When making this yummy turkey I used a Fresh Young Turkey at 22 pounds. It was so juicy and tender. There was no need to add butter if it already is pre-basted.  For a super tasty bird brine it overnight first. 22  pound Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Basil 1/2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning Paprika 1/4 cup Salt; I prefer Kosher Sea Salt 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth; For basting Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Oregano 1  cube butter; Optional for basting Turkey… I love it any way I can get it.  It does have to be cooked first thought.  This one is ready to go into the oven and thenRead More →

What’s for dinner tonight? Smoked New York Steak Roast again.   See the recipe here.  I keep coming back to this one.  It’s so easy and entertaining friendly.  While the Roast is smoking away in the Cookshack and then the oven I’m able to visit with friends without feeling stressed.  Lots of time to do everything necessary for a nice Valentine’s dinner.  There is still plenty of breathing room to figure out the sides and get them going too. I’m fixing it up again today for friends who have escaped the minus 9 F South Dakota freeze that has moved into the north and northeast.  They areRead More →

I looked in the pantry and there was no BBQ sauce for my meatballs. Panic! I’m taking meatballs to a birthday party tomorrow and wanted to get a head start.   So, I decided that I would try a new type of meatball sauce similar to one I found on BigOven.  This recipe is a twist on the grape jelly meatball sauce where cranberry sauce is used instead.  It was changed it up in a big way to make it my own and get the taste I wanted.  The only thing I didn’t do was make it a “Drunkin” dish.  It was posted on BigOven just now.  VisitRead More →

I’ve been negligent in posting out these fun images.  The original photo was taken at the Renaissance Festival in the Phoenix Arizona area.  I shared the images with my good friend TB and she in turn shared then with her good friend Joyce. TB and Joyce share postcards of their water colors and Joyce honored me by painting from the Renaissance images.  Here is the first of the series called Project Joyce. I’ve been so impressed with her work that I asked for permission to post her postcards.  Read More →

If you like good food, laughter, the sounds of exuberance and celebration, a mostly loud festive atmosphere then you will enjoy Osaka Japanese Grill in Mesa, Arizona at Power Road and US 60.   They specialize in Teppanyaki cooking  which is an entertaining dining experience where the food is cooked on a large hot griddle.  Everyone seats around the Teppanyaki and enjoys the show.  The food probably tastes even better just because you have the pleasure of watching a specially trained Teppanyaki chef  while they prep, chop, dice it up and cook your food. We had six of us for dinner on  Monday night and thought itRead More →

Viceroy at Mead's Bay

We departed from Simpsons Bay on the Dutch side of St. Martin early enough in the morning to catch the draw bridge at Marina Port de Blaisance and motor to customs right away.  In order to depart from St. Martin the Smitten Kitten’s captain, Stuart, had to speed off to clear all those aboard through customs so that we could go into International seas and set sail to Anguilla.  We were pretty much first in line, though a hot-shot from another charter (to remain un-named) did try to one up us.  He almost “tagged” us as he tried to snuggle between us and the shore.  He gave up quickly, roundedRead More →

Captain Stuart's famous Pain Killer

While stopping for a swim and at anchor along the Viceroy (a time share resort) on our first day sail to road bay Anguilla,  Stuart, our captain made us up some of the best Pain Killer Cocktails ever.  We also enjoyed a lovely spread of appetizers which will be in a different post. You have got to try this delectable desert like drink and the secret to the recipe is the nutmeg topper.  It is rich and creamy like a robust Pina Colada but much better.  Stuart and Jenny are top-notch and I submit my vote for the best Captain’s and First Mate of the Festiva Sailing Fleet if notRead More →

We had eight of our closest friends at our home to celebrate and ring in the New Year.  Cocktail and appetizer hour started at 7pm and dinner was ready to serve an hour and half later.  The twice baked potatoes were prepared the day prior and were ready to place in the oven for the final baking one hour before dinner.  The tenderloin smoked for 1 hour, grill seared for 15 minutes and then slow cooked in the oven (on and off) for the balance of the day before carving to serve at a delicious medium-rare. Oh how I wish I were better at remembering toRead More →