The holidays are in full swing and the lists of things to do can sometimes seem overwhelming. |
Sometimes, we forget to take a step back to reflect and be thankful for the simple things.
I want to thank you for supporting me throughout this past year with your business and your referrals. Chef for All Seasons would not exist without your support. Thank you for the opportunity to cook in your kitchen. I look forward to seeing each other again soon in the New Year.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
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Apple-Leek Stuffing Recipe
Stuffing from a box can't hold a candle to something home-made.
This recipe is one that I've used for the past few years and it always gets raves.
The combination of apple, celery, a little hickory smoke and sage is delicious.
I recommend cooking it separately from the turkey for safety reasons!
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Properly Carving a Turkey
Here's the answer to the annual family argument about the correct way to carve a turkey: a video from cooking.com!
One hint: If you're going to be carving the turkey at the table, remove the legs and wings first. Guests may not find it appetizing when you stick your finger in to find the hip joint.
If you're carving the turkey soon after roasting, cover it with foil and let it stand for 15 minutes.
Lastly, make sure you use a sharp, thin-bladed carving knife.
Click here for the video
Great Ideas For Leftover Turkey
Unless you have a very large family, chances are you're going to be left with some leftover turkey.
But turkey sandwiches are just the beginning. Allrecipes.com
has some great options, including a Tex-Mex Turkey Soup which is perfect for this time of year, Turkey Pot Pie, Broccoli Turkey Salad, Curried Turkey and dozens of others.
Independent of a full Christmas dinner, turkey is a very healthy meat - only 1 gram of fat per ounce of meat, without the skin.
A 5-ounce serving provides almost half of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, and is a good source of vitamins B, B1,B6, zinc and potassium. These nutrients have been found to keep blood cholesterol down, protect against birth defects, cancer and heart disease, aid in nerve function and growth, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and assist in healing processes.
|The Tryptophan Myth|
Turkey does contain a natural sedative called tryptophan, which helps the body produce niacin, which helps the body produce serotonin, which is a calming agent.
But nutritionists and other experts say that the tryptophan in turkey probably won't trigger the body to produce more serotonin because tryptophan works best on an empty stomach. The tryptophan in a Thanksgiving turkey has to vie with all the other amino acids that the body is trying to use. So only part of the tryptophan makes it to the brain to help produce serotonin.
So it's probably a combination of the volume of food and the carbs you've eaten that are making you sleepy.
Cooks Illustrated - a superb guide for all things food. Learn recipes, techniques, and product knowledge. You'll become a gourmet chef before you know it!
Epicurious.com- Recipes, menus, articles, cooking guides and more.
Mercola.com - The world's #1 Natural Health Newsletter covering wellness, nutrition, and various blog topics to keep you healthy and living longer.
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Culinarium.ca- Toronto-based gourmet food shop, which showcases Ontario food and offers a range of natural, organic, sustainable food.
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