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A Little Rub a Dub Dub for Your Turkey

Turkey Rub Recipe

I’m super excited this year to be hosting Thanksgiving for my side of the family in our home.  I’ve cooked many a Thanksgiving dinner other places like my parent’s house and in different vacation rentals, but this year I get to plan the table and have a little fun with things!

Last week I roasted some turkey breasts for my daughter’s Daisy Troop Thanksgiving Feast and used this rub (slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa’s recipe). I have to say it was tasty so I wanted to share this turkey rub recipe with you. I’ll be using it on our bird this year!


3 Tbsp minced garlic (or you can use your press)

6 tsp dry mustard

3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

3 Tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves

3 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves

6 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp white pepper

6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup Sherry wine

In a bowl combine the garlic, mustard, herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice to make a paste.   Loosen the skin from the meat gently and smear the paste under the skin.  Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Make sure to pay attention to your birds packaging for weight/roasting times.  (Center of  breast should reach an internal temp of 165 degrees F and the stuffing should too.)

Check out this link for some great turkey tips.

Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!



Your Sus Chef

Summertime and the Gazpacho is Eaaaassssy

Easy Gazpacho Recipe

About 11 years ago my dear friend Melisse brought me back this Gazpacho dish from her visit to Spain. She was near the end of her trip and the shop she bought it from didn’t offer shipping so she lugged it through the rest of her travels to fly home with it as a carry on. One of the coolest, most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. The girl must have totally understood my obsession with Gazpacho. Every summer I make Gazpacho and put it in this special dish and I call or text to thank her.

So I thought I’d share my favorite easy Gazpacho recipe.  I’ve tried many different versions and this is super simple and doesn’t rely on store bought tomato juice.

Serve with quickly seared shrimp skewers for a full meal.  Oh, and if one of your diners thinks they don’t like cold soup, put out some tortilla chips and watch them dig in!

Easy Gazpacho Recipe


2 inch piece baguette, crust discarded

2 garlic cloves

2 teaspoons salt

2 Tablespoons Sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar works too)

1 teaspoon sugar

2 1/2 Ripe tomatoes, cored + quartered

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

english cucumber, very small dice

yellow or orange bell pepper, very small dice

goat cheese, crumbled

Ready, Set, Cook! 

Soak bread in 1/2 cup water for a minute, then squeeze dry, discarding extra water.

Mash garlic + salt into a paste using a pestle + morter (or if you don’t have one, just mince garlic with salt, using your knife to really squish and turn it into a paste).

Place in a blender the garlic/salt paste, bread, vinegar, sugar, and tomatoes.  Next, with the motor running, gradually add extra virgin olive oil in a slow stream, blending until as smooth as possible.  About 1 minute.

Transfer to a glass bowl and chill, covered, until cold, about 3 hours.

To serve, garnish with diced cucumber, bell pepper + goat cheese.



Your Sus Chef

(adapted from a recipe found on

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My family needs a dinner menu makeover. Does yours? 

Could you use a family meal planning service? I could, because I always seem to be stuck in the same weekly food rut, cooking the same things over and over again because…

1.) It’s convenient.  I default to comfortable when I’m busy.

2.) I always “pin” hundreds of recipe ideas on Pinterest and then don’t have time to shop or actually cook them.

3.) Many of the recipes I find look delicious, but then take 70 minutes to prepare and two hours to cook – who has the time?

4.) My cupboard full of all of the cookbooks we got for our wedding – with literally thousands of recipes – can be overwhelming when I want something quick during the week – seriously, I don’t need gourmet, I need a tasty chicken and veggie dish.

5.) I’m tired.  (Not lazy, just tired by dinnertime!)

Can any of you relate?

I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to chat with our newest Tiny Oranges sponsor, Menu Therapy, about their fabulous family meal planning services they offer. They are offering the first month free for all Tiny Oranges’ readers, make sure to read below on how to sign up so you can try it out yourself!

Picture this – a new week rolls around and you can log in to Menu Therapy’s site and have access to five delicious, healthy family-friendly recipes, complete with a grocery list organized by food group.  My favorite part is the grocery list, already planned out.  Be still my heart.

Once logged in, you can also peek at the past month’s recipes so that as a new subscriber, you are still able to see what they’ve been cooking up for the past four weeks.

