Suburban girl dropped in the Cities, cooking as much as possible and learning along the way.

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About two years ago, my aunt found out I loved to cook, so she bought me Barbara Kingsolver’s fantastic book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” which chronicles Ms. Kingsolver’s life for a year while she grew and ate local-based food.  It is chock-full of recipes and wisdom regarding food and eating practices, I recommend it highly to anyone interested in agriculture, gardening, or food in general.  Here is her website regarding the book.

ANYHOO, this recipe came from her book.  It wasn’t my favorite recipe of all time, but it smelled amazing.

Lets get started!


  • 1 1/4 pounds raw ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/8 cup (Or 2 tablespoons, depending on the measuring system you use) chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tablespoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano (Or 1/2 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (Or 1/2 teaspoon dry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)



  • Grab all of your ingredients to prepare them.


  • Chop whatever fresh ingredients you are using!  I have fresh oregano from my herb garden, so I used that.


  • Add all of the seasonings and onions and toss until mixed well.


  • Add ground turkey.  If the meat seems a bit dry, moisten it with a little bit of olive oil.
  • I made around nine patties.


  • Fry on medium heat with a bit of olive oil in a frying pan.


  • This is about what the completed patties should look like!


  • An easy, complete meal with a simple salad and brown rice.