Like many of you, I love to eat! Periodically, I will update you with reviews, my favorite recipes, and ideas for new dishes. Stay tuned!
Turkey Surprise, My, Oh My!
Today was one of those days where I absolutely did NOT want to go the grocery store. It was rather cold, and I did not want to endure an eventful shopping experience with all three of my daughters. So, I looked in my cupboard, and prayed for inspiration to come up with something for dinner! I had a few potatoes left, a little ground turkey, and some veggies. I looked online, and came across an easy turkey skillet recipe by Jennie-O. Of course I didn’t have all of the ingredients for the recipe, but it did inspire me to create a dish that my family raved about tonight!
I started with my ingredients: 3 yellow potatoes, 1/4 of an onion, 3 garlic cloves, 1/4 yellow pepper, thyme, bay leaves, seasoning salt, black pepper, onion powder, 1 can of reduced sodium chicken broth (1 didn’t need the second can pictured below), and 1.5 pounds of ground turkey.
After browning the turkey, I put the garlic, onions, and pepper inside. I turned down the heat a little while I sliced the potatoes. After adding the potatoes, I seasoned everything with the seasoning salt, a dash of regular salt, pepper, thyme, basil leaves, and onion powder. Then, I poured one can of reduced sodium chicken broth inside. I covered the pot with a lid, and allowed everything to cook for 15 minutes.
I must admit I was rather nervous about my concoction; however, when that wonderful aroma began to fill my kitchen, I had no doubt that my family would be in for a treat! It reminded me a little of Olive Garden’s potato soup. I had no idea it would be so successful. Therefore next time, I will double the recipe. 🙂 Give it a try, and let me know what you think!
Cooking with the Gilberts!
Well, it’s been a while. My girls and I have been experimenting in the kitchen with some new recipes, and I thought I would share one of them with you. Last week, I read through a variety of Ratatouille recipes, and I combined some things here and there to create my spin. Unfortunately, the store I went to was out of eggplant, so I will have to try this recipe again and incorporate that missing element! Any who, the ingredients we used were: 2 squash, 2 zucchini, 1/2 onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 whole tomato, 1 orange pepper, 1 yellow paper, thyme, salt, pepper, onion powder, and olive oil. For the spices, we kept tasting and adding throughout the cooking experience.
I apologize for the photography. My phone died, and I had to use the girls’ iPod. 🙂 The girls enjoyed helping me cut the vegetables. We turned the pot on medium heat, and placed about 5 tablespoons of olive oil in it. After the pan heated the oil, we placed the garlic and onions inside. Once they cooked, we placed the orange and yellow peppers inside, then the tomato. I almost could have used another half or so of a tomato. Unlike some recipes I saw, we did not take out the seeds or the insides of the tomato.
The aroma in our kitchen was simply D-I-V-I-N-E! Once these ingredients softened, we placed the squash and zucchini inside. Ideally, I would have liked to bake the squash and zucchini on top of the tomatoes, etc.; however, I may try this next time.
We covered the pot, stirred occasionally, and allowed the ingredients to cook for 20 minutes. Once the dish was done, we placed the Ratatouille on top of rice. I was in such a rush to feed my loving hubby that I completely forgot about using the Parmesan cheese on top. Lol! At any rate, it was quite tasty, and I will definitely make this one again. I’m sure the girls would love to watch the movie while eating the fruits of their labor. 🙂
I found a recipe that I can’t wait to try on a fellow blogger’s site, Bake.Create.Love. It’s called Grain Dauphinois. Don’t be afraid of the name. It’s really not that complicated. It’s a simple potato dish with common ingredients. I’ll let you know how it goes, and I hope you do the same! 🙂
Well, the girls and I have really been cooking up a storm lately! We finally had the chance to try the French potato dish I mentioned a few weeks ago, and I’ll share our experience with you. We began with our ingredients: 5 yellow potatoes, 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of Swiss cheese, 2 tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper, 3 cloves of garlic, and 7-8 sprigs of thyme.
After gathering the ingredients, we rubbed a garlic clove all around the bowl. Then, we rubbed the butter around the bowl, too. Next, I showed the girls how to slice the potatoes. I absolutely LOVE my slicer I invested in two years ago. Slicing the potatoes was done quickly, and each slice was the same size.
After slicing, we layered the potatoes, thyme, salt, pepper, and Swiss cheese until we used all of the ingredients. Then, we poured a cup of boiling milk over the mixture.
We placed the dish in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. I think it took so long because I didn’t use a long baking dish. Had I done that, the layers would have probably cooked more evenly. At any rate, it was a great change of pace, and my girls loved it! I will definitely use this recipe again. The next time, however, I will substitute Gruyère (an imported French cheese) in place of Swiss cheese. I hope you enjoy this easy, tasty dish! 🙂
MasterChef Junior Review
When I was a kid, I loved reading cook books, experimenting in the kitchen, and convincing my mom to buy ingredients for new dishes. Sometimes my dishes were a flop, and other times they were pretty darn good. Recently I stumbled upon an awesome show called MasterChef Junior. You should check it out for yourself. I think you’d be pretty amazed. Season three begins January 6 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.
Why is this such a great show? MasterChef Junior allows 19 home cook kids to cook with three of the world’s greatest chefs. These kids are given the opportunity to showcase their skills, while allowing room for improvement. Undoubtedly there is a lot of pressure on these little ones, but they seem to handle it so well. I can remember Isabella becoming quite emotional at her sub par review of her dish in the first episode. Abby, Adaiah, and several others rushed to her work space to console her. How touching. Even in a competitive setting, the kids are compassionate and encouraging.
I’ll tell you another reason why this show is phenomenal. It’s because it’s inspirational. I wish I had shows like MasterChef Junior to watch when I was a kid. After seeing one episode, my 8 and 6 year old daughters began talking about their aspirations of becoming a chef. They brought to me drawings of their future restaurants, and explained what foods they would like to serve their. How incredible! Our children need more positive shows to inspire and awaken their untapped greatness. So, what will my daughters and I be doing on January 6 at 8 p.m.? Watching MasterChef Junior of course! I invite you and your family to do the same!
Experimenting with New Combinations
December 30, 2014
Well, I decided to try out a new recipe today. After watching so many episodes of MasterChef, I felt inspired to try something different. I like to think Google is my friend, so I searched for recipes I liked using chicken and pineapples. I found an easy chicken casserole on cooks.com. I tweaked it a bit. I seasoned my chicken with onion powder, salt, black pepper, and some herb chicken seasoning. I then squeezed half of an orange all over the chicken legs.
Then, I put two cups of brown rice into the pan, and placed the chicken on top of it. The recipe called for 4.5 cups total of water, pineapple, and pineapple juice; however, I substituted water for chicken broth, and I added a little more than 4.5 cups of liquid. I also felt like adding more orange juice, so I squeezed the remaining orange half into the mixture, too.
Then, I poured the entire mixture over the chicken and rice, and baked it uncovered at 350 degrees for a little over an hour.
I think I may have put too much liquid in the casserole because the original recipe called for up to an hour of baking time. I needed a little more time than that; however, I think it ended up being left in a little too long! Although the combination of flavors did not suit my taste buds, my husband and three daughters seemed to enjoy it. My middle child does not like chicken, so to see her request additional chicken was quite interesting. My husband said he liked the new change. If I decide to make this again, I would probably change out the brown rice for white rice.
What new recipe have you tried lately?