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Turkey Taco Skillet

6 January, 2018

My wife and I love Mexican food.  It’s comforting and delicious and perfect for cold winter nights like we’re having now.  This staple meal has quickly become one of my favorites, not only because it’s so easy to prepare, but because it’s so delicious!

What you need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbl chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can refried beans or black beans
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup salsa, your choice
  • 1 tbl lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend

In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add spices and 3/4 cup water and bell peppers, cover and let simmer until liquid reduces and peppers become soft. Stir in the salsa, beans, cilantro and lime juice and cook until heated through.

Sprinkle with cheese and cover until the cheese melts, then serve with additional cilantro for a garnish.  Enjoy!

 

Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

8 December, 2017
Game day snacks are so much fun to make.  They’re just a couple bites, so you can save room for the whole spread! These little pulled pork sliders are the perfect combo of sweet and spicy with a little crunch.  They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next get-together!

 

What you need:
5-6 pound pork shoulder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbl minced garlic
20 oz coca-cola
1 cup water
Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce
Red Cabbage, chopped
Buns, sliced in half
Cilantro to garnish
Place the pork in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne over top.  Pour the soda and water over the pork until it’s almost completely covered.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, turning once, until it easily shreds with a fork.  Remove from the slow cooker and stir in Maker’s Mark BBQ as desired.

To assemble the sliders, I used small buns.  I put a small amount of pork, topped with the cabbage and additional cilantro to garnish.
Enjoy!
Cocktails

Apple Cider Mules

5 November, 2017

Can you believe it’s November all ready?? It feels like just yesterday I was wishing for fall weather, and it feels like the holidays are already creeping up on us.  Instead of panicking, I am putting this nervous energy to good use, and planning my holiday menu!  First on the list?! A fabulous fall cocktail.  Moscow mules have become my go-to drink.  Not only are they so delicious, but they come in the cutest copper mug, and we all know i’m a sucker for something insta-worthy.  I partnered with Chicago Vodka to make this delicious holiday cocktail.  I am all about supporting the local businesses, so when I learned about a local vodka distillery, I knew I had to check it out!  Chicago vodka is 5 times distilled and filtered 9 times through a patent-pending filtration system that allows only 30 liters per hour filtration flow. It takes 5 full days just to filter one batch of 600 bottles. There is no one out there investing this much time to truly perfect their vodka like they are. Their vodka is hand-bottled, hand-corked and handmade with love from start to finish.  It was the perfect choice! You can find Chicago Vodka Chicagoland Marianos and Binnys locations!

First we’ll infuse the cider with cinnamon and spices:

What you need:

  • 1 Gallon of Apple Cider (unsweetened)
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Start by combining cinnamon sticks in a large pot with a gallon of apple cider. Then mix in ground cinnamon & nutmeg and let simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes. The longer you let simmer, the more the cinnamon flavors will infuse into the apple cider.  Let cool completely.

For the cocktail:

  • 2 ounces Chicago vodka

  • 2 ounces cinnamon infused apple cider

  • Juice of 1 small lime wedge

  • Good quality ginger beer to top off (about ½ cup or so)

  • Cinnamon to sprinkle

  1. In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer.
  3. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick

Pair with some good friends and a fire for a delicious and toasty evening!