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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Well, I think I have heard of every way to brine turkey.  This is a new way to brine your turkey which is popular in the deep south. Makes a deeply browned turkey which is very moist. 

Tea Brine
  • 3 large Luzianne tea bags (you may substitute 1/2 cup lose tea)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • a lemon, sliced
Boil water, steep tea for 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags, add salt, sugar, pepper, garlic, lemon and thyme and stir till salt and sugar are dissolved.  Chill before applying to chicken.  Brine turkey for   24 -48 hours in a large zip lock back in the coldest part of your refrigerator.

Roast Turkey as you normally would. I have used corn bread dressing to which I added Chorizo for that extra kick, in the neck cavity stuff with a different typl of dressing.

If you want to try something different try the turkey stuffed with Tamales!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November is upon us

The autumn leaves are turning colors, each fall rain shower is causing trees to drop leaves to the ground. Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is upon us. I love to go for walks in this mild weather, so glad summer is over!  Today is the date to turn back the clocks (Spring Forward, Fall back) due to the changes in Daylight savings time everyone's internal clocks will be a little bit skewed this week.

I meant to post this peanut butter cookie recipe earlier. Just looked through my posts. Never have posted the super simple recipe. I took some of these cookies to a meeting today. Had people ask me about the recipe, thought I had loaded up on this blog but - I did not! So here it is!

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 dash salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 heaping or 3 scant Tbsp All Purpose Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients. Mix together and roll into 1 inch balls. Flatten tops (use a fork). Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for ~ 8 mins (turn once). Cool 1 minute before removing to a plate to cool further.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.