It’s not too soon to start talking turkey for Thanksgiving – Twin Cities


After I moved to the United States in 1973, one of the many interesting American phrases I learned about was “to talk turkey.” I discovered it traced all the way back to colonial times, and most explanations suggest it was first spoken by a Native American after a settler he had gone hunting with tried, with some deceitful talking, to cheat him out of the larger of the two game birds they had bagged together.

So, “talk turkey” generally means to get right to the point. And those words start taking on a very literal meaning now, with Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away.

I think it’s very important to talk about your Thanksgiving turkey as soon as possible for two key reasons. Knowing how you plan to cook the bird will help you plan all the other dishes you’ll be serving before, alongside, and after it. It also makes good sense to order your turkey as soon as possible to make sure you get a fresh one that’s the right size — count on around 1½ pounds per person, which will also give you some leftovers — as well as properly raised, grain-fed, humanely processed, and free of artificial ingredients such as preservatives or food coloring.

As you’ll see from the following recipe, these days I generally like to cook a turkey fairly simply. Instead of brining it overnight, which for most people can be an inconvenient process, I take more basic measures to ensure tender, juicy results.

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