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Simple Turkey Broth for Soup

by Michael on November 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Poultry,Soup,Technique

The thing we like to do the day after Thanksgiving is to make Turkey soup. Turkey soup with a turkey sandwich can’t be beat. But last night, after dinner, two of our guests admitted they have never made soup and would have no idea how. So here is a simple primer. First we start with the turkey broth.

No cooking skill needed.

First, remove all the leftover skin and any fat and discard. Then carve of the rest of the meat and set aside in the refrigerator.

An optional step is to roast the carcass and bone for 30 minutes until brown. I do this is a 450 degree oven. Add a bit of water to the bottom of the pan.

In a large stockpot, add two coarsely chopped carrots, stalks of celery and onions. Add two bay leaves, a tablespoon of peppercorns if you have them and a tablespoon of salt. Add the bones and carcass. Cover with enough water to cover everything.

Bring to a simmer. Do not boil. Boiling will render a cloudy broth. Let it simmer for as long as you can – I usually go 4 hours. Take it off the heat and let it cool a bit and then strain it through a fine sieve and you are good to go.

To remove any fat, just place in the fridge overnight and skim the solidified fat off of the top.

Keep in mind that there is very little salt in this. Adjust to your taste or recipe. From here you could just have a hot cup of broth with a sandwich, or add vegetables like carrots, celery, onions, parsley or leeks, chopped turkey and rice or noodles for a heartier soup.


Grilled Green Hot Wings

by Michael on January 30, 2013 · 0 comments

in Appetizers,Poultry,Recipes

It’s almost game time and I had a request for chicken wings.

While living out in Arizona, I kept messing around with a Southwest wing. I finally settled on a recipe that uses jalapeño hot sauce and adobo seasoning.  I use Tabasco green sauce and Goya adobo. You will find the adobo in the Latino or Mexican section of the market. I also cook them for  a good amount of time on a lower heat. The result is a well cooked crispy wing.

These will hold in the oven really well. Just hold off tossing with the sauce until you serve them.


 3 – 4 pounds chicken wing drumettes.
3 dashes liquid smoke.
1/2 cup green jalapeño Tabasco
Adobo seasoning – with pepper. Goya makes the best. Look in the Mexican or Latin Section of the store.

½ cup white wine
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Adobo seasoning
1/2 cup green jalapeño Tabasco (more to taste)

Directions for the wings.

Works best on a gas grill, for charcoal, keep one side of the grill without coals.
You can also bake on a rack in a shallow pan at 250 for 2 1/2 hours turning frequently

In a large metal bowl, mix wings, hot sauce, liquid smoke and toss.
Sprinkle wings with seasoning and toss.
Repeat 4 times.
Let rest for at least 1/2 hour

Heat grill to high and brush down including the top rack.
Spray with oil and reduce heat to low.
Pour on wings in a single layer.
Cook 10 minutes with lid down
Turn the wings and cook another ten minutes.

Move wings to top rack or coolest part of grill and cook for 1 hour.
Turn every ten minutes until golden.
Toss with sauce.

Directions for the sauce:

Reduce the wine by ½ on the stove or microwave.
Mix with hot sauce, seasoning, and butter.
Heat until butter has melted.
Mix it together and toss with the wings.


Fried Chicken & Waffles with a Maple Tahini Sauce

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Ok. I totally stole this from everyone-all-over-the-place-everywhere. The sauce comes from Tarrant’s in downtown Richmond. As does coupling the dish with green beans. I think I have more lemon in the sauce but whatever. Tarrant’s is a great place to eat and so is their version. The chicken seasoning is from something I ate in […]

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Grandma Peggy’s Irish Chicken Curry

February 1, 2012

On Thursday, 14 January 2010 at about 5:20 my son asked if I could make Grandma’s chicken curry. We had just had it a month ago at my Mom’s house and he had a need. It’s meatloaf of your dreams good. Mom has been making this for years and her mom for years before that. […]

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