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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Delicious food~

Herbed Turkey Burger Recipe
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Ground turkey is typically much leaner than ground beef. In order to keep the burger from being too dry it helps to use ground dark meat from thighs and legs if you can get it. Adding a little olive oil to the mix helps too.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, minced
4 minced garlic cloves
2 pounds ground turkey meat, preferably from the legs and thighs
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp minced fresh sage
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Transfer the onions, garlic, and oil to a large bowl to cool down.
2 Once the onions are cool to the touch, add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, and herbs into the bowl. Using your hands, gently mix everything until well combined. You want the herbs mixed in without overworking the meat (which would make the burgers tough).
3 Form the meat into patties. Here's a burger patty tip: use your fingers to form a slight indentation in the middle of the patties. When burger patties cook, the meat contracts from the edges. Having the middle part slightly thinner than the edges when raw will help the patties finish with a more even shape (less bulge in the middle).
4 Cook on a hot grill or in a hot cast iron frying pan for 5-6 minutes per side, until cooked through (170°F if using a meat thermometer). If using a grill, coat the grill grates first with a little vegetable oil. If using a frying pan, put a little oil in the pan first to help keep the burgers from sticking. A trick my mother uses when making burgers in a cast iron frying pan is to sprinkle the bottom of the pan with a little salt. The salt acts sort of like ball-bearings, keeping the patties from sticking when you go to flip them.
Serve with toasted buns, and the accompaniments of your choice—sliced onions, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, bacon, mayonnaise (especially good with mayo), mustard, relish, ketchup.
Makes 8 turkey burgers.

Israeli Couscous with Asparagus, Peas, and Sugar Snaps6 Servings

From Bon AppetitIngredients 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 large garlic cloves, minced, divided 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel 1 1/3 cups Israeli couscous (6 to 7 ounces) 1 3/4 cups (or more) vegetable broth 14 ounces slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut diagonally into 3/4-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups) 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups) 1 cup shelled fresh green peas or frozen, thawed 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Test-Kitchen Tip To trim asparagus, hold onto the top of the stalk with one hand and bend the bottom of the stalk with your other hand. The stalk will snap, separating the woody end from the tender top.
INGREDIENT TIP Some sugar snap peas have a tough string running along the top of the pod. To remove it, snap off the leaf end and pull the string.Preparation Whisk 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, and lemon peel in small bowl; set dressing aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add couscous, sprinkle with salt, and sauté until most of couscous is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add 13/4 cups broth, increase heat, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 10 minutes, adding more broth by tablespoonfuls if too dry. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add asparagus, sugar snap peas, green peas, and remaining garlic clove. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; sauté until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer vegetables to large bowl. Add couscous to bowl with vegetables. Drizzle dressing over. Add chives and cheese; toss. Season with salt and pepper.



Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Monday! I have been in Atlanta for a month now! I cant believe I am done in three days with my internship. Its been so amazing! I have met a lot of great people and really enjoyed working at Travis. Hopefully Ill be getting a headboard made from a fabric I found while working. This is some of thier fabric above. Mine is a blue/green soft texture. The heardboard looks like picture at the top! So excited to get my new queen bed!
The real thing I want to share were all the great places I have been eating in Atlanta. There are too many places to go that are delicious, but here are a few I have been too. AMAZING!
Check them out and if you are in Atlanta go to them!!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

This is from one of my favorite flower shops in Little Rock. Phil is amazing and does unique arrangements everytime! check it out!
The mornings are my favorite time of day. I love breakfast food and a cup of coffee while I watch TV of read a book. I wanted to go to the original pancake house that I have heard great things about, but I think I am going to have to wait until this weekend. Instead, I went to a coffee sshop this morning before work and a man sitting across from me gave me a wonderful compliment and then when he left told me he hope sI have a great day and anywhere I go he was sure I would light up the room. That made my day! The mornings are the best!

Go out today and give someone a compliment, it makes you feel good and them!

I have some awesome reciepes for waffles, gaspacho, and a quinoa salad that I will put up soon!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Peter Dunham, new designer I love!

He is based in LA and has great style. I just discovered him yesterday and fell in love!

Tell me what you think!