There’s a terrific video segment on Febgiving over at the website of one of the local TV news stations here, WCCO — check it out!
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Febgiving got its highest-profile shout-out yet a couple weeks ago: Check out this terrific mention in The Washington Post. Also: Febgiving Ninja was a roaring success. We hope to have some photos and/or video up soon.
We’re pleased as punch that our little holiday got some major-league ink. Kim Ode of the Minneapolis Star Tribune did a wonderful story on the Febgiving tradition that’s well worth a look.
Febgiving 2010 is upon us in just two short weeks — Feb. 20 is this year’s official date, with Feb. 14 as a fully acceptable alternate. The good news is this: it takes just a few days to thaw and brine a turkey, and with a week’s notice, you can easily get a pile of guests over for a Febgiving supper to remember.
So get crackin’ on the invitations!
As per usual, we’ll share some photos and recipes with you in honor of this, America’s newest holiday.
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.
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.
7. 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.
6. 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.
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.
2. 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.
AP (via MSNBC) reports that America’s turkey distributors are weathering a tough set of economic obstacles this year.
Meat producers have been struggling this year with higher costs for key ingredients like corn, soybeans and oil, part of why the cost of beef and chicken has risen so much. Turkey producers are facing all the same pressures, but don’t have the same economies of scale and have to plan a year in advance for the one day a year they count on most.
Hang on, National Turkey Federation, Febgiving’s coming!