What can I say about Thanksgiving..? I’m going to use a frozen organic turkey because I’m testing the idea that frozen turkeys taste better than fresh. I know it sounds unbelievable, but there's a whole debate out there. I will say the best turkey I ever had was frozen (and brined) but that was years ago, and I've yet to experience a turkey worth remembering, whether fresh or frozen.
I’ll also be making creamed spinach, corn muffins and cranberry chutney, the inspiration for which I found in a new (and cool) local food magazine called MIX. I made the chutney in advance and put it in the freezer. That’ll be one less thing to worry about on Turkey Day.
adapted from MIX Magazine
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tbs neutral oil, such as canola or grape seed
- 1 tbs mustard oil (or 1 tsp mustard seeds, finely ground)
- ½ cup minced onion
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1-2 jalapenos (or more to taste), split lengthwise
- ½ tbs grated ginger
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ to 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 12oz bag fresh cranberries
- salt to taste (about ½ to 1 tsp)
*Here’s what happened: I was going to make a mojito to enjoy with our dinner (Mexican food), but the glass shaker shattered. The cuts were pretty deep and it took about 15 minutes for the bleeding to stop. Have you every tried to compress 3 fingers at once while holding your hand over your head? It’s harder than it sounds.