Wednesday, December 25, 2013

This Christmas Part Fourteen!

Hey, if whole buildings can skip a number so can this blog! Merry Christmas to all, and to all, grab another cup of coffee and lets get this show on the road!

Christmas Feast at 6 PM time line

1:30PM Prep tray of Brussels sprouts.

2:00 PM Turn on oven to 400 degrees. When preheated put trays of vegetables in oven. Remember to stir the Brussels sprouts every 10 minutes – this is important

2:45PM Take out vegetables put B.S. in their microwave safe covered dish, and potatoes into a bowl for mashing. Move rack to lowest run.

3:00PM Remove turkey from brine and rinse then pat dry with paper towels. Put aromatics in cavity and “butter” the skin with mayonnaise and place on rack.

3:20PM Put in Oven! (Roasting estimate of 2 hours & 15 minutes + fudge factor of 10 minutes) Drop temperature down to 350 degrees

5:00PM Put dressing in oven along side of turkey

Cover the Brussels sprouts, these will need final re-heating in microwave

If family insists on rolls, put them in oven now

5:45PM Out of oven to rest (leave dressing in)

5:45PM Heat Cook the potatoes for 7 minutes, take out to mash, Brussels sprouts in microwave for no more than 3 minutes, Same for carrots and 2 minutes for gravy.
While microwaving, mix 2-3 tbs of drippings from the pan into the bowl of gravy before heating that for 3 minutes and stir before serving.
6:00PM Carve and Serve!


Slave hopes that you have enjoyed all of the internet pictures it has scrounged to decorate these posts! Wish it could give credit to each and everyone, but these is just no way of knowing my the time they reached slave how many times they were re-posted. So I guess they have also “Been around the block”!

This is the day of sharing and caring. Do you best to keep a child-like heart, be open to the wonder! Keep handy in your arsenal all five of your senses and do your best to use each and everyone of them to spread the happiness of the day.

Getting you stuff ready in the kitchen
Just a quick word about the pan you use to roast the turkey.
Lets not use that old Spackle-wear closed “roaster”. They do NOT roast the turkey, they stew it! To roast, air must circulate around the meat. This is what gives the best Caramelization - browning!

Take a large cake pan, line it with foil or spray it well, then set in a rack which is also sprayed well.


Our Royal Bird Breast about to go into the oven. All buttered up with mayonnaise, some onion, bay leaves, and a cut up lemon in the cavity!
Note extra onion wedges in the pan, not necessary but I think adds to smells and to flavor of gravy. 

Remember This Day Is About the Ones You Care For!
Keep all this other stuff in perspective, don't overlook your goal by focusing on the small details. Keep an eye on details, just don't obsess.

Pay more attention on their eyes, for there is what is in the hearts.

Our Menu for Today

Since this will likely be a heavy meal slave does not suggest appetizers. It knows that you already have nuts and cookies around and with all probability you've had a late breakfast – brunch. That's just how it goes on the holiday, esp Christmas!

Slow Roasted Turkey Breast
Pan gravy
Homemade Cranberry-Apple Cinnamon sauce
Sweet Cornbread dressing
Fresh mashed potatoes
Sweet roasted Brussels Sprouts with bacon and nuts
Honeyed-ginger baby carrots
Old Fashioned hand-made Mince meat pie


NOTE: Let slave give you a tip about the gravy. Often slave buys it already made. The trick is to add about 4 tbs of pan juices and just a touch of creamer to it, stir well before you microwave it to proper temperature! It will then have all the taste of the bird that You have cooked!

Slave knows that this blog is nowhere near complete. It hopes it has served as a guideline to your own creations.

Above all it has hoped and prayed for is that you and yours have shared in the joy of this season. May you keep that warmth of love and happiness wrapped around your loved ones all year long.

Happy serving!

Serving My Wonderful and Precious Master Indy


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil,
comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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