Simple Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey

Hey my loves,

I’m sure you are not wanting to talk turkey so soon after Thanksgiving! But, I couldn’t help myself to hurry up and share my taste on roasting a turkey with my loves.

One of my fondest memories of my sweet mother during the holidays, was her cooking up the largest turkey she could find to feed a lot of people! Her turkey was simple but always moist and so, so yummy!

A few years back, I started cooking the turkey for our huge family holiday gatherings. No pressure on me lol, coming from my mother which was known for the best cook ever! Most importantly I did not  want to let her down. Enjoying her turkey so much I wanted to roast the turkey pretty much like hers, but with my own taste! I prefer a clean, fresh turkey. And, like my mother, I buy a pretty big turkey  (22 lbs or so). I use only fresh ingredients: chicken stock, onion, garlic, lemon or 2, sage, rosemary, butter, sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.

I soften the butter and finely chop up half the ingredients to add to the butter, then I like to squeeze lemon into mixture. I rub the butter mixture all over and under the skin of the turkey. The extra lemon, onion, garlic and the rest of the fresh ingredients I put inside the turkey. I pour a couple of cups of chicken stock into the roasting pan and then I place the turkey in the pan. Now the turkey is ready to go into a pre heated oven at 450* for an hour. Then I turn temperature down to 325* until done.

My sweet mother always gave me her approval on my turkey, which made me feel  proud coming from the best cook ever, to me!

It’s such a simple recipe with abundance of flavors that will never leave you or your loves disappointed.

                                                   with love, Catherine

P.S. I only cover the turkey when I turn temperature down and I like to baste the turkey every 30 minutes to keep it moist.

Sunday’s Pot Roast Dinner

Hey my loves,

Do you look forward to relaxing on Sundays and eating a good home cooked meal with your loves? I sure do! Something about Sunday dinners brings me back to my childhood of my mother cooking this huge, delicious meal for us. It was always my favorite meal for that week (lol), no matter what she cooked! There was just something magical about what she would choose to cook for us on Sundays and how she did it with so much love that made it so special. So as a mother and grandmother I try to do the same for my loves.

One of my favorite meals to cook on a chilly fall day here in Florida that makes me feel like I am eating one of my mothers Sundays recipe, is a pot roast with onion, carrots and potatoes.

I buy a good quality, clean chuck roast. I rub olive oil, sea salt and ground black pepper all over the roast. I brown it on both sides, then I began on the gravy by adding 2TBS of butter and 2 TBS of flour on medium low heat for couple minutes. Then I add a box of beef stock to cover the roast completely. Cover the pan with lid and put in oven for an hour, add onions, potatoes and carrots. Cook until your desire of tenderness.

So on your next chilly Sunday, I hope you try this simple but delicious pot roast meal. And if you decide to cook this recipe, I hope it brings you to a comfy and happy place as it does for me.

With Love, Catherine

P.S. I like to season each step as I add the ingredients to the pot!

Beef Tips and Rice

Hey my loves,

I should call this recipe “Austin’s Beef Tips and Rice”. He’s my oldest son, and when he was a little boy he would always ask for this meal. Still now at 29, he still does and this mama always does happily when he comes home!

It’s a very easy recipe with lots of flavor! First, I start by browning my beef (any beef you chose will work, I usually buy eye of round steak roast). Next, I remove the beef from pan and saute my red pepper, red onion and garlic. Then, I deglaze with red wine, (you know the wine you are sipping on) or beef stock. Now here comes the rue… a little flour, butter and stir for couple of minutes then I pour 1 box of beef stock in pan and let everything marinate together on medium low heat. Now, I put the star of the show back in,(beef)  so all that yumminess can come together to create a delicious meal for your loves. Simmer for about 30 minutes or so. (until the beef is nice and tender).            

