Author: While It's Cooking

I love cooking. Always have. As a busy mother of two young kids, oftentimes the best time I have to pick up a cookbook or explore a new idea is while food is cooking. Sometimes I use that time to explore more about the meal I am preparing - the food, the traditions, the culture. Sometimes I use that time to figure out what I'm going to cook next and delve deeper into ingredients and techniques to experiment with. Usually while I'm cooking my family leaves me alone in the kitchen and I can enjoy a rare moment to myself. One of my favorite times of the day is "While It's Cooking."

Pumpkin Puree (Homemade)

Pumpkin pie is one of those things that is iconic on every holiday table.  No thanksgiving or Christmas feast would be complete without it.  If you want to take it to another level, make this homemade pumpkin pie puree to use instead of the canned stuff you get at the store.  It is so good.

Thanksgiving Planning Made Easy

I know, I know.  Thanksgiving planning is already underway and there are dozens of things to do.  Don’t worry.  Whether this is the first holiday meal you’ve hosted or you’re a seasoned veteran preparing the bird and all the trimmings, with a little planning and preparation your holiday meal will be a success.

Roasted Turkey

The center of any Thanksgiving table has to be a beautifully roasted turkey. The goal is a beautifully crisp golden brown skin with moist and flavorful meat cooked perfectly throughout. I’ve experimented with dozens of methods: brining and not brining, basting, cooking in a bag, cooking covered, cooking upside down, even frying.

This one, which involves brining and then injecting the meat periodically throughout the cook time, is perfection. As my hubby said when he first tasted it: “Winner, winner, turkey dinner!”

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle is everything I want on a cold fall day. It’s warm. It’s hearty. It’s delicious. The smells fill my home and before long the whole family is gathered around the table telling stories and laughing together. I love this meal.