Cookerati Holiday Gift Guide 2013

December 10, 2013 | by Diana

This is the official Cookerati Holiday Gift Guide for 2013.  These are things I’ve tried out that I like and most I’ve paid for or used extensively, some are repeats.  I’ll have a book guide in a few days, but these are things to look for now since we only have a couple of weeks left.

Yonanas – this was a review product and one of my fun gadgets that I tried out this year.  You freeze bananas or other fruit and put it through the Yonanas machine.  It smashes the bananas into a creamy consistency almost like banana ice cream.  No sugar or milk involved.  This is a great dorm gift, or fun gathering because you can grab a banana from the store or cafeteria, freeze it and have a quick late night snack – or even invite friends over and tell them to bring their own frozen fruit.  Also, pre-teens can make their own yonanas, as long as you have frozen fruit on hand. My mom, my kids, my husband and I all loved yonanas and we had fun trying different fruit in the yonanas machine.

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30 Leftover Turkey Recipes

November 29, 2013 | by Diana

by Deborah Ng

Probably now you’re shopping and chopping in anticipation of Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day feast. 20 minutes after you set the food out to the table all your guest will be sipping wine or falling asleep on the couch while your table is left a shambles of turkey carcasses and large half-filled food bowls. You know you made too much food. In fact you probably did it on purpose because we all know the leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. So what are you going to do with all that leftover turkey?  Here are a 30 leftover turkey recipes to help you use it all up.

Behold…

 

Leftover Turkey

30 Leftover Turkey Recipes

  1. Turkey Rice Bake
  2.  Turkey a la King
  3. Turkey Strata
  4. Turkey Pot Pie
  5. Leftover Turkey Sammich
  6. Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
  7. Hot Turkey Salad
  8. Turkey Wing and Red Lentil Soup
  9. Turkey Cranberry Wreath
  10. Turkey & Stuffin’ Soup
  11. Turkey Cottage Pie
  12. Hot Turkey Casserole
  13. 12 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
  14. Turkey Pumpkin Panini or Turkey Pumpkin Wrap
  15. Tex-Mex Turkey Chili
  16. Turkey Tetrazzini
  17. Turkey Mushroom Wild Rice Soup
  18. Turkey Stuffing Hash For Breakfast
  19. Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches
  20. Biscuit Topped Turkey Pot Pie
  21. Thanksgiving Chili Rellenos With Chipotle Cranberry Sauce
  22. Hot Turkey and Cheddar Casserole
  23. Lespinasse Turkey Croquettes
  24. Smoked Turkey Jerky
  25. Turkey Ham Vegetable Hash
  26. Turkey Salad in Mango Chutney Mayo
  27. Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons with Cranberry Salsa
  28. Barbecue Turkey Loaf
  29. Hearty Turkey Vegetable Soup
  30. Turkey Tortilla Roll Ups
  31. Turkey Soup

Deb’s post about the leftover celebration that I like, so I’m linking here.

Updated Post – Originally posted by Deborah Ng in Nov 2008.  Updated by Diana Hayes November 2013

Turkey Soup – from your home made Turkey Broth

November 29, 2013 | by Diana

So you’ve cooked those turkey bones and created the wonderful Turkey Broth, now what.  Here’s a 30 minute (or less) recipe for one of those work or run out quick nights. The key to making it quick is to cut the pieces small enough that they will cook quickly, while at the same time a it needs to be a nice size tasty morsel in your mouth. You can swap out the veggies for ones you like better and customize it.  Crusty whole grain bread with some nice butter would go well with this.

Turkey Soup     Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in Pan.  Sauté Onions, garlic, turnips and carrot.  When they seem almost al dente, add the broth.  After the broth heats to a simmer, add in the turkey and potatoes. Throw in the herbs. When the potatoes are the correct texture it’s ready.

Easy Peasy, well it would be if there were peas.  You can add them if you like.

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Citrusy Tequila Turkey

November 26, 2013 | by Diana

 

 

Thanksgiving is the big kahuna of family meals so when you invite your family or your in-laws to your Thanksgiving dinner, it had better be good.  I remember going to my sister-in-law’s and how they tormented her about whether her turkey would be dry.  I felt so bad for her, but she was used to it, growing up with 5 brothers who show no mercy.  In our family the women were the forced to be reckoned with, so the dynamic was more of encouragement.  Either way, it’s nerve wracking to try and come up with a dinner that everyone will be tasting, so I’m sharing an interesting twist on turkey using one of my favorite ingredients – Tequila.  This is a sweet citrusy turkey with a little tequila kick for your Thanksgiving Dinner. I hope your Thanksgiving dinner brings you a great family meal whether or not you have a Citrusy Tequila Turkey.  Feel free to pare down the ingredient amounts based on using a smaller turkey, since this recipe is for a huge one.

Ingredients:

Tequila Turkey

Directions:

Preheat over to 325 degrees F

Wash turkey well and pat dry then set turkey in roasting bag next set into roasting pan. Stuff cavity of the turkey with 1 lemon quartered, 1 orange quartered, 2 granny smith apples quartered, and 1 white onion quartered. Add Fresh sage and thyme bundle.Pour 1 cup of honey over the top of turkey, add salt and pepper to taste, and 2 teaspoons of garlic salt to the top of turkey. Cut 2 sticks of butter into half inch pieces and place around the bottom of the turkey in the bag. Inject one cup of Maestro DOBEL tequila into the turkey. Pour one cup of Maestro DOBEL tequila over the turkey in the roasting bag.

