When the snow birds come calling, I take it as a cue to comfort my palate. With falling temperatures, it’s important that I find the right dish to warm this stomach of mine. Could have gone a myriad of ways; however, I chose to pay a visit to a familiar dish of mine.

Can’t go wrong with a pot of turkey chili. Oh, it’s so simple to whip up. Moreover, it’s chock full of amazing flavors that excite my anticipating taste buds. In fact, I often tend to forget that it’s healthy because of the deliciousness within each bite.

That’s what I call a dish with a fine mouth-watering balance.


A Mexican grandmother would be super-proud of this dish. Though it took approximately an hour to prepare and cook, it tasted like hours of joyful/laborious cooking. Of course, ground turkey was the star of this chili dish.  There are many variations to this dish and I must state that I’m happy about this one.

I took advantage of fresh and store-bought ingredients:

  • vine-ripe tomatoes
  • onions
  • garlic
  • scallion
  • jalapeno pepper
  • scotch bonnet pepper
  • thyme
  • bell peppers
  • dried oregano
  • cumin
  • salt/black pepper
  • tomato paste
  • balsamic vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • Salsa (Mexican)
  • red (chili) beans (spicy)
  • cold tap water

For toppings:

  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • flat-leaf parsley

Ground turkey was brown in a sturdy skillet consisting of a drizzle of olive oil. This was seasoned with salt, black pepper, and other dry ingredients. Then, chopped onions, bell peppers, jalapeno, scotch bonnet peppers, and other fresh ingredients were added along with tomato paste, Mexican salsa, a pinch of sugar. Also, a cup of cold tap water.

With a lid on, this slowly simmered on low heat. About 15 to 20 minutes to end of cooking time, spicy red chili beans were added. Mouth-watering chili was topped with a dollop of sour cream along with diced avocado and tomatoes. Instead of cilantro, it was garnished with Italian flat-leaf parsley I had on hand.

Frankly, I didn’t miss the ‘beef’. With the marrying of all these ingredients, my turkey chili was very delicious. My taste buds and I were over the moon. I felt like harping “Ole! Ole!”



Felt like having something beefy in my weekend food repertoire.Decided to go with a  few flanken ribs. These are basically thin cuts which are approximately  a half-inch thick and cuts across the bones.

Some of the ingredients that created this succulent dish are:

  • finely chopped ginger
  • balsamic vinegar
  • soy sauce (low sodium)
  • salt/black pepper
  • fresh thyme
  • crushed garlic
  • a sprinkle of sugar
  • onions
  • celery
  • mini bell peppers

Seared ribs on both sides in a drizzle of canola oil. Added an assortment of root veggies. Then covered ribs with cold tap water. Additional water was added when needed. This simmered and braised with a lid on for about one and a half hours or until ribs were fork tender.

Mouth-watering  ribs were garnished finely chopped Italian parsley.


That’s it! I went jerking with my bird. It has been sometime since I’ve gone down this familiar route. I wanted a dish that was bold, spicy, succulent and packed with amazing flavors that would excite my taste buds.

As a result, I decided on one of my favorite ways to cook the feathery one. I even made a butterfly with the ‘white one’ by removing the back bone. Will use that backbone in a soup or broth. Anyway, marinated chicken overnight in a concoction consisted of:

  • salt, black pepper, crushed garlic, thyme, parsley, rosemary, onions, sprinkle of sugar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and of course, jerk seasoning
  • Chicken was placed on foiled baking sheet on roasting rack along with Macintosh apple. This was roasted at a temperature of 420 degrees fahrenheit for 20 minutes and then oven was turned down to 350 degrees for another 30 minutes (turning once).
  • Chicken was basted with extra sauce consisting of jerk sauce, ketchup, honey, etc. in the last 10 minutes.

Served chicken with  roasted wedges of  sweet potatoes, pumpkin and carrots. My palate and I were exceedingly happy and satiated.