Thursday, February 24, 2011

My comfort zone...

 One of my favorite places in all the world to be, is right in the center of my kitchen, stirring pots, and chopping things.  I like to cook. I can't wait to try out new recipes. I enjoy the predictable art of baking. And most of all, I love to feed others.  In my kitchen, I feel relaxed.  At home.  Comfortable.  And completely myself.
 It makes me think a lot about hospitality and the art of putting people at ease in a home they don't live in.  I'm always amazed that what puts me at ease, isn't what makes others feel comfortable.  I like things spotless and shiny, but most of the friends I entertain, enjoy a little mess... a little clutter... a lot of "lived in."  They like to feel as though they aren't going to mess everything up, and from my experience, they like to jump in and help out, rather than just watching me do all the work. (I've always been pretty good at putting people to work, I must admit.)  Things in process seem to smooth the way for a more enjoyable environment, as opposed to having a pre-set table (though I still love to do that for special occasions) and fancy or perfect presentations.  I'm learning these things by trial and error, as I go along.  Things I wish I'd known years ago... but so glad I can do it differently now! 

My friend Erin emailed me and asked for some new, fun, easy recipes.  (Erin, I'm so sorry I've still not gotten back to ya girlfriend! Will this one tide you over til I can get you some more?) This is a fun weeknight meal idea. 
I tend to classify recipes into "weeknight" and "weekend" recipes.  (The weekend recipes tend to take a little longer, or have ingredients the kids won't like, such as mushrooms or wine based sauces... that sort of thing.)
I love pretty much everything about my current kitchen layout... though I've never been crazy about my cabinets.  (I'm not a big wood cabinet fan.)  The one thing I've been dreading leaving, is my faucet.  Really, I'm just photographing it and posting it so I can kind of take it with me.  (giggle.)
Anyway, tonight I'm making Teriyaki turkey burgers.  No weird, or hard to find ingredients here!  Grab a pack of your favorite buns, some turkey burgers, (we use the ones from Costco) teriyaki sauce, (I love the Trader Joes brand) provolone or swiss cheese slices, a fresh pineapple, or a can of pineapple slices, and I'll explain about my condiment sauce in a minute.  Set your burgers in a dish, and hit them with a little teriyaki sauce for a marinade.  Set them aside for a little while.
Mmmm... fresh pineapple slices.  If our grill wasn't broken, I'd pop these on it for a few minutes til they had some pretty char marks! 
You probably don't know this about me, but I'm kind of the queen of last minute condiments.  I like to yank things out of the fridge, see what I've got and what goes together, and go from there.  I love fresh cilantro, because it's like the ingredient that laughs in the face of winter. I know teriyaki and cilantro don't typically go together, but they do in my world. Cilantro brightens up whatever you put it in and I happen to love it. 
For this sauce, I had a little sour cream left in the container, and I added some chopped sweet onion, minced cilantro, and a couple little spoonfuls of mayo.  If I hadn't already packed my mini food processor, I'd have put this all in it, and given it a few pulses for a smooth, creamy, green sauce, rather than a chunky condiment. 
I like to set aside a few little nibbles, for little fingers in the kitchen.  My kiddos love to taste things while I'm in the middle of the cooking process, and I love having them all around me because I want them to feel natural cooking and being in the kitchen as adults.  This is a good time to toast your buns (that would be bread types of  buns... and I say this for the benefit of my husband and brother, Officer McJakey...) layer some cheese slices, pineapple, and sauce on your bun and set aside.  Now, cook your burgers on either the stove-top or grill. 
And I give you the star of our little show... Teriyaki Turkey Burger. Simple, easy, and yummy.  It doesn't get much better than this on a weeknight!

26 comments:

  1. Hot dog!!! I always LOVE it when I'm the first to post a comment! LOL! Is that a bit self-absorbed? Yikes!!

    I'll be trying out your cute little turkey burgers for sure. Love all the ingredients.

    I'd hate to leave that beautiful faucet, too, but the house you are getting in exchange is far better!

    Blessings! ; )

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  2. my sophia is sitting on my lap while i read, and when i got to the last photo of that yummy burger, she says..."ooooo, yummy, mom!!" :)
    looks delish!
    and i'm not real keen on wood either. i was elated when we bought our house cause it had beautiful original white cabinets :)

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  3. I am loving the photos Sasha! And totally admiring the faucet,lol! But you can always buy one for the new house. And the jade plant looks gorgeous on the windowsill! How do you take such gorgeous photos of yourself?

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  4. um... YUM! Did you make a gf bun for your son? I love to be in my kitchen too! It's my element. Only I'm the opposite of you. I make the hard stuff during the week and tacos and stuff on the weekend. Although tonight I'm rocking the house with mac and cheese from a box! :)

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  5. OOOH yummy! I think that sound good for dinner tonight! I wish we had a Trader Joes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Love tasty and easy!! The pictures are gorgeous!! Thanks! I just ordered the Trader Joe's Dinner's Done cookbook yesterday--hope it's full of other easy dinners like that one!!

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  7. Holy smokes Baby Girl, that looks tasty. I'm going to try to beat PandaMom at the comments tomorrow so if you want to email me and let me know you're getting ready to post, that would be great! "If you're not first, your last" ~~ Ricky Bobby

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  8. these sound delish...but i don't think i'm going to be able to slip the pineapple past my little (and big) eaters...maybe they'll just have to eat 'em on the side.

    thanks!

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  9. Yum... you sound so much like me. That's exactly how I categorize my recipes, and how I feel in a kitchen. That faucet is LOVELY. That recipe looks awesome. :-)

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  10. Yumm looks good! Love that you snapped a pic of your faucet, I would do the exact same thing! : ) Hope you have a great day!
    Emily

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  11. 1) You look gorgeous in your pics, lady.

    2) That faucet does rock.

    3) I want that burger for lunch today. YUM!

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  12. Yummo. :) That looks good.

    And your faucet is beautiful. :)

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  13. well that sounds good. you had me at the pineapple...i could almost feel the sun on my face.

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  14. hey sasha, i just have to ask...did you paint your kitchen table? i kind of want to paint mine...random, i know. just wondering :)

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  15. Yum! Last minute dinner preparations freak me out. It's one of my phobias- weird, I know.

    I can totally make this... but I'll have to plan to have all the ingredients :)

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  16. haha that's how I organize my recipes too! I so wish I had time to cook meals that take a lot longer than half an hour everyday, but that's life. Burger look delish!

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  17. Oh yumm-o! Those look fabulous and do laugh in the face of winter. They speak of islands with white sand beaches and sun kissed skin. Mmmmm. And I LOVE the faucet.

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  18. Oh yummy... we love Teriyaki ... and on mini Turkey burgers... tiny slice of bliss!

    I make ours with avacado... and gluten free buns!! =)

    Love your kitchen fun in the last couple posts... I had to read them first before commenting! ha!!

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  19. Looks yummy!!! Also looks easy, and something the kiddos will enjoy making AND eating!

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  20. Yum! Those look delicious! I'm sure you'll come to love your new kitchen and make all the changes to your new-old house to make it your home.

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  21. OK...I love that sink and I want that plant...pot and all. Can you tell me what kind of plant it is and where you got the pot. LOVE! I also love pineapple...so refreshing.

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  22. Really beautiful photos of you. Your smile is "well it's really beautiful!". I have a friend who loves to cook and I love to eat what she makes for me. She moved and I miss her and her kitchen. Your family and friends must feel so blessed to have you!

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