I know, most everyone has a turkey soup recipe that uses their leftover holiday turkey. This recipe is for those folks who do not have one and for those who would like to try a new version. This one also works with ground turkey if you happen to be one of the folks that was not luck enough to have a spare turkey carcass hanging out.
For me, the key to a good turkey rice soup is the choice is herbs used in the broth. My preferred herbs are rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. I use them in equal parts, but have learned over the years that a base started with a turkey carcass needs more herbs than a base started with ground turkey.
Your base will be different too based on which way your start your soup. If you decide to go with a turkey carcass, you will need less soup base or bouillon, the roasted turkey skin and bones will provide quite a bit of flavor. In addition, I add my leftover turkey gravy.
First off, we all know that gravy is kind of weird heated back up. Secondly, I hate to lose my pan drippings or the broth that I cooked my goblets in. I always cook my giblets in some chicken broth and use this to moisten my dressing while I am waiting on the turkey to give up some drippings.
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Growing up, my mom made a version of beef tips that I always thought was kind of flavorless and tough. But this meant she would making rice. She hated rice and rarely made it. If rice so much as touched her plate, she was done eating. Imagine going out to a Japanese steak house with that……….
When I first made this myself, I immediately added beef base to the recipe. It definitely gave it some added flavor, but it was still quite tough.
Since this was one of the first recipes I ever attempted on my own as a young cook in my own kitchen, I have had many years of perfecting this recipe for my tastes.
Mushrooms and onions have joined the party over the years, and green peppers made an appearance for some years. If you like green peppers, feel free to add some during the last few minutes of cooking.
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Stuffed Green Peppers are one of the most basic recipes from my kitchen. I probably should have made this one of the first posts of the blog since it is truly a beginner’s recipe. Perhaps that’s why I never thought about it, it’s one of those things I just whip up when I have spare peppers hanging out that need to be used.
Sometimes, when I am looking at recipes my inside voice (you know, the one that gets me in trouble when it bypasses my better judgment filter) asks “what is wrong with good old fashioned basic recipes? Does everything need some twist or added feature to be worthy of eating?”
I am not opposed to experimenting in the kitchen, some of my best tasting recipes were devised doing just that. It’s just that at what point have we fooled with recipes and cooking techniques so much that recipes become intimidating?
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Cheater fried rice is my take on Chinese fried rice. I have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes online for fried rice. I have read many tips and tricks for the “perfect” fried rice. If memory serves me correctly and it might not, I am getting a touch older every day, they all start with cold leftover rice.
I can never seem to remember to make rice the day before. I have used boil-in-the-bag rice before on days when I could remember to at least cook it early enough in a day to refrigerate it for 6 hours or so first. That tactics seemed to work OK, but that too required more pre-planning than I care for some days.
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