My next favorite part is that the culinary pro behind these fabulous menus, Loryn, picks five meals that will use ALL of the ingredients she puts on your list.  No more recipes that call for a “pinch” of cilantro or a teaspoon of whatever…and then the rest goes bad because you don’t use it in another meal.

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Hmmmm, a planned menu, well-balanced, delicious recipes, an organized grocery list, and a way to be more efficient with my food budget.  What else could I ask for?

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And because of that, she gives all of her clients her personal email address.  She explains, it’s basically like having a “personal chef on speed dial.”  So when you run out of an ingredient and want to substitute, have a dietary restriction question, or even want to know what an ingredient is, just send her a quick email!

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Kid Approved Fourth of July Dessert: Brownie and Fruit Kabobs

Today I’m sharing a Fourth of July dessert idea for kids that every guest is sure to love: brownie and fruit kabobs drizzled with hot fudge because every birthday celebration deserves a fabulous dessert and America’s birthday is no exception!

Start with a batch of cooled brownies and then gather some “kabob worthy” goodies.

I picked strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows.

I decided to use mini skewers because I found these festive ones at Target, but large BBQ skewers work just as well (and will save guests from having to go back for seconds!)

Enlist the help of family to skewer the brownies, fruit and marshmallows in whatever colorful design they choose and then drizzle with hot fudge.

  Be creative, remember you’re making brownie kabobs so really the sky is the limit.

My kids had so much fun assembling these brownie and fruit kabobs that I have a feeling we’ll be making them again throughout the year.

I hope you have liked this fourth of July dessert idea for kids (and adults too!)

Wishing you all a happy and sweet Fourth of July!

Kid Friendly Green Smoothies

This post is all about how to make kid friendly green smoothies. Key word being “kid friendly!”

These blended, frozen drinks are definitely my “go-to” whenever I want to give Eli and Georgia something that’s quick, healthy and drama-free.

Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes for a nutritious and tasty green smoothie that I hope your kids (and you!) will love. I’ve even included some simple tips on how to make green smoothies kid friendly. They’ll forget they’re drinking kale in no time!

Green Smoothie Recipe aka “Little Greenie”

1 cup packed kale (discard stems and tear into pieces)
1/2 banana
1/2 cup mangos (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon raw honey (or agave nectar)
3/4 cup orange juice

Blend until smooth, serves 2

*Coconut water is a great alternative to orange juice and makes the drink that much more tropical. My kids prefer the taste with orange juice because it adds sweetness, but I opt for mine with coconut water. If you’re using fresh fruit just add a few ice cubes to your blender.

How to Make Kid Friendly Green Smoothies

Add a Little Flair
Fancy straws are a big hit in my house, especially with my four-year old daughter. I got the ones above at Target and I only break them out when I have something I really want them to drink. With these straws, my nutritious green smoothie instantly becomes a special treat. You can also try floating fruit on the top or serving them in a new, fun glass.

Give it a Name
I called this one “Little Greenie”. I got the name from one of our favorite books, I Love You Stinky Face. In the book, the imaginative son turns into all sorts of undesirable creatures and questions his mom about her unconditional love. When he pretends to turn into a Green Alien from Mars she reassures him she will still love him, feed him green grasshoppers, and call him “Little Greenie”.

Sweeten It!
Pineapple and orange juice both add sweetness to your smoothie and soften any bitter taste of the greens. Bananas also help neutralize and sweeten bitter flavors. A touch of agave, raw honey, vanilla extract and cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder will also do the trick.

Make your Green Smoothie Purple
If all else fails just change the color of the smoothie. Red and purple fruit will take the green out of your smoothie without draining it of its nutrients. Fruits such as red grapes, cherries, raspberries, or blueberries work wonders. The recipe below is a must try for any kid (or adult) that has an aversion to green food/drink.

Purple Smoothie Recipe aka “Berrylicious”

2 cups frozen fruit (I usually go with a blend of berries)
Blueberry greek yogurt
1 banana
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
2 splashes of milk

Blend until smooth, serves 2

If you’re looking for more tips on how to adjust the flavor or consistency of your smoothie click here. Vitamix’s website has all the answers on easy smoothie fixes.