Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November's Iron Chef Challenge: Turkey Winner

By now the Thanksgiving Meal has been eaten, leftovers have been served and the extended family has all headed back home. (hopefully)  So it is time to announce the winner of November's Iron Chef Challenge featuring Turkey as the themed ingredient from our sponsor The National Turkey Federation. 

A representative from the National Turkey Federation did judge the recipes and made their selection.  The winning Turkey recipe is............................... 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Got leftover turkey???? Make Turkey Ole'!

I love using up leftovers.  It makes me feel resourceful.  But when I can use leftovers in a completely different way than I originally makes me feel like Super Woman (at least in the kitchen).  So with leftover Turkey I made this tasty Mexican dish in the crock pot called Turkey Ole'.

To start with I shredded 4 cups of turkey and placed it in my crock pot.  I used a crock pot liner, but if you don't have one, simply spray your crock pot with cooking oil.
Next I added one can of enchilada sauce, one can of tomato paste, 1/4 cup of water and 1 T. of taco seasoning.  Stir and cover your crock pot.  Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey in the Crock Pot

I was fixing a big meal and trying to time the turkey around the sweet potato casserole and the green bean casserole and the rolls and.... well obviously I had more items to go in my oven than I had room for.  So I thought, why not fix the turkey in the crock pot.  This would free up time and space in my oven for other things and be a lot less stressful on me.  Genius idea I thought; as I pulled the crock pot off the shelf and prepared to make our holiday turkey.
I used a 6 pound bone in turkey breast.  In a small bowl I mixed together 1 cup cranberry juice, 1/2 cup dried cranberries and one envelope dried Onion soup mix.  I poured these ingredients over the turkey which was in a greased crock pot; covered and cooked on Low for 12 hours (or you could do it on high for about 6 hours) or until meat thermometer reads 190 degrees.

Monday, November 21, 2011

bird seed ornaments for a winter bird garden

I was feeling crafty the other day and made these bird seed ornaments to place in my bird garden in the back yard during the winter months.  I thought they might be a cute addition to my bird feeders for the winter months and continue to draw birds into my backyard to watch this winter.  And I pretty much used supplies I had around the house to make a suet type of mixture for my birdseed.  Even the pine cones came from my back yard.
I started with a 1/2 cup of lard and placed it in an empty soup can.  
Next I added 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
I heated a pan of water on the stove and placed my soup can with my ingredients inside and allowed this to cook until it melted completely.

Friday, November 18, 2011

November's Iron Chef Challenge: Turkey Linky Party

Turkey Month is here and what better themed ingredient would there be to have for this month's Iron Chef Challenge?!?!?  I am please to announce that the National Turkey Federation is sponsoring this month's contest and we are running it for a little bit longer this month to ensure that your thanksgiving bird can be featured.  Simply take pictures while you prepare your bird and link it up to the party below.

Rules: Chefs (aka bloggers) will prepare something using turkey in the recipe and blog about it. Posts must include Ott, A's Iron Chef Challenge Badge (code found in sidebar). Please note these can be any recipe that calls for Turkey (leftover recipes would work great too.)

Prize: The winning blog post will receive a Turkey prize pack consisting of a cookbook, Magnet, BMI calculator, Turkey polo shirt, and Thanksgiving Mickey.

The guest judge for this month's Iron Chef Challenge will be a representative from representative from the National Turkey Federation and they will be looking for content, pictures and how the product was enjoyed by your families and/or guests as criteria for selecting a winner.

The winner will be announced on this blog a few days after November 29th.

Big thanks to the National Turkey Federation for sponsoring this event! Be sure to check their website for great turkey cooking tips and find them on facebook and twitter @TurkeyGal.

The Linky will be open from November 18-29. 

Good Luck and may the best Chef win!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

a quick & tasty gameday appetizer

Nothing beats a weekend afternoon, curled on on the couch, watching your favorite team play football while snacking on some tasty appetizers.  I got this idea while clipping coupons out of the Sunday paper and knew this would be tasty, but I don't think they have a name.  So I'm going to call them my Tasty Game day Appetizer Rolls.  But the great thing about this particular appetizer; are the endless possibilities to how you could make this according to your own likes and preferences.
Simply take a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  Unwrap and lay out flat.  Next sprinkle your toppings on it.  I used chopped spinach, tomatoes, bacon and cheese.  Then roll up your dough and slice into about 1/3 inch pieces and spread out on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Sausage (yes that's right I said Pumpkin)

Ott, E came upon this recipe the other day in one of my random cookbooks, and I thought he was half crazy to want to put pumpkin on pasta. (I mean who eats pumpkin for something other than dessert?!?!)  But is still fall, and I was feeling rather adventuresome in the kitchen so I thought... why not give give it a try?!?!  Off to the store to buy some sweet Italian sausage and whole wheat Penni pasta and I was all set to make this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Sausage.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

a fantastic fall breakfast: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I've mentioned before on this blog about our lazy Saturday morning tradition and how Ott, E likes to makes pancakes.  Well today I'm sharing a great autumn recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  The flavors of the pumpkin and chocolate work great as a breakfast option and pair very nicely with maple syrup.

Monday, November 7, 2011

a Battle over Boots

Well I've told you before on this blog about my shoe obsession.  But did you know I also like boots?!?!?  Now I'll be the first to admit I have lots of what I'll call "fashion boots". I've got short boots, tall boots, boots with heals, boots with leather, boots with suede, boots with a square toe, boots with a pointy toe and ..... you get the idea.  But sadly, this farm girl only owns one pair of what I'll call "cowboy boots."  
Don't get me wrong I love my cowboy boots.  I have worn them to numerous livestock shows, barn dances and even a night out on the town.  My cowboy boots are purple!  And I love the color purple!!!! But I feel a little limited as to what I can wear them with.

Friday, November 4, 2011

November's Iron Chef Challenge: Turkey

November is here and you know what that means?!?!?!?  Another round of the Iron Chef Challenge and how appropriate for this month that the themed ingredient is............. Turkey!!!  Now I know you will all be fixing one this Thanksgiving so why not take some pictures while you do and share your recipe, family secrets and time old tips.  Whether you stuff, brine, bake or fry your turkey we want to see it linked up to the Iron Chef Challenge Linky Party November 18-29. 

I am pleased to announce that the sponsor for this month's contest is the National Turkey Federation.  The National Turkey Federation is an advocate for all aspects and members of the Turkey Industry. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Winner of October's Iron Chef Challenge: Artichokes


Well the results are in from October's Iron Chef Challenge featuring Artichokes from our sponsor Ocean Mists Farms and this contest proved to be challenging for some of our bloggers this was their first time cooking with artichokes.

A representative from Ocean Mists Farms did judge the recipes and made their selection.  The winning Artichoke recipe is...............................