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The Perfect Roast Turkey

The perfect roast turkey // Karista's Kitchen // VRAI Magazine

For me, Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and friends.

I don’t always write about what goes on in my day to day life.  After all, this is a recipe website and delicious food is the focus.   I feel there is enough hardship, sadness and turmoil going on in the world.  Watching it splattered all over the news, I feel I shouldn’t add to the chaos with what happens in my little space in the world.  I’m typically an optimistic person and I believe it’s healthier to share my optimism rather than any negativity.

But I will tell you this – although it’s been a long and arduous few years navigating through my oldest daughters health issues, resulting from a brain tumor in 2012, I am thankful.  I am so thankful she’s brain tumor free. I am so thankful it wasn’t the C word.  I am so thankful she’s able to continue college and move forward with her life.  Has it been hard?  YES. There have been days I just wanted to sit on my living room floor and sob tears of frustration and sadness.  There are still tough moments, but I have the best friends and family in the world that supported me and continue to support me every step of the way –  so that I can support my daughter.   This is truly a Thanksgiving.

As a Contributing Food Editor with VRAI Magazine, I’m sharing this Perfect Roast Turkey recipe for our VRAI Magazine Friendsgiving in Oregon.  Everyone is coming to my house for Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to share this recipe, but I’m even more excited to share with you VRAI Magazine Friendsgiving.  Delicious recipes, home and holiday décor, DIY holiday projects, gift giving ideas, holiday fashion, travel and more.  New friends coming together to celebrate around the table.

To snag this lovely and simple Perfect Roast Turkey recipe click HERE.  Don’t forget to browse the fantastic articles and subscribe to the magazine so you don’t miss a beat. You can also find VRAI Magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I am truly grateful and thankful for devoted readers like you.  I wish you the most beautiful and heartwarming holiday season.  May you bask in the deliciousness!

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love to you all!



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  • Reply
    November 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Hi Karista,
    I personally am glad that you share a little about yourself, its nice to have a peak at the person
    who shares so many wonderful delicious foods to create. We all have challenges in life, I really do think that they help us define who we are as people and how much we can love those in need or ourselves. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we have already had ours in Canada. Enjoy the friendship and love and of course your delicious turkey!

    • Reply
      November 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you Klarika. Yes, we all have challenges in life which is why I rarely share mine. I’d rather be a bit of inspiration to those who truly need it. But it’s nice once in a while to share what’s going on in the land of Karista’s Kitchen. That’s what I adore about my readers, the compassion and understanding. Happy Holidays to you and thank you so much for your comment!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 11, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I am glad you can sit around your dining room table and hug your lovely children in sickness and in health. It does not matter how old they are, as moms we always worry. Wishing you a safe and quiet holiday season. Take Care, BAM

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      November 11, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Thank you Bam! Isn’t it so true. Doesn’t matter how old our children get, we always worry. My gal is doing great with only a few bumps in the road right now but she’s such a corageous gal and meets every challenge head on. Wishing you and your family a beautiful holiday season!

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    November 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Truly a lot to be thankful for this season! I hope you have a beautiful celebration, both with friends and with family, Karista!

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      November 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Ksenia! Wishing you a happy and delicious holiday season as well! xo

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