Psycho Cooker

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D-Lux Turkey Burgers

You may not typically associate turkey burgers with the word “deluxe,” but anything is possible in the psycho kitchen.  The phrase “turkey burger” most readily conjures up images of frozen, gray hockey pucks, dry in texture and with a processed flavor, but they don’t have to be like that if you make them at home.  I like turkey burgers because they offer a bit more creative license than beef burgers.  When purchasing good quality ground beef, burgers should be an exercise in simplicity.  Since ground turkey is a little blander, it lends more flexibility with flavor profiles and add-ins, without […]

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Turkey Burgers

I made these turkey burgers after I saw Anne Burrell whip them up on the Food Network.  She is truly a gifted lover and creator of food.  Her recipes are so thoughtful.  She has a reason for everything she does, and she doesn’t feel the need to dress up her show with phony stories about staged social events.  Sometimes that can be entertaining, but Anne Burrell’s straightforward quality is refreshing. Her recipe for turkey burgers has a couple unexpected and lovely touches, such sautéed onions and garlic (so nice to have them present, but without any raw acrid flavor).  Also, […]

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Thanksgiving

It probably won’t come as a surprise that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It is a beautiful affair: a day devoted purely to the enjoyment of food, with no religious connotations.  It excludes no one.  Come one, come all, and, please, stuff your face.  And then have another plate. I am proud to say that when I lived in Philadelphia I produced not one, but two Thanksgiving feasts all by myself in my two years there.  These meals were only for a party of two, but they consisted of all major components: turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and some sort […]

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Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

I am a recovering Giada de Laurentiis super-fan.  Unless you went to college with me, you were probably unaware that such a thing existed.  When I first started cooking, there was a part of me that truly felt that Giada was my personal culinary tutor, and quite possibly, my best friend (if only she knew me).  Rationally, I was aware that this was all untrue, but on a visceral level, I had other beliefs.  I watched Everyday Italian at 4:30 pm, daily.  Nothing could deter me; the show brought out a degree of concentration I only wish I could achieve […]

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I WANT YOU… to make a grilled cheese sandwich

This morning, I was listening to the world’s greatest news program, the Takeaway*.  A new concept was being discussed: “wiki-cuisine,” a website where anyone can contribute their ideas and suggestions to individual recipes.  The website is called Foodista (www.foodista.com).  Barnaby Dorfman, founder and CEO of Foodista, was interviewed, and he was rather convincing about the site’s merits, putting a wonderfully egalitarian spin on it.  However, John Hockenberry (a host of the Takeaway and my personal hero) was suspicious of the concept, and I ultimately tend to agree with him. I need at least some sort of perspective on a person […]

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