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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe
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The Great Big Bacon Picnic in Brooklyn
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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
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What’s Growing in the Garden!
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Spoiling Kitties With KitNipBox
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Bringing the Garden Inside, Easy Herb Growing
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Happy Hour In The Garden, What’s Growing

Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country. You’ll love how easy and authentic this Amish Potato Stuffing is!

When I was a kid we would always hit up the weekend markets.  These markets were a mixture of flea markets outside with regular food vendors inside.  I come from near Amish country in Pennsylvania so on the way there it wouldn’t be strange to pass a horse and buggy going by.  Once at the auction first you would browse the treasures outside ($2 rainbow ceramic pie pan!) while working up a appetite.  Next stop would be the Amish stands outside where you could buy fruits and vegetables at discounted prices (hello 4 for $1 corn on the cobs).  Finally you’d go inside and grab lunch or head to the butcher to buy meat for dinner that week.    There was a popular place inside one of these markets that sold a chicken breast stuffed with potato stuffing. Not only was it stuffed with it but it was also laying on a bed of it.   It was one of my favorite meals.  We would buy a couple to eat throughout the week but as soon as we got home mom or dad would make me one right away.   

Last week I was craving that potato stuffing so I made a batch of it and boy (and girl) was it delicious.  As soon as I mixed everything into the saucepan, the smell of nostalgia hit me. Isn’t it amazing how sensitive we are to smell and how just a little whiff of something can make us recall  memories so quickly?   That’s what happened with this potato stuffing.  I was in my kitchen in Brooklyn, but in my mind I was a kid being served by mom and dad back in Pennsylvania.  

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country. You'll love how easy and authentic this Amish Potato Stuffing is!

I served this Amish Potato Stuffing alongside some chicken and it was the perfect meal.   The stuffing is so easy to make that I ask next time you are craving it, skip the boxed stuff and make this.  You’re going to fall in love and that’s what I want you to do!

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The Great Big Bacon Picnic in Brooklyn

After you attend a picnic called “The Great Big Bacon Picnic” you say things like “What a ride” afterwards.  You’re in a different state. You’re not the same person you were when you walked into that picnic.  Your taste buds are going wild.  You tell yourself you can’t eat anything else.  You need a nap.  

Brooklyn’s FIRST bacon festival, The Great Big Bacon Picnic, happened May 16th and May 17th.  The event featured three different sessions of inspired bite-sized bacon dishes with the best in craft beers and local craft spirits, giving bacon lovers a truly unique culinary experience.  Also, The Great Big Bacon Picnic had the FIRST EVER “Bacon Bar” – yes, a bar supplied only with different varieties of bacon.  I won’t tell you how many times I stopped by that bacon bar.  

(This is 1/3rd of the bacon bar!)

There was even a “Boss Hog” awarded to Bareburger who received the highest percentage of Licks (votes) for all the sessions.  Other awards went to Streets who had a Tuna-Bacon-Truffle Roll With a Roasted Jalapeño- Avocado Creme Fraiche and a Kimchi Aioli. Goodness, that was good.  For Creativity URBO won with their Smoked Bacon Stuffed Oreos which was well deserved.  I wanted to go back for Oreos every 2 minutes but I feared they would tell me “no more!”. 

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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that’s made with peanut butter! 

If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers.” This recipe is a twist on the usual burgers and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re anything like me then a burger needs to be covered in cheese, bacon, and many slices of pickles and tomatoes.

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Wait, a peanut butter burger?

Yes, we’re making a burger with peanut butter! It’s going to make the burger so juicy! Just trust me on this guys!

Who knew peanut butter in a burger could be so good? But then again, doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.
Now cut up your toppings – lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles – whatever you want.  Personally, I love lots of pickles on my burger!

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Enjoy this peanut butter bacon burger!

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Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles

Instructions

  1. Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

  2. Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

  3. Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.

  4. Cook turkey bacon, toast your burger buns, and prepare toppings. Put burgers together and enjoy!

  

What’s Growing in the Garden!

Hey friends,
Happy Monday – did you have a good weekend?  How’s your garden looking?  Have you started planting your veggies?

