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Happy Thanksgiving

Maine Turkey Cooking Tips – Roasting a Turkey New England Style

Turkey RoastingLong a holiday that has special meaning for families, Thanksgiving originally started as a religious holiday but has long since morphed into a predominantly secular holiday. However, there are always a handful of traditions assigned to Thanksgiving – pumpkin pie, football games, and a delectable roasted turkey. Read our Maine Turkey Roasting Tips or visit a suggested Maine restaurant to enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Maine. Ask us about Maine or share your comments. To feature your business in Maine’s Internet Magazine, contact us.

Maine Turkey Roasting Recipe



kennebunk inn
The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-985-3351
If you are searching for an historic inn with affordable class and fabulous food in southern coastal Maine - The Kennebunk Inn is the place. Beautiful beaches, nature preserves, museums, galleries, antique shops, and more. We look forward to sharing our special place in the land of the pointed firs.
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DiMillos Restaurant on the Water
DiMillo's on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-772-2216
DiMillo's is where you'll dine on lobster, clams, shrimp, scallops and fish that are absolutely the freshest on the waterfront and prepared with ingredients that enhance rather than disguise their flavors. The perfect place for dinner, weddings, parties and office functions. Simplicity, freshness and quality are the recipe for DiMillo's amazing menu choices since 1954.
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Maine Diner Wells Maine
Maine Diner, 2265 Post Road (US Route 1),Wells, ME 04090 | 207-646-4441
Featured on "The Today Show", Phantom Gourmet, Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and others. Maine blueberry pancakes, pies, lunch and dinner specials and more. World Famous Food Like Grandma Used To Make. Try Maine Diner's famous Lobster Pie, Seafood Chowder, Codfish Cakes. Breakfast anytime. Remember the Maine Gift Shoppe, Maine Products. Open Daily at 7AM..
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Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Maine
Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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Stones Throw Hotel York Beach Maine
Stones Throw Hotel, 123 Long Beach Ave, York ME 03909 | 207-361-3116
Stones Throw offers the perfect Maine beach vacation. Located on Long Sands Beach in York Maine. Stones is your one stop Maine coast vacation destination. Oceanfront rooms. Maine Lodging and Casual Dining - with a luxurious view and scrumptious food! Specialty cocktails, Serving Breakfast and Lunch. Open 7 Days a Week - Hours Subject to Change.
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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The Boathouse Kennebunkport
The Boathouse, 21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-8223
The Boathouse Restaurant has a “classic Maine” menu that focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences. Signature dishes such as Seared Shrimp and Scallops with Lobster Fried Rice and Lobster Spring Rolls are on the menu. The waterfront restaurant, located on the Kennebunk River just steps from Dock Square, features both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Reservations are accepted for indoor dining room seating. Outside seating is on a first come, first serve basis only. Serving Lunch and Dinner daily.
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Ocean Restaurant at The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, 208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-346-5700
Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the ideal venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Ocean’s menu features ocean inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery.
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Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond Maine
Hidden Pond, 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-6550
The cuisine at Earth takes advantage of the bounty of the property’s 800 square-foot organic farm, where herbs, flowers, and heirloom vegetables are picked daily. Earth’s “farm-to-fork” menu is comprised of house-made pastas, cheeses, breads, charcuterie and desserts with locally sourced meats and seafood.
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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Tides Beach Club Resort
The Tides Beach Club, 254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-632-3224
Just steps away from Goose Rocks Beach, Local seafood is the focal point of the menu at the Tides Beach Club with native Maine classics getting top billing. Stop in to try the pan-seared salmon with red quinoa, Maine crab cakes, and lobster rolls served either hot with lemon butter or chilled with garlic aioli. Or slide up to the bar to partake in specialty cocktails infused with fresh juices, fruits and herbs, New England artisanal beers and an extensive wine list.
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Ocean Restaurant at The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, 208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-346-5700
Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the ideal venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Ocean’s menu features ocean inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery.
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The safe and proper way to cook and handle turkey.

Selecting a Turkey
When picking up a turkey, remember the following guidelines — 1-1/3 pounds of turkey per person should be perfect. 2 lbs each, and you’ll have leftovers.

“Fresh” only means that the turkey has not been exposed to temperatures under 26 degrees. A frozen turkey can sometimes be better than a fresh turkey that has been kept awhile at a just below frozen temperature. To get a “real” fresh turkey, visit a local turkey farm. Order your turkey in advance as they often times sell out or only prepare enough for the orders that they have.

Thawing the Bird
Thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator in a large pan or container. Juices will penetrate the wrappings. Allow 24 hours for every four pounds of meat. Remember to remove the innards and neck as soon as you can. This will allow the turkey to thaw faster. Be sure to rinse the bird with cold water before you start the seasoning or stuffing process.

Stuffing the Turkey
Most experts advise cooking the stuffing separately. It’s easier and safer. Here in Maine some folks utilize Blueberries in the stuffing – or a mix of Blueberries and Cranberries. If you do choose to stuff your bird, only stuff about two-thirds full as the stuffing will expand. Never stuff the turkey in advance.

Roasting a Turkey
Some people choose to roast a turkey slowly at 325 degrees. Others get a covered roaster and turn the heat up to 375 or 400. Either is fine as long as you use a meat thermometer when cooking your turkey. An instant-reading thermometer is easiest. The thickest part of the breast should be cooked to 175 degrees F. Cook the thigh to 185 degrees and the stuffing to 165 degrees. Cook the bird breast side up. If you are cooking without a roaster, a foil tent can be used so that the bird doesn’t become too browned.

Let the Turkey Rest
When the turkey is done, let the turkey rest for 20 mins before you slice it. Remove the legs and wings first to get easier access to carving the breast, then proceed to removing the remaining meat.

Storing the Leftover Turkey
It’s best to remove leftover turkey meat from the bone. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator or freezer. Store leftover stuffing separately. Use the refrigerated leftovers within three days. Use the frozen leftovers within two months.

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