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Turkey Day, Plum Cove

We were invited to Judy and Ray's Thanksgiving dinner near Plum Cove. Eight birds entered the back yard and Tom and I went outside to take photos, but the turkeys headed for the woods. That may be because Tom was wearing a cook's apron, which scared the daylights out of them. Later, when I saw them travel around the other side of the house, a took a few shots thru the windows. I call this one: "The Turkey we didn't eat." The meal was delicious, and the guest of honor was a neighbor 100 years old.

We were invited to Judy and Ray’s Thanksgiving dinner near Plum Cove. Eight birds entered the back yard and Tom and I went outside to take photos, but the turkeys headed for the woods. That may be because Tom was wearing a cook’s apron, which scared the daylights out of them. Later, when I saw them travel around the other side of the house, a took a few shots thru the windows. I call this one: “The Turkey we didn’t eat.” The meal was delicious, and the guest of honor was a neighbor 100 years old.

Cranberry Orange Tort

 PrintA perfect recipe for Thanksgiving…Its easy to prepare, and it makes two!cran b1

Cranberry Orange Torte

 Ingredients

¾ cup salted butter softened

1½ cups granulated sugar, plus ¼ cup

1  12oz. bag fresh cranberries

1 cup flour

2 large eggs

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon of fresh orange rind

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange extract

Step by Step

1  Combine butter and sugar in bowl of stand mixer, beat on medium high speed 3 minutes until fluffy

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2   Add flour, eggs, nuts, orange rind, and extracts; mix 1 minute on low speed

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3  Place cranberries in colander; rinse under cold water; strain; sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over cranberries; toss to coat all cranberries evenly with sugar

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4  Using rubber spatula fold sugared cranberries evenly into batter

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5  Prepare two 9 inch glass pie plates with bakers joy cooking spray

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6  Divide batter into two equal halves

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7  Spread each batter half  into one prepared pie plate

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8  In preheated 350 degree oven bake 1 hour; cool 15 minutes

9 Serve with Vanilla Bean ice cream or sweetened whipped cream

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Makes 2 Torts

Sista’s Helpful Tips

PrintMany years ago this product was highly recommended to me by a friend. She promised that Williams-Sonoma’s Turkey Gravy Base was the biggest time saver and smartest money spent on thanksgiving dinner for her family each year. I was extremely hesitant to try it because nearly everything prepared in my kitchen is done from scratch, but knowing she too was a great cook, I thought I give it a try. Two weeks before Thanksgiving  I went to Williams-Sonoma bought a jar of their Turkey Gravy Base, then headed to the  market, purchased a small turkey breast, and headed home to test the product out before committing to using it on Thanksgiving day. I followed the simple directions on the backside of the jar.   It smelled good, looked great, and it tasted awesome! I was shocked by the flavor and by how easy it was to prepare. Don’t walk RUN to Williams-Sonoma and buy this product!  If you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, this product should be the first item on your Grocery list. The Gravy Base is a seasonal item sold in limited quantities, and they sell out days before Thanksgiving every year. I encourage you to stock up and buy a few extra jars for latter in the winter when your craving turkey and gravy on a cold winter night.

A Thanksgiving Dinner Must Have ~

Today all thanksgiving favorites are 20% off at Williams-Sonoma

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Trust the Sista…Follow the directions on the back of the jar and add some pan dripping… your family and guest will be licking their plates clean! Many of my Thanksgiving recipes including how to roast a turkey that is golden on the outside and juicy on the inside are in my new cookbook “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia, Harvest” click here to purchase a copy http://www.storenvy.com/products/2742897-gifts-of-gold-in-a-sicilian-kitchen-with-sista-felicia-harvest

Don’t Forget To Take a Picture Of Your Thanksgiving Meal/Table, Send ‘Em In and Will Post Them Here on GMG

Share Your Feast With The GMG Family and We Will Have A Post Thanksgiving Holiday Table Photo Orgy.

Send In Your Holiday Table Photos to goodmorningggloucester@yahoo.com

Gobble Gobble!

Whether you are a big time contributor or casual observer of GMG I hope you have a fantastic holiday filled with great food, family and FOOTBALL!

I’m thankful for all the accomplishments and community events we’ve been pulling off and the relationships created through the blog.  I’m thankful for a healthy beautiful family and I’m really really thankful for a family who embraces football on Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by and being part of this giant snowball that just keeps picking up mass and getting bigger as we roll along.  Without you we wouldn’t have much reason to keep plugging away at this thing :)

Woot!

