ROAST TURKEY WITH BROWN SAUCE AND A TURKEY PRIMER

Roast Turkey Is it really worth the effort to have a turkey that looks like a Norman Rockwell illustration? Or could you be happy with one that cooks quickly and doesn’t need a lot of attention but is dependably juicy, tender, flavorful, and crispy-skinned? It might not win a beauty contest, but it will never be dry or chewy either. “Those picture-perfect birds gracing the holiday table of that food catalogue are most often an illusion. As a food stylist, I know that often those…

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SOMETIMES A TURKEY IS A TURKEY

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Sometimes a recipe works the first time; more often it takes many tries to get it right. I had high hopes for the turkey I roasted for Thanksgiving. I did some research, wrote up a plan of action, and kept notes. I chose a hen turkey because hens have proportionally more meat than Toms. It had to be between 12 and 14 pounds–big enough to feed the family, but small enough for me to lift and maneuver by myself. I searched out an all-natural, fresh…

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