; Life is like champagne......: 2009-11-22

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I think the editorial linked here in yesterday's Hartford Courant summed up today's election. I am surprised it was written in our favor, pretty rare this paper. Hats off to the Hartford Courant!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A pre-Thanksgiving test drive

I love Thanksgiving! It is all about tradition, family and great food. When Kikkoman offered me to try out a a new recipe for making a Turkey, something a little out of my norm and tradition, I decided to be a little bold and try it out. They gave me the Kikkoman Soy Sauce, ability to purchase the turkey, a new apron and recipes.
I am all too familiar with Kikkoman Soy Sauce. Living in Hawaii for 5 years, it is a staple and used with many foods...even eggs! I never thought of marinating a turkey in it. I went out and bought a fresh turkey......not the one you see from my back yard but darn close! The first thing I had to do was make the Brine for marinating over night. The recipe for the brine is as follows.

2 Gallons cold water
10 ounces Kikkoman Natural Brewed Soy Sauce
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBSB dried sage
2 TBSB dried celery
2 TBSB dried thyme
Mix all of the ingredients, place the turkey in a large pot with the brine and refrigerate overnight for at least 8 hours. After soaking up all of the brine, take it out, rinse well and it is ready to cook. So far, so good. The turkey had a golden color to it, very exciting!

Cooked the turkey according to basic turkey cooking times of poundage, stuffed or not stuffed and equaling the time in the oven. My turkey was 17 pound turkey unstuffed(I like to make the stuffing separate) and needed about 3 hours 30 minutes. I forgot to tell you that Kikkoman also sent me a Kikkoman duck to keep my daughter amused while I prepped the turkey, she grabbed it(her favorite word right now is grab) and ran off into the living room!

The end result was this beautiful golden turkey,moist, savory with a slight favor of soy and hint of sweet! What a great new tradition and so easy! I happened to have some family over on Sunday for dinner, the consensus was everyone really enjoyed it! We had the butternut squash, the stuffing and green beans, a mix of the old and new.
With a 17 pound turkey, you are bound to have left overs. Thankfully Kikkoman sent me some cool new recipes to try out such as Quick Chinese Turkey Salad, Turkey Tetrazinni and a Spanish Turkey Ole(excited about this one!). I plan on working these recipes after the usual turkey sandwiches. You can check out the recipes, tips and a coupon here! Give it try...I think you will be just as happy with the finished product!

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