GYMGUYZ Want To Help Thanksgiving Feasters Work The Calories Off

Thanksgiving is upon us and, for many it’s a holiday that reminds folks to be thankful for all of the delicious things they love to eat. It’s also synonymous with feasting, and for those counting, the average Turkey Day dinner will cost an average of 4,000 calories.

“We want people to enjoy Thanksgiving, so we explain to clients that exercising consistently during the holidays will help keep off those dreaded holiday pounds,” said Aaron Behrens, owner and president of GYMGUYZ, a mobile personal training service that brings state-of-the-art fitness equipment and expert coaches to their customers’ doors.

GYMGUYZ is considered tops in personal home training. The company provides convenient, customized, and creative workouts wherever an individual may live.

Founded in 2008, the mobile brand utilizes a fleet of franchise vans that bring more than 365 pieces of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and expert coaches to their customers’ doors to drive accountability and provide tailored workouts.

Since it began franchising in 2014, the brand’s growth has reportedly exploded 1,700 percent with nearly 200 locations internationally, including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

“The best way to maintain consistency is by having your GYMGUYZ personal trainer visit your home at a time that works for you to make sure you stay on track,” Behrens said.

The most important thing is to stay active, even if it’s just a 20-minute walk, according to Behrens.

“Find some type of activity that you enjoy or that you can do with a friend or spouse. For example, group training is a great way to have fun and stay healthy with friends,” he said.

Behrens started with GYMGUYZ in 2016 because of the high demand for personal home training.

“Being in the fitness industry for over 20 years, and a partner in a successful chain of health clubs in Philadelphia has allowed me to see how the industry has evolved. I love the concept of bringing trainers directly to clients,” he said.

One of the advantages GYMGUYZ presents its clients is they don’t have to wait in line like they may have to at conventional gyms. They also don’t have to wipe someone else’s sweat off the equipment.

The certified personal trainers who work at GYMGUZ are thoroughly vetted and travel in trademarked GYMGUYZ vehicles loaded with workout equipment and gear.

The trainers primarily focus on cardio and strength workouts. On their first visit, they offer a free assessment, including a questionnaire to find out their client’s goals.

“The response so far is that our clients love that we deliver in-home personal trainers right to their door for customized one-on-one or group workouts in the privacy of their home, backyard or anywhere they choose that’s convenient for their schedule,” Behrens said.

The biggest challenges for many who work out are consistency, making time and not knowing what to do to see tangible results, Behrens added.

He says holidays, especially Thanksgiving, can be challenging for those counting calories.

“We want people to enjoy Thanksgiving, so keep moving. As the saying goes, ‘Use it or lose it.’ You need to keep your body moving,” he said.

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IRS Urges Families, Teens To Make Online Safety A Priority

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urges families and teens to stay vigilant in protecting personal information while connected to the Internet. Although the IRS is making huge strides in fighting identity theft and thwarting fraudulent tax returns, help is needed.

During National Work and Family Month, IRS is asking parents and families to be mindful of all the pitfalls that can be found by sharing devices at home, shopping online and through navigating various social media platforms. Often, those who are less experienced can put themselves and others at risk by leaving an unnecessary trail of personal information for fraudsters.

The IRS has joined with representatives of the software industry, tax preparation firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation’s taxpayers. This group, the Security Summit, has found methods to help reduce fraudulent tax returns entering tax-processing systems.

Here are a few common-sense suggestions that can make a difference for children, teens and those who are less experienced:

•Remind them why security is important. People of all ages should not reveal too much information about themselves. Keeping data secure and only providing what is necessary minimizes online exposure to scammers and criminals. Birthdates, addresses, age and especially Social Security numbers are among things that should not be shared freely.

•Always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protections. Make sure the security software is always turned on and can automatically update. Encrypt sensitive files such as tax records stored on computers. Use strong, unique passwords for each account. Be sure all family members have comprehensive protection especially if devices are being shared.

•Teach them to recognize and avoid scams. Phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts from thieves posing as IRS or from legitimate organizations pose risks. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.

•Protect personal data. Don’t routinely carry a Social Security card. Keep it at home. Be sure any financial records are secure. Advise children and teens to shop at reputable online retailers. Treat personal information like cash; don’t leave it lying around.

