A simple local holiday meal

By holiday here I mostly mean the semi-secular American Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other cultural and religious celebrations at this time of year come with their own food traditions (which I would love to learn!) If you’ve been making holiday dinners for your family for years, turning out oyster stuffing and decorating your pumpkin pies, this post is not for you. I’m talking to the people whose turkey dinner normally comes on a plastic tray heated in the microwave. If you have inherited The Meal, or you just want to make it yourself, it can be daunting to take on. So many dishes, so much expectation! And on top of everything else we’re supposed to make it local and healthy? Here are some ideas to cut that massive project down to size. First, the local healthy thing works in your favor. The great thing about local fresh foods is that they … Continue reading


This year I am once again helping Ted’s mom put her Thanksgiving meal on the table. Partly for practice and partly to do it my own way, I’m making various Thanksgiving dishes in the run-up to the day. This week I made a turkey. I had one of the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch Heidi’s Hens in the freezer, an Oregon Tilth certified free range bird. It spent four days thawing in the refrigerator, half a day submerged in cold water, then a couple of hours in the oven coated with salt and butter. This resulted in a crispy brown bird. It was a little dry, I think because I pulled it out at 170 and the carry over cooking carried it farther than I wanted. Still, it was awfully good. I’ve learned to treat turkey as basically a big chicken, it has more or less the same percentage of fat, … Continue reading