Thursday, September 17, 2009

Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

It may be fall but there are still some barbecue days left. And nothing prolongs the joys of summer more than burgers! These are very simple but super tasty. And if you make 8 small patties and then assemble them by putting the cheese in the middle of a bottom patty, leaving space around the edge then put the top patty on and pinch the edges. It works really well! See how well the cheese stayed inside the burger.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers - Serves 4


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tsp each finely chopped fresh rosemary and thyme
  • salt and pepper, sprinkle some all over the mix based on your preference
  • 1 tbsp squeeze of fresh lemon
  • 4 1/2 slices of goat cheese, a small log will be more than enough


  1. Mix turkey, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper and lemon.
  2. Form into 8 thin patties
  3. Lay out 4 patties, place goat cheese slice on each, top with remaining patties and pinch sides to close in cheese
  4. Barbecue until cooked through, it's turkey so cook it completely, I did them about 8 - 10 minutes per side.

I served these with some whole wheat buns toasted, a slice of tomato and a slather of mayo. Very simple, super delicious!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bolognese Smacked Full of Veggies

Now is the time of year to get out your crock pots and get some hearty dishes on the go (and into your freezer!) I had a bunch of veggies that I wanted to use up before hitting the farmers' market again this weekend. So what's a girl to do? Bolognese!!

Here's what went into mine:
2 onions
4 ribs of celery, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1/2 a bulb of fennel, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium zucchini, shredded
1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped fine
4 -5 ounces/140 g beef , diced
8 - 9 ounces/250g pork, diced
2 cans of tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 cup milk
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground porchini mushroom powder (you can use fresh mushrooms if you like)
salt and pepper
I sauteed all the veggies first (yes, I had to fill the pan and saute three times to get it all done)
I dumped them into the crock pot as each pan full was ready. Then I did the same for the meat. Stir in everything else and that's it. I let it simmer on high for 4 hours but you could easily prep this ahead and let it simmer on low all day while your at work. Make lots because it freezes beautifully. All you'll have to do in the future is boil some pasta and dinner is done!
Throw in what ever veggies you have on hand. This is a great way to create a tasty quick dish for future meals. If you have picky eaters, use a food processor or blender to puree cooked or frozen and defrosted veggies to sneak them in.
What a great meal! And now - on to football. Tonight is opening night!!!! ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?!?!!? Wheeeeeeeeeee!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tandoori Beer Can Chicken and Warm Curry Potato Salad

As Summer draws to a close there is still time for some good barbecuing. The great part about these dishes? They can been done indoors as well as outdoors. I beer can chickens and turkeys all year long. It's such a good way to ensure a moist bird. This recipe doesn't even need to be beer canned as I discovered while trying to make it while on vacation on one of those newer low top barbecues. Just put the bird on it's back and pour some of the leftover marinade in the cavity. It steams up quite nicely!

Tandoori Beer Can Chicken - Serves 2 -4 (buy 1 1/2 - 2 lbs per person)

  • 3 - 4 lb chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea or kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper ( more if you like it extra spicy)
  • *mix up the spices however you like, most Indian homes have their own special spice blend so feel free to create your own, add whatever spices make you think of Indian food!
  • red food colouring (optional)
  • 1 beer or pop can, half emptied out
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in chunks

  1. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze about 1/4 cup of juice in a glass or plastic bowl, add in salt.
  2. Make some cuts into the meat all over the chicken to allow the marinade to really get in there.
  3. Toss the chicken in the lemon and salt and let sit at least 15 minutes but no longer than an hour.
  4. Rinse the chicken and pat dry
  5. In the lemon juice and salt bowl, remove any of the salt residue left at the bottom, try to leave about 1 tbsp lemon juice, add more if necessary.
  6. Add in everything from garlic to red food colouring from the ingredient list. Mix.
  7. Add in the chicken and make sure the marinade is all over the inside and outside of the bird
  8. Let sit for 6 - 12 hours
  9. Prepare the bbq for indirect grilling or set the oven for 425 degrees
  10. Empty your beer can another 1/4 and add in some of the marinade to bring the can up to 1/2 full
  11. Stuff the chicken with the cut up chunks of red onion and the leftover lemon in both the bottom and the top.
  12. Place the chicken on the beer can and put on the grill. If you aren't beer canning it, put the chicken on it's back and pour some of the marinade into the cavity.
  13. If cooking in the oven, start at 425 and reduce to 350 after the first 15 minutes. This is a little harder to do on a bbq but you should start high and then reduce the temp as it starts to brown. Check it after the first 15 minutes and adjust as necessary
  14. Cook until the legs are loose or the temp reads 180 degrees with a meat thermometer. (about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours for a 3 - 4 lb bird)

Warm Curry Potato Salad


  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 1/2 tbsp Madras Curry Powder (or regular curry powder if you can't find Madras)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 3 Green Onions, chopped
  • Any Combo of the following -
  • White potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Cauliflower


  1. Mix up Mayo through green onions, adjust to meet your tastes! ( I never measure)
  2. Boil potatoes, blanche green beans, peas and/or cauliflower.
  3. Mix it all together and enjoy!

You can toss some of the diced leftover chicken into the potato salad for a quick lunch of leftovers. Enjoy!