Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Wednesday, November 26, 2014


If not, why not?

I'm all for saving time in the kitchen, and this method started by New York Times food editor Mark Bittman, is an incredible time-saver.  Plus, it frees up room in the oven so that I can roast the veggies and other accompaniments to the Thanksgiving feast.

Make this a Thanksgiving tradition, and spatchcock your turkey this year:


Jerry Critter said...

I have an even easier and quicker method. I just show up at the appointed time at my son's house. All I need to prepare is my appetite.

okjimm said...

Ha! Jerry Critter...dat was funny....please share your appetite prep method....I mean, do you jog first....stomach stretching....practice the 'after turkey' yawn....hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Like butterflied. Love the graphic

Anonymous said...

we all bring a dish and the hostess/host always does the turkey and 2 or so sides.
so we have a Turkey with about 6-8sides all cooked by everyone.
Makes life easier

Shaw Kenawe said...

I make a sausage and apricot stuffing; homemade cranberry sauce, cranberries from Cape Cod; butternut squash with brown sugar and slivered almonds topping; green beans sauted with pancetta, a little garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and dressed with evoo; succotash (an original Native American dish); mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. Dessert: pumpkin pie, Indian pudding, pizzelle.

One year, when the family was scattered all over the country, I made a duck with raspberry sauce and veggies.

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 most likely did not include wild turkey; but according to records that survived, the Pilgrims and Wampanoags ate water fowl, (ducks, swans) even pigeons, venison, rabbit, corn, beans, squash, onions, berries. But no pumpkin pie nor cranberry sauce. The sugar supplies had been used up so there wouldn't be any way to sweeten the sour cranberries. In fact there is no record of cranberries being eaten until 50 years later. No pies, since there weren't any supplies to make crusts or to sweeten the pies.

The feast lasted 3 days; and, according to existing records, water and beer, which had been brought on the voyage to Plimouth the year before, were consumed.

okjimm said...

what....they had to bring the water alla way from Englandia?

...cause the Indians alla had the beer....

'Chief Oshkosh Lager Beer was the best selling beer ever produced in the world. The Chief started brewing back in 1392...'

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

My secret to preparing perfect turkey is to have someone else do it.

Rational Nation USA said...

My secret these days is to visit a great local eatery and let someone getting paid serve me.

okjimm said...

HA....!!! got a great surprise...The Kid flew in from Texas....Tonight we search for Turkey flavored beer. Do not think we will find it,but, like he said, "the search could be fun"