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Thanksgiving Dinner Planning - Plan Now and Reduce Stress!


Perfect Prime Rib Roast (Standing Rib Roast):

standing rib roast

What is a Prime Rib Roast? A tender cut of beef taken from the rib primal. A Prime Rib Roast is also often referred to as "Standing Rib Roast." It is very tender, flavorful, and expensive. Learn how to cook the Perfect Prime Rib Roast for your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Prime Rib Dinner - Thanksgiving Dinner Menu (with recipes)

Prime Rib Dinner
7-course Dinner Menu (with recipes)

au just juiceBeef Au Jus - Au Jus Beef Juice
Au Jus is a French term meaning "with juice." The term is used to describe the serving of meat, most often prime rib roast, surrounded in or served with a container of the natural juices that were produced as drippings while the meat was being cooked.

Yorkshire Pudding
A traditional English side dish to Prime Rib Roast is Yorkshire Pudding, a puffy pop-over like pastry. Yorkshire Puddings, fresh from the oven, should be well-risen and golden brown with a crisp exterior and soft middle.


Time to think about planning Thanksgiving dinner:

Thanksgiving Day is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on some football, and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal.


Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving - The Thanksgiving dinner is a simple meal to prepare. All it takes to pull it off is some advance planning.

Turkey Terminology - Types of Turkeys - Learn the differences between the different types of turkeys in the marketplace.

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Menu (with recipes) - Check out some ideas and recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips
Do you know that a "frozen" turkey is fresher than a fresh turkey? Hints and tips on preparing your Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkey Basics
How to purchase, stuff, and roast a turkey - How to prepare turkey for stuffing.

brining poultryBrining Poultry (Chicken and Turkey)
This is the secret that chefs never tell you about. It's very easy and economical, and requires no special cookware. Brining is like a marinade as it keeps food moist and tender.


How to cook Thanksgiving Turkey:

Guidelines For Roasting a Whole Turkey - Learn how to safely and easily prepare and roast your turkey. Oven-Roasted Turkey Tips.

Cajun Fried Turkey
This way of cooking your turkey is anything but greasy as the deep-frying process seals the outside and the turkey remains incredibly juicy, while the skin gets wonderfully crispy.

Barbecued Turkey - Outdoor barbecuing or grilling is a very easy and efficient way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. No mess in your oven or the kitchen. Your turkey will be crisp outside and juicy inside.

Smoked Turkey
Smoking a turkey is no different from barbecuing in your back yard. You follow all these rules without even noticing them in most cases so go ahead, give it a try, you will not be dissatisfied when you try a smoked turkey.

What the heck is that? Well it is a de-boned turkey (except for wing bones and drumsticks), a fully hand de-boned duck, and a fully hand de-boned chicken, all rolled into one and stuffed with lots of delicious stuffing.

Southwest/Mexican Thanksgiving:

Mexican Americans and others have put their own gastronomical twist on Thanksgiving meals.
These are some of the foods many consider a Thanksgiving meal in the Southwest. Check out more great Southwest Recipes.

Turkey in Mole Sauce

Tamales - How To Make Tamales

Enchiladas (Rolled Enchiladas)

Turkey in Mole Sauce (Mole Poblano de Guajolote) - Mexican Americans and others have put their own gastronomical twist on Thanksgiving meals. Those recipes are the ones I hope to share with you here. These are not “tradition,” nor are they found at all Thanksgiving celebrations, which include Latin American foods, but they are the foods many consider a Thanksgiving meal in the Southwest.

Tamales - Though not native to New Mexico, tamales have been adopted by the state and are very popular. Numerous adaptations have been made on the basic tamale, including vegetarian tamales, chicken tamales, and even chocolate tamales.

Learn how easy it is to make homemade tamales to serve for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Enchiladas were a typical ranch house food early on, replicating the Mexican kitchen’s custom of almost always having food on the stove. There may be as many ways to prepare enchiladas as there are ideas about where they originated.

Enchiladas - Rolled Enchiladas and Enchiladas with Green Sauce.

Great cooks use a Cooking Thermometer as their guide - NOT a clock.

Internal Temperature Cooking Charts - meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and casseroles

A cooking or meat thermometer should not be a "sometime thing." A cooking thermometer can be used for all foods, not just meat. It measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and/or casseroles to assure that a safe temperature has been reached and that harmful bacteria (like certain strains of Salmonella and E. Coli O 157:H7) have been destroyed.

Cooking and Meat ThermometerLearn how to read and use an Internal Meat and Cooking Thermometer.

Cooking thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking, as they measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, baked goods, and/or casseroles, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached, harmful bacteria have been destroyed, and your food is cook perfectly.


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