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I live for the weekends. We all know this. I mean how long have we been together now? Our whole lives? Well it seems that way. You’re my favorite part of the day.

This weekend however, was a complete whirlwind. I mean NUTS! Ridiculous even…in my best Snagglepuss voice. I miss those cartoons, don’t you? Oops. Bunny trail. Back to the out of control weekend.

Saturday I spent the day at the grocery store shopping for my brunch class on Saturday night. The class was great! We made Shrimp & Grits, quiche and a great fruit salad dressing using Persian Lime Olive Oil and Serrano Honey Balsamic Vinegar. M.MMM.MMM.

I got home in just enough time to catch a few hours sleep before heading back to prepare for catering Leaning Ladder’s First Year Anniversary with a few hundred of their closest friends. We made Blackberry Ginger Meatballs, Mini Squash Quiches, Prosciutto Wrapped Chili Shrimp, Crostini with Olive Spread, Ricotta and Balsamic Tomatoes, Crostini with Peaches, Marscapone and Blue Cheese, Mini Caprese Skewers, Goat Cheese with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and Candied Jalapenos, and three types of fruit and yogurt parfaits with various Balsamic Vinegars and Granola. We also had cupcakes-a-plenty, blood orange brownies, loaves and loaves and loaves of bread with Italian Bread dip, a Charcuterie tray and cheese plate, punch, beer, wine LAWERD!

After all of that, when we wrapped up late Sunday afternoon, take ONE guess what I did. Yep! I went home and cooked dinner 🙂 You know me so well. It’s what I do.


Asian Blackberry Ginger Turkey Wraps

  • 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Blackberry Ginger Balsamic or good aged balsamic
  • 1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 1 thinly diced bell pepper
  • 1 small carton sliced mushrooms
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce

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Add Sesame oil to skillet. Add turkey and vegetables. Cook until the turkey is cooked thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and stir fry about 2 minutes more. Spoon mixture into Butter lettuce leaves and serve. This is a fabulous low carb, low fat dish.

*NOTE: Specialty flavor infused Balsamics and Olive Oils can be purchased in specialty stores and online. If you’re interested in these products visit http://www.leaningladderoliveoil.com. If you prefer, you can also omit these and just use a good balsamic.


Life is too short to drink bad wine or eat ugly food y’all!