Sloppy Joes

During her life time, my Grandma Lila cracked the code to the perfect Sloppy Joe.  No fancy add-ins.  Just four basic ingredients: ground beef, onions, ketchup, and mustard.  That was it.  I have tweaked her recipe slightly in the years following her death.  The biggest change being the use of ground turkey instead of the…

Cranberry Soy Chicken

I made some homemade cranberry jelly about a week ago, and have been brainstorming non-Thanksgiving ways for using it.  So far, this is what I have been able to come up with – a soy, cranberry, and garlic sauce on roast chicken that has been roasted on a bed of garlic seasoned potatoes, mushrooms, and…

Apple-Brined Turkey Breast

This recipe came to me via my mother, who, I believe, clipped it out of the Washington Post food section.  She has been using tips from this brining recipe for years now, and every Thanksgiving she digs out one of her massive 5 gallon zip-lock to brine her turkey in a mixture of apple juice,…

Turkey Kofta

Healthy, easy, and fresh, turkey kofta are a summer favorite in my family – spiced turkey meatballs tucked into a warm and toasty pita alongside of fresh garden vegetables, creamy hummus, and pickled red onions – what’s not to like?  This is a Americanized version of a Middle Eastern classic. Ingredients for Turkey Kofta: 1…

Grilled Red Pepper Chicken

A simple summer meal – chicken that has been marinated in a roasted red pepper dressing and then grilled.  The sweetness of the peppers presents a nice contrast to the briny Spanish olives and the fresh bite of the parsley.  The marinade also helps the chicken stay moist throughout the grilling process. Grilled Red Pepper…

Fontina Stuffed Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Breaded chicken breasts stuffed with melty fontina cheese, and served with a garlic, cremini mushrooms, and artichoke heart sauce. Ingredients: 2-3 skin-less, sliced down the middle, and pounded out thin Chicken Breasts 1/2 cup Buttermilk Salt and Pepper for seasoning 1-2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs 2-3 thick block slices of Fontina Cheese 2 tbsp Butter…