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Ruin your turkey? A great gravy will save the day
Ladle a spoonful of golden, flavorful gravy on overcooked meat, let it seep into the flesh, and suddenly you and the bird both look brilliant.
Silpat is thinking small (and it’s a big success)
Its new collection of lightweight bakeware for small pastries — mini muffins and fluted cakes, small loaves and madeleines — can come in handy if you’re hosting a brunch.
Handy poke bowls for those on the go
The single-serve kits come with salt-cured and cold-smoked cubes of salmon or sashimi-grade ahi tuna and a pouch of cooked rice.
Celebrated author Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston Dec. 2-4 to talk about ‘Everyday Dorie’
In her new book, “Everyday Dorie,” the author celebrates what she calls “elbows-on-the-table” meals that put people at ease and make them want to linger and share stories.
Recipe: The texture of this classic pumpkin bread is light and the color is striking
Add slices of pumpkin bread to the holiday table or cut the slices into squares and spread with butter or cream cheese for an afternoon treat.
Recipe: French tartines get an American twist with cranberry chutney, turkey, and melty cheese
Make a platter of tartines with leftover turkey and cranberry chutney and serve them for lunch or a light supper, or make yourself a singleton when the urge strikes.
Am I poised to ruin Thanksgiving?
A woman considering serving a take-out turkey worries about getting roasted.
Recipe: How to make great Thanksgiving turkey gravy
The juices from the turkey roasting pan, simmered with stock and wine or sherry, form the base of great gravy.
Recipe: How to cook a perfect Thanksgiving turkey
You need an instant-read meat thermometer to cook a turkey. Pop-up thermometers that come with the bird (they’re implanted in the breast) usually pop up when the meat is overcooked.
Thanksgiving turkey cooking times and temperature
It’s common for a turkey to be cooked sooner than you’re expecting. Don’t worry about this. The turkey can sit in a warm place without harm for at least 30 minutes.
The confident cook
Recipe: Cauliflower puree is the secret to this light bechamel; florets and turkey fill the gratin pan
A golden, cheesy crust tops a creamy interior in this appealing dish.
Getting Salty with Brian Hillmer, executive chef at Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings
For years, he ran culinary programs for giants like Legal Sea Foods, Tavern in the Square, and Not Your Average Joe’s. This fall, he switched gears.
By the Glass
Pour these lively American wines for the big feast
When selecting wine for the Thanksgiving table, think lively and bright. Three American producers certainly do. They’re dialed in to what your guests will be craving on the day of the big feast.
COOKING | MAGAZINE
Recipes: What to do with leftover turkey? Make Reubens.
Save some leftover Thanksgiving turkey for a variation on a classic Reuben sandwich accompanied by an unusual — and unusually good — slaw.
Spacious setting for a wonderful meal
Steel & Rye is tucked into a hillside in Milton Village, with high windows looking out at trees.
Shojo is landing at Logan
Framingham-based Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers will open a bar at North Station/TD Garden’s commuter platform — and other restaurant news you can use.
At Mortadella Head, you can go wild
The new Davis Square restaurant is a quasi-Italian venture from Boston Burger Company’s Charles Sillari and Sebastian Fricia.
What She’s Having
Picking up right where you left off with an old favorite restaurant
I find myself back at Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge after several years away, and it’s just as good as I remember.
The Bitter Housewife you’ll want to hang out with
Genevieve Brazelton launched the company with her husband in 2012 after tinkering with making bitters from scratch and coming up with a batch to spice up her favorite cocktail.
Ghee: Rich, nourishing, and tasty
Golden and slightly nutty, ghee is made from clarified butter that’s cooked longer so the milk solids become toasty before they’re skimmed away.
Selling what they love was no small decision for Small Change Brewing Co.
“It was either come out and do another IPA — which isn’t necessary, I think — or we could just do the beers that we want to drink regardless of selling well or being popular or trendy,” says one of the brewery’s founders, Michael Patterson.
An unbreakable French Press for on-the-go coffee lovers
The carafe is made from shatter-resistant, BPA-free Tritan plastic, not the easily-breakable glass that’s used for most French presses.
Spice up your Thanksgiving menu
Go ahead and make the same creamy mashed potatoes you’ve made forever, but go to town on everything else you’re planning for the big feast.
