This is the way I love to make my turkey, it is the recipe from Good Eats on Food TV.

Original Recipe


1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the brine:

1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
1 gallon heavily iced water

For the aromatics:

1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage
Canola oil

One of my favorite soups to make and eat is good old French Onion.  Hit and miss when you go out to eat, especially when it tastes like a salt mine, this is one simple soup to make at home.  The recipe is from Tyler Florence on Food TV.  I prefer using low sodium broth so that you can control the salt levels yourself.



1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 onions, sliced
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle, please get something you would drink
3 heaping tbsp all-purpose flower
2 quarts beef broth, low sodium
1 baguette, sliced
1/2lb grated Gruyere

Beef brisket is a tasty piece of meat, but does take some time to cook it so that it becomes nice and tender.  Braising it is a great way of cooking it at home when you don't have a smoker, like me.  This is a recipe that I found online a few years ago and I love making it.


1 4lb beef brisket, I get mine from Master Meats in the NW
Garlic powder
Coarse salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small dice
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and cut into small dice
1 stalk celery, cut into small dice
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
2 cups red wine
5 tbsp distilled white vinegar
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
4 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp black peppercorns