for Thanksgiving. It is the little things... When I look at my son, I see that he will be leaving us for college soon, albiet 2 years time. The departure seems more imminent and real because of `losing' my daughter to college. We were joined in our celebration by A, a dear friend/honoree son of the family, 1st year college returnee, pre-gaming Thanksgiving with us! Nice!
So I look for Martha Stewart Turkey 101 recipe that I used very successfully in the past. I did not have the recipe!! That copy of the 10-12 year old magazine was no where to be found. Turkey is by no means my favorite food. The last few times, we cooked Turkey, I had relegated the Turkey OUTSIDE - to the grill, delegated the grilling to my husband!! Hey, it is the internet world today so no problem... so we thought. Some form of the recipe was found on the internet including marthastewart.com- Turkey 101 but is not exactly it. Perhaps an improved, edited version. I made do.
I made cornbread, roasted chestnuts and made cornbread stuffing for the turkey
|Baked cornbread for stuffing|
|Cornbread cubed and roasted in oven|
|Saute onions, leeks and celery in melted butter|
|Assembled stuffing- cornbread, chestnuts, mushrooms, bacon and parsley|
|The tell tale sign of Martha Stewart Turkey 101 - the cheesecloth gown soaked in wine and butter solution|
|The almost burnt cheesecloth removed after 3 hours|
|Roasted Juicy Turkey|
|Turkey, Stuffing, Cranberry Mould, gravy and mash potatoes|