My Turkey Burger Chipotle Mayo

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Usually on this website I find links of other people’s recipes and I try them out and add them to this site (which also serves as my online recipe book).  Today I am going to toot my own horn and brag shamelessly about a meal of my own.  I wont toot too loudly though as many people have made this before. I have tried in the past to make chicken and turkey burgers delicious.  But for some reason they always ended dry and bland.  This lead to mild discouragement in the search for leaner burgers and I gave up the pursuit.  Recently I have been turned on to chipotle mayo.  I just love the combination of creamy and hot together.  However, even though I liked this combination, I felt that it needed just one more thing.  I like thousand island dressing on burgers and so I added ketchup to my chipotle mayo.  Eureka!  I finally had a turkey burger that I could crave.  So now I will share the recipe with you and maybe you too will discover a way to love turkey burgers. This recipe is sized for a single burger but you can multiply it to fit your needs.  Another option for sweetening your chipotle may is to use sweet relish.

Ali’s Turkey Burger Chipotle Mayo

Ingredients:

1/2 cup your mayo of choice

1 chipotle pepper minced (as finely as possible)

1/2 TBSP of ketchup

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl just until blended.   Spread on burger.  Easy as that!

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Tahini Hummus

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Almost a year ago I made a trip to California to visit a long time dear friend of mine.  While there, I got to try some food that I have never had before.  The one dish that I tried that I really enjoyed was hummus.  Now nearly a year after my visit I have become more mindful of my diet.  On a quest to add more fiber to my diet I found a recipe for hummus.  I was most certainly up for the challenge to make hummus at home as good if not better than any store bought hummus.  I was surprised to see that hummus is a bean recipe.   Up until that point I could only guess who on earth had a use for garbanzo beans aka chickpeas.  According to wikipedia’s research on chickpeas, they are a “helpful source of zinc, folate and protein,”  and chickpeas are “high in dietary fiber.”  On top of all that hummus is delicious.  I’m all for things that are delicious that are also healthy.

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The hummus recipe that I prepared is from About.com (I love this site!) I would not have attempted this recipe if I did not have a food processor.  A mini food processor will work just fine for this recipe and it’s finished in less than ten minutes.  I love the nutty smooth taste of tahini and the tang of lemon juice.  I prepared some this morning and I can’t wait to have cooked chicken on pita bread spread with hummus.

If you are looking for something new to jazz up your taste buds give hummus try.  You just might like it!

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

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In the past I have been biased about the Food Network recipes.  I generalized them all as most likely to have an ingredient that I would not like. To be fair, the times that I did check out the Food Network’s recipes it did have an ingredient or two that didn’t appeal to me.   I discovered an Italian baked chicken and pasting recipe by Giada De Laurentiis that is just perfect.  It is so good that I have decided to make it for Valentines day.

My boyfriend described this Italian casserole, as tasting like chicken parmesan.  It has a subtle chicken parmesan taste that both he and I enjoyed very much.  When I first prepared this casserole I was concerned that it might be dry and lacking  shazaam taste.  Boy was I wrong.  The juice from the diced tomatoes really does keep the pasta from drying out.  I also thought that maybe the bread crumbs would be too much on top of this casserole.  Not only did the bread crumbs add a nice texture to it  but it also contributed to the chicken parmesan taste.

I recommend buying enough ingredients to double the recipe for a quick, easy and delicious zapped meal.  It doesn’t take too long to prepare and  it is well worth the effort.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

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Chicken Rice Divan Bake

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Every week I plan a menu for seven days and then make the grocery list based on that menu.  My menu can change drastically from week to week because if I eat something too much I begin to dislike it and then I can’t eat that meal anymore.  If I run out of ideas as to what I would like to eat,  I try a new recipe and pray that both my boyfriend and I will enjoy it.  Sometimes the way that I find a new recipe on the internet is to google a few key ingredients that I think would taste delicious together and then pick what recipe appeals to me.  That is how that I happened upon the Chicken Rice Divan Bake at About.com

I was a bit skeptical about this recipe at first because I thought the ingredients once baked would be dry and hard to swallow.  With that in mind I decided against using boneless skinless chicken breasts as it is the part of the chicken that I have most difficult time swallowing.  I chose instead to use  boiled chicken thighs meat and I included an additional cup of this meat to the recipe.  I also add an additional cup of meat to the recipe.  The rest of the ingredients were measured according to the  recipe.  The flavor of this recipe left me  wanting more but I resisted the urge to indulge in a second helping.  With 8oz of sour cream in the recipe it was wise for me to quit while I was ahead. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this meal and although I could not make it every week, I wouldn’t exactly let this recipe card collect dust on my fridge.  So if you are looking for a new casserole meal that is delicious without being too rich for the stomach, give this meal a try.

 

Butter cookies as a candidate for tea cookies

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In the afternoon I tend to feel a little run down and I need caffeine but not as much as there is in a cup of coffee.   I’ve always suspected that a cup of tea has less caffeine than a cup of coffee.  The mayo clinic’s article  Caffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more lists the caffeine amounts for different beverages including coffee and tea.  I felt that my cup of tea would be more enjoyable with a lite cookie and so I set out to find a butter cookie recipe.  Butter Cookies II Recipe – Allrecipes.com. recipe by allrecipes.com is the kind of recipe that grows on you until you  love it.

This recipe is similar to a sugar cookie recipe but it does not have the leavening agents baking soda or baking powder.  At first my opinion of the cookie was biased because I had imagined a different kind of butter taste as a tea cookie.  As I begun to absentmindedly eat a few more cookies, I found myself becoming addicted to them.  This cookie was just sweet enough to enhance the taste of my cup of  Tazo organic Chai tea.  The bonus about  this cookie dough is that after it has been refrigerated you can cut off only as much cookie dough as you need to bake, allowing you to bake more cookies at another time.  If you  feel this cookie is a little too plain, try this sugar cookie icing  (recipe from Food.com) to jazz up the taste.

