Dry Brined Holiday Turkey

No matter how you change things up during other holidays or family occasions, on Thanksgiving there is almost a 100% chance there is a turkey on your table. Best to start the brining process with a fresh, defrosted or mostly defrosted turkey.  Buy the best turkey you can afford – it really makes a difference.  To dry brine a turkey you must use kosher salt – regular table salt will result in a bird that is way too salty and also mushy in texture.  Brining the turkey results in meat that is moist and flavorful – all of those complaints about …

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Warm Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mustard Vinaigrette

As parents, we often fall into the trap of assuming our kids won’t like something, and therefore we either don’t serve it (not a good solution) or state aloud, “I don’t think you’re going to like this, but . . .” (also not a good solution). Brussels sprouts are high on the list of foods that many of us think will not be met with good cheer at the dining table. Often this is because when we were kids we were served an unappetizing version, probably overcooked and possibly underseasoned, and that’s the way brussels sprouts have been cemented into …

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