Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! From M & E Associates of Miami, Inc. What will you find? Thanksgiving Poems Page 1 The Pilgrims Thankgiving “Gobbling Good Cupcakes” In the year of 1620 Thanksgiving Day Poems on a cold Decembre day a hundred and two pilgrims sailed into Plymouth Bay. Page 2 Still wary from their voyage - Make your own “Perfect Roast Turkey” still gacing winter's chill - they kept their sights on freedom with courage, work, and will. Pilgrims did not stop to think of riches, fame, or glory while bravely playing starring roles Thanksgiving Recipe Thanksgiving in our new nation's story by Bobbi Katz Gobbling-Good Cupcakes Recipe Ingredients: The Little Pilgrim ⋆24 Frosted Cupcakes Cranberries dripping down my chin ⋆24 Nutter Butter Cookies Have stained my pilgrim suit. ⋆2-3 Tablespoons of white I ate too much Thanksgiving day frosting or decorator’s gel But I don't give a hoot. ⋆Mini chocolate chips ⋆Fruit leather, various flavors and colors toothpicks I slurped a pile of dressing, 1. To make each turkey, press the lower portion of a Nutter Gobbled down a turkey thigh, Butter cookie into a frosted cupcake for the bird's head. Dribbled messy cranberries Devoured some pumpkin pie. 2. Use tiny dabs of frosting to stick on mini-chocolate chip eyes and a red fruit leather wattle. Within me on this special day 3. For each turkey's tail, use a butter knife to cut out a dozen It's a thankful heart that beats. feather shapes (about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide) from For all the things that I enjoy fruit leather. But mainly for the eats. 4. Lay 6 of the feather shapes on a flat surface and place a Unknown wooden toothpick lengthwise atop each so that one end of the toothpick extends about an inch below the feather. Layer Funny Bird another fruit leather feather layer atop each of the 6 shapes, A turkey is a funny bird, sandwiching the toothpicks between them. Its head goes wobble, wobble, 5. Press the 2 layers together to make them stick, then fringe All it knows is just one word, the edges of the feather with a butter knife. Now your child "Gobble, gobble, gobble." can stick the colored feathers into the cupcake behind the Author Unknown cookie head. Source: www.disneyfamily.com ource Source: www.thanksgiving-day.org ource Perfect Roast Turkey We brined our turkey for 24 hours, so leave plenty of time for this recipe. If you don't brine yours, skip steps 1 and 2. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking the turkey until the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees. For a moister bird, we cooked ours to 165 degrees; it will continue to cook outside the oven as it rests. Ingredients Directions Serves 12 to 14. 1. Put salt, sugar, onions, leeks, carrots, celery, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, peppercorns, and 10 cups • 3 cups coarse salt, plus more water in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, stirring until for seasoning salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from heat; let brine cool completely. • 5 cups sugar 2. Add turkey, breast first, to the brine. Cover; refrigerate • 2 medium onions, coarsely 24 hours. Remove from brine; pat dry with paper chopped towels. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours. • 2 medium leeks, white and 3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with rack in lowest pale-green parts only, rinsed position. Stir together melted butter and wine in a and coarsely chopped medium bowl. Fold a very large piece of cheesecloth • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely into quarters so that it is large enough to cover breast chopped and halfway down sides of turkey. Immerse cloth in • 2 celery stalks, coarsely butter mixture; let soak. chopped 4. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack set in a roasting • 2 dried bay leaves pan. Fold wing tips under turkey. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon • 3 sprigs fresh thyme each salt and pepper inside turkey. Loosely fill body • 3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley and neck cavities with stuffing. Tie legs together with • 2 teaspoons whole black kitchen twine. Fold neck flap under; secure with peppercorns, plus freshly toothpicks. Rub turkey all over with softened butter; ground pepper season with salt and pepper. • 1 fresh whole turkey (18 to 20 5. Remove cheesecloth from butter mixture, squeezing pounds), rinsed and patted dry, gently into bowl. Reserve butter mixture for brushing. giblets and neck reserved for Lay cheesecloth over turkey. Place turkey, legs first, in gravy oven. Roast 30 minutes. Brush cheesecloth and • Gravy exposed turkey with butter mixture. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Roast, brushing every 30 • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 minutes, 2 1/2 hours more; cover with foil if browning stick), melted, plus 1/4 cup too quickly. If making gravy, add giblets and neck to unsalted butter, softened pan 1 1/2 hours after reducing temperature; roast 30 • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as minutes, and reserve. Sauvignon Blanc 6. Discard cheesecloth; rotate pan. Baste turkey with • Chestnut Stuffing pan juices. Roast, rotating pan halfway through, until • Crab apples, fresh rosemary skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer sprigs, and fresh sage, for inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 garnish (optional) degrees and stuffing reaches 165 degrees, about 1 hour. Transfer to a platter. Set pan with drippings aside for gravy. Let turkey stand at room temperature at Source: least 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired.