Aphorisms from the Professor: Brillat-Savarin

Thursday, January 7, 2010

turkey: not just for thanksgiving

In my mind turkey only comes in "whole bird" preparations for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or is smoked and thinly sliced for sandwich meat. Given that my family does not usually celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, the latter covers the majority of my turkey experiences. But this week we got some lovely turkey breasts from our CSA, so I finally expanded my turkey-horizons.

What I liked most about this meal was that every component was prepared as simply as possible, so the natural flavors of the ingredients could really exert themselves. The best example of this was the spaghetti squash. Aside from some olive oil, absolutely nothing was added to the squash, and it tasted wonderful. This is probably why spaghetti squash is slowly becoming one of my favorites. I should also mention that I got the idea of adding mushrooms to the turkey from The Flavor Bible, and that combination was fantastic.

Tomato and roasted red pepper soup served with ciabatta toast with prosciutto and melted mozzarella
Turkey breast baked with onions, porcini mushrooms, white wine and tarragon
Spaghetti squash


  1. Oooh, I love spaghetti squash! I usually give it a sprinkle of cinammon and a sprinkle of chili. The opportunities are endless

  2. Awesome what you did with the turkey breasts. Very nice. Very healthy too.

    P.S. I did not know that CSA also could include sustainable meat too. That is cool.

  3. Velva -- I know, isn't that terrific? My boyfriend and I actually chose our particular CSA because they offered meat and eggs in addition to produce.

  4. I would love to join a CSA with meat and produce. It makes living well easy.