January 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm (Uncategorized) (, )


Ok, so I don’t have a picture of the uncarved turkey from our thanksgiving. I guess we were all to hungry!

I used the Turkey Perfect brine (I could not find the brine ingredients that I was looking for). I did half apple juice and half water, instead of just water. I followed their instructions for cooking the turkey and he turned out great! I hope to make my own brine next year (with more planning ahead) but I would use their mix again.


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Sausage Bean Casserole

December 1, 2008 at 9:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Sausage Bean Casserole

Misha and I were in the mood for something easy and simple, and since it has been cooling off a bit lately I thought that this would be the perfect time for this dish.

Sausage Bean Casserole
Adapted from and a cookie for dessert.


1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1 (16 oz) package light smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth (low sodium, fat-free)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons tomato paste (somehow the whole 6 oz can was used, so I just upped the brown sugar a bit to taste)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon mustard (I added)
3 (16 oz ) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf (omitted)
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional, omitted)
3 slices white bread (I used breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (omitted)


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat (this recipe uses a dutch oven, but since I don’t have one I used a saucepan and a casserole dish).
  3. Coat pan with cooking spray.
  4. Add onion and turkey sausage to pan, saute for 5 minutes or until browned.
  5. Add garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in chicken broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  7. Stir in brown sugar, tomato paste, thyme, pepper, beans, bay leaf, and mustard. Add ground red pepper, as desired.
  8. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Place bean mixture in casserole dish.
  11. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over bean mixture, and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  12. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until browned.
  13. Discard bay leaf.
  14. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I missed the spinach that Brooke added, so I think that I will add that next time for a little extra nutrition. This dinner hit the spot and was perfect. We even made more the next night. This recipe is on our list of easy weeknight meals. A perfect meal for a cold day in Southern California.

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