Culinary School at Home: How to Cook a Turkey

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When you only cook a dish once a year (like, for instance, a roasted turkey), it can be difficult to perfect. That’s why every Thanksgiving millions of Americans find themselves poring over old family recipes and studying the November issues of their favorite food magazines before even entering the kitchen. To streamline the holiday cram session, we’ve put together a collection of turkey tips and tricks from some of our favorite sites. 1. Before you start messing around with softened butter, here's how to prep a turkey. 2. Alton Brown explains “the Turkey Triangle” and other

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Ask a Chef: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grilling

Mastering the Grill At this month’s Beard on Books, authors David Joachim and Andrew Schloss gave us a lesson in the science of the grill. We also asked them some of our burning questions (pun intended) about the technique. Curious about the pros and cons of gas vs. charcoal grilling? Looking for a great dry rub recipe? Want tips on grilling different cuts of meat—as well as fruits and vegetables? Have a look at their generous responses below, and impress your friends with your newfound grilling wisdom at your next cookout. There are countless gas grills out there. Is there something specific we should look for when purchasing a new one? Look for a grill that's big enough to handle your average grilling session. If you ever want to grill-roast a whole turkey or other large roast, the grill should have a total area of at least 600 square inches (or 22 inches

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