Korean Turkey (Instead of Beef)


Here’s a super easy dinner that my friend, Heidi gave to me again!  I told her she’s been giving me so many recipes lately that she should just help me blog.

We have been very busy this week with the end of football season coming to an end.   When Heidi told me about this meal she had earlier and how fast it would be for me to make.  No kidding.  This was super easy!  There are very few ingredients and as I was told, this rice took the same amount of time as the meat cooked!

I loved the flavor of the meat.  We use ground turkey instead of ground beef, but I’m assuming using the beef wouldn’t give it much different flavor.

I have a few favorite spices/herbs.  Cilantro is by far my favorite but Ginger is a close 2nd!!  I love the smell and the flavor it adds.

I didn’t have the sesame oil on hand and I griped a bit at the cost for the small amount I needed, but wow, that really added great flavor to this as well.

Just looking at the meat you would think that it doesn’t have a powerful flavor, but it sure does.

I’m not a huge fan of rice, but the family is.  I would have preferred to put this over some rice noodle or some pasta!  But nonetheless, this was very fast and super easy.  And these days that’s what’s important.

I snapped a few pictures of the kids while they were eating too!


Caleb is not a huge fan at all of getting his pictures taken.  I walked by and quickly got this one!  Notice the food on his plate is almost gone!  AND he has a green onion on his plate!  He can’t eat them ON the food but he can eat it on the side.  Whatever works bud!


This one here doesn’t like to always eat her food.  She has more fun feeding the dogs that are hovering below her chair.  She used to stand near me and say cheese every time I’d get my camera out.  Now?   She tells me to stop.  So I had to quick take this as well of her!


This girl here?  She’ll strike a pose any time she even thinks about a camera.  Oh here Nana, wait, let me hold my plate up higher!  Nothing wrong with loving those pictures!  I love taking them.  She’s going back to get some green onions on her plate!!  She is the picky person in our house beyond anyone.  Can’t have any food touching any other food.  If we are eating chips with our meal, she has to either eat out of the bag, which I dislike, or get a clean plate.  The chips can’t touch the plate that’s already had food on it.  Too bad she doesn’t feel this way about her room….maybe some day!

Anyways…looking for a quick go to meal, this is it.  Use either ground beef or turkey.  I thought about putting some pine nuts on it as well.  Maybe next time!


Korean Turkey (Instead of Beef)
Author: Patricia
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar (I like it sweet so I usually do closer to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (see note)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spiciness)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced (don’t skip this!)
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown turkey with garlic in the sesame oil. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.

Have a great day!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉


Lizzy Writes

“Love Your Cub” Sweepstake Contest


Here is an AMAZING contest you can enter!!!!! Contests are fun.  Contests mean you get to do things you normally wouldn’t do.  Contests mean YOU WIN something.

Each and every week I sit and plan my meals.  Each and every week I sit for at least an hour or more trying what to decide to make that will please everyone in the house!  And let me tell you, that is no easy task.  I know you are aware of this because I’ve said it over and over and over and over again!!  Gosh, these people in my house need to learn how to be a bit more open to ideas!!

Being that I am a food blogger, I tend to make home made meals!!  Life gets busy and sometimes, dare I say, I cook brats on the grill (not that it’s bad to eat them) but I do try to make a healthy meal every night.

I have iCal so I put my meal on my Mac and if there’s a link to that recipe, I put it on the notes.  I then make a list created by the order of which the store is in.  When you enter our Cub, you have the produce, then the meats, the dairy section, the frozen section, then the isle section.  And yes I try to put the items I need in the order of the isle so that I can cross them off in order.  Yep OCD.   I know.  I know.

Let’s get on with the sweepstakes and how you can enter to win.  What do you win.  Well keep reading please:

So what do you do?  Here’s the link for the official rules (yes click that link to to left 😉

Now what you need to do is create the best video/photo (see rules for size and length of video and photo) of “Love Your Cub”.  Your friends can vote for you as often as they want.  One would think the more you get your friends to vote, the more chances you have to win.  Note that you CANNOT take pictures or videos in Cub or on their premises.