Recipe: An open-faced apple-cranberry tart with an easy dough has ragged edges and a buttery crust
The crisp, flaky crust comes from brushing it with ice water and sprinkling with sugar before baking.
Apps to help you stave off holiday weight gain
According to an article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, mobile apps have been shown to help folks lose and manage their weight.
Recipe: Your favorite winter squash just got a little spicy, a little toasty, and a little minty
Acorn squash wedges, roasted with spices, are garnished with pumpkin seeds.
Recipe: A custardy corn pudding gets a little heat from roasted poblano chiles
Mix corn kernels with cream, eggs, grated cheddar, and chiles, and bake in a shallow dish; the results form a custard something like quiche filling.
Recipe: Smoked paprika and brown sugar season these sweet potato spears
Simmering sweet potatoes before roasting in a hot oven keeps them moist and tender on the inside while the outside browns and caramelizes.
Recipe: Turn the traditional turkey on its head (not really) with this Mediterranean rub
The rub contains both fresh herbs and spices: parsley, cilantro, and oregano leaves, paprika, crushed red pepper, crushed coriander seeds, cumin, and cinnamon.
Holiday hacks: Top chefs’ tips for a successful Thanksgiving spread
Pare down your menu. Work ahead. Buy a ricer. Keep the wine flowing. And use butter — lots of butter. But first, breathe deeply and read on.
Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat
Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to scientists.
Your Week Ahead
Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18
Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18
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Recipes: A lighter take on Southern-style smothered chicken, ribs, and turnips
Inspired by ‘smothered’ dishes, these braises results in a pure, uncomplicated flavor
Near North Station, a water view and a civilized meal
Alcove is the first restaurant from Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, whom you may know from his time working at Craigie on Main and Island Creek Oyster Bar.
A Japanese option for downtown lunch, and changes in the Seaport
Restaurant news you can use.
Turkeyville U.S.A. celebrates 50 years as an American icon
For the past half-century, the Cornwell family has served up home-cooked turkey dinners with all the trimmings and the “world’s best turkey sandwiches” to guests who visit their 400-acre farm and restaurant complex, just north of Marshall, Mich.
These cities may be small, but they’re mighty appealing
Small cities have many of the amenities of their larger counterparts, but they’re friendlier, less crowded, and much, much less expensive, their boosters say.
The tiny house movement has never tasted so good
Here are some Hansel-and-Gretel-approved sweet spots where kids can create and decorate the gingerbread house of their dreams.
Food & Travel
James Beard America’s Classics hit the spot in Santa Fe and Albuquerque
When we planned a trip to Santa Fe over the summer, we checked the James Beard Foundation’s list for America’s Classics and weren’t disappointed.
Joanne Chang shares her youthful obsessions at Books for Breakfast fund-raiser
This year’s breakfast added to the now $170,000 that 826 Boston has raised for its free youth writing programs, which help over 4,000 students from underserved communities every year.
Give green salsa a little love
At Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, tomatillos are harvested late summer, when they’re practically bursting out of their papery husks, and then blanched and pureed.
Let someone else (Branch Line) cook this Thanksgiving
The Watertown restaurant, known for its succulent rotisserie chicken, is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving takeout menu and roasting Prestage Farms turkey, as well as rotisserie Rohan duck.
Jamaica Plain mainstay celebrates 25 years with music and revelry
Owners and guests at Bella Luna & The Milky Way toasted 25 years in business over the weekend.
Recipe: Thick, chewy, fudgy chocolate-walnut cookies
When you first mix the dough, it’s too soft to handle. After a couple of hours (or overnight) in the fridge, it stiffens enough to roll into balls and flatten with a fork.
The El Capitaza, a tasty introduction to sherry
Claire Boyle, bar manager at Taberna de Haro, the Brookline Spanish restaurant with sherry-focused bar program, was one of 10 finalists last month in this year’s International Sherry Cocktail Competition, reinforcing her role as a sherry emissary.
Vegan venture has rhythm, wraps, and now a brick-and-mortar store
Friends — a musician and a chef — took a course on how to start a food truck business. Two years later they were operating Rhythm ’n Wraps, focusing on global vegan and vegetarian cuisine.