What are you thankful for?

NB4T, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, What’s next?

Why it’s TB4NB4T of course!  Translation: Tuesday Before the Night Before Thanksgiving.   Yup, that’s today and there’s plenty happening tonight too.  Check it out here.  Most music venues in Gloucester offer special entertainment for tomorrow, sometimes referred to as Homecoming or NB4T (you can decipher this based on the translation, above).  Check out tomorrow’s full live music lineup here.

Now, maybe I’m old, but when I was a kid, none of this existed.  It was just plain Thanksgiving.  I don’t ever remember shopping the next day.  I did go to the parade in NYC a couple of times (people called it the Macy’s Day Parade).  There was no Internet, so no Cyber Monday.  And the day before was spent cooking or travelling or both.  We sang Over the river and through the woods (the Thanksgiving version, not Christmas).

Here’s the original 1844 poem by Lydia Maria Child.

Now there’s so much to do it makes your head spin.  So, take Joey’s advice from this post, buckle your chinstraps, enjoy the ride and have a very happy 21st Century Thanksgiving!

What’s A Lobster Dealer Eat For Thanksgiving?

Why Lobster of course. 

The folks that read the blog know that we spent Thanksgiving in NYC. 

After the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching the Pats we went out to a great restaurant in Chelsea – COOKSHOP. 

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Now I don’t know about you but if you are going to give me an option to eat lobster over turkey I’ll take lobster 100 times out of 100.  COOKSHOP offered a multi-course prix fixe menu.

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Here is my first course, the roasted lobster salad.  Avocado, cilantro,red onion, lobster and roasted chili sauce.  It was RE-DIC-U-LOUS!

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The main course was Beef Short Ribs.  Man o man.  It was great.  Loved eating out and being able to enjoy each other’s company instead of the mass hysteria that can be associated with huge Holiday meals.  I vote that we eat out every thanksgiving!

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Jaime’s Pumpkin Soup

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Emerson Inn Shares A New England Thanksgiving Side Dish

Chef Stephen Ryan of Emerson Inn by the Sea shares his recipe and tips on Taste of the Times on how to make your own creamed style corn this Thanksgiving. Perfect for serving with your turkey, you can make a few hours or a day ahead and re-heat by adding a little more heavy cream and reducing. If you do not have fresh corn, you can use frozen corn instead.

Click the picture to see the video at teh Gloucester Daily Times website

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Happy Thanksgiving To All My Peeps!

Whether you are a big time contributor or casual observer of GMG I hope you have a fantastic holiday filled with great food, family and FOOTBALL! 

I’m thankful for all the acomplishments and community events we’ve been pulling off and the relationships created through the blog.  I’m thankful for a healthy beautiful family and I’m really really thankful for a family who embraces football on Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by and being part of this giant snowball that just keeps picking up mass and getting bigger as we roll along.  Without you we wouldn’t have much reason to keep plugging away at this thing :)

Woot!

What are you thankful for?

Open Door Food Pantry–It’s A Good Thing!

So yesterday, Lily and I went to the Open Door Food Pantry to shoot an episode of Inspired Cooking which will air next week and probably for a couple of weeks.  The show was about fun and easy ideas to use your holiday leftovers in a cost effective manner because I feel that throwing away food is like flushing money down the drain–and I don’t want to do it!

Anyway, Julie LaFontaine, the Executive Director of the Open Door, Lily and I had a great time doing the show, the food came out delicious and a good time was had by all.  The point of this is that there are lots of families on Cape Ann that need our help.  Families have been hit hard in this economy and donating a holiday dinner to a needy family is the right thing to do if you can afford to help out.

This is what your $30.00 will buy for a family in need:

Holiday Meal Basket Donation Form

Each basket contains all the fixings a family of four will need to prepare a festive holiday meal.  Just click on the link and everything you need to know is right there.

Baskets include:

  • Turkey (14-16 pounds)
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots*
  • Butternut squash
  • Apples
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Dinner Rolls*
  • Gravy

Please help out our neighbors who might be struggling right now.  According to Julie, those who are using the pantry are mostly working families who just can’t make ends meet.  People are suffering everywhere and if you can help, please do.  Here is the information below.

And if I can nominate a good egg, that would be Julie LaFontaine!

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