Here is a list of the prizes:

PRIZES:  One grand prize of $4,500 will be awarded to the winner.  Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded at random to fans who share our Photos or Videos.  Use of Gift Cards is subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer.  Approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize:  Grand Prize: $4,500.00; Cub® gift cards: $45.00 each.

I’ll include a bit of the “how to” but make sure you read the entire official rules.  (this applies to MN and Illinois residents only).

  1. Visit the Cub® page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Cub).
  2. Click on the button to “Like” Cub’s Facebook Page.
  3. Click on the “Love Your Cub” contest app on the Facebook platform by clicking on the link to the Contest page.
  4. Enter the Contest by completing the entry form and uploading a video (“Video”) or photo (“Photo”) and description (“Description”).
  5. Check the box indicating your agreement to these Official Rules, and then click on the button to submit your entry.
  6. Get your friends to vote every day through September 29th
  7. Top 10 entries will be eligible for the grand prize and be chosen by a panel of judges including shopping experts, creative directors and employees of Cub.

Now let’s see who can be the most creative and come up with THE best video/photo.  I want to see it!!!

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Now here is a list of awesome things that are going to push you to win even more….

PRIZES:  One grand prize of $4,500 will be awarded to the winner.  Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded at random to fans who share our Photos or Videos.  Use of Gift Cards is subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer.  Approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize:  Grand Prize: $4,500.00; Cub® gift cards: $45.00 each.


This contest starts today, August 26th and ends September 29th.  Rev up your engines and get set to be the best.

Have an awesome Monday.  Read the directions, follow the directions, and play to win.  Show your Love for Cub.

If you’re in the mood for a great recipe, here’s something for your week.  Chicken Fajita Salad.

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Click here for the ingredients and directions.  (this is a healthy meal you can prepare for your non picky eaters!!)

I may have to try this for lunch one day very soon.

Have fun, enjoy your week and good luck!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

This contest is sponsored by Cub


Cream Cheese Pizza Crust


When I saw this recipe on Facebook, I almost thought gross, I’m not going to try this.  I’m just saying.  Who would ever think to make a pizza crust with cream cheese?  Well, let me tell you that this is amazing.

I’m a huge pizza lover (no it doesn’t compare to Zantigo, but home made pizza is on the top of my list.

This crust has one of the best flavors.  It’s got the carbs gone!  Ok fine, the cheese (which was fat free I might add) may not be the best, and yes there’s the cream cheese factor, but all things in moderation.  Plus this was too fun not to make.  I popped two of these pans in the oven because I knew I was going to eat at least one of the pans!!!!  Mine had onions, black olives, pepperoni, sausage.  The other pizza, which the kids and Craig ate, had just pepperoni and sausage on it.  They just don’t know what they are missing.  In fact neither will you unless you put this on your recipe list to make for dinner.  Super easy, super tasty and the kids love helping too!

And you know how you’re supposed to wait 2o minutes after you’re feeling satisfied, not full, but satisfied to see if you are still hungry?  That wasn’t even a thought process in my brain!  I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore.  I know, great example!  And what wasn’t gone that night form my pan, I ate cold for lunch the next day!!

Cream Cheese Pizza Crust
Cuisine: Pizza
Author: Patricia
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Crust
  • 1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • toppings – pepperoni, ham, sausage, onions, green olives – whatever you love on your pizza.
  • Garlic powder
  1. Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Simply delicious!  Can’t say anything else.  Just awesome.  Go ahead and try it.  Reach out of your normal pizza box and try it!

Have an awesome day and enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉


Plain Chicken

My Sister Site – Stella & Dot


So as most of you know, I had been doing some posting on becoming a Stella & Dot stylist.  I decided that it just didn’t come across, well ok to have jewelry posting on a food blog.  When sending out the post it comes from Two Girls Cooking.  So I have what I’ll call my “Sister Site” now for blogging on my adventure of all things Stella & Dot.

