Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Life and Recipes

I just spent 10 minutes searching the interwebs for a quote that would summarize this casserole of a post I'm about to serve you. But alas, everything was too poetic and far too full of itself. I was looking for something about pulling everything out of your pantry and turning it into a recipe. (I did this once, while living in Oxford. My friends lived to tell the tale of chicken with nutmeg, grape jelly, and mustard.) Anyways. This month...

-We celebrated Mother's Day with D's family.

Per usual we cooked too much, ate too much... and then ate dessert. It was lovely.

-We took a turn at parenting. Ok. We babysat for a few hours.

Puzzles, juice, diapers, pizza, wrestling, the Backyardigans... there wasn't ton of sitting but there was plenty of fun. D was in his element.

-We made my mom's recipe for Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries last week. Both were so tasty that I've decided to share the recipes with you.

Turkey Spinach Burgers
1 lb. ground lean turkey
1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out. (I subbed in fresh.)
2 T, barbecue sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. chopped onion
1. Heat grill to medium-high and coat rack w/ cooking spray. (We cooked on our panini maker.)
2. Combine turkey, spinach, barbecue sauce, salt, pepper and onion in large bowl. Shape into four patties.

3. Grill patties 10-12 minutes, turning once, or until meat thermometer inserted into the middle from the side registers 165 degrees. Serve on buns w/ tomato & lettuce. (We chose to serve with more BBQ sauce, mozzarella, and tomatoes.)

Roasted Sweet 'taters
16 oz. sweet potatoes - washed
1 tsp. Olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt - coarse kosher is best
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. pepper - coarse ground

-Preheat oven to 425.
-Cut sweet potatoes into about 3/4 inch cubes (large dice). Leave the skins on removing only the hard knob at each end. Alternatively you might cut them in wedges or slice them in 1/2 inch discs.
-Combine sweet potatoes and remaining ingredients in a bowl (or plastic bag). Toss gently to coat. Place potatoes on a baking sheet (do not overlap); bake at 425 for 25 minutes or until very tender.

-I'm obsessed with a new podcast: WNYC Radiolab. It's a fabulous mixture of science, math, physics, literature, and everything else. I feel really intelligent listening to it at the gym. Don't ask me about what I've learned. All the magic will be gone when I say things like, "So there's this switch in our brain that flicks on and scientists can see it in an EKG or um... in a brain scan, I guess and anyways..." Just listen to the experts (not me) and feed your brain.

-I watched Adele's music video for "Someone Like You" and didn't breathe the entire song. (Or maybe just once.)

-I'm going home in ONE MONTH! It's big doings: Dad = retiring. Grandparents = 60th Anniversary. Father's Day = Mother's Day. (We are celebrating Mom and Dad on the 19th. We have lots of surprises in store.)

-Next month I'm going to the Grand Canyon for the FIRST TIME EVER. I've been in Arizona for five and a half years. I KNOW!!

-I need to go and make my dinner. I don't think I'm going to use a recipe. You are welcome to join.

P.S. posting photos through blogger is exhausting. I had more but it's not worth it. Anyone with me?


Whitney said...

Yeah....but that time also introduced me to your pasta salad and happy potatoes (aka the greatest dish ever invented.). I can make it through one meal with Jelly and nutmeg. Wow Ginger....what are you making? Chicken with jelly and nutmeg? I've never had that on a Thursday, in England, while I was packing, after putting on an excess of 40 pounds from ice cream. Oh...sure...I guess I could try some if you don't mind.


Valerie said...

@Ginger- YES!!! Pictures on Blogger has gotten so frustrating! Man, sometimes.... So not worth it.

@Whitney- Reading your comment and I can totally hear your voice saying that. And I'm dying laughing. We need to hang out soon.