Cristina Ferrare

Cristina Ferrare’s Turkey Marinade & Stuffing

Turkey Marinade & Stuffing For Your Thanksgiving Table 

cristina ferrare thanksgiving turkey marinade and stuffing

I’ve tried so many ways over the years to prepare turkey so it will have lots of flavor and not turn out dry. I’ve wrapped them in cheese clothes, soaked them in brine, deep fried, put butter over the skin, under the skin, cooked it stuffed, unstuffed, none of that works like this simple marinade. Everyone who has tried it swears that by using this marinade they end up with the most tender and juicy turkey ever. Using fresh herbs are the secret to the most flavorful gravy.

I introduced this recipe on a local talk show I was hosting in Los Angeles called, “A.M. Los Angeles” over 25 years ago and to this day I have strangers stop me on the streets and in grocery stores to tell me how much the love it! Now I have new generation of converts! Preparing the turkey with this marinade will also yield plenty of gravy that you will want to put on everything!

Turkey Marinade

1 14 to 15 pound organic turkey, empty cavity of bird and the neck and rinse well, pat dry and place in roasting pan

2 & ½ cups Dijon Mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

4 fresh lemons, juiced, save the rinds

1 cup low sodium soy sauce

4 sprigs rosemary

1 bundle sage Read more »

How to make perfect EGGS!

We LOVE breakfast in our home and I serve up a variety of different foods during the week to start the day off right. At least twice week I prepare eggs and when I do I want them to be perfect or should I say my family would like for them to be perfect. Over the years of hearing, these eggs are too runny, too hard, too soft, jiggles too much, not fluffy, too fluffy, I have perfected the egg to my families liking. I spent the whole day in the kitchen recently to go over in detail the timing and ingredients. I went though several dozens eggs and my whole house smelled like eggs but it was worth it in the end.

Here are some recipes and techniques for the fluffiest scrambled eggs, the perfect poached egg, the just right soft boiled egg, omelets that melt in your mouth, no jiggle fried eggs along with creamy egg salad and deviled eggs!

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Cooking With Maria Thanksgiving Prep

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These Cranberries double as a dessert!

I buy so many bags of fresh Cranberry’s while they are available at the market and freeze them. They are seasonal and you can’t get fresh Cranberry’s in the spring or summer. That’s when having bags of frozen Cranberries comes in handy. They can stay in your freezer for up to 9 months! I serve fresh Cranberry’s all year long and put them in so many recipes. Read more »

Fall Recipes: Pumpkin Soup With An Added Bonus

Fall Recipes: The Perfect Heart Warming Pumpkin Soup

fall recipes

 One of my go to recipes this time of year is this hearty, flavorful pumpkin soup! I serve it as a first course for dinner or for lunch along with a salad! In fact it was our tradition to serve this soup before we went with the kids, when they were little, to Trick or Treat through the neighborhood. Everyone who stopped at our door would mention how our home smelled like Christmas!  

Serves 4-6 Ingredients For Pumpkin Soup: 

  • 1/3-cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 quart homemade chicken stock or store bought organic chicken or vegetable broth.
  • 1 (6 ounce) package full fat cream cheese, cut into small pieces
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Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and is one of the main staples in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil is fat obtained from the fruit of the olive tree traditionally grown in the Mediterranean region, where whole olives are pressed to produce olive oil.

For over half a century there have been thousands of studies examining the health benefits of olive oil.

Many studies have focused on the biological and clinical effect of olive oil! Monounsaturated fatty acids, which are found in olive oil, are a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fats and trans fats.

Following a Mediterranean diet lowers risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, high cholesterol and also helps with inflammation.

For over half a century there have been thousands of studies examining the health benefits of olive oil.

Studies have found that people who regularly consume olive oil are much less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. It also helps reduce inflammation in the body which we now know is detrimental to body and brain health. Read more »