Friday, July 24, 2015

"Be My Eyes", Turkey Sliders and Book Club

Time for June book club post!  
Turkey Sliders, Broccoli Salad and Corn
Our hostess, Karen welcomed us into her beautiful home with Blueberry Vodka Coolers, her new favorite summer cocktail and now ours! Not to be outdone by Karen’s picnic inspired meal; turkey sliders, corn on the cob with a side of coleslaw broccoli salad.

Blueberry Vodka Cocktails
Karen and Jim's Oasis

Pina Colada Fluff
 And for desert, ok wait for it… Karen made the perfect desert; light, sweet and fluffy Pina Colada Fluff. If you love marshmallow, coconut and Pina Colada’s look no further than Mom on Timeout’s recipe for Pina Colada Fluff. Yes this was unbelievable yummy, thank you Karen!

Do I even have to tell you how delicious our picnic inspired meal was? I didn’t think so.

Over the last several weeks we have been melting in 100 decree heat and rain showers, however much to our delight on book club night the sky’s cleared and we were able to enjoy Karen’s beautiful garden, 85 decrees almost felt like fall. Lot’s of laughs with great friends, fantastic food, refreshing blueberry cocktails. We dined and chatted on Karen’s back deck, surrounded by birds, flowers and lush woods. Karen and Jim, great job on the back yard, it is an oasis and none of us wanted to leave!

Our book for June was “Be My Eyes”  by Dustin Stevens, a journey of self discovery and a road trip from Petersburg Virginia to  Eureka California. Eureka is known for Humboldt University, the gold rush and Timber.

The main characters in the book are Cole and Ruby, who embark on a cross country journey and experience the beauty and solitude of the American landscape. Dustin writes about the sometimes bleakness of the countryside, the people Cole and Ruby encounter along the way. I felt that the bleakness relates to the empty places we carry within us, some more than others can’t seem to let go of the sadness.

To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of Ruby’s favorite books and the mocking bird plays a significant role in Ruby’s life. You will just have to read the book to learn about her and Cole’s journey.

So finally here are the recipes, compliments from our hostess Ms. Karen C. 

Turkey Sliders with Guacamole and Pepper Jack Cheese
2 lbs of ground turkey
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 package of dry ranch dressing
8 ounces of Pepper Jack Cheese, sliced to fit the rolls
2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced

The night before cooking, mix the turkey with the seasonings, make the sliders, store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Should make about 24 Turkey sliders.

Ready set cook:  Heat a hot skillet or grill and over medium heat cook 5 to 7 minutes, flip then cook another 5 to 7 minutes until done, if you like the cheese melted place a thin slice of Pepper Jack Cheese on each slider 1 to 2 minutes before done.

You will need about 24 Kings Hawaiian Rolls or your favorite rolls

Guacamole spread - always best to make right before you serve, you can add a dash of fresh lemon juice to keep the Guacamole from turning brown

2 medium Avocados
1 to 2 teaspoons of Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
½ tsp of garlic powder
½ tsp of onion powder
½ tsp of chili powder, add more if you like a little more spice
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice the avocado and scoop out the avocado, place in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add the Mayonnaise, garlic, onion and chili powder, salt and pepper, then mix.

Place the cooked turkey slider on the bottom half of the roll, top with cheese, slice of tomato and Guacamole. They are so yummy that they slide right down!  

Broccoli Slaw Salad

This salad was fresh and a perfect compliment for the turkey sliders and corn on the cob. Keep it simple, yet delicious and purchase the fresh organic salad mix at your local grocery stores, most markets carry the salad blends.
September’ book is “The Goldfinch” Donna Tartt

 Just cook something! Cheers! Kary~

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