•Teach them about public Wi-Fi networks. Connection to Wi-Fi in a mall or coffee shop is convenient but it may not be safe. Hackers and cybercriminals can easily intercept personal information. Always use a virtual private network when connecting to public Wi-Fi

Howard County Department Of Fire And Rescue Services Reminds Residents To be Proactive, Stay Safe

— Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 172,100 home structure fires per year started by cooking activities in 2012-2016, or an average of 471 home cooking fires per day. These fires caused an average of 530 civilian deaths, 5,270 reported civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage per year. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) is reminding residents to be proactive and stay safe.

As you make Thanksgiving preparations this year, keep in mind the following tips:

• Test smoke alarms monthly.

• During peak cooking times, try to keep children and pets out of the kitchen; this will

ensure that they are not accidentally injured. Create a three-foot “kid and pet free zone.”

• Do not leave the home while cooking and minimize time out of the kitchen.

• Set up cooking appliances in a place that will not be easily tipped over.

• Ensure you place turkey fryers on a hard, level and non-combustible outdoor surface.

Turkey friers should not be used in a garage, under a deck or balcony.

Thoroughly thaw the turkey before cooking. Partially frozen turkeys can cause a spillover or a flare up.

• Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

• Do not use water in an attempt to extinguish a grease fire. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher on hand.

• Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

• Keep anything combustible – food packaging, towels, and oven mitts away from the stove top.

• If a fire or emergency incident does occur, remember to evacuate immediately, close the door behind you in order to slow the grow of smoke and fire, and then call 911 from a safe location.

For more information about fire prevention tips and safety, visit our social media pages @HCDFRS or the National Fire Protection Association’s site:

Maryland Department Of Health Reports Lowest Number Of New HIV Cases In More Than 30 Years

In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced the lowest number of new HIV cases reported in Maryland in more than 30 years. For the first time since 1986, Maryland reported less than 1,000 new HIV diagnoses, putting the state on track to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) goals for Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.

“Though Maryland is one of the states hit hard by HIV, we have made substantial progress in reducing new infections over the past 10 years,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “We still have a lot of work to do, but today’s numbers are an encouraging sign that Maryland’s prevention and treatment efforts are working to achieve our goals.”

According to HHS, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America seeks to reduce the number of new HIV infections across the country by 75 percent within five years and by 90 percent by 2030, averting 250,000 new HIV infections. The initiative directs new funds to communities that are most impacted by HIV and leverages landmark biomedical and scientific research advances that have proven effective in HIV treatment and prevention, in addition to improving care for people living with HIV.

MDH data released in September reported 997 new HIV diagnoses in Maryland in 2018, the lowest since 947 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 1986. New HIV diagnoses in Maryland reached their highest number in 1991, with 2,612 cases reported.

MDH identified the first HIV case in Maryland in October 1981. Since then, more than 59,000 Marylanders have been infected with HIV, 41,000 of whom received an AIDS diagnosis. To date, there have been more than 23,000 AIDS-related deaths in Maryland.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is an infectious blood-borne pathogen that leads to severe immune system suppression, hospitalization and death when left untreated. When treated, HIV is a manageable chronic disease, and people who achieve HIV suppression can live healthy lives.

HIV spreads through sexual activity, by sharing hypodermic needles (generally during injection drug use) and from mother to baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Common symptoms of acute infection include fever, fatigue, swollen lymph glands or tonsils, sore throat, joint and muscle aches, diarrhea and rash. The first symptoms may begin a few days after infection and may last for about 14 days. After the initial symptoms subside, a person may remain asymptomatic for years until they become immunosuppressed and susceptible to many infections.

“The best way to protect yourself and your community is to take an HIV test,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances B. Phillips. “If you test positive, there are safe and effective treatments that can keep you healthy. If you test negative, there are multiple prevention options to consider, including PrEP, a daily pill to prevent infection.”

HIV testing is recommended at least once for everyone ages 13 to 64, and for pregnant women, patients initiating treatment for tuberculosis and patients seeking treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Repeat testing, at least annually, is recommended for individuals who are at high risk for acquiring HIV including:

•Injection drug users and their sex partners

•Sex partners of HIV-infected people

•Men who have sex with men

•Heterosexual people who themselves or whose sex partners have had more than one sex partner since their most recent HIV test

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Macy’s And 53 Families Foundation Hosted 10th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

— On November 18, 2019, Macy’s and 53 Families Foundation and the Salvation Army hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Baltimore Armory, feeding over 2,000 underserved community members.

