>Homemade Veggie Burgers

>I LOVE Veggie Burgers! My family can take them or leave them so we rarely have them. Until today that. I have edited a veggie burger recipe off allrecipes.com The only person who knew these burgers were veggie burger’s was my husband and out of the 6 of us 5 of us liked them. Son #3 was being picky tonight and did not want corn so refused to eat his.

Veggie Burgers

2 16oz can Black Beans
1 green, red, yellow or orange pepper (or combination of different types)
1 onion
4-6 clove garlic (to taste)
2 eggs
2tsp hot sauce
2TB chili powder
2TB cumin
2tsp dried cilantro (optional for the anti cilantro people out there)
black pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flax meal
1 cup frozen corn (optional)

Rinse and drain beans well. In a food processor finely chop green pepper, onion and garlic. Drain any excess water. Use food processor to mash beans. Transfer to large bowl and mix in egg and seasonings. Finally sir in bread crumbs, flax meal and corn kernels. Mixture will be sticky but will form patties. Form 8 burger patties. Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 375 for 10-12 minutes.


Brining a Turkey

One of the best things you can do to ensure a nice juicy turkey is to brine it. Brining is Easy! Just gotta plan ahead a lil.

Country Girls Turkey Brine
1TB Rosemary leaves
1TB Thyme leaves
1TB Black peppercorns
4 bay leaves
6 cloves of garlic
1 onion, halved
1 orange, quartered
1 lemon, quartered
1 cup salt
1 cup brown sugar

water (like 1.5-2 gallons)
A container big enough for your bird (such as a cooler)

In your container mix all ingredients and then add turkey (be sure to remove innards first). Cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 12 to 24 hours. Remove the turkey then drain and discard the excess brine and pat dry and prepare your turkey as desired.

Brining a Turkey |Country Girl Gourmet

Country Girl’s Chili

Looking for a quick and easy Chili recipe? This recipe simmers all day long in the crockpot and is perfect for chilly days.  I have used this recipe and fed not only my friends and family but I have used it for fundraising. This chili is great alone or on top of nachos or turned into walking tacos or Frito pie.


Country Girl’s Chili


2lbs ground turkey
1 medium onion,diced (diced)
4 cans(15.5oz) pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
4 cans(15oz) tomato sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded if desired and diced
1TB Sugar
1TB Chili Powder
1 TB Cumin
1tsp Thyme
1/4tsp Cayenne Pepper
1TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil



Heat EVOO in skillet until hot and add ground turkey and onions. Cook until turkey is brown and the onions are soft and translucent. Place in crockpot and add remaining ingredients and combine. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High

Country Girl's Healthy Chili | Country Girl Gourmet

Move over pork chops and applesauce

Pork Chops and apple sauce a meal made popular by Peter Brady from the Brady Bunch. Well, Peter Brady it is time to grow up.

Spiced Praline Pear Sauce with Pork Chops

4 pears, peeled and diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2TB Cinnamon
1/4tsp nutmeg

cook these two ingredients in a heavy saucepan on med-hi heat until pears are soft and sugar is syrupy/thickened up. Then add…

1TB butter
stir in until melted. then add…

1/2cup pecans
I like whole pecans..remember pronounced puh-cahn not pee-can…A pee can is something you keep by the bed to pee in.

next add…
1/4cup light corn syrup
again stir in.. then add

1/4cup evaporated milk
bring to a rapid boil for 1 minute then remove from heat and you will have….
Spiced Praline Pear Sauce
Now doesn’t that look good?

Now for the chops, you want something Easy-Peasy.

Place a dallop of EVOO in your frying pan and pan fry your chops (we like the thick ones) with a bit of kosher sea salt and fresh ground pepper. You want them to look something like this…
pork chops

Now it’s time to put it all together and plate…

topped chop

Now that sauce isn’t just for chops, I am sure it would be good on ice cream and pancakes but I guess I will have to make it again. It was so good my husband ate the leftover sauce by itself!

Simple Strawberry Jam

Simple Strawberry Jam | Country Girl Gourmet
Simple Strawberry Jam


1 pound of Strawberries (hulled)
2 cups of Sugar
Juice of half a lemon


Throw all of your ingredients in a heavy sauce pan, the heavier the better. You are cooking sugar here. Throw your temp onto medium-high and mash and stir with a potato masher. Bring to boil and continue to stir and mash until your jam mixture reaches 220 degrees F. Pour into clean sterilized jars.
At this point you can either process or place jar in the refrigerator to be eaten right away.

I chose the later, it is good stuff and goes fast in my house. It’s is yummy on toast, biscuits, peanut butter and jelly’s, pancakes..etc. I think you get my point. The best part though is that it is easy and you know EXACTLY what is in your jam, no added ingredients or artificial colors. It is simple goodness for you and your family that you can feel good about.

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