One of the best things you can do to ensure a nice juicy turkey is to brine it. Brining is Easy! Just gotta plan ahead a lil.
Country Girls Turkey Brine
1TB Rosemary leaves
1TB Thyme leaves
1TB Black peppercorns
4 bay leaves
6 cloves of garlic
1 onion, halved
1 orange, quartered
1 lemon, quartered
1 cup salt
1 cup brown sugar
water (like 1.5-2 gallons)
A container big enough for your bird (such as a cooler)
In your container mix all ingredients and then add turkey (be sure to remove innards first). Cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 12 to 24 hours. Remove the turkey then drain and discard the excess brine and pat dry and prepare your turkey as desired.
Looking for a quick and easy Chili recipe? This recipe simmers all day long in the crockpot and is perfect for chilly days. I have used this recipe and fed not only my friends and family but I have used it for fundraising. This chili is great alone or on top of nachos or turned into walking tacos or Frito pie.
Country Girl’s Chili
2lbs ground turkey
1 medium onion,diced (diced)
4 cans(15.5oz) pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
4 cans(15oz) tomato sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded if desired and diced
1TB Chili Powder
1 TB Cumin
1/4tsp Cayenne Pepper
1TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Heat EVOO in skillet until hot and add ground turkey and onions. Cook until turkey is brown and the onions are soft and translucent. Place in crockpot and add remaining ingredients and combine. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High
Pork Chops and apple sauce a meal made popular by Peter Brady from the Brady Bunch. Well, Peter Brady it is time to grow up.
Spiced Praline Pear Sauce with Pork Chops
4 pears, peeled and diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
cook these two ingredients in a heavy saucepan on med-hi heat until pears are soft and sugar is syrupy/thickened up. Then add…
stir in until melted. then add…
I like whole pecans..remember pronounced puh-cahn not pee-can…A pee can is something you keep by the bed to pee in.
1/4cup light corn syrup
again stir in.. then add
1/4cup evaporated milk
bring to a rapid boil for 1 minute then remove from heat and you will have….
Now doesn’t that look good?
Now for the chops, you want something Easy-Peasy.
Place a dallop of EVOO in your frying pan and pan fry your chops (we like the thick ones) with a bit of kosher sea salt and fresh ground pepper. You want them to look something like this…
Now it’s time to put it all together and plate…
Now that sauce isn’t just for chops, I am sure it would be good on ice cream and pancakes but I guess I will have to make it again. It was so good my husband ate the leftover sauce by itself!
Simple Strawberry Jam
1 pound of Strawberries (hulled)
2 cups of Sugar
Juice of half a lemon
Throw all of your ingredients in a heavy sauce pan, the heavier the better. You are cooking sugar here. Throw your temp onto medium-high and mash and stir with a potato masher. Bring to boil and continue to stir and mash until your jam mixture reaches 220 degrees F. Pour into clean sterilized jars.
At this point you can either process or place jar in the refrigerator to be eaten right away.
I chose the later, it is good stuff and goes fast in my house. It’s is yummy on toast, biscuits, peanut butter and jelly’s, pancakes..etc. I think you get my point. The best part though is that it is easy and you know EXACTLY what is in your jam, no added ingredients or artificial colors. It is simple goodness for you and your family that you can feel good about.