Macy’s presented 53 Families Foundation with a check for $10,000 to provide necessary resources for youth. 53 Families Foundation assists youth with basic needs to help promote self-esteem to produce positive life results. Since the foundation’s inception, thousands of individuals have received resources including clothing, meals and financial support.

The motto “Adversity Won’t Stop Me” is a direct reflection on the foundation and the entire 53 Families family.

The event is part of Macy’s larger commitment to giving back to local communities. Macy’s is dedicated to making life shine brighter through service to customers, colleagues, and communities.

Neighborhood Businesses Are Hoping For Miracles This Holiday Shopping Season

Business owners scattered across Baltimore neighborhoods are hoping people think local when shopping this holiday season.

That was the message of the 15th annual “Miracles on Main Streets” event at the Brown Advisory November 21, 2019 in Fells Point.

“This event is to acknowledge the holiday shopping season and how important it is to the financial health of our local neighborhoods and our city,” said Verna Jones-Rodwell, Director of the Baltimore City Main Streets Coordinating Program. “We are calling on residents and visitors of Baltimore to come out to shop local, shop small, and shop often.”

Baltimore Main Streets neighborhoods include: Belair-Edison; East Monument Street; Federal Hill; Fell’s Point; Hamilton-Lauraville; Highlandtown; Pennsylvania Avenue; Pigtown; and Waverly. During the kick-off event, each neighborhood representative highlighted the diversity of shopping options as well as interesting things to see and do in those neighborhoods while shopping for the holidays. Some neighborhoods will offer free holiday festivities and free parking to woo potential shoppers. The goal is to uplift the city’s historic neighborhoods and shopping districts.

“Hopefully we can drive more patrons to our businesses, highlight the existing businesses that are in our Main Streets communities and of course attract new businesses,” said Angela Akes a Main Streets Manager in charge of Bel-Air Edison Neighborhoods.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young visited each of the tables representing Main Streets neighborhoods learning about their businesses and wishing them luck this holiday season.

“Tonight’s turnout I thought was great. We had all of our Main Streets managers here. We had our community here,” said Young. “This is important because local businesses hire local people. We have to keep them in business so that they can hire people that live in our neighborhoods.”

According to the city, Baltimore has the third largest urban Main Streets program in the U.S. designed to spur economic activity through marketing, streetscape improvements, and access to grants, for example.

Main Streets managers said although the focus right now is on the holiday shopping season, the work that they are doing has important impacts all year long.

“We want to make sure that the neighborhood stays vibrant that blight isn’t created by empty storefronts and empty businesses,” said Frieda Ulman, Marketing and Special Events Manager for Pigtown Main Street. Our goal is to maintain a clean and green place where people want to work, shop, and live.”

To learn more about holiday shopping activities in the Main Streets neighborhoods you can visit the Baltimore Main Streets website

PRSA-Maryland Names Morgan Professor As The ‘2019 PR Educator Of The Year’

The Public Relations Society of America-Maryland (PRSA-MD) Board of Directors has named Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC) professor and department chair David Marshall, Ph.D. as the “2019 Public Relations (PR) Educator of the Year.” Dr. Marshall will be formally recognized before a group of his public relations peers at PRSA-Maryland ‘Best in Maryland’ Award Gala on December 4, 2019.

“Dr. Marshall’s credentials made him an easy pick for Educator of the Year. Not only does he have the teaching kudos to earn the award, he also has leadership skills.” said Lisa Brusio Coaster, President of PRSA-MD. “He has served as an executive, mentor, and champion for professional development which are all hallmarks of an excellent role model for today’s youth.”

At Morgan, Dr. Marshall effectively incorporates multimedia and social media as vehicles to elevate student engagement and early adoption of the latest industry trends. He is also very active in creating pathways for Morgan students to engage with professionals and gain critical experiences that go beyond the classroom. His efforts have also been integral in securing mutually beneficial partnerships with nonprofit organizations like Project Step, CharmTV, and The Baltimore Times, providing students with practical knowledge that can be utilized following graduation.

