6 Tips on Cooking a Fool-Proof Turkey

friendsgiving-1Each year as I sit down to create my Thanksgiving menu one thing crosses my mind – I hope the turkey turns out this year. Am I the only one that finds it incredibly intimidating? From what size turkey to order, to how to season it, to if we should stuff the turkey, all the many decisions to make. Every other dish – no problem but the turkey is another story. That’s why this year I went to my girlfriend Jessica to ask her if she had any tips on cooking a fool-proof turkey (she cooked the one pictured above!). Lucky for us, she’s sharing six tips she lives by when cooking her bird each year. So without futher ado – here are her tips!

 6 Tips on Cooking a Fool-Proof Turkey

Tips on Cooking the Perfect Turkey

  1. Always make sure your bird is fully defrosted and room temp before going in the oven. This can be achieved in a sanitary way by stopping your sink up and letting the bird sit in room temp water, while still in it’s package for 30 minutes before you unwrap and season.
  2. Always season the cavity of the bird as well as the outside, which will flavor the bird from the inside out.
  3. Keep the bird elevated on a rack while roasting so it does not sit in it’s drippings.
  4. Roast low and slow (about 300 degrees) for approx: 15 min per pound.
  5. Most important and most often skipped. Let the roast bird rest a minimum of 35 minutes, (I have let mine rest for an hour and it’s still piping hot! Rest the bird uncovered. You don’t want that beautiful crispy skin to steam!
  6. Lastly, remain calm and don’t get intimidated. Remember: It’s just a big chicken.

More Thanksgiving recipes from Jessica will be coming your way tomorrow – they are delicious!

Photography by delbarr moradi | Food by Jessica Robertson

Entertaining: A Friendsgiving to Remember

friendsgiving-12I always have a feeling of anticipation as the holiday season quickly approaches. After summer, when everyone spends every possible waking moment outdoors, I look forward to more gatherings with friends and loved ones. Recently, I designed a Friendsgiving for my fellow social media friends, sponsored by Gap Inc. We were all able to choose our holiday attire from all three stores – Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Gap.

friendsgiving-6 friendsgiving-4friendsgiving-8 friendsgiving-7I chose items from both Old Navy and Banana Republic. My jeans (which, by the way, I wear everyday!) are Old Navy as is my striped fitted turtleneck. The elegant fur-collared sweater is Banana Republic. If you’re looking for glamorous and comfortable clothing, look no further – you can find all of your needs at Gap Inc. I was busy arranging flowers, setting the table, and coordinating the food for the gathering, so I selected an outfit that allowed me to run around and still look put together when we finally sat down to celebrate.

friendsgiving-3 friendsgiving-9 friendsgiving-2Creating the setting for our Friendsgiving was an honor and I was able to stretch my creative process with the use of a nine-foot French farm table, a bench, and vintage chairs from my favorite go-to antique shop – Elsie Green. I used apothecary bottles and jars for a mix of flowers and grasses and combined them with my favorite brass candlesticks. I filled in the center of our table with simple olive branches. I mixed two different patterns of vintage brown and white transfer ware and paired it with bone-handled knives, monogrammed napkins, and wicker placemats. Even with so many different things going on, the tabletop was also simple and cohesive. I’ve always been a fan of mixing old with new, and this particular Friendsgiving was the perfect test.

friendsgiving-11To top it off, I commissioned one of my favorite quotes by Cesar Chavez for the wall:

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food, give you their heart.”

Surrounding myself with great friends here in San Francisco to celebrate this Friendsgiving feast was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season – Therese of Craft and Couture, Erin of Apartment 34, Amanda from Advice from a 20 Something, Erica of Honestly WTF, Nichole of Vanilla Extract, Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things, and Todd of Honestly YUM.

friendsgiving-1friendsgiving-13 friendsgiving-10 friendsgiving-14If you’re looking for a glamorous look or something more functional, you’ll be able to find the perfect items at all three stores – Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. And through the end of today, you’ll get 40% off at all three stores! I can’t think of a better incentive to get your holiday outfits ahead of time!


My Outfit:

Jacket by Banana Republic – Faux Fur Collar Cardigan | Turtleneck by Old Navy – Semi-Fitted Turtleneck Tee for Women | Denim by Old Navy – Mid-Rise Rockstar Built-In Sculpt Jeans | Necklaces my own

Set Design by Caitlin Flemming | Photography by delbarr moradi | Food by Jessica Robertson | Tabletop props from elsie green | Calligraphy by Bright Room Studio

This post is a partnership with Old Navy. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Entertaining: Celebrating Holiday Traditions

World Market - Holiday TraditionsThe holiday season is a source of remembering so many incredible memories from my childhood. I was brought up in a home where different cultures and languages were a part of our cultural fabric. As a result, our celebrations often fused these cultures together with little pieces from many places around the globe.

World Market - Holiday TraditionsWorld Market - Holiday Traditions World Market - Holiday TraditionsA great source for my inspiration for the holidays comes from World Market. When you walk into the store during the holidays, you are greeted with items from all over the world. I had such a blast choosing items for this holiday table that reflected my family traditions. Holiday poppers have been a tradition in my family for generations and they add a sense of fun to your celebrations. We always like to mix our memories together and that’s what I’ve done on this holiday table.

World Market - Holiday Traditions World Market - Holiday TraditionsGo to World Market’s blog to see the full story on how I honor my family and our love of travel in the way I celebrate the holidays. I highly recommend World Market for your holiday needs. You can find beautiful décor, gifts, wrapping needs, and international food and spirits. What more do you need!

This post is a partnership with World Market. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Delbarr Moradi for Sacramento Street

Style: Let Your Child Wander

Old Navy x Sacramento StreetSomething I think is vital in childhood is being given the room and space to wander. For many of us living in cities, this can sometimes present a challenge. Thankfully, most urban areas have set aside parks and protected areas, where wandering can still take place. I have a tendency to gravitate toward the Presidio in San Francisco, since it’s only a few blocks from where I live. I want Jackson and I to be able to set out with no agenda, except to wander. I never take my eyes off of him, but I let him lead the way.

Old Navy x Sacramento StreetOld Navy x Sacramento StreetOld Navy x Sacramento StreetOn these adventures and wanderings, I prefer having both Jackson and I in layers. Especially in San Francisco, where it can be summer and winter in the same day! My go-to place to find affordable and stylish clothes for both of us is at Old Navy. I love the variety of items that you can mix and match. I find their children’s clothes fun, well priced, and they fit Jackson perfectly. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have your children and yourself, for that matter, look stylish. Jackson needs to have layers of clothes (and lots of them since he gets dirty in a nano second!) and I always find clothes that I can mix and match for him at Old Navy. But truth be told, I also find great pieces for me. The vest I’m wearing is versatile (I have it multiple colors) and can go with a variety of outfits.This time of year I love wearing gingham! Adding a fun snowflake sock with boots adds a little something to an outfit.

Old Navy x Sacramento Street Old Navy x Sacramento StreetIf you need layers for winter, stop by Old Navy for all of your family needs. You will find your dollar can stretch and you’ll still be stylish. Fashion can be fun – embrace layers and set out and wander close to home!

Old Navy x Sacramento Street

Caitlin: Quilted Vest in Ivory | Classic Flannel Shirt in Gingham | Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans in Dark Wash | Fair Isle Boot Socks in Black Snowflake

Jackson: Shawl-Collar Cable-Knit Sweater in Carbon | Thermal Henley in Charcoal Stripe | Gray Skinny Jeans | Sherpa-Lined Boots in Black

This post is a partnership with Old Navy. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

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