I’ve mentioned the turkey we cooked the other day. We really didn’t have any particular aim for the meat so I had a big ziplock bag full in the fridge waiting for me to do something. Turkey salad sounded like a good way to move some of that along. I have fun putting these salads together, chicken and turkey are pretty much interchangeable. This one has a dressing of sour cream and mayo, in a 1:1 ratio. I like to add cheese to mine and I usually have partial bags of shredded cheese laying about. This one got a little cheddar and Monterey jack, and a substantial amount of Parmesan. I can recommend Parmesan as being a particularly good addition after tasting this batch. Also mixed in – pickle relish, chopped celery, a smallish Vidalia onion, a half cup or so of red bell pepper, a few minced cloves of garlic, and a tablespoon of well chopped fresh parsley.More wildlife! Not all that random, Mrs J adds corn and sunflower seeds to that pile daily and the local deer know to stop by.Mrs J discovered a coupon app from her favorite store, she exercises it weekly. Pork chops cooked in mushroom soup for a fantastic gravy and one of my all time favorite comfort foods. I nearly ruined the box mix rice, it was all set to go in the rice cooker when I grabbed the rice vinegar bottle instead of the olive oil and gave it a good dose. I dumped it out through a sieve and added it back to the cooker with fresh water. It came out fine!Here’s an oldie but goody of Toby. Caption contest!I’m getting better at shaping the buns. I’ve standardized on 8 buns per recipe, they make fair sized buns, not too big or too small.I had to ask Mrs J how this momma-to-be cat got so dirty but she assures me that it’s natural coloration.Here’s a handsome boy! Ringo has some pretty blue eyes, he’s five months old and is ready to go out the door. Hurry, he won’t be waiting long!
This is the first time I’ve really had a good taste test for that giardiniera I made the other day. I was a little worried that is was going to be too hot – I added way more serrano peppers to mine than any of the recipes I looked at mentioned. I shouldn’t have worried, this one has some heat but no more than the few varieties of store bought I’ve sampled. It’s certainly more colorful!
Mrs J thought pizza would work for her dinner today. We had all that turkey from yesterday’s project so we went with that for a topping. White pizza sounded better with turkey than anything else so we went that route. I had good luck with the Prairie Gold flour the local Amish store carried so we went that way again, going half and half with white bread flour. The dough recipe is not too involved: 1 cup PG flour, 1 cup bread flour, 1 cup warm water, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 packet of instant yeast (2-1/4 t). I let the bread machine make the dough while we made a trip to town.I like to brush the crust with olive oil but I had a little garlic butter left over so I warmed that, added a little oil, and brushed it on, sprinkling kosher salt after. I gave it another coat halfway through baking when I opened the oven to spin the pan 180. To a basic white sauce I added provolone and Parmesan, folded in blanched broccoli and cubed turkey meat and spread that over the crust, adding thin sliced red onions, more turkey, and a good sprinkle of Parmesan atop everything before sliding it into a 375 oven.
This is a great song:
We’ve had a turkey in the big freezer since the last sale on them at the local market, maybe the Easter Holidays? I don’t remember what the sticker price was but these things go pretty cheaply. I wanted to make room so we cooked it down today, stripped the meat away from the bones and roasted those for stock. Mrs J made her signature butter pie crust. Looks good! I brushed egg white on the top and sprinkled on some flake sea salt.I used a bottom crust for this one even though it wasn’t, strictly speaking, necessary. Saw in a comment thread on the recipe page that an egg white brushed on the bottom crust would help to keep it from getting too soggy so I did that and it seemed to work. It’s usually worth your time to read some of the comments on the recipes at these Allrecipes pages.I had all the fresh veggies to make this but decided to use up a frozen bag of the mixed variety to save a little time.
I love songs about rain and I loved this song the first time I heard it. And this is a beautiful video created by a fan that I had to share.
And if you’re a fan of the TV show Bones, this closes the Skull in the Desert season 1 episode.
It wasn’t suppose to be a video of Bixby, but the new Ergo Motorized Standing Desk fascinates him, so he makes an appearance. I love it myself, it has a beautiful solid bamboo top and four settings for different heights. It only took me about thirty minutes to put together (minus all the interruptions) and it’s quiet and sturdy.
I’ve been using a modified standing configuration off and on for a while now, but always ran into the same problem, not enough space. My computer was at a good height, but everything else was too low and out of reach. It’s so nice to have everything where I need it and enough room to spread out while standing. I really like standing when I work, I’m so much more energized and I’m hardly ever standing still. A girl has got to dance.
This was my third crowdfunded acquisition and am very pleased.