Prior to joining the faculty at his alma mater Morgan State, Dr. Marshall served as a program chair communication studies and collegiate professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus, the president at the International College of Cayman Islands, and vice president of academic affairs at City Colleges in Chicago.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized in such a meaningful way by my colleagues,” said Dr. Marshall. “This award is also a celebration of PRSA-MD whose members have invested heavily in mentoring Morgan’s talented Strategic Communication (SCOM) students through guest lectures and portfolio reviews. I am thrilled that along with our SCOM faculty, we are all working together to groom the next generation of communication leaders.”

Dr. Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communications from Temple University, a master’s in journalism from Temple University, and a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Morgan State University. He is a member and on the incoming board of directors for PRSA-MD and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists Association (NABJ). With experience as assessment and accreditation, Dr. Marshall has served as SGJC assessment coordinator and is often desired as a speaker and consultant in teaching and learning practice.

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12 Outstanding Individuals Honored For Their Work In The Community

Baltimore Times Holds Positive People Awards

Monique Smith-Person has a real-life story that reads like a movie script. She was stolen as a child. But Smith-Person is using her own personal story to help others through advocacy. The self-published author is determined to be a voice for missing children who cannot speak for themselves.

Smith-Person was among those honored at The Positive People Awards. Presented by Times Community Services, Inc. the event was held at Horseshoe Casino on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

“The event was exceptional, not only for me, but for my guests,” said Smith-Person. “It was a wonderful experience. I was honored to be among such a wide array of outstanding individuals. The Positive People Awards was a great display of how Baltimore should be viewed. Unfortunately, we are not viewed as people who love our city. However, this event epitomized that there are people who love this city and their communities.”

LaTara Harris, AT&T Regional Director, External Affairs, Mistress of Ceremony

LaTara Harris, AT&T Regional Director, External Affairs, Mistress of Ceremony

LaTara Harris, AT&T Regional Director, External Affairs, emceed the event and presented the awards. The event included dinner and music. Proceeds benefitted Times Community Services. Approximately160 people attended the event including Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

Joy Bramble, publisher of The Baltimore Times received a Mayoral Salute from Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young for 33 years of publishing “Positive Stories about Positive People at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Joy Bramble, publisher of The Baltimore Times received a Mayoral Salute from Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young for 33 years of publishing “Positive Stories about Positive People at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

The Baltimore Times and The Annapolis Times, along with Times Community Services, Inc. – the publication’s non-profit foundation, work to uplift and celebrate the human spirit and the power within all people to improve their quality of life and that of their community. Since 1992, the paper has been giving Positive People Awards to men and women who have exemplify those ideals.

(First row, center): Honoree Vaile Leonard, Founder/CEO of Light of Truth Center is surrounded by supporters.

(First row, center): Honoree Vaile Leonard, Founder/CEO of Light of Truth Center is surrounded by supporters.

“The Positive People Awards was a great success,” said Baltimore Times Publisher Joy Bramble. “We honored a diverse group of people that included business, political, and community leaders. This event pays homage to those who are doing wonderful things to help other people. They are helping to change the narrative of our city.”

Jason Bass was among the honorees. Bass overcame environmental challenges, to serve as the former CEO and co-founder of Treason Toting Company. Bass is the CEO of “The Night Brunch,” a popular pop-up dining experience. In addition to his “Positive People Award”, Bass was surprised with an award named in honor of the late Ackneil M. Muldrow, II.

Muldrow was a longtime businessman who advocated for uplifting and empowering African Americans. Muldrow’s career included serving as the president and chief executive officer of the Development Credit Fund, Inc. The Fund was a $7.5 million loan pool formulated to provide low cost financial assistance to minority-owned businesses operating in the state of Maryland.

(L-r): Denise Scott, (Ackneil’s daughter); Jason Bass, awardee also received the Ackneil Muldrow, II award; Ruth Muldrow (Ackneil’s widow); Charles “Chazz” Scott, (Ackneil’s grandson)

(L-r): Denise Scott, (Ackneil’s daughter); Jason Bass, awardee also received the Ackneil Muldrow, II award; Ruth Muldrow (Ackneil’s widow); Charles “Chazz” Scott, (Ackneil’s grandson)

“Ackneil Muldrow was a person who loved to help people,” said Bramble. “He also loved entrepreneurship. He was always happy to share information and promote people. He had that fantastic rolodex.”

