Thanksgiving! If you're as obsessed with food as I am, it's like Christmas, New Year's Day, and the Super Bowl rolled into one!
What am I going to be doing on Thanksgiving? I'll be packing my Weber kettle and driving to my parent's house. There, I'll be directing our crew in a production of dinner for thirty people.* I'll be grilling a turkey, my mom's big Butterball will be in the oven, and my brother will have the turkey fryer bubbling.
*Yes, there are a lot of us in the Vrobel/Weck/Springer clan
**I say "directing", but as I said above, I'm a control freak I care about food a little to much, so I wind up doing a lot of the work. Luckily, my brothers and my brother-in-law usually ignore me, and insist on helping.
Need some last minute help? Here are a collection of DadCooksDinner recipes for your holiday meal:
Wow. That's all I have? I need to post some more recipes, particularly for side dishes. To make up for the essentials I'm missing, here are some great Thanksgiving recipes from other sites on the web:
But, after years of brining, I've switched allegiances. I believe that dry brining gives you a better tasting turkey. Russ Parsons at the LA times is doing a great job of explaining, testing, and expanding that technique:
A more flavorful dry brined turkey and Your questions answered about the 'Judy Bird' - Russ Parsons [latimes.com]
Pam Anderson is also publishing a series of articles on Thanksgiving, starting with her twin Dry Brined Turkeys with Herbes De Provence...
And then there's Mark Bittman, with his over the top collection of 101 recipes you can make before the turkey goes in the oven [nytimes.com]
One more for the road:
Last, but not least...my thanksgiving isn't complete without a viewing of the holiday classic: Romancing the Bird, a Good Eats Thanksgiving.
One more "one more for the road": I couldn't pass up the Swedish Chef Thanksgiving, where he tries to rotisserie a turkey. The turkey may have other ideas...
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