Holiday Cooking

 
Holidays are a time for family, friends and good food; but most importantly, it's an opportunity to show off your cooking skills. Questions, recipes and ideas for holiday cooking should be posted here.
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Easily the most food-centric holiday in the US, preparation of a proper thanksgiving meal has turned into something of an art form. Stop arguing with Grandma over the gravy; post your question, comments and secret recipes here.
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56 Turkey Deconstructed
by jacob burton
2015-12-07 10:29
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Talk cookies, candies, roasted goose or anything else you may serve for Christmas Dinner.
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58 Cooking in advance
by jacob burton
2015-12-20 20:00
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While some people think of New Year's Eve as a champagne filled party night, for most restaurants, it's their highest grossing night of the year. Post tasting menus, party ideas, apps or drink recipes to help ring in the New Year.
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Share your favorite recipes and tricks for leg of lamb, egg decorating or roasted rabbit. Whatever you're serving this Easter, we want to hear about it.
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Hello!  I've been away for quite a while dropped in periodically but forget my password so never posted. With a renewed password I thought it wise to say 'hello' but it seems very quiet. Anyone else here?

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We are doing turkey and prime rib for thanksgiving, I am trying to decide the best way to minimize my work load since there will be 40 people and a lot of dishes so less to manage is way better. I want to do the prime rib at 132F and the white meat at 142F and the dark meat at 155F, would it be better to make the meat ahead of time sous vide and then freeze (or refrigerate) and then reheat at 120F or perhaps do the white meat and prime rib together at 137F and the dark meat in the oven?

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Looking on my sack of bread flour ingredients:

Wheat flour
ascorbic acid (dough conditioner) - this would be an oxidizer in the presents of O2.
vitamins
​Doh-Tone - this is a mix of different levels of amylase and protease. Some flour use malted barley flour or you could add diastatic malt powder

Leaving out the yeast and salt at this point because of heat.

Mix the required amount of flour and water for Chef Jacob's Baguette recipe together at room temperature and do a stepped mash of the flour in the sous vide cooker.

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Hi Chef Jacob,

My question is, have you seen a difference of adding salt with yeast at the beginning of a machine kneaded bread?

For better than forty years, I have added salt in the beginning of making a yeast bread in a machine kneaded bread to get the salt and yeast spread out through the dough.

In 2007-2008, I did a test of salt and yeast doing a bag test on a plastic bottle using a condom to look for CO2 pressure. One bottle had salt and the other did not not. The salt added seemed to create a little better pressure than without salt but this was only one test.

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Hi Chef Jacob,

I'm thinking of trying to make a more flavorful, more tangy starter. 

I'm thinking of using Bread flour, WW flour and some Rye flour... 50/25/25% - 100% hydration. 

Does that mix seem correct to you. I figured I would start it at room temperature and then after it gets active I would move it to the fridge to get more acidic acid in it. Am I on the right track? Is that too much Rye flour? 

Thanks for your input/help...

Wartface

 

 

 

 

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