Tuesday, October 11, 2011

this weeks fixings.

French Bread

My first ever, Pumpkin Pie

Party favor that my cousin made for her baby girls 1st birthday. 

The mix made amazing chocolate chip cupcakes. (they reminded me of cho chip pancakes) 

Last night I made a turkey meatloaf and mash potatoes. 
Turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes.


   for the meatloaf (meatloaf recipe from 
  • Giada De Laurentiis)
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic and herb-marinated sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (I used goat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  •        For the mashed potatoes.
  • 1 bag of redskin potatoes
  • 1 stick plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of half and half 
  • 1/4 cup of mozzarella or other white melting cheese. (I used my homemade goat cheese)
  • 1/2 of a white onion chopped into little bits. 
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic minced 
  • salt and pepper to taste.


Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, if using, eggs, milk, feta, salt, and pepper. Add the turkey and gently stir to combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
Carefully pack the meat mixture into the prepared pan and bake until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice. Put on a serving platter and serve.
While the meatloaf is cooking go ahead and prep and cook your potatoes until they are the preferred doneness for mashing. drain out the water and set aside. In a skillet melt 2 tbsp of butter and saute the onions until they are almost translucent, then add the garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Mash your potatoes then add the rest of the ingredients including the onions and garlic. blend with an electric hand mixer, start on low so that you don't send scalding hot potatoes into your face. serve with meatloaf. If you would like some greens on your plate, saute an onion with some garlic in butter, add some frozen green beans, cover and let cook until the beans are done.  salt and pepper as desired. 

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