Sunday, December 4, 2016

Turkey Pot Pie

This is perfect for leftovers.

1 pkg. pie crusts
2 - 3 c. each: mixed vegetables, chopped turkey (adjust amount desired)
1/3 c. reduced fat milk
3/4 c. flour
Non stick cooking spray
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 1/4 c. low sodium turkey broth
1/2 stick butter
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 tsp. parsley
1 clove garlic crushed and chopped
1/8 c. oil

Preheat oven to 375' F.

Remove package of pie crust from refrigerator to thaw.

Remove pie crusts from package. Spray pie plate with non stick cooking spray.

Sprinkle some flour on work board and roll out pie crusts.

Brush some oil on both sides of the pie crusts. Arrange 1 pie crust on the bottom of the pie plate.

Remove turkey from refrigèrator. Chop turkey.

Peel, rinse, chop garlic and onion.

Heat skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium to medium low. Add butter, garlic and onions. Saute onions for 2 - 3 min.

Add flour and stir. Add milk, chicken, salt, pepper, parsley, broth. Cook for a few minutes. Add turkey and vegatables and cook for a few minutes more until turkey is heated.

Arrange turkey mixture in the bottom of the pie plate. Place remaining pie crust over turkey mixture. Make some slits into pie to vent. Place in oven and cook for 30 - 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Serves 8.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thai Wonton Turkey Bites

This is great for leftovers, game night or anytime. I've used leftover turkey, but this will also work for chicken too. 

2 c. cooked turkey chopped
1/8 - 1/4 c. oil
1/3 c. each: chopped onion, bell pepper, snow peas, green onions
Nonstick cooking spray
12 wonton wrappers
2 T.  each: low sodium soy sauce divided, fresh lime juice, lime zest
2 tsp. each: sesame seeds, sesame oil, chopped fresh or dried basil
2 cloves fresh garlic chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 375 F

Sprat miffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

In a meauring cup pour oil. With a pastry brush, brush both sides of wonton wrappers with oil. 

Place wontons into muffin tin and bake for 8 - 12 minutes or until done.   Remove from oven and let cool.

Rinse and chop basil, if needed

Peel, and chop garlic.

Juice and zest lime.

Slice turkey and place into a bowl.

Add half of soy sauce, lime juice,  zest, sesame oil, garlic, half of basil, salt pepper, turmeric and pepper flakes. Toss to coat and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place bowl in refrigerator for a few hours to marinate.

Peel, rinse and chop onion.

Rinse, seed ad chop bell pepper.

Cut ends from snow peas and chop.

Rinse and chop green onions.

Combine vegetables in bowl and add rest of soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, zest, salt, pepper, garlic. Toss to coat. Cover bowl in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator to marinate.

To serve: remove bowls from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap.

Spoon 1 - 2 spoonfuls of turkey and vegetables into a wonton cup.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and rest of basil if desired. 

Serves 4.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Slow Cooker Bone Broth

This recipe is perfect for a cold Michigan day or a perfect use for your holiday bird.

1 turkey or chicken carcass
3 - 4 qt. cold water
1/2 tsp. each: salt, pepper (adjust to taste)
pinch each; turmeric, crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1- 2 stalks celery, carrots, leeks quartered
1 onion peeled, cut into eighths
1 tsp. dried or fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 - 2 bay leaves

Rinse, peel and chop garlic, onion. 

Rinse and cut celery, leeks and carrot into 4ths.

Combine water, chicken bones, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, vegetables, herbs into a slow cooker.

Bring pot to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer covered for 8 - 12 hr approx. , stirring occasionally. Skim off any excess foam and fat.

Unplug slow cooker and let cool for 20 - 45 min. Pour stock through a sieve into heat proof containers. Discard turkey bones, vegetables and herbs. 

Store in the refrigerator until needed. You can also put stock into the freezer until needed as well. Strain broth through sieve before using to remove excess fat if desired.

Makes 3-4 qt. of stock approx. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Easy Caesar

This is my version of a Caesar salad. Enjoy.


Romaine lettuce

¼ c Croutons
6 T Parmesan Cheese (grated, but I prefer shredded)
1 clove garlic 
crushed, chopped (optional)

Dressing1/4 c olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice (to taste)
garlic cloves, crushed and diced
Dash Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp anchovy fillet (1 fillet, chopped)

Set aside 3 T of cheese,

Arrange lettuce in salad bowl.
Sprinkle croutons, garlic and 3T of cheese on lettuce

In a blender, combine oil, lemon juice, garlic, remaining cheese, Worcestershire sauce, 
anchovy fillet. Mix well for 30 seconds.

Pour dressing over salad and toss.

Serves 4.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Little Brown Bat

This is perfect for Halloween or anytime. This is also a great way to use leftover Halloween candy.

1 cup (8 oz) black coffee (regular or decaf)
1/2 c skim milk
2 - 3 scoops ice cream 
1 - 2 oz. chocolate candy
2 - 3 oz chocolate cake vodka (optional)

Brew coffee according to coffee maker instructions.

In a blender combine: coffee, milk, vodka, ice cream, chocolate candy. Blend well for 20-30 seconds or until blended.

Pour cooler into tall glasses. 

Serves 2. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Quick Chicken Quesadillas

This is a very easy snack for game time or anytime.

8 flour tortillas
1 c. each: chopped cooked chicken, shredded cheese
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 c. each: chopped onions, chopped peppers.
2 - 3 T. olive oil
1/2 - 1 tsp. each: Worcestershire sauce, fresh lime juice
1 cloves garlic crushed, chopped

In a bowl combine chicken, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic. Mix to coat chicken and let set for a few minutes to marinate.

Peel, rinse, chop onions.

Seed, rinse and chop peppers.

Put oil into a measuring cup.

To assemble: Place a tortilla on a microwave safe plate. Use a pastry brush and brush both sides of tortilla with oil.

Arrange chicken on tortillas, top with onion and garlic. Sprinkle 1 - 2 oz. of cheese over chicken and veggies. Brush another tortilla on both sides with oil and place over tortilla.

Place in microwave and microwave for 30  - 45 sec. approx. or until done.

Remove from microwave and cut with clean scissors or a clean knife.

Serves 4.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Herbed Refrigerator Twists

This are perfect for pasta night, brunch or anytime.

1 can refrigerated biscuits
1/4 - 1/2 c. olive oil (adjust amount needed)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 - 2 cloves garlic smashed and chopped
Splash fresh lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tsp. each: parsley, basil, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese
Non stick cooking spray
1/8  - 1/4 c. flour (enough to dust work board and hands)

Preheat oven to 400' F.

Spray cooking sheet with non stick cooking spray.

In a bowl combine: oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, herbs, spices, cheese. Mix well with fork, set aside.

With clean hands sprinkle flour over work board. Remove biscuits from package. With clean hands, roll biscuits into a cigar shape over work board to desired length. With fingers, twist dough until it looks like a rope. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Use a pastry brush to baste both sides of dough with olive oil mixture. Place dough in oven and cook for 10 - 12 minutes or until brown. Halfway through cooking, turn bread twists over to cook on other side for 5 - 6 minutes more or until done. Keep an eye on them so that they don't burn.

Remove from oven and enjoy!

Serves 4 - 5.

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