How to Cook A Tasty Turkey for Thanksgiving

It’s my favorite time of year where we use fresh herbs, spice and vegetables to cook up a fabulous Thanksgiving turkey. Hard to believe I wasn’t always confident when it came to cooking a turkey.  I remember being super nervous because I didn’t want to under cook the bird.  In today’s post I share how to cook a tasty turkey for Thanksgiving.

Follow The Directions

turkey notes

Each year I add to my food journal featuring how to’s and more. As a result, the journal is filled with Note cards from family and friends, favorite magazine clippings and printed recipes from favorite cooking sites make up this journal. In this journal I have notes that are over 40 years old from my Dad’s cookbook. These notes are hard to read but true treasures. As a result, memorable recipes and notes can be found in my journal helping me cook up that perfect turkey each year.

Key Ingredients

Herbs from the garden used in the turkey prep


  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • bay leaf
  • Sage
  • Parsley
foil and turkey butt
I do not recommend using the foil pans


  • sweet onion
  • celery
  • carrots

Spices and Rub Recipe 

Here are the ingredients for the spice rub.

  • 1/4 cup black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 cup celery salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne

Check out the  Food Safety website for cooking directions.

Cook The Turkey

herbs stuff bird

 Biggest mistake ever was using a foil pan for a 22 pound turkey. As a result, the foil does not provided a good insulation to  accurately hold the heat for the turkey to cook in the time suggested. Thanksgiving dinner ended up being a few hours late. I’ve had great success using an electric roaster.  It’s a fact that  the electric roaster not only frees up my oven for other dishes it is easier to keep the lid in providing the correct temperature for cooking.

Let’s Connect

Me, Mom and Turkey... oh and my brotherDo you have a fun story to share with me about your bird?  Therefore, comment below or find me on social media at @BrenHaas to share.

Happy Thanksgiving,



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