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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.

Feb 2

Evil Eye

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2009 in Favorite Finds


As a teenager, I recklessly blasted evil stares at athletic opponents, ex-boyfriends, and clicks of girls referring to the look as giving someone ‘the evil eye’. Have any idea where this concept originated?


Over the New Year, I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, where the” evil eye” is a prominent symbol. Every taxi driver has one dangling from their rear view mirror; local artisans carve evil eyes into ceramics and beads and the duty free stores are stocked in “evil eye” paraphernalia.


The cardinal sin of envy is heavily written about in the books of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The evil eye seen all over Turkey is an apotropaic talismans, an object that wards off evil, similar to the act of knocking on wood.  It is believed that a person who resents another’s  attribute or material possession they  themselves  are  lacking, can wish the other person to be deprived of it by  casting  a jinx or curse through their evil eye. The token evil eye is hung in hopes of warding off these stares, gazes, and looks of envy. Some people believe the effects of jealousy can manifest into illness, death, and misfortune. 


I did pick up one evil eye while in Turkey and have since noticed them in fashion and home decor. Nothing wrong with warding off evil!



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