• Smoked Turkey

    Turkey Day (aka Thanksgiving) will be here before we know it (like next week) and it is time we talk smoked turkey!   let’s talk SMOKED TURKEY I know most of us will roast or fry our Thanksgiving turkeys but this Smoked Turkey is the only way my family does it now.  My brother and his Father-in-Law have perfected this recipe and it is just amazing!! To be safe you want to have between 3/4 – 1 pound per person (or more for leftovers).  Also make sure you give it enough time to thaw, We thaw our turkey in an ice water bath in a cooler (still in the plastic wrapping)…

  • The Star of the Table

    let’s talk TURKEY When we first started talking about this Early Thanksgiving Dinner my brother said he wanted to smoke the turkey.  I was thrilled…I couldn’t wait.  He had smoked one last year for our family Thanksgiving and it was good, but he said he wanted to make it even better, and that he did. When all the RSVP’s came back we had 15 people coming, so to ensure we had enough turkey (I love the leftover turkey) I got a big ole’ turkey.  It was right around a 20 pound bird.  And let me tell you the turkey was so, so good there was not too much left over. To…

  • a winter pumpkin treat that no one will expect

    OK, OK I know pumpkin season is officially over…but just hear me out for a bit. Pumpkin is not just for sweets I am sure you already know this but pumpkin is packed full of protein and I don’t know about you but I don’t only want protein in the fall.  I am always looking for great ways to add protein to dishes without a lot of added fat and calories and pumpkin is a great way to do that.  But don’t worry, it won’t taste like fall in a bowl…I promise. OK, so what does the pumpkin do? It not only adds protein but it also adds a ton…

  • Turkey Time folks!!!

     *** This is one of my most favorite ways to cook turkey…it comes out super juicy with tons of flavor and the gravy is AMAZING!!  I have made a few slight updates to this tried and true recipe. (updated November 2015) With less than a week until Turkey Day, it is finally time to Talk Turkey.  One of the biggest challenges with big Holiday meals is the fact I only have 1 oven, as do so many people, but as you probably know it can make it hard to manage all the dishes at the same time and have everything ready and hot all at once…that is until now.  Roasted turkey…