All About Thanksgiving
What a holiday: a day all about giving thanks for the abundance of the the earth and all those who bring food to the table. We are especially grateful for Andre and his family for their commitment to raising high quality poultry, including the turkeys that will be gracing our tables this year.
I suspect every household has their own unique Thanksgiving traditions and probably has unique preferences for what this meal should be and how it should all turn out. I don't want to step on too many toes here, but here are a handful of resources to help, remind, or inspire you in the kitchen this season.
from the New York Times gets tips and recommendations from lots of the best chefs around NYC. The consensus, it seems, is to break the turkey down and roast each piece until its perfect level of doneness. The Splendid Table
has a running countdown to their Thanksgiving episode, "Turkey Confidential," which I'm sure will be full of great ideas and tips for pulling off your holiday celebration. Thomas Keller
, known for among others things, has his "Perfect Roast Chicken." He applies many of the same strategies for roasting a turkey as he does for chicken. But I also find little cooking reminders from Keller helpful.
Finally, a couple videos from both Gordon Ramsay and America's test kitchen (see below) . Once you watch, and consider the articles, you'll notice there are lots of methods for preparing your perfect turkey. I'd just underscore the tip from Gabrielle Hamilton who says, "recognize the limits of your time and interests in making a particular part of the meal." In other words, I think she's saying to do what feels good; trust yourself in the kitchen; it's going to be epic no matter what. And if all else fails, we're in Kentucky, there's plenty of bourbon to go around!