                             

While the beef is cooking, I cook the rice. And, I always like to have a nice green veggie for a side dish. This time I chose asparagus. I roasted them till tender and a little crispy. As soon as I take  the asparagus out of the oven, I drizzle melted butter and fresh lemon juice over the asparagus to give it just a little more flavor. Add a little sea salt and pepper to taste. Perfectly tasty asparagus that pairs well with the beef tips over rice!

I hope you try this recipe for one of your loves! And, if you do let me know how they or yourself liked it.

With Love, Catherine

P.S. I like to cook any of my meals like this recipe, in a covered iron skillet!

Napa Girls Trip

Hey my loves,

Have you ever been to Napa Valley or dreamed of going? I have and I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite girls trip ever! I have always wanted to go to Napa but was waiting for the perfect group of girls to go with. And here we are… myself, daughter, daughter in law and my other two sons girlfriends. We went for a four day (long weekend) trip and we wanted to make every minute count, while not over doing it! We chose to stay at an Air B&B right in the heart of downtown Napa. Great choice, but, honestly anywhere you decide to stay in the breath taking country side or in one of the quaint towns of Sonoma Region will be a perfect stay. It’s all within a 45 minute drive with spectacular views everywhere you go. So don’t over think too much on trying to find the perfect place to stay.


 

We had chose 3 vineyards to get our wine tasting Sonoma experience. Domaine Carneros, Elizabeth Spencer, and Castello di Amorosa Castle. They were all fabulous! With each having their own charisma! It was nice scheduling them at different days so we wouldn’t get too tipsy but… what happens in Sonoma on a girls trip stays in Sonoma, right? It was fun tasting and learning all the varieties of wine from this gorgeous region. If I had to choose, my favorite experience was at Elizabeth Spencer’s Rose’ Party! Rose’ all Day was perfect for us girls. Nothing better than Rose’, delish food, and great people! Girls trips can’t go wrong with those 3 combinations!There is much more to do in the area than just sip on wine (like eating), if you can get yourself away from all that good wine tasting. Which is hard to do,  I mean it is Napa Valley! But, if you are a foodie like myself, you will not be disappointed at all! Everywhere we chose to eat, if it was a hamburger joint or a 5 star restaurant, the food was unforgettable! As I like to say, it tasted like farm to table, my favorite kind of food!

We were so excited to go on the hot air air balloon ride, unfortunately  due to the extreme foggy weather they had to cancel. We didn’t get to check that off our trip but its giving us another reason to go back! Once the weather cleared up, we were on the road in search for more adventure that this beautiful region had to offer us on our last day there. We found some of the local mom and pop shops, local artist show casing their beautiful work and quirky little shops. It was a great, carefree way to spend our last day here in one of the most prestigious place I have been.

I can honestly say, Napa Valley treated us well. Hospitality, great food and all that delicious wine! Definitely will be doing another girls trip there and I’m thinking sooner than later!

                   With Love, Catherine

P.S. when traveling, make sure you don’t over book yourself. Take the time to smell the flowers or in wine country, sip an extra glass of wine!

Early Turkey Dinner

Hello My Loves,

I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but what is a lady supposed to do when craving Thanksgiving Dinner? That’s right! Cook a smaller version to get me through until Thanksgiving.

Instead of a whole turkey, I cooked a fresh turkey breast as I would cook a whole fresh turkey for our Thanksgiving Dinner. I rubbed olive oil/butter, fresh garlic, rosemary, lemon, salt and pepper all over the breast (even under the skin to give it as much seasoning) to make sure it tasted just like a Thanksgiving turkey. 

 With all the flavorful drippings from the turkey pan, I made my homemade gravy! So good and it really wouldn’t be complete if I had no gravy!

I wanted to keep it simple with the sides as well, so I roasted a few celebration blend potatoes with garlic and rosemary (that I had extra from my turkey breast). Sauteed fresh cabbage and onions together. I absolutely enjoy these veggies paired together.

This is an easy meal to cook anytime you have a craving for a Thanksgiving Dinner.

With Love, Catherine

P.S. Make sure you let your turkey come to room temperature, so it will cook evenly perfect for you!