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Nov. 25, 2011 9:40 am 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2011 6:37 pm

Be it your first bicycle, your first day of high school, your first kiss, or your first love, this is my first Thanksgiving Turkey!!
Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to embrace this venture!!! I had some wonderful suggestions and was in awe of you cooking for your crowds and the many different methods you use! So, I grabbed my “Big Girl Panties” and pulled them on with gusto!! Thank you, thank you!
Now, I felt a bit hood-winked as my DD decided not to have Thanksgiving at her house (friends she invited decided to visit family out of town, personally, I think they were scared!), so now it all fell on me. The turkey was one thing but I always remember the flurry of activity in the kitchen as the bird comes out of the oven, YIKES! She would be there for support and help. Phew!!!

As I knew I could produce the sides easily, my first order of business was which method for the Bird? So with many suggestions in hand, I researched to decide what I would like to do.
Which one? More research…

Roasting bag?
Soooo many positive comments on this but I had never seen it done in person and felt a bit uncomfortable.

Roast overnight?
Figured I’d be up all night checking on it and we’d be having turkey for breakfast!

Start breast down and flip the bird?
Hmmm, what to do.... my mother always yelled at me for “flipping the bird”.

AR has some wonderful Turkey and Brine recipes but “Ken from CA’s” Cider Brined Turkey with Rich Kettle Gravy caught my eye! So warm it up, let the flavors meld, cool it off, and refrigerate overnight, then into the cooler goes our lucky Tom swimming in a cider concoction for 36 hours! Stay tuned!

I wanted to be organized (okay, I have some control issues!) so thought I would get a jump start on the big day prepping some of the sides….


I made Silky Sweet Potato Puree. I saw this on the Recipe Exchange recently and liked the simplicity of this dish and it was so very sweet without the typical trimmings. I also made Make Ahead Turkey Gravy “just in case”.

I even ventured to make my very first homemade pie crust, inspired by Mauigirl’s $2000.00 Pie Crust!!! Blog!! The edges need some work but a pretty good first attempt, don’t cha think?


I cooked the sweet sausage and mirepoix and measured the spices to make for an easy assembly of Unstuffing Side Dish tomorrow.

I parboiled my sprouts for Baked Brussel Sprouts and green beans, toasted the nuts I would be using on the veggies. I also cleaned, cubed and stored potatoes in salted water in the frig. I’m sorry I didn’t get pix of my own Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Cranberries & Almond Slivers.

In the evening I baked a deep dish Perfect Pumpkin Pie. Now it’s beginning to smell like Thanksgiving!!!


Come on, now! Would you expect any less of me!!! By the way, this McClure’s is the best (unique)! It’s made in Brooklyn and Detroit but I understand Whole Foods carries it. Very unique and best with Peppar Absolute!! NOW, I’m ready to make the bird!! :D 

Turkey rescued from the brine, rinsed and patted dry, we are ready to rock & roll! Again, following “Ken fron CA’s” Cider Brined Turkey with Rich Kettle Gravy, here we go! This is going pretty well so far!

I am totally sold on brining and this recipe! The flavor is wonderful and so very moist. I just made sandwiches with the leftovers (the true test of dry breast meat) and barely needed any mayo!! Thanks, Ken!!
Some notes:

I didn’t start breast side down as Ken suggests. The reason is I have hand/wrist issues and envisioned this poor guy sliding out of my challenged mitts, off the counter onto the floor. No harm, no foul. However, I did make a mistake by not following Ken’s baking instructions (why would I think I knew better?) I thought I would be clever and use the “roast” feature on my oven. Bad move. The top browned too quickly. I’m glad I checked it. Covered with foil the rest of the time and it didn’t affect the moistness. Sorry, Ken, lesson learned, “follow instructions” next time!

Again, thank you to everyone for your humor and support! This feast would not have been possible without your light and guidance!!!

