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Happy Thanksgiving, Did You Say Thank You?

Well, the holiday season has officially begun (although the retail establishment would like you to believe it started over a month ago).  We all have a lot to be thankful for.  Have you said Thank You today?

I’m thankful for living in the United States of America and having the freedom to share these thoughts without fear of punishment.  We owe the creation of our freedoms to the founding fathers and the continuation of our freedoms to the United States Military (specifically the men and women that serve and sacrifice every day).

Although I don’t always show it like I should I’m extremely thankful for my family and friends.  They are a the reason I’m the person I am today.  Finally, just so I don’t come across like a total sap, I’m thankful for Mr. Adam Sandler and this little diddy:


If you want to understand the REAL story behind Thanksgiving check out these links (hint it’s not about the Pilgrims like we all learned in school!):

Apple-Brined and Smoked Turkey

hickory-smoked-turkeyApple-Brined and Smoked Turkey

Adapted from The Virtual Weber Bullet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 1 pound brown sugar
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 3 oranges, quartered
  • 4 ounces fresh ginger, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 natural turkey
  • 2 to 3 small chunks of apple wood

Directions:

Combine the apple juice, brown sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve. Boil for one minute, remove from heat, let mixture come to room temperature, then refrigerate to 40°F. (more…)