Holidays

Even if you rarely cook, chances are that you do on special holidays. Whether it’s a dish to share for a Memorial Day picnic or your once-a-year perfectly roasted turkey for Thanksgiving, here are articles related to holidays and holiday cooking that you may find helpful. You’ll also find some articles exploring the history of holidays and how other cultures celebrate.
 

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

December 9, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Here’s My Reluctant Gourmet 2013 Holiday Wish List. I’m a little late this year with my Holiday Gift Guide. I think it has to do with how late Thanksgiving was this year but here’s what I’ve seen so far and thought you might find interesting. All of these items can be found at Amazon.com where […]

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How to Deconstruct A Turkey

December 6, 2013 0 Comments
How to Deconstruct A Turkey

How to De-construct and Then Re-assemble a Thanksgiving Turkey I call this technique for cooking turkey “De-constructed Turkey” and adapted it from Julia Child’s The Way to Cook where she calls it “The Re-assembled Roast Turkey”. Last year was my first attempt cooking a turkey this way and it was such a success my wife […]

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Thanksgiving Tips From Facebook Friends

November 19, 2013 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Tips From Facebook Friends

21 Thanksgiving Tips From Me and My Facebook Friends Every November I try to come up with a collection of Thanksgiving Tips to make everyone’s turkey day just a little bit easier. I love this holiday because it typically brings family and friends together for a big meal and plenty of catching up. For years, […]

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Romantic Music For Valentines Day

February 13, 2013 1 Comment
Romantic Music For Valentines Day

Romantic Music For Your Valentines Day Special Dinner An Interview with Brad “Martini” Chambers from Martini In The Morning A lot of us will be dining at home this Valentines Day preparing a meal for that someone special in our lives. The food is obviously an important part of any romantic dinner but so is […]

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Christmas Holiday Salt and Pepper Shakers

December 9, 2012 0 Comments
Christmas Holiday Salt and Pepper Shakers

A great gift idea for home cooks any time of the year is salt and pepper shakers. I’ve been collecting them for years but the majority of my collection were purchased from my mom many years ago. I was visiting my parents in Florida for Christmas and we got talking about my mom’s antique business […]

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Christmas Past and Present

December 3, 2012 0 Comments
Christmas Past and Present

Happy Holidays! This is one of my favorite times of year with the lights, classic Christmas music and lots of get togethers with family and friends. I wanted to share with you a few photos from my Christmas past along with some photos of my girls celebrating the holidays over the past few years. I’m […]

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2012 Holiday Wish List

November 27, 2012 0 Comments
2012 Holiday Wish List

Here’s my Reluctant Gourmet 2012 Holiday Wish List It’s that time of the year when I like to browse through the hundreds of catelogs sent to our house searching for those special holiday gifts fit for foodies like myself. It may be a new kitchen gadget I haven’t seen yet or some gourmet item that […]

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New Spins on the Old Standards

November 19, 2012 0 Comments
New Spins on the Old Standards

I was raised on the standards, both musically and at the dinner table.  Often, the two coincided as we would listen to Deano or Frank or Sammy as we ate.  This Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to combine the two again, by giving you some ideas for putting new spins on standard Thanksgiving […]

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How to Grill Your Turkey on a Gas Grill

September 17, 2012 13 Comments
How to Grill Your Turkey on a Gas Grill

Something Different – Grilling Your Turkey I wanted to share with you a novel way we cooked our turkey one year while we were still living in Park City, Utah. We grilled it on the barbecue. Now I’m sure many of you are saying to yourselves, “RG, get real. We’ve been grilling our bird for […]

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Roast Turkey | How to Roast a Turkey

September 16, 2012 0 Comments
Roast Turkey | How to Roast a Turkey

How To Prepare A Great Roast Turkey For The Holidays Most of us only roast a large turkey once a year at Thanksgiving but we all want that turkey to be perfect. I’ve tried lots of methods for roasting turkey – breast up, breast down, cooked whole, de-constructed, fresh turkeys, frozen turkeys, organic free range […]

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