Sphere Magazine November 1976

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I love November and December magazines with all of the holiday ideas.  Sphere always had exceptional recipes.  This November issue has a dinner party idea for rack of lamb, leftover turkey ideas, stuffings, side dishes like a corn souffle, game like pheasant, quail, and rabbit, stick-to-the-ribs sausage recipes, lots of cookies, a pumpkin cheesecake, seafood, and more.  There are also craft ideas for making wreaths, handmade Christmas cards, creating a storybook village, and even a lesson on calligraphy.  Sphere always had it all.

Every Thanksgiving, I look for new ways to prepare the turkey.  Since I love cooking with herbs, the recipe for “Herbed Turkey” got my attention. It has parsley, bay leaves, dill, and thyme, along with butter, onions, garlic, and turmeric.  Can’t you imagine the aromas in the kitchen while it’s roasting?  I can’t wait to try it and I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Herbed Turkey
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ¼ cup snipped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1 small stalk celery with leaves, minced (about ½ cup)
  • 2 small bay leaves, crumbled
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 turkey, about 12 pounds
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup snipped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  1. Combine the ¼ cup butter, onion, ¼ cup parsley, 2 Tablespoons dill, the celery, bay leaves, garlic, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, thyme, and white pepper. Rub inside cavity of turkey with mixture. Fasten neck and back openings with skewers.
  2. Mix 2 Tablespoons of the butter with the turmeric. Brush over entire surface of turkey. Place turkey breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in the thickest part of inside thigh muscle, away from the bone. Roast turkey at 325 degrees F, basting twice during roasting with butter, until thermometer registers 185 degrees F,, about 3 hours.
  3. Remove turkey from oven, and brush with remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with ¼ cup parsley and 2 Tablespoons dill. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before carving. Serves 8.


Update on the turkey recipe:  I made the turkey for Thanksgiving and, hands down, it was the best looking and tastiest turkey I have ever made!  It had a beautiful color,  so tender, and made great gravy.  When I brushed it with the melted butter mixed with the turmeric before roasting, it turned completely bright yellow, but no worries-  it roasted into the most gorgeous and evenly distributed golden color with a crispy skin.  It’s my go-to turkey recipe from now on! (P.S. – the recipe called for a 12-pound turkey but I used a 16-pounder.  It took about 3-1/2 hours)




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7 Responses to Sphere Magazine November 1976

  1. November 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    It looks like it will smell, taste and look good (with the tumeric and butter).

    I can’t believe I never heard or saw Sphere growing up since I graduated high school in 1978. I’m so glad you introduced it to me!

    • November 13, 2019 at 7:49 am #

      Denise, I’m looking forward to trying this recipe, and seeing how the turmeric/butter combo looks brushed on the turkey. I think it will be a beautiful color. So happy you are enjoying the Sphere recipes!

  2. November 13, 2019 at 10:33 am #

    Sounds delicious! I might have to give this a try on some Cornish Game Hens I am cooking this weekend. I will let you know how they turn out. Love all the herbs!

  3. January 20, 2020 at 7:42 am #

    Have you written a post on those 1776 cookies? The cookie cutters pictured on the cover were available for purchase. My sister-in-law and I still have and still use the handmade tin cookie cutters in celebration of the bicentennial. Because they were handmade, we waited what seemed like months for our order to be filled. These giant cookies are a Thanksgiving tradition to this day! The recipe is delicious!

    • January 20, 2020 at 11:16 am #

      Merrilyn, you are the first person who has written me who has those amazing cookie cutters! I actually made the cookie dough used for the cutters this past Christmas, just using some of my large cutters. How I wish I had those Sphere ones. Such a treasure you have!

  4. November 22, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    In high school, I got this magazine subscription for one year and this was one of the issues. Saving it for my first Thanksgiving as a newlywed in 1981, I made the pumpkin cheesecake and the corn souffle which were very popular. Of course the magazine (along with the recipes) is long gone. I’ve been looking for the corn souffle recipe for years in my, my mother’s and grandmother’s recipe boxes to no avail. Would it be possible to get the recipe from you? Thank you so much for this blog, it was very nostalgic!

    • November 22, 2023 at 11:22 pm #

      Maryellen, I love your Sphere memory. I’ll find it for you and email it sometime this weekend. Watch your mailbox!

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