The Brothers--famous chefs Michael and Bryan [the former won highest honor on Bravo TV's season 6 of "Top Chef"]--cooked us Thanksgiving dinner on Samsung's new Flex Duo Oven [retail price, $1,600]. It's two ovens in one; you can bake your red velvet cupcakes at one temp and broil your flounder at another, or remove the special divider and have one big oven.
But first, Samsung revealed survey results:
- 56. Percent of people polled who are worried about synchronizing Thanksgiving dinner so everything is ready at the same time--the green bean casserole, the turkey, the pie.
- 45. Percent who say they'll begin their meal prep a day in advance.
- 62. Percent who feel challenged by preparing varied side dishes at different temps [one Thanksgiving, my traditional rosemary biscuit muffins emerged hard as rocks].
- Roast turkey with rich, savory gravy, spooned onto flat, thick half-moons of cornbread stuffing, with a single fried sage leaf on top. This is the only dish I had two helpings of--nice with the crisp white wine.
- Black olive brioche. Individual rolls, like little presents, so golden and buttery and gorgeous, tender and fun to pull apart. [Picky kids? The brothers said you could make a simple cinnamon sugar filling instead. And the dual oven means you could bake the two flavors at once, and they won't wind up smelling like each other.]
- Roasted root vegetables with chimichurri sauce.
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake with a dainty, melty scoop of bay leaf ice cream. Yes, bay leaf. I like the uniqueness of that.
- Individual Apple Tarte Tatin. Base was buttery good.
- Balance Bar.
- Walked Sug around block twice.
- Worked hard on magazine article deadline.