How to Roast the Best Turkey in just one hour!

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If you want something a little different for your Thanksgiving this year, this roast turkey with herbs and wine is a great way to go. Using this method, you can cook a 12-pound turkey from start to finish in under an hour!

Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs (1 HOUR total cooking time for perfectly moist, juicy turkey guaranteed!)

Fastest Way to Cook a Turkey

This recipe lets you skip carving at the table and speed up the roasting process. By cutting the turkey into parts before cooking, you get a faster and easier way to make a great roasted turkey.

This method produces an unbelievably moist turkey, full of flavor from fresh herbs and wine. Best of all,  I especially love being able to serve the turkey within minutes from the oven without waiting for it to be carved.

I served this turkey to a friend who was visiting years ago and she went crazy for it. This is now her favorite way to cook a turkey and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

While we’re on the subject of turkey, if you’re lucky enough to have leftover turkey, this Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup is comfort food at its best. It’s a down-home combination of leftover turkey meat, carrots, celery, and hearty egg noodles that’ll keep you warm on a cold winter night and perk you up when you’re feeling under the weather.

Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs (1 HOUR total cooking time for perfectly moist, juicy turkey guaranteed!)

Turkey Seasoning

This herb roasted turkey recipe uses two different varieties of wine to bring out the best in the roast turkey. White wine is added right to the roasting pan, then marsala wine is mixed with the juices along with cranberry sauce or jam to drizzle on top of the finished turkey.

The herbs for turkey are simple and easy to find fresh in most groce

Shrimp Boil

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This is a classic shrimp boil with fresh shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage, boiled in a flavorful spicy broth, plus an abundance of additional fresh vegetables!

This stovetop shrimp boil is based on my cousin Rick’s crawfish boil recipe which also includes an abundance of vegetables. The vegetables turn out so flavorful, that I’m often left wishing I’d added even more to the pot.

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Shrimp Boil on the Stove

I was determined to recreate our Louisiana crawfish boil as soon as we were home again, but guess what? Crawfish are a bit difficult to source in Ohio. Just in case you were wondering.

I’m happy to tell you that after learning from Rick, our family’s crawfish expert, my first attempt at a Louisiana shrimp boil on the stove turned out fabulously and we will be doing this on repeat in the future.

It turns out that a seafood boil is a heck of an awesome experience for everyone – expert or amateur!

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Stovetop Shrimp Boil Equipment

Oven Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

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Flavorful and tender marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs can be cooked on the grill or baked in the oven. We eat a great deal of chicken in this house and this is one of my favorite ways to cook boneless skinless thighs in the oven.

With just a little pre-planning, this makes a great weeknight meal. My oldest son compares the taste of this chicken to his favorite restaurant chicken dish, which makes this “fancy” tasting enough for a special occasion meal too, in my book!

Juicy Flavorful Oven Baked Chicken is EASY!

Marinated Chicken Thighs

Boneless skinless chicken thighs soak up all the flavor of this tangy, savory marinade. The marinade itself is a simple blend of soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and spices.

After whisking all the ingredients together, just pour the marinade over the chicken thighs and let it marinate.

The more time you can devote to marinating the chicken thighs, the better the flavor will be.

How Long to Marinate Chicken Thighs

I’ve made this chicken many different times now and marinating the chicken for the full 24 hours makes a big difference in the flavor for this recipe. 

While the chicken technically takes 24 hours to prepare, nearly all of that time is completely hands-off.

Start the chicken marinating on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll have yourself a delicious Monday night dinner!

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this chicken marinade:

  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • red wine vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • dry mustard
  • black pepper
Chicken Marinade - for chicken that is loaded with flavor!

Baking Boneless Chicken Thighs

Boneless chicken thighs are often easier to prepare and

Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Buttery, garlicky shrimp with plenty of bright lemon is something I can never get enough of. I have a hard time resisting eating these Garlic Butter Shrimp straight out of the pan each time I cook them!

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Garlic Butter Shrimp

I love shrimp. I really love garlic butter shrimp. So, in my world, eating it straight out of the pan and calling that a meal absolutely works. However, sometimes it does need to be filled out a bit for a full family meal.

What to prepare with this garlic butter shrimp recipe? In two words, pasta or rice! Served over either those with a side of steamed or roasted vegetables, this is a dinner my family will happily eat any night of the week.

Butter Garlic Shrimp

Is there anything better than shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic? I love to bite into shrimp that’s been seared to perfection while basking in a rich pool of melted butter, and infused with all that garlicky goodness.

If you’re like me, then you know the glory of lemon with garlic and butter. Each has such distinct flavor, but the combination is timeless, especially for seafood. You simply can’t go wrong with lemon garlic butter shrimp, lobster, or salmon.

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Just a note about shrimp colors, some shrimp are gray when raw, and others have a natural reddish hue

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

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The best ever BBQ Meatloaf is here to add variety to your dinner table! Take an easy meatloaf recipe and make it even better with the addition of tangy barbecue sauce and bacon.

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Meatloaf with Bacon

We all know the saying, right? Does bacon make everything better in your world too? While you can certainly make this without the bacon, and it’s admittedly tasty that way too, we love it in this bacon meatloaf.

I love the comforting familiarity of meatloaf. That said, it doesn’t have a reputation for being the most exciting of dinners. This meatloaf with bbq sauce is anything but boring.

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this bacon meatloaf and the result is every bit as delicious as the more complicated traditional recipes.

Oh! And guess what? I have also made this with pre-cooked and crumbled bacon and it works beautifully that way.

BBQ Meatloaf

Once you assemble the ingredients, this BBQ meatloaf recipe takes hardly any time to prepare and most of the cooking time is hands-off. The barbecue sauce provides terrific flavor for the glaze and it is something I always have on hand – making it a very simple meal to pull together.

We are big fans of meatloaf here and this barbecue sauce glazed meatloaf is a new favorite. I first tried a bbq sauce glaze on meatloaf with this very simple five ingredient meatloaf recipe.

That recipe quickly became a go-to super fast meal to pull together, but I’ll tell you now that adding just a few more spices and seasonings takes it to a whole new level. And bacon, let’s not forget the smoky awesomeness that a handful (or three) of chopped bacon delivers.

Serve slices of BBQ meatloaf with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable sides, like grilled corn, sauteed Brussels sprouts, or asparagus. Get juicy, flavorful, tender meatloaf on the table tonight with this easy bbq bacon meatloaf dinner!

Leftover meatloaf can be wrapped up and kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Leftover meatloaf is wonderful served on bread or rolls the next day for BBQ meatloaf sandwiches.

My kids have even been known to sneak a slice of leftover meatloaf str