Looks like I’m cooking for Thanksgiving after all, that planning is paying off!  I’m really excited not only to prepare dinner but to be able to spend the day with a fire going , the parade on tv, especially for the first Thanksgiving in our new home.  So first things first, the turkey.  

A few years ago I brined a turkey for the first time.  We were having a second Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate with family who had been at other houses for the actual day.  Everyone was bring side dishes and desserts and the pressure of a full of meal was off, so I decided to try out the whole brining thing.  I can honestly say it was the best turkey I’ve ever had.  Moist, juicy and flavorful are not always what come to mind when thinking turkey, but it was just that.  You’ll find a link for Alton Brown’s Perfect Turkey which I will be making.  You can also buy brining mixes at William Sonoma but they are not hard to make yourself.  You need to get going at least a day before you are going to roast but its worth it in the end.

Alton Brown Good Eats Roast Turkey
Mustard Crusted Turkey Breast (Food For My Family) – A unique way to make a turkey breast if you don’t want to roast the whole bird
How to Roast a Turkey in 5 Easy Steps (Food for My Family)
Turkey Don’ts (Eatocracy) – As in don’t put the stuffing in the bird! 
Anthony Bourdain Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing – Entertaining and informative video on roasting your turkey (although I’ll be keeping mine whole, I like to have big turkey on the table to carve up!)

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Wellington – Vegetarians coming to dinner?  Try this festive main

MMMMMM, my favorite part of the meal.  There are some delicious sounding varieties but also check out the Bourdain video for how to make your stuffing taste like it was roasted with the turkey…without actually stuffing the turkey.

Maxines Turkey Stuffing
Collection of Stuffing Recipes

Tomorrow Sides and Desserts! 

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