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Make Ahead Turkey Stock for Thanksgiving Gravy

November 16, 2017

Turkey Stock 5Time to make your own turkey stock!!! It makes a big difference if you use homemade, with your own flavor profile..

By this time of year, most grocery stores have turkey necks and backs for just a few bucks. I buy a pack and roast them simply with olive oil, salt and pepper. I let them hang out in the oven till the pieces are golden brown and delicious looking. I then add them to a big pot full of chicken broth, and lots of vegetables and aromatics. For me garlic and fresh herbs are a must- like thyme, rosemary, etc. I like my gravy dark brown and so use a box of beef broth to richen the color. The stock cooks for at least an hour or two until the liquid is reduced quite a bit- in this case I reduced it to 3 cups. From here you have an option to continue the process and make the gravy and freeze for later. I find the gravy consistency compromised after it is frozen- so I stop at this point and freeze the stock.

You can take it out two days before thanksgiving and let it thaw in the fridge and make the gravy the morning of.

  • About a pound or a pound and a half turkey neck and back
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degree F.

On a lined baking pan, place the turkey parts. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle the salt and pepper. Roast for an hour or till the parts are golden brown. Take out of the oven and keep aside.

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  • Two boxes of 32 oz chicken stock
  • One box of 32 oz beef stock
  • 1 large onion, cut in half
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half
  • 1 cup carrots, roughly cut up
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

In a large stockpot add the chicken stock, beef stock, onion, garlic, carrots, thyme and rosemary. Add the roasted turkey parts and bring to a boil. Once the liquid comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 2-3 hours or till the liquid is reduced to about 3 cups. Strain the liquid out by pressing all the goodness out of the cooked vegetables. Take out in a container and refrigerate over night. Skim the excess fat off and freeze till needed.

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Filet Mignon with Mushroom Sauce

September 24, 2013

I love a good steak and my favorite is a nice juicy rib eye but a filet mignon is leaner and a bit healthier… although taste is not compromised!

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Small bunch of thyme
  • 4 medium filet mignon, salt and pepper sprinkled on both sides
  • 1 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté on medium high heat and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thyme, shallot and garlic. Saute on medium heat and move the mushrooms and aromatics to the outside of the pan making a circle and a round empty space in the middle. Raise the heat and add the filets in the middle and brown on both sides. Take out and bring the vegetables back into the middle. Add the flour and cook for a minute. Add the broth and whisk any lumps out. Bring to a boil and reduce about half way. Add the steaks back into the pan and cook till desired doneness. Check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Serve with roast potatoes and green beans.

Hanger Steak with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Potatoes, Gorgonzola and Red Wine Demi

October 25, 2010

Hanger steak6 This dish is definitely for a special occasion or a Sunday dinner. It will take you a bit longer than most of the other dishes I have on this blog- but I feel it is nice to have such recipes as part of your repertoire.

This dish came about as a result of a recipe replication I did after reviewing restaurant Tolima in Chatham.

I loved the dish in the restaurant, especially the  gorgonzola cheese on top of the rich steak and the red wine demi- which is essentially a silky, delicious sauce served with the steak.

Crispy potatoes were served with the perfectly cooked steak. I also cooked some lovely green beans to balance the dish off.

This dish has different parts to it and takes a while to prep everything but each part individually is not hard to do. The dish is amazing with the perfectly cooked steak with the caramelized onions on top. The roast potatoes provide a wonderful crunch and the sweet, pungent cheese is delicious. The green beans make the dish look pretty and provide great flavor. To finish it off, the demi is drizzled all over … yum!

Definitely try this dish when you have a some time and love to devote. Your family and friends will love you for it…
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Beef Stroganoff

April 13, 2010

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Yum- this was a delicious meal. I bought some tri tip roast from Trader Joes and was thinking of a way to use it up. As usual I was watching or reading something about food and beef stroganoff stood out.

I realized I hadn’t eaten this dish in years. In fact I can’t even remember where I had it- I do recall eating it on top of egg noodles.

In the recipe I read, the beef was served on top of toasted sourdough bread. I decided to do the same but I was able to find a whole wheat sourdough at Trader Joes- I am always trying to make dishes healthier where ever I can.

I started the delicious dish by sauteing the mushrooms with garlic. I used the same pan and sauteed the meat and added lots of flavor including red wine- yes you read correct- I used red wine. Actually I was planning on using white wine but when I opened the fridge, there wasn’t any- but I did have a light pinot noir and it was perfect. In fact I think next time I will use red instead of white wine. It gave the dish a nice color and a deeper flavor. Creme fraiche and dill made this dish unbelievable. I toasted the sour dough slices with some olive oil and rubbed a garlic clove all over the hot bread. I then added the stroganoff on top and served a green salad and the same red wine I used to cook the dish.

