Thanksgiving

My Turkey Stuffing recipe

One of my favorite sides on Thanksgiving this year was the stuffing. I created my own recipe this year and it came up great! Here I’m sharing it with you. This stuffing recipe is to be cooked outside of the turkey so you may prepare it ahead of time, which is an added bonus for me.

Ingredients

1 apple, 4 chicken sausages, 1 cup pitted green olives ( any kind), 1 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of mixed nuts ( sunflower seeds, almonds and pecans), 1 cup Sherry cooking wine, 1/4 cup chicken broth, toasted bread crumbs for stuffing. 1 TBSP Oregano and Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

Cook the sausage in a heated pan with a tablespoon of oil. When it’s starting to brown add all other dry ingredients. Add oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Then, add the Sherry wine and the broth. Let it cook until it simmers for a little bit (5 to 10 minutes) and add more wine if you notice the mix is too dry. It will be done when all liquid has been absorbed. At this point it’s ready to serve.

Enjoy! 🙂

One of the things I like the most about this recipe is the apple and how it absorbs the sherry wine flavor and the extra punch of flavor from the green olives. This really came out as a great stuffing!

Advertisements

Enjoy the holidays without the extra pounds?

IMG_4822

Every time Christmas comes around, worries about the extra pounds threaten the joy of the season. Some tips follow..

1. Entertaining at home. Shop wisely. Keep nuts, veggies and fruit snacks (carrots, celery, grapes, strawberries, etc) handy.  

2. Eating out. Eat a healthy snack before leaving home. Once there, look for healthy menu options. Most restaurants include calories and nutrition information or light options in the menu. (Chefs all over the country are working hard to make those light meals taste delicious anyway, so why not?)

3. Plan your event or outing ahead of time. Once on the road, avoid fast food stops. Pack containers with healthy snacks for kids and adults.

4. Catching up over coffee. Avoid whip cream additions; Choose non-fat milk and smallest size servings. Try to go for healthy snacks and avoid pastry options.

5. Taking the kids out for a treat. Choose frozen yogurt over ice cream. The frozen yogurt toppings bar will win any argument.  

6. Exercise. If your daily exercise routine is threatened, take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule to do some jumping jacks at home before heading out to greet friends and family.

IMG_4824Look forward to that unique and special [diet-breaking worthy] treat we only have this time of year! 

 

Thankful for Teachers!

IMG_4709

We are thankful for teachers. Two home-made cranberry sauce recipes taken from recognized magazines went to school teachers. We have their votes!

 Contestants :

And the winner is… Eating Well magazine’s Orange Cranberry Sauce. 🙂

Teachers’ comments…

  • “I liked the Orange Cranberry sauce. Very yummy!!!”
  • “Thank you so much for the turkey dish! I loved every bite. Loved the rice and the stuffed turkey. To be honest, I enjoyed both cranberry sauces. But if I had to choose, I would choose the Ginger Relish.  I found myself eating that first even though I finished both!  I liked the sweeter flavor, the added ginger I found light. The Orange Sauce seemed to have more zing, and I liked the sweetness and the texture of the Ginger Relish better. Thank you again!”
Here are some pics I took as I was preparing these recipes at home…
IMG_4679IMG_4674 IMG_4684 IMG_4686 IMG_4703 IMG_4714
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Dressing with Joy for the Season

IMG_4731

Fast-approaching Thanksgiving, Christmas and other Holiday seasons fill us with joy; It seemed fitting to welcome them with a theme change. My blog is now wearing the WordPress “Confit” theme. Visit my blog and check it out! 🙂

Intimidated by the Thanksgiving Turkey?

Juancho thanksgiving cartoon

Cartoon by Juan A. Horrillo

Do you feel intimidated by the thought of cooking Thanksgiving dinner? You are not alone. For many years, cooking was very far from my mind and baking a turkey was the farthest! Cooking techniques and ingredients were foreign concepts. Growing up there was always someone else thinking about cooking. Years went by, married life happened. Our family grew and so did our memories around our kitchen and our dinner table.  Thanksgiving holidays came, and although fearful at first, I daringly cooked, again and again… until I came to terms with my turkey recipe, “Citrus and Herbs Stuffed Turkey”, a family favorite today.

Citrus and Herbs Stuffed Turkey recipe:

Thaw one 10-12 lb. turkey the night before. Remove giblets. In a bowl, mix butter, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, [good] red cooking wine, salt and pepper. Mix well. Rub the bird with this mix making sure to cover all the turkey skin.  Stuff the bird with oranges cut in halves, tangerines cut in halves and one lemon cut in 4 pieces. Tie some rosemary, thyme and sage sprigs together to form a bundle. Insert the bundle in the cavity with the oranges, tangerines and lemon.

Preheat oven at 400 degrees F. I use a baking bag and follow the package instructions for baking time. The stuffing in this recipe gives the turkey an exquisite delicate flavor.

I hope this recipe helps attenuate the intimidating factor (if any), as it is quite simple to make. Happy Thanksgiving!