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Dinner, courtesy of grocery stores

Hi J -

Last week, I wanted a Saturday off and proposed we go out. Sadly, the evening out was a bit of let down, due to all sorts of reasons. So last weekend, I resolved to find a bit of energy to cobble a dinner together.

  • Oven roasted turkey breast
  • Gravy, with N's homemade broth
  • Boxed stuffing
  • Sauteed kale
  • Can of cranberry jelly

As G described it, it was a Grocery Store Dinner.

Grocery store dinner on college era plates
saved by your cranberries 🙂

I defrosted the frozen turkey breast in the fridge for a couple of days, then brine in chicken broth with aromatics for a few days. I took it out of the fridge to let it warm up, pat dry the skin, drizzled with a bit olive oil, and seasoned with salt and pepper. It went in the oven 450° F for about 20 minutes, then reduced the temperature to 350°F until internal temperature of 158°F . See how nicely that schedule works out for grocery shopping on the weekend before, prepare & brine during a weeknight, then cooking it the on the following Saturday. I make the boxed stuffing while the poultry rested.This simple turkey breast recipe is a stable for us and rarely fails me.

On the other hand, gravy ... I have never made gravy before. Gravy has always intimated me. Not sure if you noticed, but I quizzed N extensively on T-day, looking for tips and tricks.  I started with N's turducken broth, reduced the giant container by half,  1.5QT. Then melted 4TBP of butter and made a roux. It took a few minutes to darken, then I whisked in the broth slowly ... my heart skipped a few beats while whisking briskly to try to avoid lumps.

While I was intently whisking and cooking the roux, I was burning the kale in the other pan. But even the crispy kale couldn't take away the glory of canned cranberry jelly.


After dinner, with the coffee pot kaput, and one small backup french press, I downsized the coffee cups and rationed the coffee. Even with less coffee, we managed a game of Acquire and without too heated of arguments.

start of Acquire

Next up, Christmas ...

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