Saffron Rice Pilaf

1  (5 ounce) package saffron yellow rice mix ½ red bell pepper, diced ½ cup currants or raisins 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme Prepare the saffron rice according to the package directions.  Stir in the bell pepper, currants/raisins and thyme.  Heat through and serve with the chicken.    Coming across this recipe again has reminded […]

Maple-Balsamic Chicken with Saffron Rice Pilaf

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (can substitute 4 boneless, skinless breasts if you like) ¾ tsp sea salt ¾ tsp paprika ¾ tsp dried thyme 1 tbsp olive oil 1 can chicken broth (14 ½ oz) 1/3  cup maple syrup 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (did you know that the quality of balsamic vinegar is denoted […]

This Year’s Stuffing Recipe

1 package Speckled Hen Farm Apple Brats (you might like to substitute the Tart Cherry Sausage) uncooked, casings removed 8 cups ciabatta or French bread (about a pound) cut into 1 ½ inch cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 onions, finely chopped 6 stalks celery, coarsely chopped Salt and freshly ground […]

A Favorite Stuffing Recipe

1lb of Speckled Hen Breakfast Sausage ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 ½ cup chopped celery ¾ cup butter, melted (plus enough butter to lightly sauté the onions and celery) 8 cups soft bread cubes 3 teaspoons poultry seasoning ¼ teaspoon black pepper Lightly saute the onion and celery until just tender.  Place all of […]

Honey-Brined Smoked turkey

1 gallon hot water 1 pound kosher salt 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 pound honey 1 (7-pound) bag of ice 1 (15 to 20-pound) turkey, with giblets removed Vegetable oil, for rubbing turkey Combine the hot water and the salt. Stir until the salt dissolves. Stir in the vegetable broth and the honey. Add the […]

Maple Brined Turkey

 8 quarts water 2 cups kosher salt 2 cups pure maple syrup 2 bunches fresh thyme 6 bay leaves 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 3 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 Turkey Place all the ingredients, except the turkey, in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt dissolves. Remove from […]

Buttermilk Brine for Turkey or Chicken

15lb turkey 1c Kosher salt 1 gallon cold buttermilk ½ cup brown sugar 4 cloves garlic crushed 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns, crushed 12 hours before you plan to cook your turkey,  mix all ingredients together  in a container (I’ve used a new 5 gallon bucket for this) and then submerge your turkey.  Make sure you […]