(What a kawinkydink! Did you notice the title of this post? This was not planned!)
I purchased this book not because it is from the famed New York restaurant (actually I never heard of it) but because I loved the jockeys lining the balcony and stairs on the front cover; a short story about that follows.
There are a handful of recipes in this book I would like to try (in which I should have) however I have been thinking of cooking a turkey for a few days now (why do people think turkey is only for Thanksgiving?) and thought why not? Well, I'll tell you why not! This turkey did not turn out as expected. My turkey was larger than what the recipe called for (don't you think a "farm-raised wild turkey" is an oxymoron?) by just a couple of pounds, though it apparently was done before the allotted time for the smaller size. It turned out a bit on the dry side and quite pitiful looking. My Thanksgiving turkeys, when I have a million other things going on at the same time, turn out better than this one. I shouldn't complain; better now than on Thanksgiving when you have to serve it to guests!
I chose to make the Apple Sage Stuffing instead of the Ginger Chestnut Stuffing and glad that I did. I love sage and always seem to go for recipes that call for it. I like it so much that I added a tad extra to the stuffing. I advise to resist that temptation; it was a bit too much, but still very good. I have never made a stuffing which called for using eggs to the chicken stock and letting the bread soak up all the goodness before putting it into the oven. It was almost like it came from inside the turkey itself, so moist. I also made our trusted roasted asparagus with Parmesan (substituted Gruyere for I was out of Parm).
Success meter (1-3): 2
This is why it is a good idea to always
have a pan under your turkey.
Back side before turning over.
Thinking...beautiful. This is going to be good.
Think it's done?!!
Bone slipped right out! Can you say "dry"?!
Looks like a dried up old....
Andy salvaging the rest for
sandwiches, enchiladas, soup, etc.
Now for the stuffing!
The best tool ever
for coring apples, pears, etc.
This was good.
As was this, as always...
As I mentioned above here is the story about those jockeys (duplicated from "21"):