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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – NYT Cooking

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and if you are looking for some great ideas of what to make this year or want something different beyond the usual corned beef and cabbage, New York Times Cooking has put together an excellent collection of recipes that cover everything you might need. From soda bread to side dishes to desserts and drinks, you will find it all. Check it out.

On a side note, I haven’t been around lately because I have been fighting a terrible cold for 2 weeks now. The cold has pretty much sapped all my strength and leaves me coughing quite a bit. When this has been combined with a heavy workload I have had recently, I have little time for blogging. I am hoping to kick the cold this week as it seems to be waning, and then I can get back to posting recipes. Please bear with me a little bit while I get my strength back. Thanks!

 

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Talking Turkey (Meatballs) – Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze and Carrot Rice

Meatballs are always a family favorite and provide a lot of versatility when I make then. Typically, they start off with a meal that includes some type of pasta, but the meatballs are also fantastic for meatball subs or meatball parmigiana sandwiches. They also make a great addition to a pizza for pizza night. All of that is perfect when you make meatballs in tomato sauce, but once in a while, I like something that is a little bit of a change. I love Swedish meatballs or meatballs in a gravy and have found that making meatballs using turkey meat gives me the chance to play with all kinds of different flavors and create new meals. I had picked up some ground turkey recently at the store and wanted to make something different for dinner, so I combined these two recipes, one from Martha Stewart for a carrot rice and the other from Julia Moskin for scallion meatballs with a soy glaze.

Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze and Carrot Rice

For the Sauce:

½ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup soy sauce

½ cup mirin sweet rice wine, or 1/2 cup sake with 1/4 cup sugar

¼ cup chopped peeled ginger

1 teaspoon ground coriander

4 whole black peppercorns

For the Meatballs:

1 pound ground turkey

4 large or 6 small scallions, finely chopped

1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped about 1 cup

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil

For the Rice:

Salt

1 cup long-grain white rice

1 carrot, shredded

To make the sauce, bring the sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan set over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar melts completely. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the soy sauce, mirin, ginger, coriander, and peppercorns. Simmer, occasionally stirring, until the sauce is reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Strain the sauce through a sieve. The sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated.

To make the meatballs, mix the ground turkey, scallions, cilantro, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce and several grindings of pepper in a medium bowl. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls.

In a skillet set over medium-high heat, generously cover the bottom of the pan with vegetable oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding, place the meatballs in the pan and cook them, occasionally turning, until the meatballs are browned all over and cooked inside, about 8 minutes per batch. Arrange on a heated platter, spoon a little sauce over each meatball, and serve with toothpicks. If desired, keep warm in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve. Garnish with sliced scallions, if desired.

To make the rice, in a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of salted water to a boil. Add the rice and stir, and return the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the rice and cook it until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the rice from the heat and top it with the shredded carrot. Let the rice stand, covered, for about 5 minutes, then stir in the carrot and fluff the rice with a fork. Arrange the rice on a heated platter and top with the meatballs and sauce. Garnish the dish with sliced scallions, if desired.

Ground turkey by itself does not have a lot of flavor to it, but when you add the ingredients to the dish with the meatballs and the sauce, you will find that they pack quite a bit of flavor. The scallions and soy shine through nicely, and the meatballs are tender and tasty. The carrot rice is very simple, and the carrots add a nice touch and texture to the rice for something a little different. You can easily just make the meatballs and use them as an appetizer for any dinner, party or buffet you are having as well. I felt the dish was a nice change of pace from the usual meatballs and gives me something different to fall back on when I want to liven the meatball routine up a bit.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Recipes for Picky Eaters | Bon Appetit

We all have picky eaters in our households. For us, Sean won’t eat tomatoes, Michelle is not a big fish eater, and I don’t eat pasta and cheese ( I know, gasp!). Very often this means re-working recipes to make it fit everyone’s needs. Of course, there are some great recipes for the picky eaters in your life that mask some ingredients they may protest about but love once they eat them. I have done it myself, using some cheese in things I usually would not eat and they were quite tasty. In any case, Bon Appetit has put together 32 recipes for the picky eaters in your life to help them learn to love some great dishes. Check it out!

By the way, our kitchen is complete, and I can start cooking again. I’ll be doing a post on Wednesday about the new kitchen, and I already have some recipes that I can’t wait to post. See you then!

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17 Tips for Faster, Healthier, and Easier Weeknight Dinners | Bon Appetit

Coming up with ways to make easy, fast and healthy dinners can seem impossible sometimes. There are many days when the last thing you want to think about is what is for dinner and wish something could magically appear that you can cook quickly. Instead of turning to pizza delivery or fast food, start using some of these 17 ideas and tips Bon Appetit offers to keep healthy and easy dinner options right in your kitchen so you can throw something great together in just minutes and look like you have been thinking about it all day. Check it out!

Tomorrow should be the day our new appliances come, and hopefully, that will complete our kitchen. It’s been tough trying to cook meals just using an electric pressure cooker, a sandwich press and two small electric burners we borrowed, so it will be great to have a stove again that I can with each day. Fingers crossed it works out tomorrow, and I can get back to recipes!

