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…

Top 6 Turkey Recipes

Roasting the Thanksgiving turkey is a subject of much discussion and trepidation. Perhaps because most people are accustomed to poultry coming in convenient pieces, there is a bit of uncertainty about roasting a large, whole bird. Then there is the added pressure of entertaining; all eyes are on the cook at Thanksgiving. Here are six recipes…

9 Turkey Alternatives that Rock

When it comes to tradition, nobody will dispute the place that turkey has on the Thanksgiving table. But for those who don’t care for this fine fowl, or those who are feeding a small gathering, there are delicious options. Read on for several turkey alternatives for your holiday meal. 1. Go for a Goose Another…

What the Turducken?!

Having a hard time choosing a holiday bird?  Love turkey? Also love chicken? How about duck? If you love these birds as much as we do, why not have all three at once? That’s right, we’re talking about turducken, that gorgeous Cajun concoction made from a stuffed, deboned chicken inside a stuffed, deboned duck inside…

The Early Bird …

… gets the best selection. Our turkey pre-ordering is now available, so it’s time to sit down, plan your Thanksgiving feast and order the right bird for your needs. Haven’t you always wanted to be the kind of holiday host that keeps cool and has everything well organized? It starts right here, with advanced planning….

Roasting for the Holidays

What are you roasting for Christmas this year? It seems fitting that a holiday gathering should center on a piece of roasted meat. Thanksgiving has the turkey, but at Christmas there’s room for more culinary expression. While technically not a roast, something we always recommend for a big party is the cassoulet. An iconic French…

Thanksgivukkah Comes But Once Every 79,000 Years

You’ve surely heard. It’s being touted by the media as a once-in-a-lifetime event. The convergence of the Jewish and Gregorian calendars brings us a hybrid holiday this year: Thanksgivukkah. Hanukkah falls early this year, with the first night of the Festival of Lights on Wednesday, November 27. And Thanksgiving is later than normal on Thursday, November…

Turkey Stuffing v. Dressing

Whether a stuffing is a dressing, or vice versa, is as much about semantics as whether it is cooked inside or outside the bird. One thing that is certain, both are tasty, fragrant, comforting and satisfying; accompaniments with a balance of texture and taste that complement the bird and pay compliment to the cook. While…

Ariane Talks Turkey on TV

Ariane appeared on ABC 7 Eyewitness News yesterday to share her tips for making the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving.  If you missed it, you can watch the video  and get Ariane’s recipes here. For more turkey recipes, go to our website. Ariane brought three different types of turkeys — wild, heritage and organic — to…

Turkey Breast Recipes

The question of whether you prefer white or dark meat is a crucial one at Thanksgiving. But how can one turkey yield enough of the preferred meat for each diner? The simple answer is to augment the whole roasted turkey with a turkey breast.  And the overwhelming majority of people prefer the pale, juicy meat…

D’Artagnan Thanksgiving Survival Guide: Day 14

Here is an easy, straightforward method good for oven roasting a perfect capon for the holidays, or anytime you want to serve this fabulous bird. The method works for birds whether or not stuffed with dressing. Truss the capon first, as it will make turning the bird easier and help prevent the skin from tearing at the…

D’Artagnan Thanksgiving Survival Guide: Day 13

Trussing is a means of binding a bird before cooking, to hold the wings and legs close to the body. This gives the bird a compact shape, often enhancing the symmetry in the process; and making for more even cooking, a beautiful presentation, and simplified carving. Some recipes call for turning a bird during roasting…