Turkey Trivia: The state game bird of Alabama is the turkey. No wonder given that Alabama has one of the largest per acre populations of wild turkeys of any state.
These Thanksgiving recipes are courtesy of one of my favorite Napa Valley chefs, Michael Chiarello. Before I ever dreamed of donning a chef's jacket and clogs, I volunteered to work in the back kitchen of Michael's PBS cooking show Casual Cooking. He immediately made me feel welcome and his ease and confidence in the kitchen was remarkable. His philosophy and approach to food and la dolce vita is nothing short of inspiring. Here are a few of his specialties. One of my favorite pans is his cocorico. This is the coolest thing ever! When I'm in San Francisco, I use it all the time (it's too big to fit in my suitcase) and I've convinced most of my friends to buy one too. Check back after Thanksgiving when I'll post some of his Thanksgiving Leftovers recipes... Tutti a tavola e mangia bene!
Panettone Stuffing (my favorite!)