With supply and demand a hot topic of conversation of late, today’s post offers a cornucopia of Thanksgiving kitchen information, sources, and tips to help plan, prep, and plate the perfect Thanksgiving meal.
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No shortage in the chain here, folks.
Holiday tradition proves there’s soon to be something cookin’ in the holiday kitchen.
As they say about the holidays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Wonderful, delicious, and busy.
Let’s show and tell Thanksgiving kitchen information.
In my recipe book, culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchenware essentials that make the plan-prep-cook-bake-serve process a whole lot easier on the cook qualify as the consummate ingredient to a successful spread.
Things can get mighty hectic in the holiday kitchen, and a cook is only as good as the kitchen gadgets, tools and accessories he or she uses.
A well-stocked and organized holiday pantry becomes the star of the kitchen show everyday of the week, but it’s especially popular at holiday hosting time.
Sweet and savory seasonings flavor the taste of fall dishes.
Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and meats glazed, infused, and enriched by the addition of jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, spices and seasonings combinations put a delicious twist on the traditional.
Lock & Lock canisters are my go-to storage containers to store sweet potato puree to cornbread to chocolate walnut fudge.
Classic style measures up in the holiday kitchen.
Choose dishes and recipes you’ve met and mastered to prevent a cooking-baking meltdown.
If your dying to try that new dish you saw in a cookbook, on social media, or on a cooking show, prepare it a week or so out to get the hang of it.
Pots, pans, Dutch ovens, and cocottes with high performance cook and serve capability add a kick to your kitchen style.
Take an inventory of the dishes that have to be cooked on Thanksgiving day and the total prep to stove to oven to table time.
Allow ten extra minutes per recipe to help rule out any issues.
I ♥ this turkey scene cast iron skillet!
You know me and my fondness for working with a theme.
So pretty in pink!
Sing it with me, friends.
♫ I can mash potato, I can mash potato ♫
Mashed potatoes will stay warm for an hour or so in a slow cooker set to low.
Now, let’s talk gravy.
If you slightly scorch the gravy, don’t panic.
Add 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter until the burnt flavor is gone. You may need to add more peanut butter. Do so 1 teaspoon at a time.
Tasteless gravy happens.
Remedy by adding a chicken bouillon cube, caramelized onions, and/or a splash of wine, and a generous pour of heavy cream to liven up the taste of an otherwise bland gravy.
Perhaps a heaping tablespoon of savory roasted garlic onion jam?
Simmer the gravy for 25-30 minutes, allowing the added flavors to incorporate and season.
Greasy gravy is nasty gravy.
Begin with a mixture of ½ teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water. If gravy remains too greasy add another ½ teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water.
If your gravy comes out too thin here’s a remedy to thicken it up.
Heat one cup of turkey or chicken broth (fresh or canned) until it reaches a simmer.
Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one to two tablespoons of cold water in a small lidded jar. Shake to mix, making sure cornstarch incorporates and there is no lumps.
Slowly whisk the cornstarch/water mixture into the simmering broth, whisking continuously to eliminate lumping.
Simmer the broth until it thickens; about 2 minutes.
Add thickened broth to gravy.
Tried, true, and my new traditional holiday gravy recipe is easy and delicious.
In a large skillet, melt ½ stick of butter. Over medium-high heat, sauté pearl onions (if from a jar, drain) and chopped garlic until translucent and tender.
Pearl onions make a lovely presentation, but if you don’t like or can’t find these little bites of deliciousness, peel and chop a medium onion and go with it.
Add 2 jars of roasted turkey gravy from a jar. Stir ingredients together, reduce heat to medium.
Next, add 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence, stir, and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Use a vacuum bottle (Thermos) to keep the gravy warm and free up another stove burner.
Cut up vegetables such as green onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and root vegetables ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in air tight containers.
The countdown to Thanksgiving turkey times is on.
Here’s hoping this Thanksgiving kitchen information show and tell offers the information and source suggestions needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.