Tender Juicy Turkey

How do you cook your turkey?

A fun tradition in some kindergarten and first grade classes is writing about Thanksgiving dinner.  The children write how they obtain and cook their turkey dinner.  The answers are varied and usually very humorous.

My daughter wrote that she would find a turkey in someone’s backyard.  (On a drive, we saw turkeys wandering around in a neighborhood yard). Another kid said they would get a turkey from a tree.  However, most kids wrote that their turkeys came from a store.

Even at a young age, kids disagree about the proper way to cook a turkey.  Some take it to a restaurant to be cooked, others cook it in the barbecue.  But the most popular method seems to be cooking the turkey in the oven. Most little kids seem to agree that 5-10 minutes is the proper cooking time for a turkey.  🙂  Although, one kid did say he would cook it in the microwave for 5 hours after it cooked in the oven. Continue reading

Steak and Mango Pasta Salad

Thin slices of beef, sweet mangoes, and cool cucumber tossed with pasta and homemade Italian dressing . . . Summer is here.

steak and mango pasta salad

This salad was thrown together from some leftovers, but it was so delicious, I had to share it.  Really, my mouth is watering just writing about it.  The mango was an afterthought; it was looking sad and lonely in the fruit bowl, but it turned out to be the star of the show.  The sweetness of the mango pairs very nicely with the zesty dressing.

The Italian dressing is the most amazing recipe.  I copied down the recipe from an online recipe about 6 years ago, and sadly I have no idea who the creator is, but whoever it was, they know how to make Italian Dressing.  I do tweak it a little here and there when I make it.  For instance, I don’t own any celery salt, but I do have celery seed, so a little pinch of that and a bit of extra salt and voila…I don’t even know what I’m missing from the original recipe.  🙂

I cook my steak in a hot cast-iron skillet with a little oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.  I follow a similar technique with a roast, first sear it in a hot cast iron pan, then place the whole pan in an oven and roast (without a lid) on a low heat about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.


Steak and Mango Pasta Salad

Chilled, and thinly sliced grilled steak or tender roast beef

Fresh mango, peeled and cubed

Cucumber, peeled and sliced

Pasta, cooked and cooled

Italian Dressing, recipe follows

 

Mix ingredients (amounts to your liking) and gently mix.  Eat.

 

Italian Dressing

1 cup vinegar of your choice

3/4 cup olive or canola oil

4 Tbsp water

1/2 Tbsp garlic salt

1/2 Tbsp onion powder (or dehydrated, minced onion)

1 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 Tbsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp celery salt (or a pinch of celery seed and a pinch of salt)

1 Tbsp salt

Whisk ingredients together, or put ingredients in a mason jar and shake well (with the lid on)

Store in refrigerator.

 

Simple Chicken Salad

chicken salad in cream puff shell
Chicken Salad in Cream Puff Shell

Quick and simple to make, this chicken salad is perfect for celebrating a warm spring day.

Today was a crazy day.  I entered an appointment into my calendar with the wrong time, and showed up to the appointment only to find out I had missed it.  Then, being late seemed to be the theme for the rest of the day.   I don’t know about you, but when I have a crazy day like this, I figure it must be time to simplify.  Continue reading

A Denmark Holiday Dinner

Happy New Year!

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Roast Pork, Potatoes and Gravy, Red Cabbage, and Apples and Bacon

Growing up, my family had a Christmas Eve tradition.  We would pick a country and find recipes of their traditional Christmas and holiday foods, and then cook the recipes to eat for our Christmas eve feast.  It was a fun way of adventuring to a new land and learning about their traditions without leaving home.

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Easy Fish Patties with Cracked Pepper Tartar Sauce

 

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Fish Patties

I don’t like fish. My mom tells me that as a child, I used to love tuna until I heard somebody call it tuna fish.  I guess it is in my head, but knowing that doesn’t make it easier to like.  My husband and kids love fish, but since I do almost all of the cooking, they don’t get fish.  I don’t even know how to cook fish, except for this fish patty recipe my mom makes from canned tuna or salmon. Continue reading