Ten Things We Learned from Febgiving Alpha

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10. Nescos are Great

Did you know that you can buy a Nesco or Hamilton Beach table-top oven for about $30-50? And that it can cook a whole large turkey? Or anything else, up to a temp of 450 degrees? That frees your whole oven up for other stuff!

9. Pre-Make Stuff

Next time, we’re going to have the mashed-potato stuffed oranges and stuffing done the day before. Trying to cook nine things at once is a pain in the ass, and leads to neglected guests.

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8. Stockpile Miranda Cubes

With a big, silicone ice cube tray, you can make Mirandacubes packed with cinnamon sticks, cranberries, anise, mint, etc.  And with a few days of diligent pre-party ice making, you can have all that stuff done ahead of time. Estimate two Mirandacubes per guest; it doesn’t seem like much, but each cube is good for a couple drinks.

468447070_mqvc4-s7. House Cocktails Work…

Thanks to the touching generosity (seriously) of a friend of ours in the restaurant industry, we found ourselves in possession of seven bottles of flavored vodka. By making up a couple house cocktails (the Cornucopia, the Musket Barrel, the Nutty Pilgrim) we were able to cash two of those bottles in a productive manner and entertain our guests. If you set up a list of two or three house cocktails, people know what to order, and you know what to mix.
468443809_ujx5y-s6. As Does Doubledecker Pecan/Apple Pie

It’s so easy to make a pecan pie under your apple pie that you wouldn’t believe it. Lots of bang for the buck.

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5. Get Your Guests to Bring Things Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Noah brought mini turkey Wellingtons; Alvey brought Australian sausage rolls. Both were freakin’ delicious.

4. Amuse Bouches

We took… two small cubes of mango… one fresh mint leaf… and a bit of mango balsamic vinegar. The combination: Delicious. Easy to make, easy to pass around.

3. “Heritage” Doesn’t Mean “Tastier”

It does, however, mean more expensive. Our $80, 16-pound heritage turkey didn’t seem to have a whit more flavor than the typical $15-20 Butterball, much to our surprise and disappointment. It was also more dry than we would’ve liked, but I chalk that up to my own under-vigilant checking of temperature.

468445449_8wq7c-s2. Check the Damn Turkey Temperature

Even if you estimate it’ll take you 5 hours to cook a turkey, check the temperature 2 hours in.

1. Don’t Sweat the Clean Up

You will make an enormous, enormous mess. The cleanup will be a two-hour party unto itself. Have some drinks, rock it out, and you’ll be shocked at how much cleaner your whole kitchen / dining area actually is after you’re all through. A good dinner party is a cathartic experience for both a house and its occupants alike.

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2 Responses to “Ten Things We Learned from Febgiving Alpha”

  1. Alissa Wright Says:

    Heritage turkey?! Pshaw. KOSHER TURKEY. That’s the one to get for juiciness and flavor.

    I wish I knew about Febgiving before this! I totally would have done one. I guess February isn’t over yet. Are you allowed to do them any time during the month?

  2. jrnorton23 Says:

    Any time during the month is totally fair game. If it’s Thanksgiving, and it’s February, it’s Febgiving. Feb. 14 is just this year’s recommended date…

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