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Mar 30

Turkey Meatloaf

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009 in Deep Dish


Turkey Meatloaf- Serves 4-6 

I brought back from Istanbul, Turkey a tomato paste that is out of this world. It is the prefect mixture of sun dried tomato, red pepper flakes and tomato paste.  Since I still have some left, I think I will try to re-create it for our future benefit, but in the mean time play with these three ingredients plus maybe a little olive oil to make your own version. I know the recipe only calls for 2 tbs, but they are the most important 2 tbs.

I also love this recipe because it uses day old rice; so when you order take out or have leftovers this is the prefect follow up recipe.

Pre-Heat Oven to 400 degrees.
9 x 5 x 2.5 loaf pan

1 - 1½ cups day old brown rice
1 tsp of poultry seasoning
1 lb ground lean turkey
6 green onions- coarsely chopped whites only
1 whole egg beaten
2 tbs tomato paste
3 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
1 large egg white 

In a mixing bowl, mix the brown rice and poultry seasoning and then add the ground turkey. Add the onion, whole egg and 1 tbs of the tomato paste, mustard, 1 tbs Worcestershire salt and pepper. Using your hands mix the ingredients, but be sure not to over mix ground meat and break it down. Place in the loaf pan. 

In a small bowl whisk the egg white, 1 tsp tomato paste and 1 tsp of Worcestershire until smooth. Spread evenly over the meatloaf.

Cook uncovered approximately 1 hr. Take out and let it sit for 10 minutes, covered with foil.

Mar 24

Dyson- Worth Every Penny

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in Ding Dong, Favorite Finds, Happy Home

dc17When I am asked, what it is I want for my birthday or Christmas most of the time I look to my closet and think, a purse, a necklace or pair of heels. Then later that same day I think of my home renovation list and fixing the patio or saving to replace the roof would be a practical gift. But since I received an early birthday gift this week I am calling the Dyson Vacuum the Gift of the Year! 

The only reason I was in the market for a vacuum is because I accidently locked my cat in a closet for 24 hours. Now every time I turn on the old vacuum it smells like cat! So it had to go! 

I would like to consider myself a patient and thorough shopper. After an ample amount of research every vacuum available at Best Buy, Amazon, etc. has negative reviews except Dyson. The only reason people don’t buy Dyson is because of the lofty price tag. (avg. $500) After 1 day of using the thing, I am here to tell you it is DYSON or DUST. 

A pet friendly and baby friendly house must be rid of dust, hair and germs and that is a challenge for even the most diligent home maker. A friend recently told me she vacuums just about every day and sometimes multiple times a day so I hope you are reading this and add the Dyson to your gift list! 

My husband thdyson-toolinks that I now seek out reasons to vacuum b/c it is fun. I purchased the DC17 aka “animal” and a few of the accessories including the mini turbine head. It is amazing. I was able to clean the couch from head to toe and while it is junk…it looks a whole lot better. I also used this tool on my zebra rug which collects every piece of dirt & lint and all new! The suction is insane and the small things about its usability all make so much sense. I think it is a work in progress transitioning from the Stone Age to modern Dysontime, but well worth the struggle.

Have a maid? Clean for yourself for 4 months and it pays for the Dyson!   

The Silver Lining: Dyson sells refurbished vacuums and I am so far very happy with mine. I have never been afraid to buy a refurbished machine b/c honestly they are the same as the original. You can still get a 6 mo warranty with refurbished vacuums through Dyson.

Mar 13

Catalogue Shopping is Back- Boden USA

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 in Shopping Spree

I remember going to JC Penny with my mom when I was young and fingering through the 1000 page catalogues in the back of the store. I remember Eddie Bauer had phone stations set up along a wall for catalogue only orders. Catalogue shopping seems to be a concept of the past, but since I discovered Boden…I think I might reconsider the advantages. 

