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About the Author
Table of Contents
1 Origins 5
Linguine and Clam Sauce 13
All-Occasion Yellow Cake 14
Chocolate-Buttercream Frosting 15
2 Make It Happen 16
My Mother's Spaghetti Sauce 19
3 Fact Finding 20
Girls' Night Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries 34
4 Working Girls 35
Kicked-up Turkey Meatloaf 41
Homemade Baked Beans 42
5 Running on Empty 43
Potato Pancake for the Blues 51
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork 52
6 Oui, Chef! 53
Pasta with Sautéed Vegetables and Pesto 62
Spicy Roasted Root Vegetables 63
Chicken-Pepperoni Parmesan 64
7 Make Them Feel Like You Care 65
Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies 73
8 Knives Out 74
Croque Monsieur 82
Lemon-Brown Sugar Chicken 83
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup 84
Homemade Chicken Stock 85
9 Home for the Holidays 86
Linguine with Escarole and Brie 94
Old-Fashioned Chocolate-Walnut Torte 95
10 Moving On 96
First-Day-of-Class Biscuits 103
Spicy Sesame Noodle Bowls 104
11 Breaking Bread 105
Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough 113
12 Written in Chocolate 114
Raspberry-Rose Macarons 121
Blood Orange Tarts 122
13 Piece of Cake 124
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla-Buttercream Frosting 132
14 The Claw 133
15 Going Home Again 138
Pumpkin Whoopee Pies 144
16 Night and Day 146
Creamy Tomato Soup 152
17 When Everything Chanced 153
My Brother's Favorite Banana Bread 157
18 John's Gone 158
19 The New Normal 163
Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits 170
Benne Seed Sugar Cookies 171
20 Unexpected Travels 172
Old-Fashioned Potato Rolls 176
Simple Greek Salad 177
21 New Friends 178
Golden Granola 186
22 Strange Electricity 187
Mushroom Risotto 196
Adam's Mexican Cheesecake 197
23 Dislodging 198
RecipeKicked-up Turkey Meatloaf
Truth be told, I have never liked meatloaf. Until, that is, I tried making it with turkey instead of the traditional beef, pork and veal mix. Mushrooms and lentils jazz things up a bit, and you'll love sandwiches made with leftovers the next day.
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 cup cooked black or green lentils
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
11/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 egg, lightly beaten
For the glaze:
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400° F. and grease a loaf pan.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the diced onions and sauté until soft and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the carrot and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook until all vegetables are softened, about 5 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the cooked lentils, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup and mix well.
In a small bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs and milk. Let sit for 3 minutes so the crumbs can absorb a little of the milk. Add to vegetable mixture.
Add ground turkey and beaten egg and mix well with your hands. Transfer to the loaf pan and press down to smooth top.
Combine the ingredients for the glaze and pour over top of meatloaf. Spread with a spoon to cover the top.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
Potato Pancake for the Blues
Makes one jumbo pancake
Best made and eaten while wearing fuzzy pajamas and slippers. Things just taste better that way.
1 large russet potato
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon canola oil for light frying
Applesauce or sour cream for topping
Peel the potato and grate using a box grater. Season with sea salt and pepper and add the beaten egg, mixing everything until well combined.
Heat the canola oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is sizzling, gently drop in the potato batter and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes per side.
Remove and serve.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good book. Very easy to read. Especially liked the recipes that were included.
I loved this book! While I was reading I kept thinking, This is me!
I have read her blog since it began. It was wonderful to see it all together in this light and easy read. so nice for reading on a flight or by the pool. I read it in 12 hours. I can't wait until her next book!
Wonderful book by inspiring author!
A nice first attempt, but lacks insight into how to create a connection with her story line and the reader.