Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Left over recipe #1 turkey stew

In order to make use of this recipe, start off with the carcass of the turkey from the previous recipe I used to make the turkey, 


1/2 the main carcass (the part with most of the herbs rubbed on it)
- All the veggie stuffing left over.
- leg bones
- wing bones
- McLib's Southern Dumplings or other noodle/dumplings
- Crock Pot

There were just too many parts of the leftover carcass that I couldn't waste.  During prep, the turkey cavity was rubbed with a wonderful array of herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and some pepper.  It was also stuffed with plenty of onions, celery, carrots and oranges. I just couldn't throw it away.

I took the carcass, stripped of most of the giant chunks of meat.  I broke the carcass in half.  One half was used in this recipe.  The other half was put in the freezer.  If there doesn't seem to be a lot of herbs hanging on the bones, you might want to add a bit more to the soup.

I put several cups of water in a crock pot, loaded the pot with the carcass, including the leg bones and wings.  then I added all the stuffing veggies.

Near the end of the cooking I added some dumpling noodles (McLib's Southern Dumplings) with some extra water.

There are a few things to watch out. I used the wings so you can imagine the short quills that I found in the soup.  There were also a few small bones.  I tried to pick them all out, but I missed a few. So just be careful.

It was a great stew/soup.  The family loved it.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Orange and Fennel Salad

We learned this recipe from an Italian friend of ours.  Pretty simple:

1) Fennel bulb
2) Orange slices
3) Olive oil
4) Salt and pepper to taste.

Just slice it up and mist together.  That's it!  And it's delicious.

Here's a recipe online that is similar.

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

I didn't waste a lot of time trying to find the perfect turkey recipe.  This was at the top of the search engine list.

I pretty much followed the recipe.  The only difference was the use of champagne. I didn't have any so I used a white, sweet wine.  The meat closer the stuffing absorbed some of the herb flavors.  Very nice.

My turkey was pretty big (as usual, it didn't look nearly so big at the grocery store!!)  and it took a but longer to cook.  We ended up eating about 9pm!  Good thing we were hungry.

As far as side dishes, we had the traditional sides.  Corn on the cob, green bean casserole and a fennel and orange salad.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Very good!  We used romain lettuce instead of the bib lettuce.  Other than that, I stuck to the recipe.

These sort of recipes are pretty easy to make.  But sometimes, there are many "parts" to the recipe.  Same with this recipe.  There are lots of little things you can add to enhance the flavor of the final serving.  And all well worth it.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Chicken with Apricots and Olives

I think I may have talked about this recipe before.  But good recipes are always worth repeating.
The cook book from which this book is from is found on Amazon here.

The author has come out with a new edition, but I don't know if it includes this particular recipe.

The recipe is pretty straightforward.  Just be forewarned you marinade overnight.

The person who highlights this recipe thought it was too sweet.  I am not sure how she got that.  Maybe she used too many apricots?  Our family loves the recipe.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Classic Chicken and Dumplings

I think my mom made the best chicken and dumplings in the world.  We scarfed them up whenever she made them.  This recipe is quite good.  However, there was one step I might try to skip next time I make it.  You're supposed to mix flour in with the broth to give it a nice creamy consistency. Probably, if you want a more brothy type stew, skip this step.

We didn't have any baking powder.  Only baking soda.  I thought the dumplings were quite tasty.

Vinegar Pie

I was always very intrigued by this.  Vinegar pie?  All I could think of was sour/bitter and...nothing else.   But the results were very surprising and tasty!

It turns out that vinegar pie is one of many pioneer recipes that was normally made when there was no more fruit.  All the dried fruit and preserves had been consumed and no new fruit had ripened on tress yet.  I found it mentioned in the Little House On The Prairie series of books.

What's fun is to make it for guests and call it a "fruit pie" without being specific.  Then when all is eaten, ask them what fruit was in the pie.  You will get puzzled looks and good guesses.  And then surprised looks when they find out there is no fruit in the pie at all!

The only issue I have with the pie is that it has no form.  It's sort of flat and thin.  I guess because there is no fruit, the pie doesn't look to have much substance.  I'd like to try it again and double the recipe.  I think that would help.

The recipe I used was pretty good.  However, the way it was all put together wasn't the best.  It's a simple recipe and I found the explanations a little overdone.