Lattice Crust 101

November 8, 2016

Lattice Crust 101

Creating a lattice crust isn’t as difficult as it looks. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a pretty and traditional looking pie.

Using a pastry cutter or knife, cut pie crust into 1 inch strips. Trim off the ends.

Lay on top of the filling, leaving a 1 inch space between each piece. Overlap each piece to form a lattice.

Secure the edges by pressing down onto crust with a fork. Trim off any excess dough.

“Work With What You Got!”

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

November 26, 2015

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Dressing & Stuffing

November 16, 2015

Dressing & Stuffing

I get asked this question every year about this time, “what’s the difference between dressing and stuffing?” The answer is that if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you probably call this side dish, baked inside a turkey, stuffing. If you’re a Southerner, you probably call it dressing. In classic cooking, it’s called forcemeat. Until Victorian times it was just called stuffing and then all of a sudden “stuffing” seemed indecent, and “dressing” was the new name.

For many years roast turkey meant stuffed turkey. Then all of a sudden health concerns arose about whether or not stuffed birds were safe. While these concerns are real, they shouldn’t affect careful cooks who follow food safety practices. Here are a few simple rules to follow while stuffing your bird.

Stuffing should always be cooked to at least 160 degrees in order to kill any potentially harmful bacteria. When the turkey is done, insert the meat thermometer deep into the center of the body cavity to check the temperature of the stuffing. If it isn’t at least 160 degrees then scoop the stuffing out of the cavity and transfer to a casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees until the stuffing reaches 160 degrees.

Always prepare your stuffing just before filling and roasting the turkey. NEVER stuff a bird the night before roasting as the turkey cavity provides a warm, moist environment that encourages bacterial growth. To save time on Thanksgiving morning, you can prepare stuffing ingredients the night before. Chop the vegetables, toast the nuts, etc. and then store them in zip lock bags in the refrigerator. If you are super pressed for time you may cook, cool, and refrigerate the seasoning meat and vegetables the night before. Reheat them thoroughly in a large-size skillet before adding to the bread or grains.

Stuffing should be warm when placed in the turkey. Cold stuffing may not cook to 160 degrees by the time the turkey is ready.

NEVER mix raw meat or vegetables into a stuffing. All meat and vegetables should be thoroughly cooked.

To serve the stuffing, remove it from the turkey and place in a serving bowl. Do not allow the stuffing or turkey to stand at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. Refrigerate any leftover stuffing separately from the turkey and use within 2 days. Reheat leftover stuffing thoroughly before serving.

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October 12, 2015

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Turkey Roasting Instructions

November 26, 2014

Turkey Roasting Instructions

Remove turkey from refrigerator at least 1 hour prior to roasting.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Place turkey in sink and remove neck and giblets.

Place in roasting pan and brush with melted sage butter and season with kosher salt and pepper. 

Place turkey in lower third of oven and roast for 12 minutes per pound.

To determine if turkey is done, place a thermometer between thigh and breast. The temperature should register between 160 to 165 degrees and juices should run clear.

When turkey is done, remove from oven, cover loosely with foil, and allow to “rest” for 30 to 45 minutes which allows you time to heat all your other side dishes. 

Carve and enjoy!!

Approximate cooking times for an unstuffed turkey (based on 12 minutes per pound at 325 degrees):

9 Pound Turkey                      1 3/4 Hours

12 Pound Turkey                    2 1/2 Hours

14 Pound Turkey                    2 3/4 Hours

16 Pound Turkey                    3 1/4 Hours

18 Pound Turkey                    3 1/2 Hours

20 Pound Turkey                    4 Hours

22 Pound Turkey                    4 1/2 Hours

25 Pound Turkey                    5 Hours

"Work With What You Got!"

Thanksgiving Turkey 6

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Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is nearly here. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner don’t panic. Here are some important tips that will help you get organized and ensure that your meal goes smoothly and tastes delicious. What’s important is enjoying being with family and friends.

