Cooking


I woke up early Wednesday morning, as planned, to get the turkey in the oven. Everything went perfect – almost.

The turkey was suppose to have two bags in it, one for the neck and one for the giblets. Finding the bag for the neck was easy – it was in the stuffing hole just like I thought it would be. However, I looked all over the stuffing hole and didn’t see the other bag. I dumped out the bag containing the neck because I thought they might have decided to consolidate the giblets and neck into one bag, but nope. I picked up the turkey and shook it and nothing fell out. So I figured, “Oops someone forgot the giblets.” Oh well, move on and lets get this bird cooking.

I basted the bird with olive oil and spices, tried to reposition the wings since I stretched them out when shaking it, and put it in the oven. I waited about 45 minutes then put the first glaze of (farm fresh, local) honey on. Then it was time to pass the torch to Erik because I had to go to work.

Erik was on “Turkey Watch” and did a beautiful job. When I came home to pick up the turkey, it was perfect!

I was so proud I took pictures of it before it was carved, unfortunately none of those pictures turned out. Either way, everyone was pretty impressed.

Mrs. Clara, an 82 y.o. lady that works 1 day a week, said she would do the honors of carving the turkey, to which we all obliged because she obviously has more experience than all of us.

Carving the turkey

This went well too, for a few minutes. Then, while I’m sitting there watching her, soaking in the ecstasy that I cooked the turkey, she leans over and whispers to me, “Sweetheart, I think you forgot something,” and she pulls out this wrinkly bag containing the giblets!

Forgotten Giblets

Those darned things we in the neck cavity! Why? is all I have to ask. Why would they put one bag in one hole and one in another? Why wouldn’t they put the neck in the neck hole where it would be easier to see because it is so big, so that the smaller bag could be in clear view inside the stuffing hole? *laughs*

Its okay though, the turkey was great, and no one would have noticed I forgot the bag if I hadn’t told them. We had a great time at the Christmas party, and I definitely learned something new about cooking! (Oh, and I’m sure we will have something to laugh about at future holiday parties. *smiles*)

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We are having an employee Christmas party tomorrow at SewFlakes.  I volunteered to cook the turkey.  (Thankfully, Erik will be home tomorrow to watch it as it cooks, while I’m at work.)

About 4:00 this afternoon.

It is 2:15 in the morning, and the turkey is nearly completely thawed.  After sitting in cold water for the last 12 hours, it was a close call, but it will be ready to cook in the morning. Yay!

I will wake up early (oh around 8:00am haha), baste it, and get it in the over, and then make the gravy.  Everything will be perfect!

In other news, I finally took a (bad) picture of the neck warmer I made for my Grandma’s Christmas gift.


I used lentils in the bag instead of corn.  It really works well, and the lentils are smoother than the lumpy corn.  The only thing wrong with it is that it smells like cattle feed when you heat it! I will add some lavender essential oil to it before I give it to her.  (According to aromatherapy theories it should be relaxing every time she heats it up.  We shall see.)

Another thing with using lentils – you don’t have to heat them as long because they get hot quick! 2 – 2 1/2 minutes should due fine for a while.

I will try to post again, later tonight, with the out comes of the turkey, though I’m confident enough to say I’m sure it will be delicious!

Trina

I haven’t done much cooking since this spring.  Of course I have cooked, but only the boring normal things like spaghetti! So it is high time I get back in the kitchen!

Friday night Erik and I made chocolate chip cookies.  He laid out all the ingredients then I went in to mix it all together and do the dough plopping.  Doing this made me wonder why I had stopped baking in the first place.  It isn’t like it takes long or takes a big exertion of energy.  Besides, during the holidays the house feels more cheerful if there are smells of baked treats welcoming you as you step in the door.

Tonight I made a Cinnamon Buttermilk Coffee Cake using this recipe from Cooks.com.  It turned out alright though I may tweak the recipe if I try this one again.  Here are my notes…

***Cooking the cake in a bundt pan takes about 15 minutes less than the recipe calls for when cooking in a 9×9-inch pan.

***Make sure you drop your egg into the mixing bowl and not the bowl with the topping mixture in it.  If you get distracted by something (like your imagination) and you drop the egg in the topping mixture don’t worry about it.  Just mix the topping in with the rest of the cake and call it good.

***When dusting the pan with flour, before pouring the cake batter in, it is possible to use to much flour.  If you use to much try banging the pan on the wall of the sink to knock as much as possible out of the pan before adding the cake mix.  If you notice there are a lot of white flour spots all over your cake after you have cooked and released it from the pan sprinkle powdered sugar over it – no one will notice.  (Powdered sugar will also cover up the fact you had to mix the original topping into the cake after dumping the egg into it.

***If I try this recipe in the future instead of using a different one I will probably add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  Coffee cake is suppose to be a little bit more dense than this one turned out, and it wouldn’t hurt if it was just a tad sweeter.

***I didn’t have buttermilk, so substituting the buttermilk for a cup of regular milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar worked out great.  (When using this substitution put your vinegar in the measuring cup first then add milk to the 1 cup line, then stir and let set for a few minutes while you mix the dry ingredients.  Filling the measuring cup with 1 cup milk first then adding the tablespoon of vinegar could be the little difference in the density of the cake.)