Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spice up your Thanksgiving

Hello all :)

It appears that Thanksgiving is sneaking up again and Christmas is following closely behind.
I wanted to share a couple of recipes with you

The first is for Turkey Brine. My honey and I concocted this recipe while experimenting with Brine. Gooseberry Patch actually featured it in one of their books: The Harvest Table

Since we submitted the recipe, we have added 1/2 teaspoon of Juniper Berries.

Here is the recipe:

Turkey Brine

1 cup Coarse Sea Salt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Dried Orange Peel
1 Tablespoon Dried Apple Bits
1Tablespoon Dried Cranberries, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Black Peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Sage
1/2 teaspoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Dried Juniper Berries
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder
3 shakes Crushed Red Pepper Flakes or 1 Dried Red Chili Pepper(or to taste)
Maple Syrup to taste (optional)

Combine contents of turkey brine to one gallon of boiling water. Cool thoroughly and refrigerate until chilled.
Place thawed turkey, brine mix and an additional gallon of water into a large container so that the turkey is submerged. 
Keep refrigerated or on ice for 12-24 hours.
 Before roasting, rinse well with cold water and pat dry.


The following Poultry Seasoning is reminiscent of Bell's Poultry Seasoning.

 Isn't this a cute ad? I found it in an old Family Circle magazine 

Poultry Seasoning

1 Tablespoon Rosemary
1 Tablespoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Marjoram
1 Tablespoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Sage
1 teaspoon Black Pepper

Mix ingredients together. I use a coffee grinder for mixing them well. Just clean coffee grinder afterward by running dry rice through it and wiping clean. Use for poultry dishes and stuffing.
Store in a cute jar.



  1. Yum! Sounds delicious, Sharon, especially the turkey brine. I do hope you and your loved ones have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Also, thank you for the sweet comments on my blog - they have been a joy to read. My husband and I are in the process of moving into a new home so I have been a little sporadic with blogging and I apologize for just now visiting you. I look forward to visiting often, new friend :)

    Hugs and blessings to you!

  2. Thank you for visiting Stephanie :) I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your move goes safely!