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Hosting my first Thanksgiving for my side of the family. 
Dec. 10, 2012 7:31 pm 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 6:25 pm
I love to cook, so at the age of 49, I volunteered (for the first time) to host my side of the family for Thanksgiving dinner.  I planned the menu carefully asking my mom and sister for advice and ideas.  I looked up all my recipes on using Chef John's recipe for roasting the turkey.  I was very nervouse but watched Chef John's video several times and printed out the recipe as well.  I have to say that everyone loved my turkey and made several comments about how moist and juicy it was.  I know this is a direct result of the compound butter that Chef John uses under the turkey skin.  Speaking of the skin, it was crisp and flavorful.  The whole turkey experience was surprisingly easy considering the great turkey I produced using Chef John's recipe.  I also made homemade Amish Bread which was very good and homemade cranberry sauce.  I did use canned green beans and canned corn because I just didn't have the time to do a lot with those two dishes.  The sweet potatoes were homemade and so were the deviled eggs (again I used Chef John's recipe for deviled eggs).  These went over very well and my doubled recipe for deviled eggs were gone in less than 15 minutes!  The big hit of the dinner was Chef John's Caramel Apple Pie.  Sadly, I only made one and everybody wanted some after the first few people started raving about how good it was.  Now I will be making at least three of these pies for Christmas.  Thanksgiving; huge success.  Thanks Chef John!
Dec. 11, 2012 10:32 am
I also hosted for the first time and I also used Chef John's turkey recipe and had a great result. People said it was moist and delicious!! I love Chef's blog as well, He is a culinary genious!! Never have I made one of his recipes that didn't turn out!!! Thanks again Chef John! Hope you enjoyed hosting, I can't wait to do it again!
Dec. 13, 2012 5:06 pm
Hi Charlotte. I agree, Chef John is a culinary genious! I use a lot of his recipes and they are always delicious. He has really made me a better cook. I'm glad your Thanksgiving went well. It's kind of nerve wracking to cook for that many people but I loved it and I'm sure you did, too. Our next big cooking spree is fast approaching. I can't believe Christmas is almost here. Do you have your menu planned?
Jan. 22, 2013 6:25 pm
I simply loved reading a LOT of what you had written and liked it so much, I have subscribed to your blog! Thank you,"tessinstl" (?) Stella, from Cape Town, South Africa
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I am a mom to three great kids. My 17 year old is my only girl and I'm trying to teach her how to cook. She just isn't too interested right now. My 14 year old has Down syndrome and Autism and loves to help me in the kitchen. : ) My little guy is 10 years old and he loves to watch me bake so he can lick the spoon. My wonderful husband is really happy that I am cooking so much because he loves eating, ha ha. I am a special education teacher but am not working right now because I have been sick for the last two years. I am finally feeling better which is why I have been cooking up a storm the last few months. : ) Life is good.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake all types of things like breads and desserts. I also like using my dutch oven because I am in love with it (please don't rat me out to my husband, ha ha). I watch a lot of Chef John's cooking/baking videos and he has really made me a better cook. He has a website called which is fantastic.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family memory of cooking was with my Grandma Kenner and my Grandma Reasons. My dad's mom made the best from scratch food and my mom's mom made the best pies ever. They both taught me that cooking/baking from scratch is the best way to cook. I miss sitting at the counter watching and helping them cook.
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Hosting my first ever family Thanksgiving dinner this year. Everything turned out delicious and my family raved about the moist Turkey and my super delicious Caramel Apple Pie. Thanks Chef John!
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