I will admit that having this blog gave me the first level of validation to order $1k worth of items and the magazines enticing offer of 15% off Plus free shipping & returns sealed the deal. No harm in trying right? I ordered solely from their spring collection and since my thermometer read 28 degrees this morning, I am in no hurry to put them all on! 

Good thing it is not spring, b/c the order takes a minimum of 2 weeks to arrive. My rather large order arrived over 6 shipments and I am still waiting on 2 items estimated to arrive in April. My husband at one point said, “it wouldn’t be a normal day if there wasn’t a Boden bag in the mail box.” 

Now you ask, am I happy with my order and I give it a 90% satisfaction! 

I have 90 days to make my decisions and ship the items back so I still have all the pieces and deciding based on what else I have seen on the local shelves of my favorite stores to keep and send back. 

The best thing about Boden is the women are very honest about their feedback. If you take two seconds to read the comments you will read a person’s evaluation with your similar body type and see if they liked the piece and order accordingly.

Once you know your size with Boden’s fabrics and styles I imagine the success rate will be very high. Whether you have tummy, chest, thigh or a butt thing…the styles are darling and there is something for everyone! 

I found the styles to be mature and current; preppy but fashionable. I thought the price points were spot on and I was happy to pay $58 for a cute sleeveless top and $98 for a fitted jacket.  I keep going back to the catalogue and wish I had bought a few more things that are fitting like gloves, but maybe I will wait for the Summer Catalogue and shop locally to fill in the rest of my wardrobe gaps. 

I bought….wide leg drawstring pantsuptown chinos, wide leg cotton turn ups, textured cotton blazer, double layer jersey dress, rivera dress, Ibiza kaftan, merino tunic, uptown top, tie back shirt, crinkle jersey shirt, printed cotton top, vintage rose top, textured Henley, favorite V-neck cardigan, chino short, suede top plimsolls, & a skinny plaited belt

The sizes are UK sizes so get comfortable with a size up in number! I found the clothes to be well made and look forward to many more seasons with Boden

P.S. I am considering keeping12 out of 18.

Mar 4

Sharing My Secrets

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 in Deep Dish, Favorite Finds

Hate having too much rind on your orange or in your finger nails after peeling?
I will never forget when a 4th grade student of mine showed me how he peels an orange. It was genius. 

I guess I never showed this trick to my husband because last week, when a television character was peeling it the same way I said, ‘that is my secret’! He went to work with an orange the next day and reports he loves the orange peeling process. 

How do you peel an orange?

Mar 2

Reliable Biscotti

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009 in Deep Dish


This Saturday I went on a skiing day trip to the Poconos, Camelback Mountain. To take advantage of any day trip it is crucial to get a solid jump on the day and hit the road early. We planned for an 8 am departure from NYC.

I thought it would be fun to bring treats for the car ride. So I baked this easy biscotti recipe before we headed out. It took 1 hr from start to finish and I was able to get myself ready and the biscotti were warm when I brought them to the car!

2 Sticks softened butter (1 Cup)
½  Cup Sugar
½ Cup Splenda
3 Large Eggs
2 tsp Almond Extract
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup almond slivers
¼ cup dried cranberries

Pre-Heat 325 Degrees

Cream the butter, sugar, eggs and extract in a large bowl
Wisk together the flour & baking powder in a small bowl and then add to the wet ingredients. Fold in the almond and cranberries, be careful not to over mix.

On a silpat or floured surface, take 1/3 of the mixture and shape into a ½” thick rectangle patty. Approx 3”x 10”. Repeat with the remaining 2 portions and bake 25 - 30 minutes on baking sheets. Remove and cool 20 minutes. Cut the patty on the diagonal into 1/2 ” thick slices and bake 5 minutes on each side until dry and lightly toasted.

Alternative combinations:
Hazelnuts & walnuts
Fennel or peppercorns
Thyme and lemon
Candied Orange, Ginger or lemon zest
Dried cherries, currants, raisins
Anise/ Vanilla extract
Espresso powder