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Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website,, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail:

How to Roast a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov 25, 2013

I’m not sure about some of the methods I see recommended for cooking Thanksgiving turkey.  I once followed a roasting method that suggested cooking the turkey at 500 degrees.  This only resulted in a visit from the fire department for all the smoke in the kitchen!  I didn’t make a fabulous turkey but we did make a memory out of it! 

Whenever I have tried other methods I keep going back to this one.  I have used this method more often than not for over 15 years with great success.  It always results in a tender tasty Thanksgiving turkey.  The bird may not be fancy enough to be featured on the cover of a food fashion magazine but when served it will always be the star of the show. 

This roasting method is credited to Adelle Davis. Adelle was a well known nutritionist and author of several books on health and nutrition throughout the 50’s.  She completely created or reviewed all her recipes ensuring they were in alignment with the latest scientific findings of her time as well as being tasty.  As with most people (self included) she had her share of critics and was recognized by some as a bit of a controversial character.  But, I admire that trait in her!

What makes this unique is that it is a slow and low method.  As a working mom I found this method to be perfect as all of the prep could be done in the evenings after I had arrived home from work.  The initial steps for brining and seasoning the turkey are pulled from various sources to arrive at my own crafting but the roasting method is solely credited to Adelle.

I guess I want to mention too that this method is in sharp contrast to the method recommended by the USDA.  Understand that I can’t claim any responsibility should your bird be a bust and with that in mind, I have included the method suggested for proper handling and safety as outlined by the USDA as well as this method from Adelle.  Click the title next to the photo to get the instructions.

 How to Roast a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

As well - we have been getting several Google hits recently on our post for Grandmas Cranberry Orange Jam.  This is a great easy recipe, looks very pretty in the jar and is perfect for gift giving so we hope you will check it out.  Too with the holidays right around the corner we already have partners contacting us and expect to be posting giveaways soon too so keep an eye out for those opportunities.  And for gift giving ideas that give more check out our post for Wendy’s new Trades of Hope business
My best……. Kristina

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles – in case you are catching a cold or for when you are feeling the blues.
Grandma’s Delicate Rolls – an easy homemade roll recipe served at every holiday meal in our family.
Creamed Venison – for the deer hunters in the house – a great one to make when your son or grandson shoots his first deer.

Also from  Check out all our Recipes for Main Dishes, Cookies and Desserts and Side Dishes many are exclusively posted to

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