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“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”  With this endorsement from a loving spouse I set out to cook a turducken.  My rationale?  “It’s my birthday.  I’ll cook what I want.”

easy to cook, easy to serve

Relegated to the universe of food porn & possessing those unfortunate first four letters, turducken’s much better than its reputation.  First, it’s efficient.  The recipe below is the size of a small turkey but serves 15 people.  It’s also fast.  Cooking time is a little over 3 hours.  And it’s good.

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Chicken Stock

I post a lot about cooking with boned chicken and fish.  It’s great presentation and easier to eat (why else would markets sell filets and breasts?).  It’s also the way cooking used to be done, because bones have all the goodness of marrow and texture of gelatin, and who wants the yummy firm stuff going to waste?  So use the bones for stock.

at the heart of most things savory

Making stock requires a bit more organization in the kitchen.  After a few times it becomes habit.  And there’s no comparison between the tepid stuff you bring home from the market and a quart of fresh stock waiting in the back of the fridge.  This is a basic recipe, so add whatever herbs you like, or a full bouquet garni if you want to get fancy.

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Sweet Italian Sausage (Chicken or Pork)

No sausage grinder?  No problem.  If you have a Cuisinart you can have fresh sausage for patties, sauces, stews or stuffing.  You can even make links, but that’s a bit more involved.

making this takes less time than driving to the store...

Here’s a basic recipe for either chicken or pork.  The pictures are chicken, but the basic idea remains the same.

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Stuffed Flank Steak

This is a full bodied recipe.  It’s got big taste, rich flavors and bold colors.  You have the fatty goodness of meat and cheese, the tangy spinach and aromatic carrot and pepper.  And the colors – green, orange and red – to liven up the meal.

tender goodness from tough meat

Great hot or cold.  This technique is know as rouladen in Germany, paupiettes in France, or rollatini in Italy.  If it’s that popular it’s gotta be good.

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Lemon Cake (by Table Daughter)

[As a dessert or snack, Table Dad thinks this is really good.  Though his waist line begs to differ.]

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Vegetable Stew

There are two rules for any stew:  cook aromatics first (in this case celery, carrot, onion & garlic) and use dry wine.  And here’s a personal preference….  Use root vegetables for thickness instead of a roux or corn starch.

crusty bread completes the meal

This is a basic recipe.  The essentials are aromatic vegetables, stock and wine.  The rest is up to your discretion.  You’ll want to make more than you can eat immediately so that there’s something in the freezer for later.

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French Style Beef Stew

Ever notice how beef stew tastes better the second day?  Since this improves after a day or two in the fridge it’s a great dish to prepare on a weekend and serve on the weeknights ahead.

a simple mixture of wonderful ingredients

A great 5 minute meal when reheated, it takes about 4 hours to cook.  Another reason for making it in advance.

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Bronzini w/Potato Puree (& dorsal boning technique)

This seems a bit beyond the basics but, when broken down, it’s really quite simple.  And elegant.  Total cooking time is less than one and a half hours, but the end product looks like so much more.  The technique covered in this recipe is boning round fish through the back.

deceptively simple

So break it down into three parts:  preparing the puree, boning the fish, and assembling the final product….

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