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Karl’s Elderflower Cranberry Sauce

While wife Jan usually makes the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, this year she was really busy with work. She and daughter Eilene went for a walking tour of the Devon coast and came back with a love for the taste of elderflower. I decided to adapt her recipe from last year to include her new favorite liqueur.

Karl’s Elderflower Cranberry Sauce

Karl’s Elderflower Cranberry Sauce

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey without Onions

Note: Life has been a bit chaotic for the last few weeks, so I am way behind on posting some of my recipes. I have still been cooking and scribbling notes, but organizing them into something anyone else would understand has been slow.

Thanksgiving's Dinner

Thanksgiving’s Dinner

This was a Thanksgiving of two turkeys. Daughter Miriam had gone off with Chris for Thanksgiving with his mother. As a result, we decided to have the feast on the following Sunday. On Thanksgivings Day, Jan though it would be a good opportunity to have two of her half-brothers meet for the first time. Continue reading

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Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

While I have many recipes that I tinker with, wife Jan has her own dishes with which to play. She really likes cranberry sauce, but she is still looking for the perfect recipe—sauce 1, sauce 2, sauce 3. She felt that sometimes adding ground spices left some of her sauces “gritty.” This Thanksgiving she decided to use a cocktail of spice/fruit flavored liqueurs.

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

This is a simplified variation of the turkey I made two years ago. It produces a really moist bird and a savory stuffing that was well worth repeating. It also has the advantage of roasting in under two hours—true it does not produce a Norman Rockwell turkey, but flavor and convenience over presentation!

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

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Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Timing is always a challenge when making a Thanksgiving’s day meal, so an appetizer or two is always a good idea to keep the hordes at bay. While Eilene hates mushrooms, everyone else loves them. This is a dish you can cook slightly ahead and quickly re-warm just before serving.

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

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Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

A meat and carbohydrates heavy Thanksgiving dinner calls for at least one green vegetable side. This year, I decided on Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorites. However, being a holiday meal I wanted something more than just plain steamed sprouts.

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta

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Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

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Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Miriam and Chris went to Boston to be with his family this Thanksgiving. However, my sister, Karen and her husband, were passing through town the day after, so I decided that I would make my feast on Friday. With only five dinners, I felt that “all the fixings” would not be necessary, so Jan made the cranberry sauce and I made green beans and a crust-less pumpkin pie for dessert.

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey
a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

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Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

I wanted a green vegetable to go with roasted turkey and stuffing. The traditional American side dish involves overcooked green beans, canned mushroom soup and fried onions. Some people actually look forward to this dish every year.

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

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