Saturday, November 26, 2011


“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

November Sunset
(Hubbard Lake)


(Turkey Tetrazzini was created early in the century for the Italian soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, who made her American debut in 1908 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Though not the original recipe, this is delicious and a fine way to forward leftovers.)

1 lb. spaghetti or linguine
1 lb. thinly sliced mushrooms
bunch of sliced scallions
1 chopped red pepper
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
4 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Madeira or dry Sherry
1 cup Parmesan cheese
cracked pepper to taste
4 - 6 cups coarsely chopped or shredded cooked turkey
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 cup toasted almonds (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • While waiting for pasta water to boil, heat butter in skillet. In 2 Tbsp. butter saute mushrooms, scallions and red pepper. Set aside.
  • In separate skillet, heat remaining butter. Add flour and stir roux with whisk, gradually adding broth, whisking until smooth and thickened. Stir in cream until incorporated and then Madeira or sherry. Add Parmesan and pepper.
  • Cook pasta until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss pasta, sauce, mushroom mixture and turkey. Taste seasonings. Transfer into buttered baking dish and scatter top with Swiss cheese combined with bread crumbs and toasted almonds.
  • Bake Tetrazzini uncovered until bubbling and top is a touch brown for 30 - 40 minutes. Rest a tad before serving with a crisp green salad. (8 servings)


2 halved, pitted and peeled firm-ripe avocados
1 thinly sliced large ripe tomato
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. cranberry sauce
12 slices favorite toasted bread
favorite greens (spinach, lettuce or mixed Spring greens)
thinly sliced turkey breast
12 crispy bacon slices
salt and pepper to taste

Assemble: Top each of 4 toast slices with a slathering of mayonnaise, greens and avocado. Plop on second slice of toast. Top with turkey, tomato, bacon and cranberry sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining toast slathered with remaining mayonnaise and more greens. Diagonally quarter and enjoy. (4 sandwiches)

November Sunset
(Hubbard Lake)

The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July."

~ Henry David Thoreau


D said...

Dear Joey,

What can I say, but beautiful photos, good recipes, and always a most enjoyable visit here.

Sure hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are blessed indeed. Thank you for being a part of my thanks-giving.

RURAL said...

Joey, as I was reading your post, it was in my mind to write always a pleasure...but I see that someone else has beaten me to it... But it's still a pleasure.

Love the shots of Hubbard, I can see the allure.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

F Cameron said...

Glad you've had a happy Thanksgiving. Lovely photo and thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kala said...

Gorgeous light in this image Joey.

And that turkey club sandwich sounds delicious.

Gatsbys Gardens said...


The Tetrazzini is a family favorite! My mother used to make the recipe in the 1918 Fanny Farmer Cookbook with little notes in the side column to make extra veloute sauce. My children and their children also love it. Thanks for the history, had no idea it was named after someone.


Beth at PlantPostings said...

Thanks for the recipes! We need them! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Andrea said...

Hi Joey, i might not be a fan of recipes, but I am a big fan of sunsets. Yours are truly beautiful and dramatic! I posted a lot of them too last Friday, but without the recipes, haha!

tina said...

Hi Joey, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. That tetrazzini would be a great meal tonight to warm us all. It is so cold and rainy and the thought of pasta and turkey together sounds perfect. You have a very nice holiday season!

joey said...

Post Thanksgiving hugs to you too, Diana, and thank you. A thankful gift you are to me/us, dear friend. Knowing you has certainly enriched my/our life and for that I am most thankful.

Dear Jen ... thank you. May you move forward in your new life having all your dreams come true. For this, I am beside you and anxious to hear how happy you are. ((BIG HUGS)) surround you in your move ... knowing you and your zest for beauty in life, the next phase of your life will be grand!

Thanks Freda :) We've shared lots of fun writing time ... for that and knowing you, I am most thankful.

Queen of capturing light and images, thank you, dear Kala.

A family favorite of many, Eileen! A forkful of tasty tetrazzini is hard not to love ...

Dear Plant Posting, the holiday was indeed awesome as I well know yours was! December looms ... our gardening hearts must stay thankful and sharing :)

Your posted sunsets were dynamic, Andrea! And thank you for your always welcome kind comments. Your friendship is golden.

joey said...

Thanks Tina ... you too! Happy Holidays :)

Rose said...

It's always a delight to see your beautiful sunsets, Joey. The turkey recipes sound delicious, but I finished off the leftover turkey yesterday in a strata casserole. I think my husband is ready for something other than leftovers for dinner:)

Chloe m said...

Hi Joey,
Too bad we already used up the turkey for enchiladas! I will have to save this for next year!
Lovely sunset!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

YAY!! More recipes. Thanks for helping me out with our Thanksgiving feast!

Karen said...

I love the photos and the recipes and so agree with the quotes, any gorgeous sunset or sunrise in November is cherished much more than in July. Your pictures are, as always, simply beautiful.

Marysol said...

I'll have the Tretazzini with a side of Hubbard Lake Sunset!
Thank you J.

donna said...

Our turkey leftovers are gone. How about Chicken Tetrazinni? Works for me.

See you at Lambeau on New Year's Day:)


lindalou said...

Wonderful photos of Hubbard Lake. So special.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joey your blog is such a delight, so creative and colorful! Thank you for sharing your passion and gifts to the world.

I have a question, would you know where I could get green parrot tulips to purchase? I'm live in SW Michigan area.

Thank you!

joey said...

How kind, Anonymous, and thank you. I have purchased mine at English Gardens.