I have so many different posts that I need to get caught up on for this blog as well.

 I made a pizza that I found on Facebook.  The crust was made with cream cheese.  That was fabulous!  I’m hoping to get to that real soon.

Until then please continue to read through our recipes on here and let us know what you like or what you’ve tried.

Stop on over at Stella & Dot to see what’s going on there too.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

stella & dot that’s me!!


As most of you know, I’m Patricia.  I’m one of the two in Two Girls Cooking.  I’ve recently become an Independent Stylist for stella & dot!

Who is stella & dot?  Well, let me tell you!

Stella and Dot, an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Our boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Our one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in Gossip Girl, In Style andLucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities. The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have praised Stella & Dot for our innovative social shopping concept which brings together the best of ecommerce, social media, personal service and passionate earning to create the ultimate home based business for today’s modern woman.

OUR CEO and FOUNDER Jessica Herrin, a mother of two and mentor to many, had a vision to create a new kind of company that would offer today’s busy woman a career alternative. As co-founder of WeddingChannel.com (yes, you saw her on Oprah!), Jessica wanted to use her savvy to help solve the modern woman’s dilemma: achieving success and balance through a career you love. Never one to go with the status quo, Jessica felt that the typical home based business just didn’t deliver. With lackluster product, high pressure sales tactics, and old school marketing methods, inventory was ending up in people’s closets with little profit in their pockets.

Jessica’s vision called for an entirely new concept that could guarantee women flexibility, reward, style, profit and fun. With an irresistible product and exceedingly personal service, a proven formula for passionate earning and personal success was born.

We get great joy out of designingirresistible jewelry. And yet, jewelry is just the tangible expression ofsomething much greater we are creating. We have a vision of the world where STRONG WOMEN LIVE BOLD and joyful lives. They know what they want and they work for it. They inspire each other. Passion and joy are their best accessories.

Here’s a great video that shows you what the specials are for hostesses in June!!  (Hint, click the hyperlink “video”).

When you become a stylist you get a website where your customers can shop from the convenience of their home or for a “Trunk Show”.  What is a Trunk Show!!



“What is a trunk show?” We’re glad you asked! Simply put, a Trunk Show is the ultimate personal shopping experience. Our unique, stylish accessory line is sold exclusively through trained, Independent Stylists at a jewelry collection show. Stella & Dot accessories aren’t available in stores – the only way to see our line and try it on is at a trunk party. Anyone can host a trunk show, and our average Hostess receives $250 in free jewelry, plus more products at half off! So, now it’s your turn: when a girlfriend asks, “What are trunk shows?” or a co-worker wonders, “What are trunk parties?” besides just sharing the definition of a trunk show, you might just say, “Why not come to my trunk show and find out for yourself!?” Your friends and family will love our styles, and you’ll love your new, free accessories!

Doesn’t that sound like THE best idea!!  Of course it does.  The sales for this month are fabulous.  (Hint, click on sales to see them!!!).  The specials for June are even better!!!



The product from stella & dot is like no other.  They are seen on countless celebrities, Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, Kelly Ripa, and many more.  They are seen in Lucky Magazine, Vogue, and many more.  Head over to my website to see what fun you can have for free.


stella & dot has THE cutest girls collection starting at $14!  Yes, $14.  I had a Mother/Daughter Trunk Show and it was a hit.  Brooklyn’s friends all wanted what she had.  In fact, Brooklyn carries the latest tote as her school bag!  Her friend has one as well!


Here’s a little sample of what the girls collection holds as well:


Yes, the bling even comes in those cute little containers for the girls to store them in.  Brooklyn has been my helper and does a fabulous job.


Big or small, girls love to look pretty.  And you can too.  I have opening in June and July for Trunk Shows.  Please contact me at godzgirl37@me.com to get more information or go to my Facebook page!  I look forward into helping you and your friends have a great time.