Nov. 25, 2011 10:25 am
WOW! This is AMAZING! Excellent job on all fronts! Your presentation and photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing . . . . I am almost sad that the Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:39 am
YOU GO MICKDEE!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you - if my buttons weren't already popped from eating too much yesterday, then they would pop now for you!!!!!! WOOT - WOOT - you are now officially registered in the "Thanksgiving Archives" as a bonifide turkey cook! AND you make the "Not without my Turkey!!!!" VIP list. Wow girl - you did a great job!! . . . . But now for the bad news . . . since you did such a wonderful job - - you will now be the "hostess" house for Thanksgiving until death do you part. I hope your daughter is taking lessons - - she's got some mighty big panties to fill!! LOL!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:44 am
Holy cow! You found me! I was just proofing one more time!! Lol! Thank you, Bernice! I wish ours was a little sooner. Seems like as soon as it's over, Christmas chores are looming!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:46 am
LOL, Luv. Thank you soooo much! Your support and humor ("Not without my turkey!!!!!") helped me along. You are right, DD needs to step up! I'm thinkin' I'll revert to my old ways next year!!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:49 am
Never had Cider Brined Turkey, sounds interesting.
Nov. 25, 2011 10:53 am
Gorgeous photos and very nice words! Way to go!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:54 am
King, it was delicious!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:54 am
Thank you, Marianne! Getting this blog up was a challenge - I know you can relate!!!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:01 am
Yeah!!! You get the double WOOT WOOT! Ken's brine sounds wonderful! I've never 'flipped the bird' either... Like you, I'm afraid he would slip out of my hands and into the mouths of dogs. There is no 5 second rule in my house...LOL Hubby deep fried our turkey this year, this is our 4th time frying. It was as wonderful as ever. Pssssst I'm a turkey brine virgin....
Nov. 25, 2011 11:02 am
All I can say is WOW! Girl, that is one amazing looking bird. She would take first prize at a beauty contest, that's for sure. And it was cooked with love, so I know it tasted just as good as it looked. Kudos and congrats! And Very Happy Holiday to you and yours. Can't wait to see what's on your menu for Christmas ;)
Nov. 25, 2011 11:03 am
As somebody said, your photography is excellent! I thought I might print that turkey and eat it right off the paper! I`m not responsible for a turkey, but I`ll point my brother in your direction!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:07 am
Wooooohooooo, mickdee!! I knew you could do it, never doubted it for a minute. And what a beautiful bird! Beautiful! Way to go girl!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:08 am
Oh, my gosh!! Those pics could be a photo spread in a food magazine!!! You ROCK!! (Now I'm gonna look online for McClure's ;)
Nov. 25, 2011 11:17 am
Knew you could do it Mickdee!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:17 am
Do all your first attempts go so well? You did an awesome job and should be quite proud!!!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:19 am
Typical Mominator '-)
Nov. 25, 2011 11:20 am
Aaawe, Mom! *blushing* Looks like you can order it online but some stores carry it around here. It has good dill pickle undertone and is on the spicy side.
Nov. 25, 2011 11:22 am
Denise, wow, the dogs would be pleased!! Would love to taste afried turkey some time. I'm too clumsy to even attempt it!! Maybe you could brine next year!!! I have a good recipe!! ;)
Nov. 25, 2011 11:24 am
Thanks, Savvy!! I actually wish I could take credit, but truly, it's about following directions!! Christmas is pretty traditional. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:25 am
Kannik, thank you! You could always give your brother the recipe!!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:26 am
BP! Thanks for your faith. I guess once you know how, anything is easy! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:28 am
Thanks, Trishie! Appreciate it!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:30 am
Maggi, I got lucky on this one. Normally, it doesn't happen that way. It was like expecting a baby, I'm sure next time (if there is one), there would be more margin for error!!
Nov. 25, 2011 11:39 am