She added, “We felt Jason Bass was the ideal person to receive this award. He epitomizes what Mr. Muldrow was all about. Like Mr. Muldrow, Jason Bass understands the importance of helping others and creating legacy wealth to pass along to future generations.”

Dr. Elaine Simon was also honored. Dr. Simon is the organizing founder of BACO (Baltimore Association of Caribbean Organizations) and president and event planner for the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Baltimore.

“I was a part of Joy Bramble’s initiative years ago when she started the newspaper,” recalled Dr. Simon. “I went to her house on Madison Avenue where she worked on the dining room table putting together the infamous Baltimore Times and Annapolis Times. To be honored by Joy and her team is an honor. It’s like a mother giving birth. I was there when she birthed the paper and watched it grow. I feel very connected to the paper because of that.”

She added, “I really like the way The Baltimore Times honors a cross-section of individuals who continuously give to our communities. Many have been in the shadows. Events like this honor those who have been in the shadows, and that’s awesome.”

James Hamlin, owner and operator of The Avenue Bakery was also among the honorees.

Robert J. Rucks on keyboards and David Smith, saxophonist

Robert J. Rucks on keyboards and David Smith, saxophonist

“The event was first class,” said Hamlin. “Those of us who were recognized don’t do it for the recognition. We do it because we want to make a difference. We all want to make Baltimore a better place.”

Bronwyn Mayden is the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Promise Heights at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

“It was a wonderful event,” said Mayden who was also honored. “I was so pleased to be included with such a stellar group of individuals. My family were all there, and were so excited to see me get the award.”

Bernette L. Jones, Senior Minister of One God One Thought Center for Better Living, is a past honoree.

“Ultimately, one of the most important and significant things we can do in the community is acknowledge people, who of their own volition, are doing uplifting work,” said Jones who attended the event. “These people are giving us a sense of direction and hope in terms of what’s possible to make sure we see a change in the direction our community is going. Congratulations to all of the honorees. I encourage them to all keep moving forward.”

The other honorees were: Pam Curtis, founder of Pushing The Vision Outreach, Inc.; Adrienne A. Jones, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates; Vaile Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Light of Truth Center, Inc.; George Mitchell, President and CEO of Youth Educational Services; Monica Mitchell, who leads Corporate Philanthropy, and Community Development work for the Maryland and Greater DC regions and serves as chair of Wells Fargo’s “Where We Live” initiative; Charles “Chazz” Scott, Executive Director & Chief Creative Optimist of Positively Caviar, Inc (PCI); and Dr. David Watson, President of Morgan State University.

Report: Baltimore Among Most Stressed Cities In America

Everyone feels stressed from time to time but some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others, according to the National Institute on Mental Health.

There are different types of stress – all of which carry physical and mental health risks, according to experts. A stressor may be a one time or short term occurrence, or it can be an occurrence that keeps happening over a long period of time.

A new study suggests that many Baltimore residents experience the type of stress that continues for lengthy periods. City residents experience the third highest work-related stress and the fourth highest family-stress in the country, according to the study of the “Most & Least Stressed Cities in America,” conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based personal finance website,

Further, according to the study, city residents have the eigth highest financial-related stress in the nation – all of which served to place Baltimore fourth overall among all cities when it comes to stress. Detroit, Cleveland, and Newark (NJ) ranked first, second and third respectfully. Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Birmingham (Ala.), Wilmington (Delaware), and Shreveport (La.), rounded out the top 10 most stressed cities. Fremont (Calif.), Bismarck (N.D.), Sioux Falls (S.D.), Overland Park (Kansas), and Irvine (Calif.), ranked as the five least stressed cities.

To determine the cities where Americans cope best, WalletHub compared 182 cities – including the 150 most populated – across four key dimensions: work stress; financial stress; family stress; and health and safety stress.

Experts found that a little bit of stress, known as acute stress, can be exciting – it keeps people active and alert but, when stress reaches an unmanageable level, however, it turns chronic and that’s when individuals become vulnerable to its damaging effects such as health problems and loss of productivity.

