Friday, January 31, 2014

Turkey Meatball Recipe

I got a request to make turkey meatballs, something I rarely make.  These are so good they will be a regular around here now.
 I used 5 pounds of ground turkey but I will give you the recipe for 2 pounds.

  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs made by crushing crackers
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (I grated mine)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • minced garlic to taste.  I used a lot.
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
 Mix this all together until combined.  I usually mix this with my hands but it was so cold in my house that I knew my hands would freeze so I used a fork.  You can find these large serving forks really cheap at thrift shops and they are perfect for mixing all sorts of things.  Cook a small piece and taste it and adjust seasoning if need be.

Use a small cookie scoop and place the meatballs on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
I could have taken a more attractive photo but, of course, I didn't. Remove the meatballs from the pan and scrape all of the juice and drippings to a pot.  Bring them to a boil and add a bit more stock and thicken using cornstarch to make gravy.  These are really really good!  My kids eat them as snacks when they get hungry and want something lowfat.  It's also a great way to get veggies into little kids.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Roasted Pork Loin

I got up early and cooked for the shelter this morning.  I bought huge pork loin roasts and  cooked 30 pounds for them. I started slicing it by hand but realized it was going to take forever plus I really wanted to slice it as thin as possible.  So, I pulled out my electric meat slicer which did the job wonderfully.  But, boy what a cleanup job!  Those slicers are just incredibly hard to clean. In the end, I spent as much time cleaning the slicer as I would if I had sliced it all by hand.  It really turned out good though.  Here is the recipe for a 3 pound pork loin if you want to try it. 

1 (2-1/2 to 3 pound) pork loin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons low-salt soy sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Salt and pepper

Throw everything except the cornstarch
 in a dutch oven and cook it for 4-5 hours at 275 degrees.  When the meat is done, remove it from the pan and set it aside.  Place the pot with all of the liquid on a burner over medium heat.  Add the cornstarch to 1/2 cup of cold water and mix thoroughly then pour it into the hot liquid and whisk until it begins to thicken.  Pour the gravy over the thinly sliced pork.

 I also made a lot of mashed potatoes.

Enough to feed 100 guys.

I had planned on making rolls but was running out of time so I raided my freezer and pulled out all of my frozen homemade rolls and bread.

The shelter got everything from white sandwich bread, semolina Italian bread, cabbage rolls, French bread rolls and the Pan de Sal rolls I just posted recently.  And now I have room in my freezer!  As usual, no one knew I was coming though I called yesterday and gave them a heads up.  No one communicates at that place.  When I arrived, I could not even begin to identify what they were in the midst of preparing for lunch. It looked awful.  I carried the roast pork in and it went straight to the kitchen and whatever their stuff was,  it was immediately put aside. As soon as the aroma moved through the house, everyone came running to see what I had brought.  One of the guys was grinning ear to ear.  He announced to the group that the only time he smiles like that is when he sees my car pull into the alley.  I love these guys!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki in Homemade Pita

I made these for dinner a few days ago. They are a big favorite with my family.
Combine 1 pound of ground lamb,2 tsp. of diced garlic, 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion, 2 tsp. oregano, 2 tsp. of ground cumin, S&P and 1/4 C. bread crumbs.  Mix thoroughly.  I make this a day ahead of time and refrigerate it to let the flavors blend.

Form into small balls and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

I made some homemade pita.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

It's a Black and White World Out There

Pretty bleak looking out there isn't it?  We are about to drop to -10 with a wind chill of -30 again.
 What's going on with this winter?

 It is too cold for the snow melt to work. Isn't that counter intuitive?  The clean area is where the snow was blown off, not melted.  Teddy's umbrella blew over and broke.

 She is still enjoying the snow.

 She just stuck her head in the snow for a big bite.

I have to towel her off each time she comes inside.     
Playing in the snow makes her hungry.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Apple Pie Oatmeal

I wanted to feed something hearty to my guys before they went out in this frigid weather to shovel snow.  So, I made them apple pie steel cut oats.
 I diced a couple Honey Crisp apples.

 I used Quaker steel cut oats.

 Place the apples in 4 cups of water, add about 1/3 cup of brown sugar and some cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. Stir in 1 cup of steel cut oats.

 Bring them to a boil and then cover the pot and turn it down to a simmer.  Cook for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

 Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon sugar before serving.  Stay warm wherever you are!

Friday, January 24, 2014


I can't remember having cold like this before.  Not for this long.  And the really bitter cold is not even here yet.
 Visions of the Superbowl.

I'm not going outside unless I have to.
 I am going to do this.

 And maybe even this.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Are You Freezing?

 While we are all freezing, the garden is doing it's work.  It won't be long before these daffodils squeeze out of the frozen ground.

 Teddy will be more than ready to garden.  It's her favorite thing.

 The service berries will be blooming.

 The rhubarb and garlic will be popping up.

As will the ferns.
Stay warm and remember, spring is 2 months away!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hell Has Frozen Over

 It actually has.....Hell, Michigan that is!

 We woke to -20 windchill this morning.

 I love winter but this is a bit much.

 It feels like your face is being cut with razors when you are out in this cold.

Try to stay warm where ever you are!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Pompanoosuc bread.  This is a new one for me.
I bought some pompanoosuc porridge from King Arthur flour.  It is really good.  It's a combination of stone cut oats, whole wheat bulgur and flax seed.  We have been enjoying it for breakfast with lots of fruit.

I found this recipe for bread which uses cooked pompanoosuc. 

1 cup lukewarm water

2 tablespoons softened butter

2 tablespoons honey
1 cup cooked pompanoosuc porridge mix
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups unbleached bread flour

2 teaspoons instant yeast

1 teaspoon salt

Knead until you have a smooth dough.  Place in a buttered bowl, cover and let it rise for 1-1/2 hours until doubled. Form it into a loaf and let it rise for another 45 minutes.  Bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Cool on a rack.

This is really good bread.  It is excellent toasted and spread with peanut butter.

This just makes really good toast with anything on it.

It is about a gazillion degrees below zero today so I got up early and made 50 quarts of chicken chili for the shelter. Here is the recipe:    They are setting up tents to shelter more guys during this extended cold spell we are having. I worry so much about all of them with this terribly cold weather.