We had guests in town for the holidays, so I was honored to cook the Thanksgiving turkey in our house this year. It’s not every year that I get to cook because we typically eat Thanksgiving lunch out with my family and then fill our bellies at night with Nadia’s family, but lucky me, this bird had my name on it.
I wanted to make something a little different this year, so I went with orange and orange juice, and a few Asian ingredients I had in the pantry. I guess we’ll call this one Asian Orange Turkey. Keep reading to see how I brined and cooked the bird, and what I made with the leftovers. Continue reading Here’s how I cooked my Thanksgiving turkey, and what I did with the leftovers
I’ve thrown plenty of turkey sandwiches into my panini press, but they usually aren’t as gussied up as Week 24, Meal 2: Roasted turkey with gruyere and cornichons.
This sandwich plays with bold flavors as much as the prosciutto and fennel slaw sandwich before it did, but this meal is more diner than bistro.
Continue reading Week 24, Meal 2: Twisted turkey toaster
Chef Brian’s a good thinker-aheader.
He knew that I was ready to get back in the kitchen and thoughtfully put together an easy-to-make spread of one of my favorite foods: the noble sandwich.
Two of the meals are really quick to make and the finale to the menu isn’t bad either. Three cheers for an easy week in the kitchen. Here’s the menu:
Week 24, Meal 1: Prosciutto and goat cheese sandwich with fennel-apple slaw
Week 24, Meal 2: Roasted turkey with gruyere and cornichons
Week 24, Meal 3: Grilled vegetable panini with ricotta and roasted bell pepper puree
Each recipe makes two servings. Continue reading for the shopping list.
Continue reading Week 24: Sandwitches
I promised myself when we started this blog that I’d be open to new foods and be willing to revisit ingredients or dishes I’ve never had a taste for, or have flat out never liked.
I can thank Chef Brian for my new found love of tomatoes and turmeric to name a few, but he’ll probably never get me to appreciate seared ahi tuna (I usually try Wifey Nadia’s seared fish before cooking my fillet all the way through).
And another dish I’ve never really liked? Meatloaf.
Of all three dishes on our American menu, Week 15, Meal 2: Turkey meatloaf with pan-roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans was the one I was least excited for.
Little did I know how much a little BBQ sauce can change things. This recipe was the best one! Continue reading Week 15, Meal 2: Turkey meatloaf with pan-roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans
I’m digging the idea of using the slow cooker this week for my meals, but it’s a little bit of give and take.
On one hand, the meal is ready when I get home — not to mention the house smells great when I arrive — but it’s not easy prepping for a Crock Pot meal when you’re on a time crunch.
I was able to get through Week 9, Meal 1: Ground turkey and black bean chili and I enjoyed a well-spiced chili that was great on another cold winter night. Continue reading Week 9, Meal 1: Ground turkey and black bean chili
I got sucker punched by a freakin’ turkey burger last night.
But this wasn’t the same ol’ onions, lettuce and tomato with mustard turkey burger that I’ve wolfed down on other weight loss attempts. This was Week 7, Meal 2: Turkey burger with balsamic red onion, basil yogurt, tomato and greens.
It’s a high-flavor take on the oft-overlooked turkey burg, which combines sweet and sour onions with a lemon-y basil yogurt. Dare I say it was as good, if not better than the previous night’s beef burger with bacon and egg? Continue reading Week 7, Meal 2: Turkey burger with balsamic red onion, basil yogurt, tomato and greens