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50 Quick, Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Appetizers | Bon Appetit

If New Year’s Eve has snuck up on you, it’s not too late to plan out some snacks and appetizers while you watch the ball drop tonight. Whether you are just staying home to have fun with the family or are hosting a party with a bunch of friends, Bon Appetit has put together 50 easy, last-minute appetizers that you can make and look like you have been planning everything all along. Check it out.

On a side note, our kitchen is just about complete. We are waiting on the stove, refrigerator and microwave and I have spent all day putting things away in our cabinets to have it ready to go once everything is complete. I can’t wait to be able to get to work in it and it looks fantastic. I’ll share some pictures once it is ready to go. Thank you to everyone that has followed or visited my little blog this year and in the past years. I have a lot of fun doing it and look forward to sharing even more in 2017. Have a Happy New Year!

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Quick and Easy Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas and Recipes : Cooking Channel

If you are still looking for some quick and easy recipes to use for your Christmas dinner, Cooking Channel has 25 great ideas for you for side dishes, entrees, salads and more that are very easy to make and can help you round out a menu that is planned even at the last minute. Check it out!

 

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55 One-Bite Appetizer Recipes – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit

With Christmas and New Years right around the corner, if you are hosting parties for either you may want to think about some of the appetizers you make for your event. Making appetizers that are quick bites to eat and don’t require a knife and fork is the best way to go and Bon Appetit has put together 55 great recipes for items that are easy to make and try for your party. Check it out!

Our kitchen renovation is still ongoing so there is no cooking for me yet, but after the holidays it will all be done and I’ll have a brand new kitchen to cook in, so look for some great new recipes after the New Year. Thanks for following and have a fantastic holiday!

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The Food Lab: How to Roast the Best Potatoes of Your Life | Serious Eats

As easy as roasting potatoes may sound, getting the potatoes to come out just right with the perfect combination of crispy and crunchy outside with a creamy inside is not as simple as it seems. More often than not I find I struggle in getting the combination perfect and either get ptoatoes too crunchy outside and dried out inside or moist inside but not crunchy. Well Serious Eats seeks to make the process easier for you and I by showing just what you need and what you have to do to create the perfect roasted potatoes any time. Check it out!

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100+ Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes : Food Network

Sure, the turkey is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal, but the side dishes you serve can really help the dinner shine and be what people remember the most about the meal. Choosing new, interesting or classic side dishes is easy when you take a look at over 100 different side dish recipes that Food Network provides for you. Check it out!

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Bring on the Brussels Sprouts – Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables, like cauliflower and beets, that you either love or you hate. Some people just do not like the look or texture of them or the way that they smell when they are cooked. I, on the other hand, am a big fan of Brussels sprouts and love to make them just about any time of the year, though they seem particularly well suited for fall and winter meals. To me they are a great side dish for any dinner entrée and can be something different and special for your Thanksgiving meal this year. There are a number of different ways to cook them, but I find roasting them gives them the best flavor. It also gives you a chance to add something to them to have their flavor come out even better and get a fabulous green color when they are cooked. I found this recipe from Food & Wine not long ago for maple-roasted Brussels sprouts that sounded like a really tasty way to bring sprouts to the table.

Maple- Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1/4 cup canola oil

2 1/4 pounds baby Brussels sprouts or regular Brussels sprouts that are halved lengthwise

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 stick (4 ounces) butter, cut into tablespoons and softened

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/4 cup Grade A pure maple syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 cup vacuum-packed roasted chestnuts, coarsely chopped (6 ounces), optional

1 tablespoon walnut oil, optional

Heat the canola oil in a very large skillet until it is shimmering. Add the Brussels sprouts and season them with salt and pepper, then cook the sprouts over high heat without stirring until they are browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the butter and brown sugar and cook the ingredients over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the brown sugar is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the maple syrup and cook, stirring occasionally, until the Brussels sprouts are just crisp-tender, about 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Add the chestnuts and walnut oil, if using, and cook until they are hot.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the Brussels sprouts and chestnuts to a bowl. Boil the cooking liquid over high heat until it is thickened slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the Brussels sprouts and serve.

A couple of things about the original recipe. This recipe serves 10, so it is well-suited to use for Thanksgiving if you are having a lot of people over. For my purposes, I cut down the recipe significantly since they are only 3 of us for dinner. I cut everything in half and still had some leftovers. Also, the original recipe from Food & Wine doesn’t have the chestnuts and walnut oil as optional. While they might provide great crunch and flavor, I didn’t have either on hand and find both to be quite expensive for something that I would rarely use so I eliminated them and made them optional. If you love chestnuts and have walnut oil, I am sure they add to the dish but I think it was good without them. I loved the mix of the maple syrup and sprouts and the glaze created for the sprouts was fantastic. Make sure to use real maple syrup and not the pancake syrup (which isn’t really maple) to get the great taste. The Brussels sprouts were nicely browned and crisp and done just perfectly. It was the perfect side dish for the engagement chicken recipe I made the other day it was one I would make with turkey, poultry or pork.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Cooking, Dinner, Side Dishes, Vegetables

 

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