How long are those leftovers good for?

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I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  My Thanksgiving was wonderful and delicious.   Now that Thanksgiving is over the battle for storage space in the fridge begins. The time has come for me to go grocery shopping, however, I don’t have any space in my fridge due to Thanksgiving leftovers.   I want to throw away these leftovers to make room for fresh food, but how do I justify throwing away food?   Fortunately, the answer to my dilemma was only a google search away.    According to the Food and Drug Administrations’s food storage chart, leftovers should be thrown away after three or four days.  Also, according to FDA’s  FoodSafety page,  you won’t be able to taste or smell any difference in food when it starts to go bad.  Unless you want to spend more time in the bathroom and less time in the kitchen, keep track of how long your food has been in the fridge.  I recommend writing the date  on freezer tape and putting it on the container of food.  For further reading on food storage  check out  www.StillTasty.com.  Arm yourself with knowledge and you too will have the power to free up space in your fridge. Happy cleaning!

Bacon and chive cream cheese

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Bacon and chive cream cheese.

I think that most everything tastes better with bacon.  I thought that bacon and cream cheese would be absolutely delicious on a bagel.  I tried to look for a recipe online to my surprise I could not find one.  So here is a starter recipe for you.  In my opinion it is eatable as it is but I will most certainly tweak it a few more times to make it absolutely addicting.

Bacon & green onion cream cheese spread

16 oz package of bacon

16 oz package of cream cheese

1 small bunch of  green onions

Directions:  Cook the entire 16 oz package of bacon and let cool.  Chop cooled bacon to resemble the size of Bacon bits and put aside in a bowl.  Chop the green onion into fine pieces.  In a small bowl combine the bacon, green onions and the cream cheese.  Cover the small bowl and put into the fridge for a couple of hours to let the flavor of the green onion to settle into the cream cheese.  Serve on a bagel!

Turkey gravy from scratch is so delish!

applejack gravy by scaredy_kat of Flickr

I think I can speak for most people when I say that turkey gravy made from scratch makes Thanksgiving dinner divine. In years past I have not made the kind of gravy that I could boast about. This year I am going to change that.

I love recipe websites that offer a video along with their recipes. I discovered a Youtube turkey gravy recipe on Allrecipes.com. I never thought to check Youtube for recipes. Allrecipes.com is yet another source that I use for finding recipes. I often find that this site is a great source for base recipes. By base recipe, I am referring to recipes that are great to use as a starting point but need adjustments to meet individual taste preferences. This video is very informative from start to finish.  I’m looking forward to using this recipe as I am convinced that this will be the Thanksgiving that I can brag about my turkey gravy.

 

So long to buying éclairs at the grocery store

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Since starting this blog I have been inspired to reach beyond what I have been making in the past and make some things, that either I haven’t made in a long time or haven’t made at all.   An éclair is a dessert that my boyfriend and I purchase from the grocery store on occasion.  Due to the quantity of  the éclairs  in the package we don’t get to enjoy them for very long.  Since my boyfriend’s birthday is this week I thought that I would spoil him with homemade éclairs.   The recipe that I used was from www.marthastewart.com.

First off, let me say that I will never say “let me make these éclairs real quick”!  There’s no ‘real quick’ about making these éclairs, but they are very delicious.  I started this recipe at about noon and at roughly 4:30pm they were completed and put in my fridge.  The Pate a Choux peaked without the need for the egg white.  The Pastry cream came out awesome and  using a ice bath to cool it down is something I’ve never done before but it allowed me to fill my éclairs sooner.  The chocolate glaze was a little bit of problem for me and I won’t blame it on the recipe, it was my fault that it went wrong.  I thought that I had bought semisweet baking chocolate squares but I had not.  I was able to make the glaze using an 11.5 oz bag of Nestle milk chocolate chips.   My error saved me the step of having to chop baking chocolate.   I believe that using this method allows for a thicker, more spreadable chocolate than the original glaze recipe.

So, there you have it.  If you have an entire day free and all the ingredients on hand you can make these éclairs and spoil somebody that you love.

Thanksgiving pie requests are in

Betsy’s apple pie by acnatta of Flickr

Betsy’s apple pie by acnatta, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  acnatta 

“The First Law of Pies: ‘No Pastry, No Pie.”  – Janet Clarkson  Pie

I started a tradition a year ago to make one pie for every person eating a Thanksgiving meal with me.  Last year I made a key lime pie and a pecan pie.  I enjoyed making and eating those pies very much.  This year I will be making a key lime pie, an apple pie and a cherry pie. The recipes that I have collected aren’t very fancy but are classically wonderful. Thanksgiving is my opportunity to show friends and family that I am thankful for through the preparation of the meal.  My recipe selection goal was to find recipes that will deliver the flavor that my guests expect of their pie.

The key lime pie recipe that I selected is from  gourmet sleuth.com.   This site has many useful links such as a conversion calculator and how to videos.  It is well worth bookmarking.  The apple pie recipe from momswhothink.com caught my eye.   I like the ingredients in this recipe and that the pastry and pie filling are found in the same recipe (two thumbs up!).   The cherry pie, which is the pie I will be making for myself, was selected  for its simplicity.   I love canned cherry pie filling and this pie is just an excuse to eat the filling.   Comstock’s website (a maker of cherry pie filling) provided me with just the recipe that I needed.

Tune in after Black Friday for my review of these pie recipes.

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