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Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that chili with small bits  of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey.

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

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Karl’s Turkey Chili Powder

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she needs to bite something off—and she decided that chili with small bits  of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey. Turkey is a rather bland meat so I decided to spice it up with some chili powder.

Karl’s Turkey Chili Powder

Karl’s Turkey Chili Powder

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Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

Jan asked for a “healthier” shepherd’s pie for dinner on a weeknight. By “healthier” she meant no lamb or beef and no white potatoes. I decided to use ground turkey as my meat and—since I still wanted a Russet potato topping—I would make a fifty-fifty topping with sweet potatoes.

Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Miriam and Chris went to Boston to be with his family this Thanksgiving. However, my sister, Karen and her husband, were passing through town the day after, so I decided that I would make my feast on Friday. With only five dinners, I felt that “all the fixings” would not be necessary, so Jan made the cranberry sauce and I made green beans and a crust-less pumpkin pie for dessert.

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey
a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

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Karl’s BLTs Two Ways

Jan likes the idea of BLTs—bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches—but she has an aversion to bacon. Yesterday, she asked me to make her one using turkey bacon. Eilene and I do not dislike bacon, so I made her a more standard version. For myself, I just had to add a twist with some pickled artichoke hearts. Continue reading

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Karl’s Thanksgiving Orange and Sage Roast Turkey

My original plan for this year was to get a small turkey (10 pounds) and to spatchcock it. I was planning to lay the turkey over the dressing so that the turkey juices would drip onto the stuffing. However, for the second year in a row, Whole Foods got my Kosher turkey order wrong. I still got a turkey, but it was 16 pounds—way too big to lay over the pan if I opened it up. I would have to go with a more traditional approach.

Karl’s Thanksgiving Orange and Sage Roast Turkey

Karl’s Thanksgiving Orange and Sage Roast Turkey

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Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

Jan’s new job is very stressful. When she is stressed, she wants comfort food. For her this is soup, today it is turkey. The “wild” in this title is the wild rice, not the alcoholic beverage—although if you feel cheated, it would not hurt the dish to add it when you add the leeks and carrots.

Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

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Karl’s Spanish Turkey Meatballs

Jan wanted gazpacho for dinner. I do not consider this a meal in itself, it is a liquid salad. She agreed to let me add meatballs, but only if they were turkey.

Karl’s Spanish Turkey Meatballs

Karl’s Spanish Turkey Meatballs

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Karl’s Hoisin Turkey Meatballs

Eilene’s friends are coming over again for Game of Thrones and this week’s theme is “marshmallows.” [Teenagers—what can I say.]  Eilene has requested sweet potato casserole. This was a dish my mother, Claudia, always made for Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are however a side dish, but the meal still needed a main dish.

Karl’s Hoisin Turkey Meatballs

Karl’s Hoisin Turkey Meatballs

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