Thanksgiving Tips, Dry-Brined Turkey Tutorial, Roasted Harvest Vegetables & Recipe Round-Up

Thanksgiving is essentially the ultimate celebration of food. This holiday combines the notions of seasonality, tradition, family and (let’s face it) excess into a single meal the represents all for which we are thankful. Here at OurLocaltopia we have spent the past few months gearing up for Thanksgiving through a series of recipe and technique focused posts that run the gamut from traditional to nouveau. As the big day approaches, we of course have even more of these recipes and techniques to share! In this post, Jonathan Dye reveals a variety of his own hints for taking some of the stress and work out of Thanksgiving dinner prep, including his suggestion for quicker cooking, spatchcocked turkey prep. Jonathan Duffy Davis takes us through a step-by-step tutorial on dry-brining and whole roasting your turkey, and shares his recipes for perfectly roasted harvest vegetables. Finally, we recap the various recipes we have explored this fall so they can be used on your own holiday table! Continue reading “Thanksgiving Tips, Dry-Brined Turkey Tutorial, Roasted Harvest Vegetables & Recipe Round-Up”

Fall Baking: Jonathan Dye’s Pumpkin Purée Tutorial & Recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie!

Pumpkins are ubiquitous to fall, and the world loves to celebrate the image, the taste, and the aroma of this seasonal icon.  In our latest edition on fall baking, we explore the most traditional incarnation of the pumpkin icon — pumpkin pie! Our motivation stems from our abiding respect for the main ingredient of this seasonal delight, which is currently abundantly available at markets and grocers.  Pumpkins, be they great or small, sweet or savory, soft or tough, are just about everywhere in autumn.  Yet as certain as fresh pumpkins are to grocery store displays… so are enormous columns of 15 ounce cans of processed pumpkin purée. Continue reading “Fall Baking: Jonathan Dye’s Pumpkin Purée Tutorial & Recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie!”