Love your photos-excellent JOB!--would you like to share how you got them in your blog?
Nov. 25, 2011 12:01 pm
Thank you, Lela! It is a tedious process! I followed the advice of others. I created all the text in Word, copy and paste it to a template on, then insert the pix using the "picture" icon the have at the top of the text box. Publish it, then copy and paste the whole thing onto the AR Blog. Sure wish the blog here was more user friendly.
Nov. 25, 2011 12:04 pm
Looks amazing! Great job Mickdee! The first time I ever cooked a turkey I put it in "upside down"...I called my parents to ask which way the wings should be facing lol They still tell the story and that was almost 10yrs ago now. Turns out breast side down allows the fat to run into the meat making it more moist. I did flip it what right side up though...with the help of my little sister. We laughed so hard while trying to do it because it was not easy! Never hit the floor though! :)
Nov. 25, 2011 12:13 pm
I never doubted you could roast the perfect turkey and you even gave him pantaloons! Truly beautiful pictures too.
Nov. 25, 2011 12:16 pm
Way to go! The whole meal looks fantastic. Be sure to leave a kind review on my site if you would. I feel priveledged you chose my recipe for your first. Again-Big Congrats!
Nov. 25, 2011 12:19 pm
Cass, that's funny! We all have to learn somehow!! At least I had the help of everyone here you guys won't tell my family the silly questions I have!! :)
Nov. 25, 2011 12:21 pm
Thank you, BigShotsMom! I had a lot of (AR) help! Gotta have "Pants"!!
Nov. 25, 2011 12:22 pm
Ken, thank you!! Couldn't have done it without your recipe!! I'll be sure to do that!!
Nov. 25, 2011 12:49 pm
Looks turkeylicious! Great job!
Nov. 25, 2011 12:52 pm
Mickdee-thanks. What a tedious process. I'm with you on making it easier to post photos. The only way I can get a photo here is to use my phone-and the pics are not the best. Well you are a star in my book. I love your photos and it makes your blog just wonderful! Keep Cooking Girl!
Nov. 25, 2011 1:04 pm
Thanks, Shearone and Lela. Lela, you can practice, you'll get it eventually!!
Nov. 25, 2011 2:02 pm
Mickdee, you're gonna have to share the brand name of those "Big Girl Panties"! The pictures don't look like this was a first time effort, so those things must really work! Seriously, beautiful work, and gorgeous photography. Thanks for letting us feast with our eyes!
Nov. 25, 2011 2:29 pm
What a beautiful looking meal ~ Your turkey really has me drooling! Good for you for taking the plunge on what can be an intimidating feast!
Nov. 25, 2011 3:29 pm
OMG! The pie, the veggies the beautiful turkey--you really did a great job Dana and your pictures are so professional looking. Woot woot! for you! Now you've done it, your family will cut you no slack on wanting you to do it again next year. lol. : )
Nov. 25, 2011 3:32 pm
Mickdee, stand upend take a bow!!!! I am so glad your turkey turned out!!! Beautiful pictures!! Now was that so hard ;)
Nov. 25, 2011 6:26 pm
Bibi! Thank you so much for your generous compliments! Those Big Girl Panties are right here on AR! I did have the honor of witnessing others presenting beautiful birds but the support of doing it on my own came from all of you!
Nov. 25, 2011 6:29 pm
Thanks, Carrie! I enjoyed every minute! DD helped when I got distracted. That's my biggest issue with big meals! Too much socializing!
Nov. 25, 2011 6:31 pm
DeniseY, you are right - not so hard, but I was humbled by some of you putting on spreads for so many and doing it naturally!
Nov. 25, 2011 6:35 pm
Hi Linnie! Thank you! Could you smell it at your house? Not sure how the pix turned out so well! Some have talent, I had luck! It's all about having a recipe to follow!
Nov. 25, 2011 6:36 pm
Seems to me they were magic panties!
Nov. 25, 2011 7:56 pm
The first time is always scary..(for everything.. LOL) So glad to hear of your great success!
Nov. 25, 2011 10:00 pm
Oh Mickdee I am soo PROUD of YOU!! IT IS Gorgeous! And you put panties on the bird too. So cute:) Congrats to you. You made everything look like a photo in Gourmet magazine. You are right super scarey but not anymore. Now you have tools to help you out. I have been buying my bird already brined but I would like to try Kens recipe for chicken or pork, I will try it too. Bet your DD is tickled pink. I was a bit worried about my turkey as well, I had put it in the bbq, had been in there for 3 hours for a 12 lb er and was not even up to 140 degrees, I put it in the nuker and finished it 1/2 hr later in the oven, phew! HAHAHAHA So Happy for you!
Nov. 26, 2011 4:48 am
