A Perfect Thanksgiving – Preparation, Sides, Cranberry Sauce and the Turkey

A Perfect Thanksgiving – Preparation, Sides, Cranberry Sauce and the Turkey

As the song goes.. I'm back, back in the New York groove, except for the fact that I'm not in NY but I've got my groove back for blogging. Yes it's been awhile and yes I don't have a perfectly valid reason or explanation on why I stopped writing and sharing new recipes. Partly because I didn't have any idea on what to cook anymore, I was stuck in a rinse and repeat cycle of the same recipes, the creative side of my brain sort of shut down. Yet I couldn't help but think about Thanksgiving being just a few days away!! This holiday makes me so happy, I think any day that involves feasting on delicious comfort foods and spending all day in the kitchen in order to see people smile afterwards is a great day. In turn I had to make my comeback sharing great recipes, some of mine, but mostly of things I have been drooling over this past week.

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Fresh Orange Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Orange Cranberry Sauce

Let's keep this simple and let's keep this short, put down the can of cranberry sauce and read this quick recipe. Why? Do you really want to eat that overly sweet, rigid shaped, who knows how long it's been on the shelf cranberry sauce/jelly? If you do... ok... but just read on a little longer for my sake, maybe you might change your mind. Homemade cranberry sauce comes together in one small pot, a few stirs and your own taste buds determining how sweet or tart you want it.

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Spicy Mango Chicken

Spicy Mango Chicken

As you can tell from my last few recipes, I have been on an Asian food influence joy ride. To add I have also been craving those good old 5 for $1 pan fried dumplings from my Brooklyn neighborhood... dipped in a soy sauce and sriracha mixture. Besides wonderful strange cravings that have preoccupied my mind, job searching has also preoccupied my mind and I haven't been sharing my recipes lately... I apologize for that traitor behavior...but alas it's time to get back to work.. hobby wise and more thorough career searching. A little camping also put my life on a no wifi, no data service, hiatus. The trip itself was filled with adventure, some extreme weather, long hikes, and gorgeous views, I had an amazing 1st time camping experience with my husband at the Lake District, highly, highly recommend a trip there.

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Thai Green Curry Turkey Meatballs

Thai Green Curry Turkey Meatballs

Really random and really fabulous… the story behind this fantastic recipe... I went to make meatballs with the ground turkey which was in my refrigerator and didn't have tomatoes to make a sauce. I started opening all my cabinets and quickly ran to the window to see that the corner bodega was closed, granted I just got home from work and it was past 11pm, I didn't expect it to be open but knowing it was Friday I thought I might have luck on my side. Wrong. I went back into the kitchen and opened the last cabinet with my seasonings and TJ's items… and then I saw it, the glossy jar of Trader Joe's Thai green curry simmer sauce.

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Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Just a short time ago everyone was still in boots and heavy jackets, after all the complaining and torture, mother nature finally listened and started warming up everyone. In NYC there was a really brutal winter, in England it was just the opposite, sure we had tons of flooding rains, but it wasn't nearly as cold as I expected (and I'm always cold). For the first time in a very long time I didn't have to put on my snow boots, I didn't even have to look at them, obviously I left them in New York knowing I wouldn't have to trek through a foot of snow to get to the train. With these warm days it almost feels like there was no winter, doesn't it? NYC has that interesting climate where you are wearing boots and puffy jackets one week and two weeks later you find yourself basking in the green fields of central park or strolling the boardwalks of Brooklyn forgetting the torturous winter. As the temperature is heating up outside, it's also heating up in our kitchen… with a spicy jambalaya.

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Strawberry Almond Cream Scones

Strawberry Almond Cream Scones

Spring kicks off my addiction for local fruits, this addiction then rolls quickly into summer peaches, tons of watermelon, and of course my favorite, raspberries. The start of warm weather usually means the start of strawberry season and while picking up a package of fragrant local strawberries I noticed this clever note on enjoying them with some cream. Now in the states that usually means whipped cream, but in Europe, it means pouring cream all over them, sprinkling a tad bit of sugar, and eating them by the spoonful. I took that wise sticker to heart and found a quick scone recipe… the cream scone.. and that idea rolled into the strawberry almond cream scone…with dark chocolate, of course.

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Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad

Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad

Can you feel the sun on your skin? Can you feel that chilly breeze getting warmer and warmer as the days get longer and longer, isn't it fabulous? Somewhere between the bbq's, beers, ice cream, smores, iced coffees, there are salads, tons of light summery fruity salads. Summer salads to me feel like a dip in the pool when it's hot out, a perfect meal for a hot sunny day. They are filling without weighing you down, there is usually no cooking involved (unless you want to top them with steak, chicken or grilled tofu), and you can make a great salad with a minimal amount of ingredients. Enter this magic wonder of salty feta, sweet crisp watermelon, peppery arugula and a hint of olive oil, balsamic, and honey.

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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Raspberry Rhubarb Coulis

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Raspberry Rhubarb Coulis

We are no strangers to desserts around here, and even though sometimes I can spend a long time making a fancy cake, I can still whip up quick desserts when company is coming. My favorite go to last minute dessert is my recipe for cream puffs and this panna cotta one. I have to admit I haven't made panna cotta for a while and I was looking to experiment with making a rich but lighter version, that and I bought more rhubarb and I was looking for an excuse to make a rhubarb coulis… so I came up with this greek yogurt panna cotta with raspberry rhubarb coulis.

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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Muffins

Summer is on its way, luckily most days in NYC are so hot all you want to eat is cold watermelon and cold beer, which is my +95 degree weather "diet" on its own… well minus the beer. After sitting in a cool office, sometimes too cold, I would pack up my bag and somehow my mind would trick me into thinking it was cold outside… yet as soon as I stepped out into the street I realized I could literally melt in the course of a few streets. Thinking it can't get any hotter than this, I always tend to forget about the subway station, and we NY'ers know that the devil lives there and purposely heats it up even more so, it is probably the only time of the year that we ache for the train to produce a breeze of wind. SO…Since it's almost bikini weather…too hot to eat weather... I thought I would try a muffin recipe that wouldn't give you muffin tops.

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