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Saturday, December 18

Roasted turkey legs

Active: 10 minutes; Total: 1 hour 10 minutes; Serves: 4

Oil spray, avocado


Turkey drumsticks, bone in, skin on

4 10-ounce each

Butter, melted

¼ cup

Salt, sea

1 teaspoon

Pepper, freshly ground

¼ teaspoon

Garlic powder

1 teaspoon

Thyme, dried

1 teaspoon

Paprika

1 teaspoon

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F; set a rack in the middle position. 
  2. Spray a rack with oil, and place in a baking sheet lined with foil. 
  3. Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. 
  4. Pat the legs with paper towels. 
  5. Brush them with butter, and sprinkle with the seasoning mix, pressing to make it adhere. 
  6. Spray the legs with oil to prevent the seasonings from burning. 
  7. Roast for 20 minutes uncovered, then cover loosely with foil and roast 15 to 30 minutes more. 
  8. Let rest covered in foil for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe from Healthy Recipes.

Thursday, December 16

Gingerbread cookies

Active: 10 minutes; Total: 2 hours 10 minutes; Drinks: 10 to 11

Honey

255 grams

Maple syrup

2 tablespoons

Water

¼ cup

Ginger, peeled, chopped

3-inch piece

Scotch, blended

1 ½ ounces

Lemon juice, fresh

¾ ounce

Ice


  1. Combine the honey, maple syrup, water, and ginger in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until almost boiling. 
  2. Remove the pan from heat, and let the flavors infuse for 2 hours. 
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the solids; makes 1 cup. 
  4. Combine the scotch, ¾-ounce gingerbread syrup, lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. 
  5. Shake vigorously, and strain into a coupe or stemmed cocktail glass. 
Recipe mildly adapted from Shape magazine.

Tuesday, December 7

Chicken fricassée with mushrooms & thyme

Active: 15 minutes; Total 40 minutes; Serves: 4 to 6

Chicken thighs

3 pounds

Salt, kosher


Butter, unsalted

2 tablespoons +
1 tablespoons

Onion, yellow, chopped

1 medium

Garlic, grated

3 cloves

Nutmeg, freshly ground

½ teaspoon

Pepper, freshly ground


Flour, all purpose

2 tablespoons

Wine, dry white

½ cup

Thyme sprigs, leaves stripped

7 sprigs

Bay leaves

2

Stock, chicken

1 ½ cups

Cream, heavy

½ cup

Broccoli florets

3 cups

  1. Pat the chicken dry, and arrange on a tray, skin side up; season with salt. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2-tablespoons butter. 
  3. Once the foaming subsides, add the chicken skin side down, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for about 7 minutes, until the skin is crispy and golden. 
  4. Flip the chicken, cook for 1 minute more, then return the pieces to the tray skin side up. 
  5. Add the onion, scraping the bottom of the pan to free up any browned bits; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, until softened and translucent. 
  6. Scoot the onions to the side of the pan, then add the remaining 1-tablespoon butter. 
  7. Once it is melted, add the mushrooms and stir to coat in the butter. 
  8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. 
  9. Add the garlic and nutmeg, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant. 
  10. Stir in the flour, and cook for 1 minute more. 
  11. Stir in the wine and bring to a simmer; stir constantly for about 15 seconds. 
  12. Add the thyme leaves and bay leaves, followed by the stock, stirring to combine. 
  13. Nestle the chicken pieces skin side up along with any accumulated juices; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 
  14. Reduce the heat if needed to maintain a steady simmer; cover the pan, and cook for 12 minutes. 
  15. Uncover and transfer the chicken to a platter or plate. 
  16. Stir in the cream, bring to a simmer, and let reduce for about 3 minutes, until slightly thickened. 
  17. Stir in the broccoli and return the chicken to the pan; cook for about 3 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and just tender. 
  18. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and scatter parsley on top. 
  19. Serve with rice, couscous, or potatoes. 
Recipe from Food52.com, by Melina Hammer.

Thursday, December 2

Slow-roasted salmon with walnut-olive vinaigrette

Active: 20 minutes; Total 50 minutes; Serves: 6

Olive oil, extra virgin

½ cup +
¼ cup

Paprika, smoked

1 tablespoon

Lemon, zest and juice

1 tablespoon zest +
3 tablespoons juice

Salmon

2 ½ pounds

Salt, kosher

2 ½ teaspoon +
¼ teaspoon

Pepper, freshly ground

½ teaspoon +
¼ teaspoon

Parsley, flat leaf, finely chopped

½ cup

Walnuts, toasted, finely chopped

¼ cup

Vinegar, champagne or white wine

¼ cup

Olives, kalamata, pitted, chopped

¼ cup

Olives, Castelvetrano, pitted, chopped

¼ cup

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F; set a rack in the middle position. 
  2. Whisk ½-cup oil and paprika in a small bowl; set aside 1 tablespoon of the oil mixture, and then stir the lemon zest and juice into the oil mixture in the small bowl. 
  3. Place the salmon in a large baking dish; sprinkle both sides with 2 ½-teaspoons salt and ½-teaspoon pepper (tuck the tapered end of the salmon under if needed to fit in the dish). 
  4. Pour the lemon-paprika mixture over the salmon; bake until the thickest party of the salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 30 to 35 minutes, spooning lemon-paprika mixture in the baking dish over the salmon every 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove from the oven; let rest 5 minutes. 
  6. Whisk together parsley, walnuts, vinegar, olives, and ¼-cup oil in a small bowl; season with ¼-teaspoon salt and ¼-teaspoon pepper. 
  7. Using two large spatulas, carefully lift the salmon from the baking dish, and transfer to a large platter; discard remaining lemon-paprika mixture in the baking dish. 
  8. Spoon the walnut-olive vinaigrette on the salmon. 
  9. Drizzle the salmon with the reserved oil mixture. 
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature. 
Recipe from Food&Wine, by Justin Chapple.