Make this beef stroganoff next time you have friends or family over- they will keep coming back for more…
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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Savory Applesauce served with Roast Potatoes and Garlicky Broccolini

November 22, 2009

Roast PorkTenderloin with Applesauce I made this dinner a few days ago. When I made the applesauce– pork came to mind. So, I went to Trader Joes and purchased myself a pork tenderloin to serve with the sauce. 

I cooked the sauce with some shallots and garlic to make it a bit savory. I marinated the pork with a mixture of garlic, rosemary, thyme and salt. It gave it a delicious flavor that complemented the applesauce really well. 

I wasn’t sure what to serve with the pork- but then while I was at the store, I saw broccolini. I have used this vegetable before, so I decided to give it a try. It was delicious with the pork and the potatoes.

I had potatoes at home and decided to try a side dish I saw a few years ago- it’s a Jacques Pepin’s recipe. I made it for Christmas couple of years ago and they were delicious. The potatoes are cooked in chicken broth and butter with some herbs. As the potatoes get soft, smash them a bit with the back of a ladle or a small bowl. As the smashed potatoes cook and brown up, they get crispy on the outside. They are out of this world. 

These potatoes will be fabulous for Thanksgiving. Easy and really delicious. I will be posting the broccolini recipe soon as well- it will be ideal for a holiday dinner!

Please go through the blog and choose ‘Holiday Ideas’ to get lots of other ideas for your holiday family dinners. Enjoy the festive time with your loved ones, eating some fabulous dishes! It’s a great time of year!

  • 1½ to 2 pounds pork tenderloin, excess fat removed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Have a digital thermometer ready.

 Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper to a mortar and pestle. Pound and mix well and add it to the pork tenderloin covering all sides. Keep aside for about an hour.

Place the tenderloin on a lined cookie sheet and put it in the oven. Roast till the internal temperature is about 145 to 150 degrees. Take out and cover to rest for 20 minutes before serving.

Applesauce with Shallots and Garlic

Savory Applesauce

  • 1 cup homemade applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, sliced thin
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper

In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil and add the shallots and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the applesauce, salt and pepper. Saute till everything is heated through. Serve on top of the pork.

Roasted Potatoes

Roast Potatoes

  • 4 medium yellow skinned potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a large non-stick frying pan add the chicken or beef broth. Add the potatoes cut side down. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to simmer and cover. Cook the potatoes till almost done- about 15-20 minutes. Take the lid off and increase the heat to evaporate the broth. Once most of the broth is gone, take a small bowl and squish the potatoes down with the back part of the bowl. Brown the squished potatoes till both sides are golden brown. Add salt and pepper and serve.

Pork Ragu with Penne

October 29, 2009

Pork Ragu with Penne My all time favorite dish- okay one of them at least- is boar ragu I have at Arturos in Maplewood. It is simply the most delicious boar ragu I have had. Before going to Umbria last month, I was very excited about eating lots of boar- since that region is famous for it. We did have some boar salami and pasta dishes. They were all delicious but something about the one Dan serves in Arturos. It is consistently good and perfectly spiced. It a mixture of boar and mushrooms cooked in a bit of cream and herbs- perfect in my book.

While my cousins were visiting from Austin, I decided to replicate the dish- in my way. I used pork instead of boar and added pancetta to the mix. I simmered the meat in beef broth. I used a bit of half and half and finished the dish with some black truffle paste. All in all, it was a delicious dish- not the same as Dan’s but still good. We all ate it with a lovely red bottle of wine we brought back from Umbria- it was perfect.

I even served the pasta the next day to Sia and her friend- they ate it up in no time! Definitely give this one a try- you will love it too.

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup pancetta, chopped
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • Salt
  • ½ pound penne, al dente- ½ cup spare pasta water
  • 2 tablespoons truffle paste or 1 tablespoon truffle oil

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the pancetta and sauté for 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Add the carrots, onions and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Add the pork and separate with the back of a wooden spatula while sautéing the meat on medium high heat about 2-3 minutes. Add the beef broth and cook on medium low heat for 20 to 25 minutes, till a thick sauce is formed. Add salt and half and half. Add the truffle paste or oil. Mix well and add the cooked pasta and pasta water. Check for seasonings and serve.