  1. Plan your menu according to the number of guests you’ll have.
  2. Order your turkey! Just how big should your turkey be? It’s recommended to have at least 1 1/4 pounds per person. If you round up a bit from that number, you’ll be able to enjoy leftovers.
  3. Finish your food shopping, and pick up your turkey two days before Thanksgiving. I hope that you’re turkey is a fresh one at this point. How long does a frozen turkey take to defrost? You’ll need to allow ample time to defrost your turkey in the REFRIGERATOR. Turkeys less than 12 pounds will take as long as two days to defrost. A turkey more than 20 pounds can take up to five days to defrost.
  4. Prepping is important. Make pie crust and store in the refrigerator. Finish any baking (cornbread, muffins, pies). Peel and cut potatoes, and store in water in fridge.  Make fresh cranberry sauce. Cut carrots, celery, onions, and mushrooms for stuffing. Sauté and store in fridge.  Place white wine in fridge to get nice and chilled.
  5. The day before Thanksgiving prep green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or any other vegetables, and store in a Ziploc bag in the fridge. Set the table and label serving dishes.
  6. Thanksgiving Day prepare stuffing and other side dishes. Prepare turkey for roasting and place in oven at determined time. If you choose to stuff the turkey, do it right before you put it in the oven. Take stuffing out of the turkey immediately after cooking. While turkey is roasting, make mashed potatoes.
  7. How do you know when your turkey is done? Use a meat thermometer inserted into the meatiest part of the turkey. Wait for the reading to reach at least 165 degrees. If you’ve stuffed the bird, make sure that also reaches the same temperature for food safety purposes. 
  8. Those glorious leftovers! If you refrigerate the turkey within two hours of serving, your leftovers will last three to four days. 
  9. Try to relax and wait for your guests to arrive.
  10. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

"Work With What You Got!"

Victoria Hart Glavin Tiny New York Kitchen




November 24, 2014

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

How To Thaw A Turkey

November 20, 2014

Yes, this is an ENTIRE piece on how to thaw a turkey because it’s THE most important part of planning your Thanksgiving menu (if you purchased a frozen turkey that is). Food safety is important so please take a few minutes to review these thawing directions.

1.    Make sure to thaw your frozen turkey in the wrapper it came in, UNOPENED.

2.    Place it, breast-side up, on a try in the refrigerator.

3.    Once thawed, your turkey will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You should err on the side of thawing a day or two before you’re ready to cook it. This helps prevent any “last minute” thawing issues.

4.    If you plan on brining your turkey add an additional thawing day.

5.    If you do procrastinate, you can thaw your turkey in cold water. Place the still-wrapped turkey in a container large enough to allow it to be covered with water. Fill the container with cold water and change the water every 30 minutes. This method will thaw a turkey at the rate of about 1 pound every 30 minutes. An 18 pound turkey will take 9 hours to thaw with this method which is why it’s best to plan ahead.

6.    NEVER EVER thaw a turkey out on the counter or in warm water. You are creating the perfect environment for bacteria and could end up with a family trip to the emergency room instead of a family weekend of fun!

7.    Here is a chart that you can use to determine thawing times.

Turkey Size

Thawing time

(In the Refrigerator)

8-12 lb.

2-3 days

12-14 lb.

3-3½ days

14-18 lb.

3½-4½ days

18-20 lb.

4½-5 days

"Work With What You Got!"

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How To Purchase A Turkey

November 12, 2014

I just ordered my Thanksgiving turkey, which I like to get done early, as it truly is the star of Thanksgiving dinner. When planning your holiday menu purchasing a turkey is the first thing to consider. Should you buy fresh or frozen?  Below is a breakdown of turkey buying options. 

Fresh Turkey

Purchasing a fresh turkey is my first choice by far. Fresh turkeys often need to be ordered in advance because not all markets carry them. They tend to be more expensive than frozen turkeys because they have a short shelf life. Because they should only be kept in your refrigerator for about 2 days before roasting, you will need to plan carefully. 

Kosher Turkey

Many chefs and home cooks like buying kosher turkeys. Making a turkey kosher involves soaking it in a salt brine. Kosher turkeys give you the flavor, tenderness, and juiciness of brining without requiring the time it takes to brine in your own kitchen. If you use a kosher turkey, be sure to omit any salt that may be in the recipe or it will taste way too salty.

Free-Range Turkey

Free range means that the turkey has been raised in a facility that allows the birds to have access to the outdoors and a yard to walk around in. Free-Range turkeys can be either fresh or frozen. This does not, however, imply organic.

Organic Turkey

For poultry to be labeled organic, it must be fed organic grains its entire life, never receive antibiotics or hormones (no poultry is allowed to receive hormones in the United States) and must have access to the outdoors. Like free-range turkeys, they can be purchased either fresh or frozen. 

Prebasted Turkey

Prebasting is a process that adds moisture to a turkey in the form of broth and flavorings under the skin. Turkey experts agree that there is no need to baste a turkey, whether it is prebasted or not. The liquid you pour over a cooking turkey doesn’t actually make the turkey juicier, and opening the oven door to baste just means that the turkey will take longer to cook due to losing heat every time the oven door is opened.

"Work With What You Got!"

© Victoria Hart Glavin Tiny New York Kitchen



William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony, Thanksgiving proclamation, 1623

November 28, 2013

Vector Fall and Thanksgiving Frame Set

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

-William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony, Thanksgiving proclamation, 1623

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