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Spatchcocked Turkey Stock

For Thanksgiving this year we spatchcocked a turkey two days in advance and brined it in buttermilk. It was delicious, and had the added benefit of giving us time to make this homemade turkey stock in advance, which we then used in Day-Before Gravy (trying to simultaneously make gravy and get the meal on the table is quite stressful for me, so making it in advance is key!).

This recipe includes instructions for browning the raw turkey parts, unlike most recipes that assume you’ve already roasted your turkey.

Yield: 7 to 8 cups Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Vegetarian

Khichdi

With pantry cooking on the rise, and needing simple dishes we can make for lunch on a work-from-home workday, this one-pot dish of rice and lentils became a favorite. We even prepped “khichdi kits” of pre-measured ingredients to make it easier to get lunch on the table.

The toppings are the real star – don’t skip them!

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Seafood

Crab Rolls / Crab Melts

Unable to eat out, we began to look for easy meals that were still a bit of a treat. This crab salad, perfumed with lemon zest and a tiny punch of minced shallot, is a small luxury we can prepare either as crab rolls or crab melts and enjoy in minutes.

Yield: 2 servings Total time: 15 minutes
Seafood

Fish Tacos

This healthy, easy take on fish tacos is perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Pork

Asian Honey Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Three and a half months in to a global pandemic, socializing with friends indoors or meeting in restaurants isn’t an option. There’s little comfort level for sharing food or even serving utensils. The best way we’ve found to see friends is outside, and sharing food straight off the grill (everyone can grab their own skewers) seems reasonable.

These flavorful kabobs are absolutely delicious and provided a bright moment of entertaining during a long challenging summer.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 3 hours
Poultry

Garlic Chicken Thighs

This has become a favorite, quick cooking weeknight chicken dish. Cooked on the stovetop and well seasoned with garlic and onion powder, it leaves the oven free for a sheet pan of roasted veggies or Oven Roasted Steak Fries.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Poultry

Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs & Green Beans

During a time where we’re sheltering in place and don’t have a lot of our typical social events or small joys to get us through the week, decadent chicken dinners are real winners, especially if they can be made with ingredients we’ve stocked the freezer with.

When using frozen green beans, either defrost or partially cook them before adding them to the skillet, or steam them fully and toss them in the garlic butter once the chicken is cooked.

I love the method of deboning skin-on chicken thighs in order to get the crispy chicken skin but not have the bone on your plate.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Poultry

Guy’s Cheesy Chicken Pasta

The melty cheese in this dish is so satisfying, and you might have the ingredients on hand, so reach for this recipe if you’ve had a hard day and need some comfort food fast.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Pork

Quick-Brined Grilled Pork Chops

A twenty-minute soaking in a salt brine makes grilled pork chops tender, juicy, and flavorful. Serve with grilled baby bok choy.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Pasta

Farfalle with Spicy Sausage & Butternut Squash

This weeknight comfort food pasta dish is an easy-to-make family favorite.

Total time: 4 servings