Tuesday’s Tip: Shield the Bird

As you may have noticed in my Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey recipe, I start the roasting process at a sweltering 500 degrees.  This helps sear the skin and lock in all the juices....it also makes the turkey brown at a very rapid speed.  To avoid over browning, or burning for that matter, my bird I construct a bit of armor before sliding it into the oven. The shield is only meant to cover the breast and slow down the cooking process of the breast meat so it doesn't dry out. This gives the … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Thanksgiving Survival Guide

I'm kicking off Thanksgiving Week at the Soapbox today by giving you a mini Thanksgiving Survival Guide.  I hosted Thanksgiving for my family for several years and learned some of the rules lessons I'm about to share the hard way.  If you find yourself in a bind....crack open a beer, uncork a bottle of wine and double fist those puppies! 1. To brine or not to brine....does it really matter?  To me, it doesn't.  I've brined birds and I've just thrown them in the oven...I don't really see … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: The Case of the Missing Veggies

When I worked in an office, I was a huge fan of my slow cooker...or the idea of the slow cooker.  To be honest, slow cooker meals were always hit or miss for me.  I never really knew what I was going to find when I got home unless it was something I made frequently, like chili.  And my slow cooker is old...as dirt.  It has three settings, Hi, Low and Off.  It doesn't automatically switch to "Warm" when it's done cooking, nor does it have a timer.  I'm the timer. Some days I would come home in … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Sweeten the Pot For Sweeter Corn

Sweet corn on the cob is one of my favorite summer treats.  BUT buying corn too early or a little later in the season can leave you with a disappointing cob of starchy kernels. You can make things a little sweeter by adding 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a 6 quart pot of boiling water before cooking your corn.  I do this every time I boil corn on the cob regardless of where we are during the season.  It just makes it taste so much sweeter. Serve with a side of dental floss. :-)  (Now I'm just … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Rising To The Occassion

I used to post a tip on Tuesday's and then stopped when I was overwhelmed with The Twelve Days of Cookies.  I received a few requests via email asking if I would continue and so I'm doing just that.  For all of you....my loyal internet friends. Today's tip I wish I had know years ago, I would have had much more success with bread and dough making. To get your dough to rise properly, you need to keep it in a warm, draft-free location.  Sometimes that's hard to find in my house so I turn my … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Mess Free Muffin Making

Make a multi-tasker out of your ice cream scoop by using it to spoon muffin and cupcake batter into muffin tins with less mess.   A normal cupcake or muffin recipe calls for filling the muffin tins 3/4 of the way with batter and a standard size ice cream scoop measures just about that amount. It makes it so much easier to divide up all that batter and helps ensure all the goodies are the same size! … [Read more...]