ha ha, love the pics great job. The little flip flops look beautiful on the well tanned bird, or are they bobby socks? So Mickdee finally popped her giblet. First times are great but I prefer the more experienced next times that follow. YOu are more relaxed, less rushing and fumbling in the dark, you know what you want and you go for it. Your expectations rise as you anticipate a grande finale...and yes I am still talking about the dinner:D
Nov. 26, 2011 4:58 am
Excellent, mickdee!! I didn't know about the panties thing. Evidently, it worked for you but I can't make myself like the idea. Probably something in my DNA. ... Well done!
Nov. 26, 2011 5:39 am
Patty Cakes! Thank you! You added a lot of support and humor to my decision to make it and I appreciate it. I guess there is always something amiss when undertaking a big meal. The brine is quite good and would think it would be good on anything! We did it together!! :)
Nov. 26, 2011 5:49 am
Lol, RNG! Yup, no longer a T'day Turkey virgin!! I guess my BG Panties came off at some point!! And based on your description, I should have made multiple turkeys! :0
Nov. 26, 2011 5:51 am
Mike, its probably just as well. They sometime get in the way!! But somehow they worked for me!!
Nov. 26, 2011 6:02 am
Excellent - I love this blog and your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your triumph with us. Are you still basking in the glory? :)
Nov. 26, 2011 6:45 am
LMAO, Mickdee, great minds, the sun is just rising so I found the recipes I will start today. I was just thinking multiple sides and came back to post it:P but you beat me to it, don't forget to spend lots of time with the appetizers:)
Nov. 26, 2011 6:50 am
Lol!! Appetizers! The MOST important part of the menu!! ;)
Nov. 26, 2011 6:54 am
Thank you, Baking Nana! It was fun!Not much shine left here. Back behind the kitchen counter and on to the next meal!! Lol!
Nov. 26, 2011 9:22 am
Micdee, sounds like your meal was a hit!!! So glad everything turned out well and I'm sure your guests enjoyed it too
Nov. 26, 2011 10:06 am
Absolutely gorgeous spread Mickdee! Next year, I'm coming to your house. This looks better than mine :) PS Hope the pie crust worked out.
Nov. 26, 2011 12:09 pm
holy toledo! EVERYTHING LOOKS AWESOME! yep, i'm yelling because that gal missed some SERIOUSLY good chow. i'm gonna get a lottery ticket! save 2 seats at the table next year for the cooking-challenged wife and myself!
Nov. 26, 2011 1:38 pm
Boy, that pie looked good so did the turkey and everything else!
Nov. 26, 2011 4:46 pm
Very happy for ya! I haven't brined my bird before... maybe 2012 will be my YEAR! Great bog!
Nov. 26, 2011 6:40 pm
Luv, above all else, it was fun. That is what surprised mr the most! Who knew putting out that effort could be fun?!?
Nov. 26, 2011 6:44 pm
Mauigirl! So happy you posted your blog about the $2000 pie crust! It was good! I used the other crust for a turkey pot pie yesterday and DS ate half of it. Thank you for your inspiration. Truly appreciated!
Nov. 26, 2011 6:49 pm
Gary, always room for you and your wife at the table! No ticket required! Thank you!
Nov. 26, 2011 6:51 pm
Thank you, Cat! I follow directions well!
Nov. 26, 2011 6:55 pm
Shannon! I am sold on brining! The leftovers have been a pleasure to work with because they are so moist! A bit of planing but worth the effort! Thank you!
Nov. 26, 2011 10:14 pm
Mmmmmm! All of that loooks just delicious Mickdee! What a spread! And what lovely pics! Haha do you really think anyone's going to let you not repeat your success for every year hence forth? Going by that spread, I think you're probably going to have even more people trooping into your house for Thanksgiving. ;) Seriosuly, given half a chance, I'd be at your place pronto. :P Well done and oh yes I tried Mauigirl's $2000 pie crust too! That pie crust is a gem! I'm in love with it. I think all my family's going to get for a while now is a variety of pies! =D
Nov. 27, 2011 5:15 am
WOW! Super impressive "FIRST," I've been hosting Thanksgiving forever and my presentation wilts compared to this - THANKS FOR SHARING!
Nov. 27, 2011 5:23 am
Ok girl..Where did you buy those panties? I need me a pair! Awesome, beautiful, spectacular! Our T-Day was a bust this year. Everyone was sick, so no beautiful presentations, but at least we were still together.
Nov. 27, 2011 6:40 am
ri2, thank you so much. We'll see how next year goes! Wouldn't mind doing one or the other but not "all" of it. Glad you liked the trust, too I see a lot of pies in your future!
Nov. 27, 2011 6:44 am
