Apple Cider Soy Brine

Apple Cider Soy Brine |

The one in charge of cooking the bird has a big responsibility. Let’s be honest, doesn’t everyone have a little fear of drying the bird out? The thought of cooking a turkey brings nightmares of National Lapoon’s Christmas Vacation. You know the scene? Everyone seated around the dinner table, Clark saying his fine words of wisdom. As Clark tries cutting the turkey with the knife, it bursts open to reveal a completely dried out carcass. Even better is how, just like in real life, all the guests try to be nice to the cook by playing it off and acting like it’s still perfectly good to eat. So we see all of them struggling as they chew on the dried-out turkey bits, except for Clark’s wife who cleverly chucks pieces over her shoulder while pretending to eat them.

You know the scene. This is my fear, my worst nightmare. –>INSERT SHUDDER<–This is until I experienced brining. Say what? Brining is the process of soaking meat in a water, salt solution to ensure a moist result. Is ensure the right word? I mean you probably could still dry it out but the chance of this goes down drastically if you brine it. Plus, this is a great way to add a lot of flavor to the turkey which can naturally be lacking. Are you liking this idea? It really is pretty simple. Here is my step-by-step guide on how to achieve a moist, perfectly roasted turkey  without the fear of dry meat. Plus, this brine, it is pretty spectacular as well…. 

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Caramelized Onion and Sage Roasted Squash

One of the many things I love about the fall season is squash. Squash is the ultimate comfort food for me. A little bit of savory and a little bit of sweet, combined to add great flavor to many dishes. Can we get an Amen for that? But there is one little (literally) squash in… 

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Five Tips To a Healthy and Happy Holiday |

Five Tips To a Healthy and Happy Holiday

It’s official. Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Holiday parties, feasts and festivities are about to consume our lives. To even the most dedicated health nerds, the holidays can be an overwhelming battle. It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, gathering with friends and family but so often we… 

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Homemade Green Bean Casserole |

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

It snowed! White, fluffy, ->COUGH<- beautiful, and very cold snow fell this weekend. While it seems a tid early for that to happen, I suppose it is the middle of November and Thanksgiving is just a week and away a half away! The hustle and bustle of the Holidays is upon us so we took… 

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Grain Free Apple Pie Biscuits |

Grain Free Apple Pie Biscuits

T-minus 13 days until turkey day. Thirteen days! Are you kidding, how, when, where has fall gone? And gone it is as our temperatures here in the heartland took a turn for the worse about four days ago. It is frigid and just downright cold. Good thing I have no plans, no where to go,… 

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Savory Dripping Free Gravy

Riiiiicccchhhh, creeeaaaammmmyy, gggrraaavvvyyy!  The glue that brings everything together. It is so delicious I could swoon over it. Say it again with me, rich, creamy, gravy. You want it, you need, you must have it! And let’s be honest, what would Thanksgiving be without the goodness of gravy? You know, so delicious you could pour… 

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Garlic Mashed Root Vegetables

As I promised, we are now getting to the good stuff in this Thanksgiving series. Smashed, crrrreeeaaamy, garlicky root veggies. Just when they think your going to whip up the standard mashed potato substitute, cauliflower, she throws a curve-ball. Nope, notta, no cauliflower here in this bowl. Just thick, hearty mashed potatoes, turnips and parsnips. Pars-n-i,… 

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Best of Paleo 2014 |

The Best of Paleo 2014 Cookbook

A couple months ago, I was asked to help contribute to a e-cookbook for the Best of Paleo 2014. This book contains 150 recipes by 25 of the top cooks in the Paleo community of bloggers, chefs and authors (including me –>EEK<–). Each contributor was asked to submit their top recipes so each recipe is… 

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Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberry Sauce

It’s Friday and the start of my eight series post all on Thanksgiving. Eight posts, eight delicious traditional and healthified thanksgiving dishes, leaving you with no more excuses as to why you can’t eat healthy this Holiday season. Whah Whah Whah. So I’d thought we’d jump right in with what could be the most feared vegetable… 

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Overcoming Willpower - The Key To Success |

Overcoming Willpower – The True Key To Success

Webster’s dictionary defines willpower as, “The ability to control yourself. A strong determination that allows you to do something difficult (such as to lose weight or quit smoking).” But how strong is willpower? I would like to enhance this definition of willpower so we are all on the same page on how willpower can help… 

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Paleo Chai Ice Cream |

Paleo Spiced Chai Ice Cream

Heeelllllloooo chai spiced ice cream. Where have you been all of my life? I do have a confession, as much as I want to stand by my warm, frothy spiced chai latte, this chai ice cream is pretty close to the high place I hold it. Although, nothing quite compares to a warm chai on… 

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