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Finger-Licking Grilled Turkey Chops

Finger-Licking Grilled Turkey Chops

IMG_3378Growing up, lamb chops were definitely my favorite meal. We had a tradition in our house that on our birthday we could choose what we were having for dinner that night. I always chose chops and chips, and in our house that meant lamb chops and chips. We did not have turkey chops in South Africa when I was growing up, but discovered them soon after we came to live in the states almost 20 years ago to the day. Continue reading

Chicken Strips with Lemon-Rosemary Mushroom Sauce

As I was leaving for work a couple of weeks ago, I decided I just want to do a simple, quick dinner that night. I thought of things like putting a steak * on the grill, or doing some gourmet burgers * on the grill,  but then I looked in the fridge and saw the mushrooms, and some fresh rosemary standing right in front of me. My thoughts changed – chicken strips. Continue reading

Roasted Turkey Breast in Tomato and Wine Sauce

Many years ago, I by mistake cooked a turkey breast. My life-long best friend, Debbie, was visiting from South Africa and we were going to cook Shabbat dinner together. I thought I had taken a veal roast out the freezer, and only much later, when it was near defrosted did I discover it was a turkey breast. We had prepared for a veal roast, so we made some adjustments, and very unhappily I cooked the turkey breast. Continue reading

Yellow Zucchini and Carrot Kugel

Winter has finally arrived. The weather has been really strange this year. Until late in December the temperatures were still in the mid 70’s! This is not typical for Atlanta, Georgia. Finally, in mid January, we have some cold weather. But, to be honest, this is one of the mildest winters we have had in the 20 years we have been in Atlanta. Cold weather always makes me think of warm comforting food – soup, stews, curries etc. but I was walking through Trader Joe’s the other day and I spotted these gorgeous yellow zucchini and I thought “What can I do differently with them?” I don’t feel like my usual steamed  squash nor did I feel like stir frying them with other vegetables, so I thought why not use them in a kugel, a type of vegetable casserole. Then when I got home I noticed a whole bag of carrots in the fridge, so naturally what is my next though, “Why not combine some carrots to give it a bit of a crunch?”, and so the experimenting started. After a couple of trials and fine adaptations, this recipe was developed. It is a great dish to prepare in advance and to reheat to finish cooking through and crisp up.

Yellow Zucchini and Carrot Kugel



6 large zucchini
4 large carrots
1 big onion
5 eggs
5 Tbs. flour/matzo meal
1tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbs. chicken soup stock powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil.


Grate the zucchini, onion, and carrots.
Place in a colander and press down firmly to remove as much liquid from the vegetables as you can.
Place vegetables in a mixing bowl.
Beat the 5 eggs lightly with a fork and add to the vegetables. Mix well.
Slowly add each tablespoon of flour, and mix it in well before you add the next spoon.
Add the salt, pepper, and soup mix and mix well. IMG_2524
Finally add the baking powder and make sure it is blended in.
Place the mixture into a 1/2 sheet silver foil or a rectangular baking dish, and carefully pour the oil on top. Try to do so as evenly as possible to cover the entire surface.
Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.