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Dana~licious Cooking Parties

By Dana Johnson

In November, I’m always reminded what I’m grateful for. I’m grateful to all of you Viewers for trusting me to guide you where all the best ‘eats’ and related culinary wonders are in our community. Thank you for trusting me to guide you to all the great eats our area has to offer! Thank you for sharing these great finds with your friends and family as it really supports amazing small business in a big way, and special thanks to Chris Murphy for creating the ModestoView and promoting our awesome city!

I have much to be thankful for and now I have something new to add to my list! Before my exciting reveal, I’d like to share some of what I do besides writing for the magnificent Modesto View. I am a guest chef once a month on FOX40 News out of Sacramento, showcasing my original Dana~licious recipes. I am also currently teaching culinary classes for MJC at Direct Appliance. I also have created over 200 culinary instructional videos for I do private catering, and in the past I have taught classes at the wonderful Figamarole!

So what’s the next big culinary sensation in Modesto? Live demo & hands on cooking parties (for groups’ 12 minimum and 20 maximum guests) at Direct Appliance! Owners Colleen and Ron Winter have always been so generous in opening their kitchens for public use to MJC. I’m incredibly grateful for them supporting this next culinary endeavor of mine! The Direct Appliance’s impressive showroom has 4 kitchens that are state of the art, and it’s perfect for It’s a real unique and memorable experience for you and yours to enjoy together. This month, I give you some really fun recipes for you to try for your own Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy them.

Modesto View Signature Question: Beatles or Stones? Me, Dana Johnson, still cannot believe this is even a question! STONES, they have been rocking my world and have been living in my soul, shining through in many of my culinary delights for as long as I can remember!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Thank you for this food!

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By Dana Johnson
Dana’s Cranberry Turkey Melts
4 hand carved slices of turkey breast
8 slices of sourdough sandwich bread
4 oz. whole cranberry sauce
4 sliced Havarti cheese
2 oz. olive oil

Spread cranberry sauce on 4 slices of bread. Stack 1 slice turkey, then add 1 slice cheese, and top with another slice of bread to make a sandwich. Brush on olive oil on outside of bread. Grill until golden brown. Enjoy with an arugula side salad!

Makes 4 sandwiches

Dana’s Turkey Salad~Salad!

2 c. chopped turkey (white and/or dark meat)

1Ž2 c. small diced celery

1Ž4 c. cranberries or craisins

1Ž4 c. light mayonnaise

1Ž4 c. light sour cream

1tbsp. brown mustard

I bag spring mix

1Ž4 c. olive oil

4 roma tomatoes

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium size bowl. Slice open salad bag, pour in olive oil, shake bag to distribute evenly. Using 4 salad plates, divides salad. Use an ice cream scooper, place turkey mixture in the center of the salad. Garnish with tomato wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Dana’s Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza

1 tube pizza crust dough

1 1Ž2 c. mashed potatoes

1 c. turkey gravy

1 1Ž2 c. chopped white and/or dark meat turkey

1 c. sliced mushrooms

2 c. pizza cheese

On a baking sheet unroll pizza dough. Spread on mashed potatoes, then gravy. Evenly distribute turkey, mushrooms, and cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy with a cranberry-orange gelatin salad.

Makes 6-8 servings.



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