Here’s a garden update with MANY photos!  I wanted to show you how we have expanded the garden and also what’s growing in it.    So let’s take a look around the garden!

Welcome….!
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Hey Matthew!
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Broccoli – we spotted our first head!
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Spoiling Kitties With KitNipBox

I love our cats.  A whole lot. So it might not surprise you I like to spoil them.

The cats have a big container of toys, to the point of whenever we’re at a pet store and I see something new Matthew is like “They have so many toys!”.  Well, yes, they do.  But they don’t have THIS! And I know they’re going to love for this for a whole 8 minutes, so just let me get it.

With work busy, I wanted to spoil the cats with a new boxing ritual.  We would receive a box in the mail once a month full of new toys and treats, and then we would all sprawl out on the floor and play the heck out of those toys.  That’s what we did last week.     There’s subscription boxes for clothes, beauty products, books, food and dog toys.  But for some reason I have never heard of a cat box.   I found out about KitNipBox while searching for a monthly subscription service and immediately fell in love. 

For May’s box they teamed up with Noah’s Animal House of Las Vegas to bring love and cheer to kitties in need.   Noah’s Animal House is a veterinary and boarding sanctuary , providing shelter for pets of domestic abuse victims.   A portion of May proceeds with be donated to Noah’s Animal House to keep our fur families safe.  So this is great cause too. 

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This month the box was full of toys and a bag of treats.  If you add up the prices of the toys then it was well worth the monthly subscription price.   Many of the toys were catnip scented which our critters love.   Two of them were “crinkle” toys which the cats love to drag around the loft to hear the sound.   
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Bringing the Garden Inside, Easy Herb Growing

So you’ve just made a beautiful lasagna.  Your kitchen smells like the best Italian kitchen in the world and you can’t wait to cut a big cheesy slice.  What would be perfect?  Throwing some fresh oregano or basil on top.    Wouldn’t you love to just walk on over to your window, reach into a pot, grab a few pieces and then *hocus pocus* you have fresh herbs on top of your lasagna and you’re ready to dig in?  Well you can!

We grow lots of vegetables and herbs in our rooftop garden, but I also love growing herbs inside.   Growing herbs inside is a great idea for many reasons. First, it’s easily accessible.  Need fresh oregano? No need to throw your shoes on (and maybe pants – let’s be honest) to run to the garden. Second, you can grow herbs all year inside.  It’s easy to grow basil, oregano, mint and more inside next to your window no matter the season. Lastly, it sure looks pretty.   Want to spruce your home up with some greens and life?  Grow herbs and visit Burpee Home Gardens!
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Lots of friends often ask me about growing their own herbs and they tend to be a bit scared.  They have many questions and many fears behind all of them.  I always give them a hug and tell them it will be ok!  Sure, you can grow herbs from seeds (which is very economical) but you can also get herb plants that have already started to grow.  
 
This is perfect for both beginning gardeners and experienced ones who want something quickly to plant.    You can find these herb plants at your local home store which is what I did when I bought oregano and cilantro. 
 

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Happy Hour In The Garden, What’s Growing

Hey guys,

Sorry I’ve been a bit missing here at Brooklyn Farm Girl.  If you follow me on Instagram (I hope you are!) then you know I’m still around, but it’s been a busy few months. Right now we’re putting finishing touches on a Mother’s Day video that I will post on Friday – get ready for bling bling envy!   Besides working and trying to find time for the cats (I miss them so much when we work to midnight!) we also need to spend time in the garden! Right now the Spring garden is planted and we are putting aside a day this weekend to bring in the Summer plants (tomatoes! tomatillos! peppers! more!).    With such a busy schedule right now I really value our time in the garden as it’s the best time to relax (sometimes I even leave my phone downstairs so no phone calls or emails, gasp!).     Happy Hour in the garden is the best time, it’s around 6-7PM where the sun set is setting and you can see it glaring off the skyscrapers in Manhattan.  We cheers with some Diet Coke, hold hands, and marvel at our baby broccoli plants.  I think we all need a garden moment.
I think our plants grow so well because of the view they see everyday. #strawberry #skyline #worldtradetower #sunset #sky #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #

 

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