YUM! I am making this for dinner tonight. I am soo excited. I made the marinade last night and it has been sitting in the fridge. I hope it is good! I am always making Barefoot Contessa recipes. Everything I have ever made of hers has been absolutely delish. I highly recommend you try some. Start with the Turkey Meatloaf. But, the recipe calls for 5 pounds of ground turkey. Here are my alterations:
I use: - 1 package of ground turkey breast, which is usually about 1.2 pounds. - 3/4 cup chopped yellow onions - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 1 pinch of dried thyme leaves - 10 dashes of Worcestershire sauce - 1/4 cup chicken broth, plus 2 more tablespoons - 1 tablespoon tomato paste - 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs - 1 egg, beaten, or 2 egg whites - 1 tsp salt - 1/2 tsp pepper - 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
you prepare everything the same way she does, except using the barbeque sauce on top instead of ketchup. I actually use her barbeque sauce recipe, and it is amazing.
Seriously, you have to try this! You will love it. Everyone I have made it for has absolutely LOVED it. Also, you can use the same recipe, except with red onion and no chicken broth, and it makes fabulous (and very sticky before cooked) turkey burgers. Here are the directions that recipe:
DIRECTIONS: -In a skillet on medium-low heat, add olive oil, red onion, thyme, salt and pepper. -Cook onions until translucent, not browned, about 5-10 minutes. -Add tomato paste and Worcestershire, stir until combined, then remove from heat. Allow to cool. -In a mixing bowl, combine turkey breast, bread crumbs, egg, and onion mixture from skillet. mix with hands until combined. -Form into 4 even patties. Mixture will be very sticky. -Grill or brown in skillet with olive oil until internal temperature reads 160 degrees. -These burgers taste great with barbecue sauce and some sliced red onion on top. Or, just add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
I am a freak. Okay, enough recipe sharing for today. Oh, except I have to share with you all the new knife I bought at the Williams Sonoma outlet last Saturday at the Prime Outlets in Jeffersonville. I can't find the exact knife online, but this one is really close. I will post a pic of it later, cause I love it so much. I have a few other Henckels, but this style is so different, and works so much better for chopping. AND it was only $45! =) Is it sick that a knife made me this happy?
I have hiccups, and I am at work, and I can't get rid of them. I am trying to make them quiet by not opening my mouth, but that makes them painful, too. This is so annoying!
-10 minutes later....
Okay, I went into the bathroom so I could have privacy, did some weird deep breathing things I read about on some website, and that didn't work. Then, I took a huge breath, then held it as a drank as much water as possible. That finally worked. Maybe it was the big breath thing that made the difference.
I am so tired, I just want to sleep. I think I am going to the Outlet Mall with Sara this afternoon. They have a Pottery Barn Outlet that I am just dying to check out. It's only about 40ish minutes away, and totally worth it. I probably haven't been there in at least 3 years. Of course I pick a week when I don't really have much extra money, but oh well.
Oh, here is a picture of one of the roses from my new rosebush, which is called Tahitian Moon.
Isn't that pretty? I like how it is yellow, and then it starts to get pink spots around the edges of the petals. =)
Okay, here are some pics from the famous Campus Pollyeyes in Bowling Green. (where Charla and I ate the delish stuffed breadsticks)
And, a pic of the breadsticks themselves, yumm:
Just seeing the picture makes me want some again. YUM! If any of you are ever around that area, stop in and order the chicken and cheese breadsticks with ranch dressing for dipping. I swear, your life will change forever. I am going to try to make these at home, since Bowling Green is 2 hours away.
Geoff's mom and stepdad visited over the weekend, and we got some landscaping done in our empty dirt patch next to the front door. See Geoff's page for the pic. You can't really see it in the pic, but all the way in the back of the flower bed, against the brick wall, there is a gorgeous rose bush. I am not usually a fan of roses, but these are different, and I will post a pic of the roses soon. Gorgeous!
Geoff's birthday was on Saturday, he turned 38. We went to Lowe's and he picked out this set of tools that I bought for him. He also got a workbench with money from his mom at Harbor Freight. Pretty cool. He has wanted a workbench every since he found out we were going to have a basement. Now he can go down there and work on projects, use his new power tools, and be all guy-like. I also got him the new Ralph Lauren Polo Blue cologne, a new Mets hat, and I pre-ordered him the new BNL cd that is on it's way to us. His mom also painted him a picture that I will post later. It is gorgeous. We hung it above our fireplace.
Okay, I think this post is long enough. I don't feel like typing anymore. Plus, my lunch is over..
I hate when bread has little bits of nuts and grain in it. Gross. I am only going to be able to eat half of my sandwhich because of that. I am still on the search for the perfect, High Fructose Corn Syrup free bread (sans nuts and grains).
Okay, so my new obsession is the Barefoot Contessa Barbeque Sauce I made last week. So far, we have eaten it in three different meals. I highly recommend. Not only does that recipe make a TON of sauce, but it lasts for months in the fridge (so she says). Well, at least, if you don't eat it all in the first couple of weeks it will last for months in the fridge, lol. I actually recommend any of her recipes. Every recipe of hers that I have made has turned out amazing. I have made A LOT of her recipes, too, lol. I am a huge fan, what can I say.
Anyway, last weekend my mom, sister, Charla and I had a garage sale. I ended up spending more on stuff I bought from other people than I made, as usual. But, I did score a new stereo and a stick vacuum cleaner (mine is the one on the right side of the picture) for the wood floors downstairs. To compensate, Charla and I have having the garage sale again this Sunday to try to get rid of the rest of the stuff. I have advertised, so hopefully people will come! It will be much nicer this Sunday. Last Saturday was so freaking hot!
Okay, so I never thought I would be saying this again, but I am going to Bowling Green with Charla this Saturday. She needs to take her car up there to be fixed, and for some insane reason, I offered to go with her. I don't know what I was thinking. But, the one beacon of light in this is that we can get the chicken breadsticks!! YES!!! I can't remember what the place is called that makes these, but they are literally one of the best things I have ever eaten. I plan on buying extras to bring back to Columbus and freeze. If I remember, I will post a picture so you all can be jealous of the deliciousness that I will be enjoying. Mmmmmmm.
Oh, and everyone needs to check out Geoff's page and click on his links. He likes that. A LOT.