November 21, 2011

turkey in the crockpot

we always have thanksgiving with family, so i haven't had the opportunity to cook the traditional meal for quite a few years. so last night, since we were having guests for dinner, i decided to cook a mini thanksgiving meal to get my thanksgiving cooking fix.

i was going to be gone half the day, so i thought i'd try turkey in the crockpot and it was AMAZING! breast meat that was actually moist and juicy! yum! here's what i did:


3lb turkey breast
1/2 C chicken broth
olive oil
harry and david turkey rub


rinse the meat and pat dry. pour the broth into the crockpot. brush turkey with olive oil until just coated on top. smooth a thin layer of butter over that. cover butter with the turkey rub. cook on low for 4 1/2 hrs. voila! it was falling apart as i cut it....

November 18, 2011


this is a dish that's been in the family for years, but i've always thought something could be done to improve it slightly. i found a much better dough recipe and an idea to add dill to the meat from and it turned out delicious. my kids love them, too.


2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 C shredded cabbage
pepper and dried dill to taste


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

make dough and let it rise til double. meanwhile, saute onion until slightly softened. add beef and pepper and cook til done. sprinkle with desired amount of dill and pour the cabbage in. cover and turn off heat, but leave on the burner. the cabbage should steam in 5-7 minutes.

break dough off into pieces a little bit larger than a golf ball. roll out thin. put a few generous spoonfuls of filling on one side and fold over to make a pocket. press ends together. place on a greased cookie sheet and lightly grease the tops. bake @ 425 for 10 minutes. super yummy to dip them in your choice of mustard. they freeze well.