munchmn, thank you! I didn't think it up myself. The turkey presentation and carving at the table was a family tradition for many years and I wanted to do it for my daughter(when someone else cooked the turkey!!).
Nov. 27, 2011 6:48 am
Aaawe, Anissa, I am sorry everyone was sick. That's a bummer on a holiday but you are right, at least you were together. Actually, I got the Big Girl Panties here!!! I couldn't have done it without all of your encouragement and inspiration! Oh, and of course the recipes available here!!
Nov. 27, 2011 8:39 am
What a very well put together presentation of your Thanksgiving Holiday feast. Every single dish looks great! Beautiful pictures too! You did a fabulous job Mick! I too made our MauiQueen's pie crust and it was fantastic. The picture you took of yours is just gorgeous!
Nov. 27, 2011 9:13 am
Thanks, Candice! I never knew making crust could be easy! Glad you liked it, too!!
Nov. 27, 2011 10:32 am
Wow that is one beautiful all looks great...especially the McClure's. ;-)
Nov. 27, 2011 11:26 am
Hi Sherri! It did roast nicely. Perhaps the butter helped! Just love that McClure's! :D
Nov. 27, 2011 3:01 pm
Bird looks beautiful!
Nov. 27, 2011 4:03 pm
Thank you, Lissa! Hope you had a nice holiday weekend!
Nov. 28, 2011 5:23 am
Everything looks wonderful mickdee! ha ha I have a bloody mary on Thanksgiving morning too, must be a Michigan thing? Glad you had fun making your big bird!!
Nov. 28, 2011 5:26 am
Thanks, maddysmom! Why not enjoy? It's a holiday! Hope you had a good one!
Nov. 28, 2011 9:43 am
You did a great job! I baked my 1st Thanksgiving meal w/o anyone to help me when I was around 18yrs old. I'd seen it done hundreds of times over the yrs but it was my 1st by my hands. I'm from the south (born in NC, lived 7yrs in Ga, lived in lowest parish of La, & lots of other places in the East & South growing up). I ALWAYS use a baking bag for a turkey. It ensures the bird is moist all the way down to the bone & even better, if you get the pop-up baking turkeys, you know for sure your bird is done; hwr, I do use a backup turkey/meat thermometer although the last 15-18yrs I've required a talking one b/c of fading sight. It turned out perfect. Even the simple mix of corn bread & seasoned bread mixed stuffing w/celery, chives, minced apples, minced onions, & a few other family secret ingredients made the stuffing in the bird even better. Oh, & I ALWAYS use a lite-sodium & real butter rub on the bird b4 baking. It brings out the natural flavorings along w/ the added ones in the stuffing mix. W/regards to your pie corners, have you tried using a wide-tonged fork? I rarely make my pie crust from scratch anymore b/c of nerve damage in my right arm/hand that's spread to my left in addition to lower back pain from Lupus (SLE) & Sjogren's Disease (mod to severe stages) but when I do or when I use store-bought, I let it thaw then use my nice fork (I have a special one just for pie crusts) to press into the dough to give it a home-made appearance. This beats having to twist & turn the crush & there is no fear of it breaking when transporting it to a different pie dish (I bake in aluminum pie pan then transfer it to a decorative wheel-thrown ceramic pie plate. If it weren't for the fact this ceramic pie pan is some 5+ generations old & made by an elder family member that just happened to pass to me, I'd bake it in it but I fear it will break & if it did, I'd cry for months after as it's irreplaceable. If I ever get a kiln or access to a kiln & de-airing pugmill (I have my wheel & tools - another family tradition) I'd make my own to use but I don't. We had just enough saved back when DH suffered major heart problems requiring major surgery & now waiting going on our 3rd yr for his disability so we had to use everything we'd saved for my studio to survive. The ceramic dish has the sides made so you can press the crust to get the shape (spraying Pam lightly b4 adding fresh rolled pie crust) desired for an authentic appearing pie crust. But again, I'm too afraid of losing such a beautiful family heirloom that was made so many generations earlier. Everything is great & it sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Congrats on your 1st bird! Just for future reference, the turkey baking bags are a baker's best friend & nothing to fear. Just remember to keep up with the time cooked per pound of bird & you're good to go. Also, the baking bag makes clean up even easier w/nothing sticking to the pan that a dishwasher can't remove. (I love my dishwasher; everything goes in it except for my ceramic pieces & champagne flutes, wine, or scotch glasses.
Nov. 28, 2011 12:27 pm
