Thanksgiving dinner is an event that most of us look forward to, at least the consuming side of it. But there are many who have a great deal of angst concerning it's preparation particularly since it only happens once a year. Or if it's your first time, it can be extremely challenging in the kitchen. Renowned Seattle Chef Tom Small is your answer to a great Thanksgiving meal. Chef Small not only leads you through the steps to be a successful Thanksgiving host, but also how to do all of this in only 5 1?2 hours! Really! Only 5 1?2 hours for you to be a star on Thanksgiving, all done with only one oven in a typical home kitchen. Chef Tom received his inspiration for cooking from his mom.
He has a diverse culinary background including education, development and journalism in addition to his management in restaurant kitchens. He teaches a number of cooking classes and writes frequent culinary articles. He has a passion for local and seasonal products as well as a firm foundation in technique and classical cuisine. Message from Chef Small: I enjoy cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients to try and use as much local produce and meat as possible.
I believe that food can be simple, and still taste amazing. I love to talk and learn about food, whether it's with friends, customers, strangers in the grocery store, my family (even my young children) . . . it's just part of my life. I hope that I am able to share some of this passion with you through these DVD's so that you may be inspired to cook and create for yourself, your family and friends. Learn Chef Small's tricks and tips to an organized and efficient Thanksgiving meal while making not only Turkey, but all the great things that go with it:
- Dinner Rolls with Brandied Apricot Butter
- Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Wild Rice with Crimini Mushrooms
- Dry Cranberry and Apple Chutney
- Maple Roasted Root Vegetables
- Turkey Thigh Braise
- Turkey Stock
- Herb Gravy
- Kale and Apple Salad
- Quinoa and Roasted Grape Salad
- Basic Pie Crust
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
REVIEW: The Midwest Book Review
Hosted by professional gourmet chef Tom Small, the "Dare To Cook" series of DVDs offers easy-to-follow lessons for cooks of all skill and experience levels. Techniques are meticulously demonstrated, with meticulous instructions. "Gourmet Food Preservation" (9781604900743) covers pickled vegetables, dairy concerns, preserving in oil, freezing, preserving in alcohol, and vinegars; "Canning Basics" (9781604900736) covers water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and safety concerns; "Thanksgiving Ready to Serve in 5 1/2 Hours" (9781604900774) covers a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques to conserving time while preparing a culinary feast; "Seafood Basics" (9781604900767) covers cooking with shellfish, fish, sauces, beer batter and breading mixes, grilling/smoking, and more; and "Barbecue and Grilling" (9781604900750) covers rubs, sauces, four ways to barbecue pork sirloin, two ways to barbecue pork loin, grilling, smoked brisket, and chicken in marinade.
All the DVDs in the series are region free, and worthy of the highest recommendation for aspiring and practicing cooks, as well as for public library "how-to" DVD collections!