Mutant Turkey!

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier from "The Secret Life of Food" by Clare Crespo  

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier from "The Secret Life of Food" by Clare Crespo 

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Imagine this turkey running around the woods!! Awe your Thanksgiving guests with this wild dish and be thankful for two extra drumsticks. 

Mutant Turkey

1 roasting turkey

2 extra drum


olive oil

salt and pepper

garlic powder

sturdy toothpicks, short skewers or poultry needle and thread


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Rub the turkey and extra drumsticks with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on the skin. 2. Place the bird and drumsticks on a rack in an uncovered pan, and put them in the oven. Reduce the heat to 350°. Roast about 20 minutes per pound of turkey. The drumsticks will be done more quickly, in an hour. 3. Remove the drumsticks from the oven when ready. 4. *Remove the turkey when ready and allow to cool for 10 minutes. 5. Then attach the legs to the body of the turkey with toothpicks, skewers, or a poultry needle and thread before serving.


* To test the turkey for doneness, prick it where the drumsticks attach to the body with a toothpick or sharp knife. When the juices run clear, it is ready!


Bear Paws! Yum!

Photograph by Eric Staudenmaier. Recipe by Clare Crespo   

Photograph by Eric Staudenmaier. Recipe by Clare Crespo

I love sweet potatoes. I love cashews. I love bears. I put them all together in this fall/winter recipe! Perhaps these paws are padding to a nice cozy cave for hibernation about now! Slice a sweet potato lengthwise (skin on). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 20-25 mins (until golden brown). Remove from oven. Place two slices on a plate and insert whole roasted cashews in one end as the bear's claws! Awww now how about that for a beary nice side dish!?

Sweet Little Turkeys!




Step by Step  

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10 square caramel candies

10 walnut halves

10 whole cashews


1.    Wash your hands very well. 2. Roll a caramel with your hands to make a ball. 2. Stick a walnut half onto the ball for the turkey’s tail. 3. Stick a cashew into the other side of the caramel. 4. Stick turkeys onto a nice plate or tray to make a display.

Gobble Gobble.

Makes 10 candies.