Think Outside the Bird: Stuffing & Dressing Recipes

There are a few things on a Thanksgiving menu that are non-negotiables, and stuffing is one of them. Whether you are serving turkey, goose or capon there’s always room for stuffing. Even with a turkey alternative like wild boar, venison, or pork, a side dish of the good stuff is a welcome part of the…

Thanksgiving Cooking: Pan Gravy Secrets

Nothing is better for dressing a turkey than delicious, old-fashioned pan gravy.  Some people think the whole meal is just an excuse to make gravy. Pan gravy derives its flavor and character from a rich stock, and the wonderful juices and dripping fats from the roasting bird that collect in the pan. Read on for an…

4 Ways to Make Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving

What does everyone want more of at the Thanksgiving table? If you are like most families, the answer is: white meat. But a turkey only comes with so much of that. If your family is a big one or is full white meat lovers, a turkey breast might just save your holiday meal. Serve it as a…

To Stuff, Or Not To Stuff, Your Holiday Bird

A bone of contention, or at least discussion, at the holidays is the stuffing of the turkey. Or is it dressing? There are 15,000,000 searches on Google for “stuffing or dressing,” and no end to the debate in sight. Regional language differences and family tradition dictate what you call this holiday dish. Bread stuffing cooked…

Roast a Second Entrée this Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving it’s all about the turkey … or is it? Some people don’t care to eat turkey, and others don’t have the oven space to roast the 28-pound turkey that the assembled crowd would require. Why not serve a smaller turkey alongside a slow-roasted pork shoulder? Or a roasted leg of lamb? Make it a special…

Cook Your Best With These Holiday Helpers

What every cook wants is a little help in the kitchen this time of year. The best we can offer are these holiday workhorses which will make every recipe better. This collection consists of pantry staples like truffle butter, fresh and dried mushrooms, demi-glace, duck fat, fully-cooked chestnuts, French olive oil, and more. Here are…

Turkey Pre-Order Begins Today!

That’s right, it’s time to start planning Thanksgiving. The early bird gets the turkey of their choice … and today is the first day to pre-order and reserve your turkey for the feast on November 23rd. Because we work with small farms, we have limited supply and the most popular sizes often sell out quickly….

7 Ways to Enjoy Chestnuts

Do you think of chestnuts as something you roast once a year and enjoy as a snack? Turns out chestnuts are much more than that. In the Southwest of France, the chestnut, called marron, is used in many dishes, from savory to sweet. It is dried and ground into flour, then baked into bread or cakes. You…

Pan Gravy Tips

Nothing is better than delicious, old-fashioned pan gravy. Pan gravy derives its flavor and character from rich stock, and the wonderful juices and dripping fats from the roasting bird that collect in the pan. Mother Sauce Although deceptively simple, pan gravies or sauces are rather sophisticated cuisine. In fact, in French cooking they are highly…

Spatchcocking & Roasting a Turkey

If a grand entrance with a turkey straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting is not part of your Thanksgiving ritual, you can cut cooking time substantially by butterflying the bird. This is an especially good method if you prefer to bring platters of carved meat to the table, or are setting a buffet. Spatchcocking, or…

4 Ways to Eat More Turkey Breast

Every family has them: staunch supporters of white breast meat, and the other side that seeks only the darker meat of thighs and legs. Generally a whole turkey will satisfy both parties. But what to do when the white meat lovers outnumber the rest? One clever solution: roast a separate turkey breast. This is also…

Grilled Turkey for Thanksgiving

If have the good fortune of a temperate climate, or are intrepid and adventurous enough to brave the elements, grilling can be much more than just a novel way to prepare your holiday bird. Grilling aficionados will tell you “Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor!” and grilling one of our turkeys is no exception. For this…