T-Day Preparations

In preparation for the eating holiday of the year, my fellow squabbling asians drove out to Davis to prepare for the feast. Yuan made some delicious turkey stock with roasted turkey wings and necks, onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf, salt and peppercorns. Little Miss did a wonderful lattice on her festive cranberry pear pie and Yuan and I had a stuffing making contest.

Mr. Turkey, a free range 18 lb bird from Mollie Stone’s, drove up from San Francisco in his cooler chariot. Yuan made a brine out of salt, pepper, brown sugar, garlic, thyme, rosemary, apple cider, and orange slices, and Mr. T bathed in it overnight. The next morning, a citrus herb butter was prepared…

… and rubbed all over Mr. T before he went into the oven breast side down at 425 degrees for a hour. We then flipped him over, lowered the heat to 350 degrees and he cooked for another two and a half hours.

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