beef and orange stir-fry

I’ve been feeling bad about taking the exhausted way out of dinner lately and caving to the frozen and prepared foods aisles at the grocery store so I pulled out some cookbooks with fast or express in the title and made the shopping list.  I flipped through Good Food Fast which is a kitchens of Martha Stewart cookbook and found beef and orange stir-fry.  The recipe is here.  It was super easy and took the amount of time it took to bubble some yellow rice.  We used stir-fry precut beef from the market to make it even easier.  Our fun red bowls and chopsticks made it feel like something a little special.  It tasted good with a bit of extra soy dashed on top.

meatloaf fit for company

it isn’t often I say, these leftovers are so good I should take them to a co-worker. But seriously, Tyler Florence’s meatloaf out of Family Meals is really spectacular.  I am often asked, ‘whatcha got for lunch?’ because it is usually a pretty decent answer with some kind of leftovers or doctored up tuna.
Meatloaf has come up a couple of times lately so I figured it was time to share.

 Tolan’s Glazed Turkey Meatl Loaf – serves 8
2 slices soft white bread, diced in 1″ pieces
2 cups milk
1 large yellow onion, small dice
1 cup diced thick cut bacn, plus 6-8 strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
2# ground turkey (we don’t buy all white but a mix w/ dark and white meat)
1 large egg
3 T ketchup
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
2 t salt

heat 1 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup dijon and 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar over low heat.

Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet w/ parchment.  This makes cleanup much nicer.
Combine milk and bread in a bowl and set aside.
In a skilled saute the bacon to lightly crispy.  Add onion and saute to translucent.  Add garlic and saute one more minute.  Transfer to a large bowl on the counter and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Add the ground turkey, egg, ketchup, worcestershire and salt.  Lightly mix to combine. *Don’t overmix or you get tough meat.
Form the meat into two ovals on your parchment.  Lay your strips of bacon on top and cover with glaze.  Bake for about 1 hour or until you hit 160 internally.  Let rest 15 or so minutes before slicing.

4R Brisket Meat Loaf    Recipes from John Rivers – Owner of 4R Smokehouse

1 ½-2# Ground Beef (Brisket)
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup Cheez-its
1 cup 4R barbeque sauce
½ cup worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  
Saute the diced onion in a drizzle of oil until translucent, add garlic and saute about 2 more minutes.  Set aside to cool in a large bowl.
Place Cheez-its in a plastic ziploc, flatten out the air, seal.  Crunch up Cheez-its.
Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and gently mix.  Don’t overmix as this would cause toughness.
Place in a loaf pan and bake 1 to 1 ½ hours or until about 160 degrees.

asian sweet potato salad

bought Tyler Florence’s new book, Family Meal, over the weekend and tonight I baked some pork chops with fruit & fire (apricot/jalapeno but not spicy) and panko and made Tyler’s recipe for asian sweet potato salad.  It is boiled sweet potatoes with a carrot ginger dressing and greens and cucumbers dressed with only lemon, dates and crunchy wontons.  A light fall dinner with tons of color and flavor.

meatloaf, pickled mustard seed and tomato relish


last night we had a couple of friends over for dinner.  We found some amazing looking ciabatta at the Fresh Market and found this ‘wichcraft sandwich to pile it into.  Tom Collichio’s meatloaf with a slow cooked tomato curry relish and bloomed pickled mustard seeds with cheddar and bacon.  It ain’t your mom’s meatloaf!  The monsoon let loose right before they arrived and the lights went out for a moment.  The Florida rainy season doesn’t stop us!  We finished off the night with slices of homemade chocolate banana bread with dark chocolate chips.