Well today I'm sitting in the waiting room waiting for mom to get out of a 4 hour surgery on her foot i have time to think and reflect on what i would like to give thanks to. First and foremost to GOD for waking me up everyday and helping us weave thru the daily grind of life. I want to thank my ever growing family whom i love to pieces even though they make me crazy every day. My friends that i see every day but especially the ones that i have known for so many years but only see once in a blue moon, you know who you are, the awesome thing is when we do see each other its like not a day has gone by and we catch up from where we left off. My work family, they are amazing, and are helping me make MissShelly a house hold name one day.
In these times that we are in now we need to move forward to heal whether it be with family or the nation we just need to live life to it's fullest, enjoy at least one thing about everyday, we wake to the morning , sun, breathe fresh air, drink a great glass of whiskey, and enjoy some great food.
Now in talking about food what are we doing for Thanksgiving? Well in my house we are always so traditional, turkey, ham, yams, mashed, cornbread, and veggies. mini cheesecakes, that Nolly, my oldest always eats most of them as his sister Janecia, second oldest, always hides so we can always get at least one before they are all gone. Grand-kids will be all around this year, super excited about that, they all have such different personalities, it's so fun to watch them interact with each other.
My Turkey Secret
I was taught at a very young age if you don't get a good turkey, that it will dry, so we always made sure we got a good quality bird. My most fondest memory is my dad would pick the turkey up by his wings and chase my brother around the kitchen making him scream, it was so funny. Maybe not the most sanitary, but funny.
In preparing my turkey i always marinated it the night before. i love turkey will great flavor it makes for a good turkey club the next day. My go to seasonings are: fresh crushed garlic, olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, to start, then Italian seasoning, ground sage, fresh basil, and Cajun seasoning. I like to try to use fresh ingredients when i can it makes for a more flavorful turkey. I rub all ingredients in real good and then cover and let sit in fridge overnight. That morning i take out and cut up a stick of butter and stick butter all over the turkey you are going to need it for basting. If you start your turkey overnight make sure you read the directions on per pound and how long you should cook it. i pretty much follow the directions on how long based on pounds it;s usually pretty spot on depending on your oven.
On average your turkey might cook between 4-6 hours to come out cooked and very juicy.
Well i was a bit winded with this one but if you have any ideas or shares you would like to share with me i would love your feed back.
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Lots of Love Chef Shelly