When asked what the trick is to perfectly cooked turkeys and roasts, and… well, just about anything, I generally say the secret is a good thermometer. Being able to properly monitor your internal cooking temperature is an absolute MUST for a perfect, juicy bird that is delicious AND safe for your guests. That said, the best thermometer I’ve ever tried is the Thermapen by ThermoWorks. I’ve been using one at work for years, and have found it to be an indispensable kitchen wizard. It reads instantly, and has a huge temperature range (-58Â°F to 572Â°F ), and can switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius effortlessly. The one problem (aside from the steep price, but it’s worth it) is the original model’s tendency to short out when wet — which happens quite a bit in kitchen situations. Well, the fine folks at Thermoworks came up with a solution, and it’s the new Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen (yes, that’s really the name). This hot little waterproof number comes in a rainbow of colors: yellow, red, green, brown, orange, and white just to name a few! Order one now, and you should have it in time for the big day! –Megan B.
I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday all about food and gratitude — how can it be anything less than awesome? As much as I adore the savory and sweet bouquet of sage-roasted turkey and pumpkin pie, this dish is what I always look forward to the most, oddly enough. It’s become a “black friday” tradition in our house to have these turkey enchiladas instead of yet another plate of reheated stuffing and mashers. This recipe is built off (mostly) turkey day leftovers and pantry staples, but mixes up the flavors and turns up the heat. I like to think of these as a “moderate enchilada”, meaning they aren’t really gooey and cheesy — and I really love how the little tangy pockets of creamy goat cheese bring out the earthiness in the turkey and mellow the spice from the enchilada sauce. You’ll end up with enough enchiladas for two pans from this recipe — I always wrap one up and pop it in the freezer for later or gift it to a friend. Now that I’ve shared my favorite Thanksgiving leftover remix, I’m dying to know what you readers love to do! –Megan B. Click for post-Thanksgiving enchiladas!
When it comes to selective memory, Iâ€™m a whiz at remembering asinine factoids, (did you know that Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump?) but lousy at making a select few completely learnable things stick. One such thing? Measurement conversions in the kitchen. Luckily, thereâ€™s a poster for that. Created by Jenna Park, designer, and co-owner and creative director of Brooklyn, New Yorkâ€™s Whimsy & Spice, these kitchen conversion posters are an appealing way to get the brain out of bed and on task. Visit the SweetFineDay shop on Etsy for your choice of color and size, starting at $24. â€“Sarah C.
What to do when you find yourself with a 40 lb bag of free, less-than pretty-but-so-delicious apples? Apple party!!! Okay, maybe there were just two attendees, but a few nights ago, my friend Kletia and I made a pretty good dent in my apple bounty armed with little more than a few sheets of frozen puff pastry dough. Seriously — we ended up with not only a simple apple tart, but also some crazy-delicious apple cinnamon cream cheese rolls AND apple cheese danish (not pictured) in no time flat. Fun to both make and eat, these are perfect for last minute entertaining or playing in the kitchen with your kids. I hope these easy apple desserts — or breakfasts, for that matter — may just become go-to classics in your home too! –Megan B. Click for an Apple Pastry Bonanza!
I love feeling fancy. I doesn’t happen often, which central to its allure, but it’s a welcome soul vacation in my otherwise happily down-to-earth lifestyle. And little luxuries like these Kate Spade coasters bring on that feeling. The bright circles and shiny gold polka-dots would pop right along with the champagne at your next soiree. At $20 for six, they’re far from a necessary expense, but that’s exactly why they might be the perfect gift for the next hostess who enjoys a bit of sparkle. Unnecessary? Yes. Fancy fun? Absolutely. — Sarah C.