Celebrity chef and a favorite quick Lunch

Yesterday I got to meet Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger. She was on Top Chef Masters, had a Food Network Show, and has multiple restaurants here in LA and all over. She was in a scene for a show I was working on. I got to speak with her about her newest restaurant Street. Which I hope to go eat at soon!
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Photo is not mine, it can be found here.

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite lunches (or dinners) when I have a quiet day at home. It might seem a bit odd but I love ground turkey so it works for me.

Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey

(You can always make this with grilled chicken breast instead! Which I’ve done in the past)

• Boil water for your pasta. I used bow tie but use your favorite!

• Cook pasta till al Dente and drain.
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• Meanwhile brown your ground turkey.

• Season with salt,
Pepper, and garlic.

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• Warm up you favorite pesto. (Usually (like today) I have some that i made in my freezer, but you can use a jar or a sauce powder packet.)

• Once your pesto is ready add some heavy cream to it. Base the amount on how you like it balanced.

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• When everything is ready, I just mix it all together. (But you can always just add the pesto to the pasta and keep your meat separate!)

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I don’t know why I love this so much but I do! Especially if I haven’t had pasta in a while.

What are your favorite meals for a quiet day at home?

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Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Cooking and baking with good friends (Part 2)

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Here is part two of our dinner and baking day!

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After we finished the Creme puffs, Lindsey and Rudy made pesto pasta for dinner while I made Paula Deen’s Red Velvet cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting .

Lindsey and I make pesto together often, we LOVE pesto. On this day i had gotten a ton of fresh dill from my CSA box so she made a dill, spinach, basil, goat cheese pesto.

I don’t have step by step photos of the pesto just the final (super yummy) product.

Here’s what’s in it-

Basil (from my garden)
Spinach
Dill
Pine nuts
Olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Sea salt
Lemon juice

After it was made in the food processor, she heated it on the stove with-
Goat cheese
Feta
Heavy cream

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Now onto the Red Velvet Cupcakes

1- Cream together the butter and sugar

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2- Add eggs, then vanilla

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3- Add red food coloring

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4- Add Buttermilk
( I made it with milk and vinegar since I still don’t have buttermilk, but this time I used a vinegar with honey in it)

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5- Add flour and cocoa

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6- Add baking soda / vinegar mixture (not pictured, oops!)

7- Scoop into pan

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8- Bake, cool, and frost!

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Enjoy! What did you bake this week? I would love to hear what you made this week and see your blog posts about it!