See you soon!


stella & dot Independent Stylist

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

What a good feeling to get an email on one of your posts that says you’ve been nominated for “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”!!  Jodi and I have been blogging since 2008!  We’ve both had a lot of fun with trying out new recipes and sharing them with our friends/family!  And something as simple as this just makes you feel like you’re reaching other people in this “bloggers life”.  We may not have the best site or the fanciest pictures (Ok, I’ll talk about myself) but I know that I love doing this.  I love cooking and baking with my kids in the kitchen knowing that we are creating great memories for when they grow up.  And one day they will look back and remember how they learned to make cookies or chicken because Nana taught them how when they were little.  So I say thanks to Noshing with the Nolands for thinking of us!  It means a lot to us!!!!

Here are the rules to participate once you have been nominated

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Post the award image to your page (the initial image on the post)
3. Share 7 facts about yourself

Ok so 7 facts about myself

1.  I was born on Ground Hog’s day.

2. I have a twin brother.

3.  I have 6 grandchildren.

4.  I have learned to love to bake and not just cook.

5.  I love candy!

6.  Wish I didn’t have a fear of flying.

7.  I love watching reality TV shows.


4. Nominate 15 other blogs and tell them they have been nominated.

1. Averie Cooks

2. Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake

3. A Farm Girl’s Dabbles

4.  Bakerella

5.  Cookies and Cups

6. Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

7.  Dinner Tool

8.  Grin it and Bake It

9.  Fresh Tart

10.  Love From the Oven

11.  Recipe Girl

12.  The Foodie Physician

13.  Brown Eyed Baker

14.  Two Peas and Their Pod

15.  Simply Recipes

That was hard picking 15 blogs.  I love so many and go to them all for ideas.

Have a great weekend.

Patricia/Jodi Two Girls Cooking

Thanks for the Award!!!!

Home made Pasta Sauce

Do you have a recipe that takes you back to when you were a child growing up?  This spaghetti sauce is one for me.  I’ve made this for so many years I can’t even remember when I first started making it.  My mom makes it her way and I make it my way.  Pretty much the same but my mom adds some green peppers to her sauce.  I eat hers, but I’m not a huge fan of green peppers, so I leave it out.

What makes this so good to me is not just the flavor, but adding the black olives to it.  Most people don’t add black olives to their pasta sauce (that I’ve had or seen anyways).

Since Craig isn’t a fan of spaghetti sauce with onions and black olives, I don’t make this often at all.  Last night I was in the mood for spaghetti.  And I decided to give it a try.  I left out the onions (which he later said he’d eat if it was in there because it’s the raw onions he dislikes) because I didn’t want to give him too much with black olives!!  You can either use a packet of spaghetti seasoning or you can create your own.  I created my own until the flavor came through.


2lbs ground turkey

2 cans large tomato sauce

1 can large tomato paste

1 can black olives (drained)

1 large onion chopped (if you so choose)

(I don’t measure the spices I use because I use what I need until the flavor is how I like it)

large palmful season salt, large palmful of oregano, large palmful of basil leaves, 4 cloves fresh garlic (minced), small palmful of garlic salt, small palmful of pepper.


In a frying pan cook the ground turkey until cooked through.  I added some oregano to the meat when it was close to being cooked.

In a slow cooker I added the rest of the ingredients and cooked on low for at least 2 hours.  The longer it cooks the better the flavor.  After the sauce is put together, add the meat and mix well.

I haven’t found sauce this good in any jar!!  This is worth the while making this and having tons of left overs for during the week when you need something quick to put together.  Craig wants me to make stuffed shells.  I’ll stuff the shells with the meat sauce and top with cheese!!

Add whichever veggies you like to your sauce.  I’m not a huge tomato fan so I’ve always made this with the sauce instead of fresh tomatoes.  (I have made it at least once with fresh tomatoes grown from my garden).

So good.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking  😉