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Happy Friday! We are one week closer to my favorite holiday of the year. I know you may have read the title and gasped. But you read it right, I for one am not afraid to admit I find turkey kind of laame. Don’t get me wrong, it is delicious and definitely the first thing I associate with when I think of Thanksgiving, but there are SO many other delectable birds and meats out there that I thought it unfair if I didn’t give them the spotlight. So without further or due, here are big pieces of meat that you can make on Thanksgiving that’ll have people saying ” turkey who?”

Roast Duck with Plums

duck

http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/roast-duck-with-plums

Prime Rib

prime

http://neighborfoodblog.com/2015/12/garlic-rosemary-prime-rib-roast-with-horseradish-cream.html

Leg of Lamb

lamb

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/lamb-recipes/best-roast-leg-of-lamb/#bbrRewIp1TTvUrv2.97

Pork Loin with Persimmons and Mustard Greens

pork

http://www.marthastewart.com/925877/pork-persimmons-and-mustard-greens

Cornish Hens with Mushroom Stuffing

hens

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a1791/cornish-hen-rice-mushrooms-recipes/

Beer Braised Brisket

brisket

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/slow-cooker-beer-braised-brisket

And my personal favorite….

Honey-Glazed Ham

ham

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/14745/honey-glazed-ham/

I bet I have all of you trading your turkeys for one of these delicious alternatives!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you haven’t already put together your shopping list, you still have some time. For those that are ahead of the curve like me, here are some Thanksgiving tips to use in the kitchen to save you time and from stressing out. More time to spend with your friends and family!

1. Add a little baking powder to make mashed potatoes extra fluffy. Apparently, the heat of the potatoes triggers the baking powder’s chemical reaction, and the CO2 produced = extra fluffiness.

2. Freeze rolled out pie crusts so they hold their shape in the oven. Just pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes to an hour while you make the fillings, then bake (without thawing). This will let the gluten in the dough relax and minimize shrinkage during baking. This is mainly for single-crust pies like pumpkin and pecan; if you’re adding a top crust you don’t really have to worry as much about shrinking.

3. Slow roast your turkey overnight. Sounds crazy, but apparently it works like a charm: Put the turkey in before you go to bed, turn the heat down, and wake up to a falling-off-the-bone tender bird in the morning.

4. Prep all your vegetables a day before. You can peel potatoes and carrots, chop onions, wash greens, and do basically any other prep steps called for in the recipes you’re using. This is the kind of thing that will feel crazy when you’re doing it, and AWESOME the next day when you realize you already did.

5. Use rice to weigh down pie crust for pre-baking. Most people don’t have actual pie weights around, and using beans is annoying because they get funny-smelling after baking, and you probably won’t want to eat them.

I hope you found these tips helpful and they help make your Thanksgiving day/dinner that much easier and more enjoyable.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Thanksgiving is going to be here before you know it. If you’re like me, you’ve already started making your dinner and guest list and going over it three times to make sure you didn’t miss a single ingredient. While it’s still early in your holiday planning, here are some tips and tricks I’ve gathered from the Food Networks pros that could help you along the way.

1. Start three days out with dicing your onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Keep them in Ziploc bags or in airtight containers.
Michael Cimarusti

2. Make sure all of your side dishes are done the day before. That’s right, you heard it here: They all should be done. There is no reason to stress about cooking the big meal!

3. Serve a couple of dishes that you know how to make just in case you mess up the turkey. That way, you will still have something good to eat.

4. Create a delicious holiday aroma throughout your home by boiling a pot of water with orange rind, cinnamon sticks, whole star anise and whole cloves.

5. Leave your turkey unwrapped in the refrigerator overnight. You’ll get crispier skin when you cook it.

6. Before you roast the bird, insert several metal skewers into each turkey thigh. They direct heat to the thighs more efficiently, and the faster the thighs cook, the less time the breast has to dry out.

7. Don’t try to serve the entire meal hot—you usually don’t have enough space or burners. One of my favorite dishes is a green bean salad that you can serve at room temperature.

8. Serve your meal in cast-iron pans or other heavy-duty cookware to keep things warm.

9. Plan ahead for leftovers. Organize and empty your refrigerator before the feast starts so you don’t waste time trying to jam in the leftovers after the meal. Have plenty of tin foil and containers on hand.

10. Make a list of all the things for which you are thankful.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. I hope you found these tips helpful and they help to make your Thanksgiving a fantastic one.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Happy Monday! It’s now four days after Thanksgiving and I’m sure you still have plenty of leftovers to show for it. Before you get tired of the same old boring Thanksgiving meal, try these fun and delicious open faced turkey sandwiches that will give a whole new meaning to Thanksgiving leftovers!

Buffalo Wing Toast

Buffalo Wing Toast

Salad Bar Toast

Salad Bar Toast

French Toast

French Toast

Health Nut Toast

Health Nut Toast

Pizza Toast

Pizza Toast

Enchilada Toast

Enchilada Toast

BLT Toast

BLT Toast

Ranch-Lover’s Toast

Ranch-Lovers' Toast

 

 

 

 

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Now don’t get too excited. As much as I would love to treat all of my followers to a delicious dinner, like many of you, I too am always on the go. By the time I get home I am exhausted and I don’t want to make dinner let alone think about what to cook. But lucky for you all, I have taken the second part of that equation into my hands and have provided you with a delicious recipe to make for dinner tonight. And before you say anything, of course it’s healthy too!

Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Santa Fe inspired stuffed bell peppers loaded with a zesty filling of ground turkey, corn, black beans, hot peppers and tomatoes, topped with melted cheese and scallions.

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High in protein and fiber, one serving filled me up with a side of sliced avocado and a little sour cream on top, but if you want more carbs, a side of cilantro lime rice would be perfect!

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 1/2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 hot pickled serrano pepper, chopped (or jalepeño) more to taste
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • kosher salt to taste

For the peppers:

  • 3 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 9 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped scallions, for garnish

Directions:

In a large skillet brown the turkey and season with salt. When the turkey is browned,add onion, garlic, black beans, cilantro, serrano pepper, diced tomatoes, and cumin.Mix well and simmer on low, covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid, add corn and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until all the liquid reduces.

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Preheat oven to 350°. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and stem.  

Place peppers, cut side up in an oven-proof dish. Fill each pepper with 1/2 cup turkey mixture. Pour about 1/3 cup water or chicken broth on the bottom of the dish. Covertight with foil. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until the peppers become soft.  

Remove foil, top each with 1 1/2 tbsp of cheese and bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes.  Top with scallions and serve with reduced-fat sour cream if desired (optional).

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