According to WalletHub, in the U.S., stress affects more than 100 million people with money, work, family and relationships counting among the leading causes. Also, by some estimates, workplace-related stress alone costs society more than $300 billion per year.

“Stress, conflict and tension are part of life, and being a part of a family should teach us how to solve problems and take care of ourselves in healthy ways,” said WalletHub expert Julie Ann Liefeld, a clinical director at Southern Connecticut University.

The best way to alleviate tensions and stressors is to have healthy strategies to resolve them, otherwise they simply join you on your vacations, she said.

“During difficult times, healthy families tend to cooperate, rather than blame or compete. They don’t tend to use a scapegoat when things go wrong. They stay focused on resolving a problem without making anyone feel they are losing their value or their love,” Liefeld said.

Work-related stress is of increasing importance over the past few decades due to the demands of the contemporary work environment, said Alper Kayaalp, a WalletHub expert and assistant professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at South Dakota State University.

“Indeed stress is so common that it likely affects every employee at some point during their careers. Employees usually experience stress from work when the demands of their jobs exceed their mental and physical resources and coping abilities,” Kayaalp said.

“Numerous surveys and studies confirm that job stress not only affects health and well-being of employees in general but also deteriorates performance at work. It, therefore, could be a significant factor to poor performance, unmet expectations, organizational inefficiency, high turnover, absenteeism, and burnout,” he said.

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Prepare A Delicious Turkey For Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

While there are no laws governing which dishes must appear on Thanksgiving dinner tables, for many the fourth Thursday of November simply would not be complete without turkey. Turkey can be cooked in various ways, but roasting might be the most popular method used by Thanksgiving celebrants.

This recipe for “Herb-Roasted Turkey” from Yolanda Banks’ “Cooking for Your Man” (Broadway Books) produces a mouth-watering bird that’s sure to make a lasting impression this Thanksgiving.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Serves 10

  • 12 tablespoons (11⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, plus 4 whole sprigs
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary, leaves chopped, plus 2 whole sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, plus 4 whole sprigs
  • 15 leaves fresh sage, chopped, plus 3 whole leaves
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for the turkey
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for the turkey
  • 1 15-pound turkey
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 8 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 2⁄3 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, chopped parsley, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, chopped sage, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

  2. Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 450 F. Sprinkle the main cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper. Place the whole sprigs of parsley, rosemary and thyme and the sage leaves into the cavity. Add the lemon, 4 shallot halves and half of the garlic cloves.

  3. Starting at the neck end, carefully slide a hand between the skin and the breast meat to loosen the skin. Spread 3 tablespoons of the herb butter over the breast meat under the skin. Tuck the wing tips under the skin, and tie the legs together to hold the shape. Season the turkey generously all over with salt and pepper.

  4. Place the turkey on a wire rack set in a large roasting pan. Rub 4 tablespoons of the herb butter over the turkey. Roast about 30 minutes, until golden brown, and reduce the heat to 350 F. Baste the turkey with 1⁄2 cup of the broth. Cover only the breast area with a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Scatter the remaining shallots and garlic cloves in the pan around the turkey.

  5. Continue to roast the turkey for about 11⁄2 hours, basting with 1⁄2 cup of broth every 30 minutes. Remove the foil from the turkey breast. Continue to roast the turkey, basting with pan juices every 20 minutes, about 1 hour longer, until it’s golden brown and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 F. Transfer the turkey to a platter and brush with 1 tablespoon of the herb butter. Tent it loosely with foil and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.

  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots and garlic from the roasting pan to a plate. Transfer the pan juices to a medium bowl, then skim off and discard the fat. Set the pan over two burners on medium-high heat. Deglaze the pan with the wine and 1 cup of chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until it’s reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Pour the sauce into a large measuring glass. Add the degreased pan juices, and broth, if necessary, to equal 3 cups of liquid.

  7. Blend the flour into the remaining herb butter until combined. Pour the broth mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Gradually whisk in the herb-butter mixture. Add any accumulated juices from the turkey platter and boil until the gravy thickens enough to coat a spoon, whisking occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add the remaining shallots and garlic to the gravy and simmer for 1 minute. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Serve the turkey with the gravy.