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On Sale This Week: All About Turkey

26 November 2014  
Have a happy, happy Thanksgiving - stuffed with delicious goodies and lots of love!

Turkeys are still on sale. It’s a great time to stock up, so if you haven’t gotten that extra turkey for the freezer (or two or three), go do it now.

Also, this is the time to check out the stores for last minute markdowns. One of the meat managers in a local store whispered in my ear that frequently on Wednesday and Thursday fresh turkeys get marked way down. “There’s nothing like a fresh turkey on Thanksgiving,” he said with a smile. “Don’t tell my boss I told you about that!”

So, if you can sneak away, go take a gander and see if there are some unexpected grocery bargains at your nearby store.

Store Hours on Thanksgiving:

Albertson’s: 6 AM - 6 PM

Frys: 6 AM - 3 PM

Safeway: 5 AM - 5 PM

Sprouts: 7 AM - 4 PM

WalMart: Open 24 hours

Costco: Closed

Final Resource on All Things Turkey

Today’s article is meant to be your final resource on all things turkey. 

Overall Instructions

http://www.howtocookathanksgivingturkey.com

Tips & Tricks

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/11/26/how-to-cook-perfect-turkey-and-more-thanksgiving-secrets/

How much per person?

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-much-turkey-per-person-rule-of-thumb-160784

Cooking Time Guide

http://allrecipes.com/howto/turkey-cooking-time-guide/

How long?

http://time.com/3605330/how-cook-turkey/

Spotify’s Turkey Timer - Really?

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spotify-turkey-timer-give-perfect-playlist-bird-cooks/story?id=27193028

Basting Advice

http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/thanksgiving/how-to-fix-10-common-thanksgiving-problems/problem-baste-not-baste

To Baste or Not to Baste?

http://www.thekitchn.com/is-it-necessary-to-baste-the-thanksgiving-turkey-102290

Turkey FAQs

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/turkey_faqs.cfm

http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/top-10-turkey-questions-answered/

Some rather stiff and serious advice from Honeysuckle.  (Why do I have the feeling that the entire thing was vetted by a team of lawyers?)

http://www.honeysucklewhite.com/FaqCooking.aspx

http://www.gourmetspot.com/listturkey.htm

How to Carve a Turkey

http://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/photos/how-to-carve-a-turkey.html

Throw it in the Oven, Already!

No Baste, No Bother Turkey

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/no-baste-no-bother-roasted-turkey-recipe.html

Simple & Easy

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-a-turkey-the-simplest-easiest-method-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-160905

Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/863968/turkey-brown-sugar-glaze#Thanksgiving%20Turkey%20Recipes|/274827/thanksgiving-turkey-recipes/@center/276949/everything-thanksgiving|863968

Perfect Turkey

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/perfect-turkey/?prop24=hn_slide1_Perfect-Turkey&evt19=1

Two Hour Turkey

http://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Recipe-Search.page?contentURL=recipes.safeway.com/recipes/thanksgiving-main-dish-recipes.aspx?cmpid=co_kw_swy_hld_rcp_main_gn_ggl

Turkey Gravy

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-much-turkey-per-person-rule-of-thumb-160784

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/classic-turkey-gravy-recipe.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/turkey-gravy-recipe.html

http://www.southernliving.com/food/how-to/how-to-make-turkey-gravy

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Rich-Turkey-Gravy-231006

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Menu/TurkeyGravy.htm

Brined Turkey

Brining is the big trend in turkey cooking, but if you haven’t started your brine process yet, it may be too late. However, you still have those extra turkeys in the freezer, right? 

So, take a look and plan your next turkey. Here are several recipes to choose from:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/photos/how-to-carve-a-turkey.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe.html

http://www.speaker.gov/video/my-favorite-thanksgiving-recipe?Source=GovD

Make Up Your Own Turkey Stuffing

Here are my suggestions for making turkey stuffing. And yes, we personally stuff the bird at our house, but we also make a side dish. 
 
First, you need a main ingredient with some bulk to it:
Corn Bread
Rice 
Other breads - if you choose this, get funky here. Try sourdough, or flavored breads
 
Second, you need some veggies - choose your favorites, ignore the rest:
Celery
Onion
Mushrooms
Carrots
Zucchini
Garlic
 
Third you need flavor. Again, choose your favorites, but omit what you don’t like:
Sausage
Giblets
Cranberries
Pecans
Raisins
Apples 
 
Fourth you need herbs and spice. Add as much or as little as you like. You might want to go easy on salt and pepper, because people can add those on their own.
Basil
Rosemary 
Thyme
Sage
Oregano
Parsley
Cinnamon (Go easy here. Just a pinch.)
Salt 
Pepper
 
Instructions:
1. Prepare your main ingredient. If it’s some sort of bread, you’ll need to break it up. If it’s rice, you should cook it, using chicken broth instead of water, but you might want to add veggies to it as it cooks. Plan on at least 2:1 water:rice. I use a mix of different varieties of brown rice with a little wild rice tossed in. Because of that, it takes at least an hour, maybe longer to cook. 
 
2. If you’re using giblets or sausage, cook it first. Add to the main ingredient. Saute’ the other veggies in olive oil and then mix in with your main ingredient.
 
3. Stir in the herbs and spices you’ve chosen. 
 
4. If you have some salad tongs that are like scissors, they work quite nicely to stuff the bird with. If not, just use a large spoon. Don’t pack it in, fill the cavities loosely. 
 
Many experts do not recommend stuffing the turkey. You can always put in a side dish, and then baste it with turkey juices before putting it in the oven to warm it. If you choose to stuff the bird, please read safety measures:
 

More Stuffing, Ideas galore:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-stuffing-and-dressing.html

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/thanksgiving-ideas/turkey-stuffing-recipes#slide-1

http://www.food.com/slideshow/thanksgiving-turkey-stuffing-recipes-133

Happy cooking!

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Lynne LaMaster