Fabuloso chica!!! Sorry for being late to the party, but you knew where I was all weekend! CONGRATS on no longer being a Turkey VIRGIN!! LOL! I am VERY proud of you chica! xoxoxo
Nov. 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Good for you! I considered brining my bird this year ,but chickened (ha ha) out. I will definitely try it next year!
Nov. 28, 2011 3:45 pm
Go Mickdee!! You're awesome girl! I already told the family you'll be spending and cooking Thanksgiving for us next year. HA! :)
Nov. 28, 2011 4:51 pm
Hi Sahara, Thank you for all your great advice! I would love to try a cornbread stuffing someday! I will have to try the wide-tong fork for the pie crust. I agree store bought is great if you have hand issues. I'm sorry you have had so many physical struggles and wish you the best. I know it is difficult when your husband is having issues. It is scary. We went through some life threatening challenges 2 years ago and it tears your heart out. I wish him God speed. So many people recommended the bag that I think I will try it on a chicken this winter just to get familiar with it. There was a lot of concern and checking to make sure the bird was okay. It sounds so much easier. Thank you for stopping in, I'm glad you responded.
Nov. 28, 2011 4:52 pm
Lol, K-Dub! I would love to come to Simi Valley next year!! Just let me know what dates are good for you! ;) Thanks, it was a lot of fun!!
Nov. 28, 2011 4:54 pm
Thank you, Miss G! No worries! I hope you had a great time!! As RNG said, glad I popped my gibblets. We loved the multiple appetizers!! Lol! :0
Nov. 28, 2011 4:56 pm
blymegmom, please try brining! I hadn't made turkeys before but certainly tasted a few in my day; I think it added a bit of moisture and flavor.
Nov. 30, 2011 4:33 pm
WE were going on a trip the day after guess what we managed to fling together?? Pork Carnitas! We had no family here, (other than my parents and six siblings, of course:), so it was interesting. You can thank the Lord without turkey, gravy, and everything else, can't you? :) Good job on the turkey!
Nov. 30, 2011 8:33 pm
That looks great! makes me hungry just looking at it!
Dec. 1, 2011 12:14 pm
Thanks, Rosie! Very kind of you.
Dec. 1, 2011 12:20 pm
Thank you, Myaela, Of course you don't have to have turkey to be grateful! I'm glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.
Dec. 2, 2011 2:49 am
Congratulations! Very impressive :)
Dec. 2, 2011 7:45 am
What a great blog and pictures! That is the best looking turkey I have ever seen. You did an amazing job on everything. The Bloody Mary got a big laugh out of me. You are too cute.
Dec. 2, 2011 6:57 pm
Wonderful!! It amazes me how often people have not heard of brining a turkey. This is tutorial for the beginner. So, thank you for the blog!
Dec. 6, 2011 4:30 am
Thank you SLN! You are always so sweet! otta have a Bloody Mary or Mimosa on a holiday morning!
Dec. 6, 2011 4:31 am
Maureen, seems to be the new thing now. I had heard of it but had no idea what to do. Thank you!!
Dec. 6, 2011 6:37 pm
Holy cow! You did a bang up job! VERY impressed.
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We spend part of the year in Naples, FL enjoying the sun, so I feel blessed to be able to do two of my favorite loves all year; golfing & grilling. I love entertaining and planning get-togethers for friends. It's fun to come up with a theme for the evening and develop a menu around it.
My favorite things to cook
Since grilling is my favorite way to cook, I enjoy finding different marinades & sauces and interesting side dishes to keep things interesting. In the fall I enjoy spending a Sunday in the kitchen making a pot of something hearty and comforting. I don't bake much but enjoy a flour-fest in the kitchen once in a while!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditions have changed over the years with the "kids" and with all the juggling of family visits and big meals, I would have to say brunch is now my favorite meal to make. It makes for a relaxed morning/afternoon and no one has to rush to split their time with other family members! A full tummy and a Bloody Mary makes for a nice nap before more festivities begin!
My cooking triumphs
Any meal the family says out loud they like is a triumph in my book! Recently, I have enjoyed mastering different kinds of cheesecakes. It's an elegant and rich dessert that can be made into any imaginable flavor!!!
My cooking tragedies
I'm famous for leaving something in the oven or grill. Mashed Potatoes or grilled corn for dessert anyone?!? ;)
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