November 23rd, 2011

Second time’s a charm (hopefully)

Ina Garten’s roasted turkey roulade

Once again it is the day before Thanksgiving and I am the designated cook. I am a terrible cook (no one will contradict me on this) and yet I alway end up shopping for and making Thanksgiving dinner.

Last year I was inspired to make Ina Garten’s stuffed turkey breast and made the mistake of buying the largest breast possible (leftovers anyone?). It looked hideous before it was cooked and was borderline inedible when it was done.

Last weekend my oldest daughter came home from boarding school and announced she is a vegetarian thanks to the film Food inc. and my younger one is a pasta-tarian at best. Not wanting to cook a full turkey where 80% will go to waste, I have bravely decided to try the above recipe again.

You would think Americans were all serving our last meal ever by the crowd at Whole Foods yesterday. But I made my way and bought 2 very small organic free-range boneless (ridiculously expensive) turkey breasts. And who knows, I may get it right this time.


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  1. Good luck! I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and am nervous about the turkey too.

    November 23rd, 2011  12:36 PM

  2. Great trick – pour a can of coke as in good old Coca Cola on the skin while it’s roasting – makes the skin slightly crackly and keeps the meat moist. Trust me, I have had men offer to drink the gravy right out of the pan and I just lie my butt off and declare it a gourmet secret that I can never divulge…

    imperio jp
    November 23rd, 2011  3:29 PM

  3. Isn’t your sister an accomplished chef?

    November 25th, 2011  7:22 PM

  4. Jennifer’s sister is a chef.

    November 29th, 2011  10:45 AM


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