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21 November 2014: Mastering Thanksgiving Dinner II—The Broth

November 21, 2014

Tags: Thanksgiving 2014, Thanksgiving Dinner, Homemade Broth, Soup

Since I've not yet made my own broth, this is a picture of last year's stockpot. Let's face it: broth isn't terribly photogenic while it's in the making, but at Thanksgiving, it's the difference between a good dinner and a great one.
One of the most essential elements of Thanksgiving dinner, the one on which the rest of the meal rests, is the one that is the most often neglected: the broth. Each year, of the big packaged broth companies hawks its chicken broth with a warm, fuzzy thing about how caring cooks who love the process always rely on packaged broth to boost the flavor of their best dishes. (more…)

16 November 2012: Mastering Thanksgiving Dinner III

November 16, 2012

Tags: Thanksgiving Dinner, Broth, Homemade Broth, Soup

It doesn't look like much, but the contents of this pot make all the difference between a good Thanksgiving dinner and a great one.
Today, let’s talk about the foundation on which the entire Thanksgiving dinner will rest: broth.

The most neglected pot in far too many American kitchens is the stockpot. At Kitchenware Outfitters, the kitchenware store where I work and teach, we sell a respectable number of these pots, but inevitably the words “cooking pasta” or “spaghetti sauce” or “chili” or “stew” come up, accompanied by a lot of questions about other possible uses for this tall, relatively narrow pot. (more…)