Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Secret(s) to A Perfect Turkey

My bloggy friend The Lucky Wife over at the Saturday Evening Pot is doing a 100 Day Countdown to Christmas, and I'm pleased to be sharing the secrets of a perfect turkey over at her place today in a guest post. So head on  over to her place to learn how to make the best turkey... EVER!

I wish you all a happy, safe, and successful Thanksgiving... in advance! I'm going to be sharing lots of recipes and posts with her this season, so I hope you'll check out each and every one!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Turkey Brine Recipe for the Perfect Turkey

Welcome to November!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner... are you ready?

Last year, I brined my first turkey. Actually, last year, I cooked my first turkey; bringing was part of the process. And it was ahhhh-mazing. This recipe came to us from a chef friend originally, which we then modified (heavily) based on ingredients we had. YUM!!!

I want to share with you our recipe for turkey brine, in the hopes that I might inspire someone to make the perfect turkey this year, as you prepare your grocery lists.

Erin's Turkey Brine Recipe

1 gallon ice water
32 oz vegetable broth, cooled to room temperature
16 oz (2 cups) soy sauce
2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons italian herbs
1/2 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon minced garlic

Mix all ingredients together but the ice. Taste, and adjust seasonings as you feel necessary. Add ice and turkey, then let turkey refrigerate in brine overnight (12-24 hours). We use a sanitized five gallon bucket.

Remove the turkey and rinse both the cavity and exterior well to remove any extra salt.

Cook in oven according to the FDA's recommendations for your bird's size.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spaghetti w/ Spicy Turkey -- Holiday Guests #3

Welcome to the third guest post in my Holiday Guests series! I first "met" Tina through Friday Potluck and early on we discussed guest posts. I'm really excited to present Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING as my guest poster this December 29th!  

Tina once owned a meal-prep business where people came in and made food and took home to freeze. More recently she had been cooking every day for a year and and was sharing recipes to friends and family via Facebook. When the year was finished this past September, she wanted to continue as she looks forward to being in her kitchen each day, so started her blog. She loves cooking, and that she can send friends and family to her blog to grab the recipe, as well as meeting and talking with all the food lovers out there.
Hello to everyone at EKat’s Kitchen. I am so happy to be guest posting today for Erin. I am just starting to grow my blog and Erin and I have been emailing back and forth for a few months now. It’s so wonderful this “Blogging World”, I am enjoying it immensely. My name is Tina and my blog is MOMS CRAZY COOKING. I love to cook and bake and my all time passion is digital scrapbooking. I try and share a new recipe every single day on my blog and my family loves trying all my new recipes. I rarely make something more than once, because there are so many new recipes to try. I live in Southern California with my husband and 4 kids (19 yr old, twins 17 yrs old and my baby he is 11 yrs old). Like most moms, I live a busy and crazy life.

My love for cooking has always been there, but more a less on the back burner. A year ago I began a journey of “Cooking Everyday for a Year and Sharing my Recipes” (on facebook); when I completed the year I was so sad and wanted to continue. I didn’t know much about blogs, but began reading and following and just fell in love, thus began my MOMS CRAZY COOKING BLOG. I bake and cook and my family LOVES to taste. Then we all vote and decide if they are “keepers” or not.

Today I have a delicious Rachel Ray recipe for you. I tear out pages and pages of recipes from magazines and I try and make every single one, some are to-die for delicious and some are just so-so. This was one of those knock you of your seat every so yummy spaghetti recipes and I am so glad I finally got around to making it. I know that if you find the time to make this recipe you will not be disappointed. ENJOY!
Spaghetti with Spicy Turkey Sauce

from Rachel Ray Magazine
1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 pound ground turkey
Salt and black pepper
One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat; add the onion and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Increase the heat to medium-high, crumble in the turkey, season with salt and black pepper and cook until the turkey is just no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley and cheese.

Toss the pasta with the sauce and 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water, adding more water to thin the consistency, if desired. Serve immediately with more cheese.

Here are a few of my other favorite Dinner Recipe posts, I hope you stop on over to MOMS
CRAZY COOKING and take a look! Thank you again, Erin, for allowing me to be your guest
today on EKat’s Kitchen.

Club Burger Sliders with Avocado Ranch Dressing & Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
BBQ Pizza
Flat Bread Tacos with Ranch Sour Cream
Sloppy Joes
G’ma Goulash
Shaved Parmesan Chicken and Lemon Crème


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