Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole ❦ Macaroni Turkey Bean and Beer Bake

Ahh...the aftermath! After a busy Thanksgiving here at casa Castro, I really love having turkey leftovers. Living in the U.K. has never stopped me from celebrating one of my favourite holidays. You can take the girl out of America...but you can't take America out of the girl, or so the saying goes. Here it is just a regular Thursday and nobody has the day off. Hubby is still working and the divas are at school. I on the other hand am in my element. I started my turkey hunt early this year, but unfortunately you can not get a fresh turkey at any supermarket in Britain until late November, early December. I had to go the frozen route. Every year we have plenty of leftovers and each time I make

Perfect Roast Turkey

When did roasting a turkey get so complicated? There are thousands of methods all dedicated to making the star of the Thanksgiving and Christmas table more juicy. Say turkey to anyone and the first word that comes to mind is dry. I will let you in on a little secret, or two. I promise you will never eat another dry turkey. Problem one, the legs take longer to cook than the breast, resulting in a dry over cooked bird. I also cook my turkey with plenty of stock, wine and aromatics in the roasting pan. The turkey sits on the rack above and the liquid steams and permeates the bird. I do not brine my bird. In the past I have found no difference in doing so. I never stuff my turkey with stuffing.

Pumpkin and Carrot Soup with Beans and Broccolini in a Pumpkin Tureen

Autumn is in full swing. The days are now noticibly shorter, the temperatures much lower and the transition into winter is imminent. It is my favourite time of the year. I do not care much for hot weather, nor cold food. I am in heaven. The shorter days, the cozy fireplace at the end of a long day with a glass of red wine. The food...oh my God, the food. Comforting, delicious and satisfying. The aromas fill the house and transport me back to my childhood. Soups, stews and roasts are the essence of the Portuguese table. In fact, in Portugal, there isn't one household who doesn't eat soup daily, no matter what season. Pumpkin is a very popular addition to many Portuguese soup recipes. It can b

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