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Showing posts from April, 2011

Mouthwatering Turkey Burgers

***There's nothing like a big, juicy cheeseburger to satisfy your appetite.  I've never really given ground turkey a chance until lately, and boy am I glad that I did!  Ground turkey is so much healthier than ground beef, but I guess I've always just pictured turkey burgers as dry, bland and just not as appealing as beef.  Well, these burgers put a rest to that myth! I learned this technique for making a great burger from my Dad.  He's always taken a packet of onion soup mix and added it to the ground beef, and it produces such juicy, delicious patties.  I thought that it might be a good idea to try the same method with turkey meat.  These burgers were FAR from dry...they were juicy and perfect!  Plus, the onion mix adds such a great flavor to the meat.  After topping with your favorite burger accompaniments, you'll be in love! Bon Appetit!*** Source:  Inspired/Adapted from Lipton's recipe for Onion Burgers Ingredients: 1 lb. ground turkey 1/4 cup water

Shrimp & Grits + Helen, GA!

***A few weeks ago, Brad and I got the chance to get away for a quick weekend trip to Helen, GA.  We kept hearing about this unique little town modeled after an Alpine village, and we were curious about what the German town had to offer.  I was especially curious about how much it would remind me of our actual trip to Germany. I have to say that I wasn't disappointed.  We had a fabulous time meandering around the village, eating German food, hiking the local trails, and even got dressed up in traditional German clothing! Fortunately, we had the pleasure of dining at the Nacoochee Grill while we were there.  It was honestly one of the best restaurant meals that I've had in a very long time.  It offered the very best in fine gourmet dining, but at a surprisingly affordable price.  For an appetizer, we began our meal with perfectly prepared eggrolls filled with marinated steak.  They came arranged in a pretty row on a white platter....I wish I had taken photos!  For my en

Roasted Salmon with Lentils

***Lately, Brad and I have been on a little bit of a health kick.  I've always tried to cook pretty healthy, and we've both been even more mindful of what we're eating.  Last week, Brad requested that I work salmon into the weekly repertoire.  I came across this recipe in Martha Stewart's Everyday Food: Great Food Fast cookbook, and it looked and sounded so delicious - Roasted salmon on a bed of lentils, which is drizzled with a glorious mustard vinaigrette of fresh parsley, dijon mustard, minced garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. DELISH! The mustard vinaigrette adds such an awesome flavor to the entire meal.  Half of the vinaigrette is mixed in with the lentils, and the other half is drizzled over the salmon once it's been plated. Lentils are a member of the legume family.  They are wonderful because they are packed with tons of protein and iron, plus they sort of reinvent themselves with every new dish you make.  You can flavor them in so many diff