Rebecca is my daughter. She’s a very good cook. While I couldn’t get her to chop an onion when she was growing up, she’s become a cook who tries everything now—successfully. She also is the Manager of The Good Cooking Store in our little Lancaster County town of Intercourse, PA. She taught Language Arts to middle-schoolers for 7 years. Now we benefit from all of her energy and good ideas. Don’t miss what she has to say!
I am not easily surprised. I am a planner and I like to know all of the details. So, it’s tough to surprise me. Or so I thought.
Rob and I are expecting our first child. We can’t wait for this new arrival. I’ve been talking about it a lot at work and, little did I know, my co-workers were devising a way to surprise me with a celebration.
I thought I was going to a meeting, and when I walked in the room I was greeted with a cheer of “Surprise!” I screamed and took in my surroundings. All of my co-workers were beaming at me. Streamers were hanging from the lights, a table was set with roses (in baby food jars), and a miniature wash line holding words of wisdom and well wishes was hanging above my head. It took a second for it to register—they’re throwing me a shower!
My co-workers know me well and know how much I love food. As I continued to look around the festively decorated room, I noticed an enormous spread of food they had made. From fruit salad situated in a watermelon carved to resemble a baby carriage, to whoopie pies, to homemade mac and cheese complete with a crunchy bread crumb topping, to turkey barbecue, there was more than enough food to satisfy me and my baby.
I am thankful to work with kind, thoughtful people, who also love food as much as I do.
If you’re looking for a hearty recipe to satisfy a crowd for your next celebration, I recommend this Turkey Barbecue.
from Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly, Revised and Updated, page 37
Makes 10 servings
Prep Time: 10-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-5 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3- or 4-qt.
4 cups turkey breast, cut in 1” cubes, uncooked
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
1 cup ketchup
½ cup water
1 tsp. dried mustard
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1. Mix all ingredients together in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on high 1 hour.
3. Turn cooker to low and cook 3-4 more hours.
Note: This Barbecue will fill 10 whole wheat sandwich rolls.