Cider Brined Turkey with rich kettle gravy

Cider Brined Turkey

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I figured it was time to share my recipe for a perfectly roasted, juicy turkey.  Since we will be spending it at my mother in law’s house and I will be released from turkey duty, my family was overjoyed that we’d be having a turkey dinner early.  Along with the turkey we had an amazing sage sausage stuffing with dried cranberries, celery root and potato mash, and cranberry/bing cherry sauce; all of which will be posted soon. Turkey can be rather dull unless you add flavor in some way.  Some heavily season and deep fry it(I’ve … Continue reading

Mustard Crusted Pork Loin with fennel apple salad

Mustard Crusted Pork Loin with fennel apple salad

When most people think of fennel, two things likely come to mind; licorice and Italian sausage.  And while both of those would be correct, there is so much more to this plant.  The fragrance is licorice but the flavor varies widely depending on the part you use.  The strongest is the pollen from the plant and for many people is difficult to get and very expensive when you can; with a decent substitute for the pollen being the toasted ground seeds.  The seeds which are a staple of Italian sausage are simular in taste and appearance to anise seed although milder and take on a warm flavor when … Continue reading