November 27, 2008

The beast and other feasts

"It's juicy, is that good?" he asked.
"I think that means it's tasty," she answered.

We cooked our first turkey today.

"And it was swell," Katie says.

We picked up our nearly 12-pound bird for free at Martin's grocery after saving up the necessary bonus points. It cooked in less than four hours and was shared and beloved by the holiday crew at the news office.

Katie headed up the homemade cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and dressing successes. I'm taking most of the turkey credit. And our secret gravy ingredient is now out of the bag: sage. We only argued twice during the day: once about onion content and once about the flimsy wood spatula and little fork that I tried to use to lift the mighty beast from its pan. I also stepped on a turkey blood ice cube (actually a chunk, but cube is funnier). And Katie basted our wall.

Tony decorated the pie.

For all the bird basting we did, we still made out with an herb surplus.

In the past month we've also taken on some other cooking endeavors.

Pan-roasted mahi mahi + baked apples (from a local farmer)

Apricot-glazed chicken with dried plums and sage + Tony style baked 'tatoes + lemon and soy asparagus

Fusili with tomatoes and basil

Tuna with cilantro/lime/jalapeno mojo sauce + Snow peas with lemon, garlic and pine nuts + Tony-style baked 'tatoes

If you've gotten this far, you may want to check out the seemingly defunct Sadbearkitchen blog.

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Blogger Chase said...

Looks good. I like those limes.

November 28, 2008 at 1:05 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...


November 28, 2008 at 2:05 AM 
Blogger KDIXON said...

I am so proud!

November 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM 
Blogger Naomi said...

You have a Martin's?? As in
? I LOVE that store. Sadly, we don't have one here, though we do have a supermarket called Pay Less--a name which I'm pretty sure everyone else in America associates exclusively with cheap shoes. But I digress. Do you ever wonder what possessed the Martin's people to choose the vampiric font for their sign? It's so strange.

November 28, 2008 at 7:15 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

Naomi: as odd as it is, I think it's a different Martin's that we're talking about.

Our Martin's is not as eerie.

November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The turkey photo reminded me of the time J.Dunn had the idea to buy the biggest turkey in Wal-mart, bake it, and eat it for a month.

December 2, 2008 at 11:43 AM 

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