Spice-Rubbed and Roasted Turkey


12 Servings


  • 1 whole fresh turkey (20-24 pounds)

  • 2 navel oranges, halved

  • Lemon

  • Coarse Salt

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ground Aleppo pepper or paprika, plus more if desired

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • Persimmons, for garnish (optional)

  • Fresh Sage, for garnish (optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne for a little "kick" if desired


1. Chop the hazelnuts and spread on a cookie sheet.  Preheat over to 375 degrees.  Rinse inside and outside of turkey; pat dry with paper towels.

Transfer to a large roasting pan.  Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.  Tuck wings under turkey.  Tie legs together with kitchen twine.  Squeeze 1 orange and lemon over turkey.  Season outside of turkey generously with salt and sprinkle with pepper.  Gently rub seasonings into turkey.

2. Heat juice of remaining orange, lemon, the butter, and wine in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts.  Roast turkey, basting every half hour with melted-butter mixture until thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.  (Halfway through, rotate pan and cover with foil)

3. Let turkey stand for 30 minutes.  Transfer to a platter; reserve pan juices in roasting pan for Aleppo pepper gravy.  Carve turkey.  Garnish with persimmons and safe if desired.

Spicy Leek Meatballs

Prep Time

15 minutes


Prep Notes



Cooking Time

15 minutes



4 servings



  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or ground beef

  • 1 1/2 cups minced leeks (white and light green part only, about one bunch)

  • 2 fresh chili peppers, minced

  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced

  • 2 tbsps almond flour

  • 2 tbsps sesame oil

  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste



  1. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Knead well by hand until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  3. Divide the mixture into 10 to 12 equal portions, about 1/4 cup each. Roll each portion into a ball.

  4. Heat the cooking oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.

  5. Add meatballs and pan-fry, covered, turning occasionally until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  6. Drain on paper towel.

  7. Serve warm.



Easy Pork Chops

Prep Time

5 minutes


Prep Notes


Cooking Time

15 minutes



2 servings



  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter

  • 2 pork chops

  • 1 apple peeled, cored and sliced

  • 2/3 cup apple juice or cider

  • Fresh ground pepper

  • 2 tbsps plain yogurt



  1. Heat half the ghee in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the apple slices and lightly sauté.

  3. Add pork chops, placing the apple slices around the edges.

  4. Cook the pork for about 1-2 minutes on each side until brown.

  5. Pour in apple juice, add fresh ground pepper to taste, and lower the heat.

  6. Cover and simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes.

  7. Stir in yogurt and bring back to simmer.

  8. Serve with apples, rice, and/or vegetables and use additional sauce for flavor.

Cilantro Mango Chicken

Prep Time

10 minutes

Prep Notes


Cooking Time

30 minutes



4 servings



  • 2 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts, butterflied

  • 8 oz plain yogurt

  • 11/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime, juiced

  • Dash of cayenne pepper

  • 1 clove fresh garlic, minced

  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled, finely diced



  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. To butterfly the chicken breast, place them flat on a cutting board with your hand on top. Using a sharp knife, slice most of the way into the thicker side of the breast and slice along until you reach the thinner side. Be careful not to cut through the entire breast; just cut enough to be able to open the breast like a book.

  3. Combine 1/4 cup yogurt,1/4 cup of cilantro, half of the lime juice, cayenne pepper, and garlic. Coat chicken breast with this mixture, marinate for at least 1 hour.

  4. While chicken marinates, purée remaining yogurt, 2/3 of cubed mango, 1/2 teaspoon lime juice, and 1 cup cilantro in blender.

  5. Bake chicken in a glass baking dish for 25-30 minutes.

  6. Place chicken on serving plates, pour on sauce, and sprinkle with mango and extra sauce on side.

  7. Garnish with more cilantro and lime and season to taste.



Great paired with a roasted winter squash!