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Tips, Tricks + Recipes for Thanksgiving from Chef Michele DiPietro of Whole Foods Market

16 Nov

All photos are courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Ready to plan out your Thanksgiving meal and head to the store to get your shopping done?  Yeah, you and half of the country!  Before you head out, check out our interview with Chef Michele DiPietro, Associate Culinary Concepts Coordinator for Whole Foods Market Northeast Region.  She lays out tips for finding the perfect turkey, different ways to cook and prepare your bird, easy sides, and even a cranberry sauce with candied ginger that will wow your guests.  Check out the food she mentions at these Whole Foods Market locations.

How do you go about finding that perfect turkey for your meal?

Easy – I buy it every year at Whole Foods Market!  I generally opt for the “Free Range” version, but have tried most of our varieties and love them all.  I grew up on fresh, never frozen turkeys, so always prefer one, but of course, a frozen turkey can be great as well.  The trick is really in the cooking process – if you get it right, almost any turkey can be moist and flavorful.  One thing that I haven’t yet tried are the different heirloom turkeys available today that some people claim apparently have a much richer flavor …. maybe next year!

As for amounts, I generally go by the “2 lbs per person” recommendation (then add couple more pounds! WE love leftovers, right???).

What are some of your favorite ways to prep or season the turkey before you cook it?
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