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Gobble, Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble CROP

Here’s to the one that got away and won’t be found on anybody’s dinner table 😉

 
For those of you who follow the tradition of Thanksgiving, it’s supposed to be a time of thinking about what you are thankful for in your life. It also is a time to enjoy the bounty of what the earth provides (aka lots of eating and snacking … and watching football).
 
I’m thankful for a gazillion things, such as my sister, having a roof over my head and food to eat and electricity and clean running water. I’m thankful for having moved back to a part of the U.S. that I love the most, and being back so close to the mountains that I’ve missed for the majority of my life. I’m also thankful for the invention of digital cameras and being able to own a few in order to capture beautiful / interesting images that tell a story and elicit emotion and share them with you all. I’m thankful for our national parks and hope nobody ever commercializes them (any more than they may already be). I could go on and on, but at least you know, I don’t take much for granted and try to find something good in every day.
 
As for the photo, this is a wild turkey that was roaming around with its flock (or whatever you call a group of wild turkeys) near a Park Service storage building along a trail near the Court of The Patriarchs. Those guys were not afraid of me at all. I should have been afraid of them because thtey were pretty darned big. I followed them around to get still images and video, and it was then that I learned they could fly. Well, from the ground up to a branch in a tree, which is where I photographed this guy (or gal). I also learned that they are very colorful and, despite their faces only a mother could love, are actually kinda pretty.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!
 
Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Pancetta-Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf

94C7299_Pancetta Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf

During my vacation, I spent several days with my sister and her family.  My brother-in-law has a birthday 3 days after mine, and my sister always throws a huge themed party (this year, the theme was Flowers).  I try to visit them around this time of year so I can enjoy her cooking and join in on the party, which is always a blast.

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6463_Beckys Placesetting

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My sister is a gourmet cook.  She’s awesome!  I, on the other hand, do not cook at all unless it’s something to be thrown in the crockpot (the best invention since the microwave).  So I enjoyed every single thing she baked/sauteed/fried/roasted/boiled.

My sister cooked allllll day long on the Friday before the party.  She made it look so effortless, yet I knew it was time-consuming.  I figured the least I could do (besides vacuuming for her) was take photos of each dish she made, step-by-step.  I knew deep-down these photos would make for great blog posts, plus I’d get good practice with food photography.

So, this post, and several future posts, will deal with a particular dish my sister made for the party, complete with photographs and recipe.

As I’ve been craving pancetta-wrapped turkey meatloaf all week long since my return from vacation, I thought this would be a great starter recipe to post.  I even made it in my own home today.  Yes, I, who do not cook, made pancetta-wrapped turkey meatloaf, and it was a success!

The recipe is an original from Giada de Laurentiis.  My sister loves her recipes and – when she had time before becoming an overworked medical transcriptionist – made a point of watching Giada’s show on The Cooking Channel.

For my brother-in-law’s birthday party, my sister made this long, long sandwich, part of which had the turkey meatloaf with arugula mayo in it.

Following are the photos, and then the recipe at the end.

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94C6962_Pancetta Covered Meatloaf

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94C7005_Baked Meatloaf

94C7305_Preparing the Mayo

94C7309_Arugula Mayo Mixed

94C7313_Meatloaf and Arugula Mayo

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94C7347_Turkey Meatloaf and Arugula Mayo

94C7350_Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich

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Recipe:

Turkey Meatloaf

The meatloaf I made earlier today turned out wonderfully, even though I had to substitute coppa for the pancetta since I could not find pancetta anywhere within a 25-mile radius of where I live.  Jeesh.  So, if you decide to make this dish and end up in a bind because you cannot find sliced pancetta nearby, then coppa will work just as well.

1824_Beckys Meatloaf

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