Place turkey in a roasting pan and bake for 5 hours

Easy Gravy-Strain the juices that have accumulated in the bag, skim off any fat, pour the turkey drippings into pan, add cup of flour and salt and pepper to taste. Stir on med. Heat until all the flour is mixed well.

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Butternut Squash with a Maple Bourbon Glaze

November 25, 2013 | by Diana

It’s just the two of us now, and some nights it’s difficult to want to cook.  All summer I could call my kids and tell them to start dinner. Now they’re both gone, we are tired , the pets need to be fed, and we don’t want to think about preparing a meal.  I think sometimes it’s more difficult to cook for two; it’s easier to think about just skipping it and going for the ice cream.  On the night my husband wasn’t home, I made myself an egg sandwich, but the next night I was determined to provide us with something delicious and nutritious and I wasn’t popping it into the microwave, Butternut Squash with a  Maple Bourbon Glaze.  I had butternut squash and I was going to use it, even if it was too big for two people, yay, we had leftovers too.  I think maple and bourbon are very friendly flavors, and on the butternut with a little melted butter they were perfect.

Ingredients:

Slice the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  Whisk together the butter, the bourbon and the maple syrup.  Brush the cut halves with the glaze and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake in oven (we actually used the toaster oven) on 400 until you can poke it with a fork and it gives nicely, brushing every so often with the glaze.

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Butternut Squash under a Swiss Cheese Crust

November 25, 2013 | by Diana

I still have butternut squash in my basement, but as the basement warms up, the squash will be in peril.  I’m glad they lasted as long as they did, since this is the first year we tried basement storage.  Last year we kept the winter squash upstairs, and they didn’t last as long.  I’m going to make Butternut Squash Under a Swiss Cheese Crust for our family Easter gathering.  I made it for dinner one night and my husband was really impressed, so impressed he wants me to make it again. I used curry in the dish to keep it from being too sweet, but also added nutmeg and cinnamon because I love the taste with butternut squash and  I also added nutmeg to the cheese sauce.  The swiss cheese was hand delivered from Wisconsin. A friend of my husband’s brought us back cheese from a recent trip. Isn’t it cool to have a friend like that? My favorite prep method for butternut squash is to slice it down the middle, scooping the seeds and pulp out, but leaving the meat behind.  Then it is brushed with olive oil, and placed cut side down in a glass pan.   It goes into the oven at about 350 and bakes until a knife slides in easily. Ingredients:

Bake butternut squash until soft.  Cool and then scoop butternut squash out of the shell into a bowl.  Use a mixer to combine the squash milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and curry.  Place in a buttered casserole dish. In a small saucepan melt butter and whisk in flour.  Slowly whisk in cold milk until smooth.  Take off heat and whisk in the cheese. Spread cheese sauce over top of the squash (add more cheese if you need a thicker consistency).  Bake in oven at 350 until cheese starts to  brown and crusty.

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Turkey Roasting

November 15, 2013 | by Diana

Delicious Moist Turkey

Turkey is one of the easiest things to cook, the main problem is taking it out on time so that it stays moist and tender.  To that end, pay attention to roasting times and pop up thermometers.  Get a meat thermometer and make sure you check the temp with that after the pop up – pops to be sure.  Follow these suggestions for a wonderful tasting roasted turkey for your Thanksgiving (or even not Thanksgiving) bird.

Suggested temp 325 degrees.

8 – 12 lbs  3 1/2 – 4 hours
12 – 16lbs 4 – 4 1/2 hours
16 – 20 lbs 4 1/2 – 5 hours
20 – 24 lbs 5 – 6 hours
Subtract a half hour if it is unstuffed.

 

 

Another method of cooking a turkey is deep frying.  However, any type cooking directions that includes keeping a fire extinguisher nearby makes me shake my head.  I’ve heard it’s really good that way though and very moist.

For Big Green Egg lovers, here are directions to cooking a turkey on the BGE.

Of course, if you wait too long and you’re too tired, or you have to work, or you just don’t want to spend all day cooking or working on a turkey.. there’s always the supermarket pre-ordered, pre-cooked ready for pick up.

 

 

This is an updated repost from 2008.

     

 

 

Trapping Fruit Flies with Vinegar (or Fruit Fly Vinegar Jar)

October 4, 2013 | by Diana
Fruit Fly Vinegar Jar

Fruit Fly Vinegar Jar

Fruit fly season is the worst time of the year.  If you have a piece of fruit or vegetable sitting out, those darned flies will find it and you know you don’t want to refrigerate your tomatoes, because they will taste nasty. So, how do you trap the fruit flies and keep them away from your produce?  With a fruit fly trap – or a fruit fly vinegar jar.

My daughter saw an idea for a fruit fly trap that used a jar, a paper cone, apple cider vinegar and dish soap.  So, I’ve been trying different variations to see what made a difference and worked, and what didn’t.

Paw Paw Pineapple Cocktail

September 20, 2013 | by Diana
Paw Paw Pulp - Cookerati.com

Paw Paw Pulp – Cookerat.com

 

Since I’m into paw paws and it’s the right season, I’ll re-post the recipe for my Paw Paw Pineapple Cocktail.

This is very yummy.

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Cookerati Food News – Sept 11, 2013

September 11, 2013 | by Diana

It’s been a few weeks but I’ve got a bunch of good stuff this week – including Master Chef in Columbus, OH.  Dig in!