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herb roasted turkey


Around Las Vegas, rosemary is a decorative bush.  Seriously everywhere, and it makes walks outside interesting after they have been pruned by the gardeners!  We enjoyed this for Thanksgiving and Christmas because I wanted to enjoy the fresh rosemary… and I see it in our future for holidays while we live here.  When I made it Sunday for Christmas, I used sea salt as the outer rub and I think that is the reason it was even more yummy than the first time I made it.

amber bock turkey


I reference this recipe card for turkey cooking times.  I love turkey but touching the raw bird is beyond disgusting!  In order to touch it as little as possible, I defrost it, slide it into an oven cooking bag, set it in a cooking pan and pour one bottle of Amber Bock over the top.  Next, seal up the bag and cook according to the times below. 

Minimal touching.  No basting.  No worries.  Yummy turkey.  Unfortunately, the only down side is the gravy.  You’ll have to make or buy your gravy through another means because the beer broth tastes horrible made into gravy!  Trust me. 

fabulous fresh cranberry sauce


My friend Jen shared this with me and I’ve never been more anxious for Thanksgiving to roll around each year!  My sister Megan and I used to eat up the canned smooth cranberry sauce each year, so much so that my Aunt Kathy would give us a can for Christmas in our stocking as a joke! 

I’m now a chunky cranberry sauce convert, and it doesn’t get any better than this.  If I remember correctly, Jen said it came from a famous chef’s restaurant… wish I knew the whole story better.  I skip the cloves because I’m not big on that flavor and it tastes excellent.