Rachel Ray, Don't You Lie To Me!

Well, I have tried a couple Rachel Ray recipes in the past and despite her oohing and aahing over how delicious they are, I've always found them bland, if not completely tasteless. Well, Rachel Ray, I know I always say this but I'm going to give you one last try. I've got some ground turkey in the freezer and want to make something other than spaghetti and tacos. I found this recipe for Ground Turkey Paprikash & Goulash...now I'm not exactly sure what Paprikash is but I remember my mom making Goulash growing up and I loved it! I could just ask her for the recipe (probably smarter) and substitute the ground turkey in place of ground beef but I'm looking for a good reason to bash RR so I'll try her recipe.
I love how everyone critiques the recipe and says it was so delicious! The best thing ever BUT I doubled the sour cream/changed spices/added spices/used potatoes/made a completely different recipe. So clearly not the best thing ever. I'm going to do a variation on this recipe:


  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 package, 1 1/3 pounds average weight, ground lean white turkey
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock, available in small 8 ounce paper containers on soup aisle of market
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill


Bring a pot of water to boil for pasta. When it comes to a boil, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook pasta 6 minutes to al dente.
While water comes to a boil and pasta cooks, heat a deep skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil then butter then ground meat. Break up meat and crumble, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, onions, red bell peppers and seasonings to the turkey. Cook 5 or 6 minutes then add chicken stock and sour cream to the pan. Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to low. Add cooked pasta and stir. Let pasta absorb some sauce, a minute or so. Adjust seasonings and serve. Garnish the prepared dish with chopped parsley and dill.

I'll let you know how it goes. I'm adding Cayenne pepper, probably leaving out the dill, adding in tomatoes, using green pepper instead of red pepper, and making sure to heavily salt the pasta and the ground turkey.
RR, if this is gross....I'm going to seriously think about punching you if I ever meet you face to face.



Chase of C2 has decided that his/our new hobby is going to be couponing. I'm not doing so good with the couponing as I don't like to cut things out, plan my shopping trips in depth, or put effort into saving money. If it's easy to save money, I'm all for it...but effort? Meh. However, he's also decided that we should like sweepstakes. Since I am not much help with couponing, he hasn't included me in the sweepstaking. The thing is: I like winning stuff! Today, I had a little free time since it's cold outside so I decided to enter some sweepstakes and GUESS WHAT? I WON! I entered a bunch, for books, cash, kitchen gadgets, etc....most of them I have to wait on. Now, I know, the suspense is killing you. What did I win? A hat! A tobaggan, a beanie. It says Robitussen. Oh yeah, I'll be styling in my free hat!



Well I finally got what I wanted. There is snow on the ground. Not much, maybe about an inch. But I just had a realization...what the heck was I thinking?!?!? I don't know what to do in the snow! I'm a little scared to walk outside, not because of the cold but because what if it's icy? What if I slip? What if my shoes get soaked? What if my jeans get wet? I know, it's only going to get worse, icier and snowier. I'm not regretting this move...but this is definitely going to be a learning curve!


Ah, what a nice break we've had!

Well I know I haven't posted in a few days but it's no longer November so I dont' have to post daily. I haven't had too much going on...except I did take a full time job. Now, I'm not exactly sure if this was a good idea or not...but they are willing to give me a trial period before the 2 mi radius on the non-compete claus kicks in, so I figure it can't hurt to give it a go. If I don't like it, I shouldn't have hurt my chances of finding other employment. And if I do like it, I've got a full time job! Yippee!
Other than that, I've been pretty much sitting around. I've gone out and walked around a bit just to get out of the house. I've temped a few days here and there or had working interviews. I've also watched a ton of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I have to say, it must have been pretty secret because when I was 15, I didn't have any of that, nor did I know of anyone who did have any of that going on. I mean, they are S-L-U-T-T-Y! With a capital slutty! Sex at 15? Is it really that common? While the parents are downstairs? With 3 different guys? And then they stay friends with all of them? So weird. I'm almost caught up to the current season!!