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Happy Thanksgiving [Nov. 26th, 2009|03:19 pm]

Just finished our big Thanksgiving meal and we're all now lounging around reciting the tradtional groans of satiation and indulgence.

We do a family potluck get-together. Kit and I did the turkey and we managed to get it just right this year -- white and dark meat properly done. Add to that some madeira gravy and green bean almondine and apple-sage dressing and that was our contribution to the table.

Good times and nice to see all the family branches. Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all the rest of you!


[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2009-11-27 04:52 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, I wonder how much weight I've gained today. I've had TWO feasts today! *flops into your pile and joins in the groaning*
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[User Picture]From: weasely
2009-11-27 07:58 am (UTC)
Wish I was there!
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[User Picture]From: weasely
2009-11-27 08:00 am (UTC)
Oh, erh, please indulge me - how do you 'properly do' both white and dark meat on a turkey? The fact that these parts of a bird (CHICKAAAN GOOOD) had different terms was new to me starting this time last year :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-11-30 07:26 am (UTC)
In all poultry, there's white meat (breast) and dark meat (thighs, drumsticks). In some (game birds, particularly) the difference is less pronounced. In chickens and turkeys, there's a difference in flavor and texture of the muscle.

The issue is that we (generalized) like them done to different internal temperatures. White meat we like around 160˚F-165˚F and dark meat we like at 180˚F. So you have to finagle the cooking such that they both end up sufficiently cooked without overcooking the white meat.

Does that help?
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[User Picture]From: weasely
2009-11-30 08:44 am (UTC)
That's very helpful, yes! I know there's a lot more to cooking a really good roast turkey than just stickin' it in the oven for the right amount of time. :)
*gnaws on a chicken bone with dialated pupils*
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2009-11-28 03:39 am (UTC)
Missed out on getting any Thanksgiving goodies to nibble on this year.  Won't let that happen again!  Glad you had a fine traditional feast.  Happy day-after Turkey Day!
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