An Inspiring Turkey Dish

Greetings Friends! Many of you are asking about the progress of our cookbook: Inspiring Cuisine. I’m happy to tell you that in spite of glitches, the process is now moving nicely forward. I received what I think is the final typesetting text of the book yesterday and am busily at work proofreading it as quickly as I can. Please pray for books to be hand soon. Now for our tender entree: an innovative recipe for turkey tenderloin that you can enjoy any day of the year.

Dale’s World:

Turkey Tenders Braised in White Wine and Herbs

I find that roasted turkey is sometimes too dry for my taste and a whole turkey is way too much for anything but a large celebration. I friend told me that he enjoys cooking a turkey breast in a crock pot. I thought about that and decided to do some experimenting. I didn’t use a crock pot, but the result was a moist, finely flavored entrée without a lot of left-overs. I bought turkey tenderloins instead of a whole turkey, or even a whole breast. They came two to a package. One of the tenders was plenty for two people, both of them would serve four or five.

You Will Need:  

2 Turkey Tenders              1 whole Bay Leaf

½ cup of White Wine       ½ tsp. of Ground White Pepper

2 Tbs. Olive Oil                   1 tsp. of Chopped Parsley

½ cup of Chicken Stock      1 ½ Tbs. of Butter Salt

1 ½ Tbs. of Flour                 1 tsp. of Chopped Tarragon

¼ cup of Cream                   1 tsp. of Chopped Chives


  1. If you are using chicken stock from bouillon cubes, granules or paste, mix that with water.
  2. If you are using fresh herbs, chop them finely. You can use dried herbs also. If you don’t have on hand the exact combination that is called for in the recipe, you can substitute: chervil, marjoram, basil or thyme for any that you do not have. It is possible that you have a combination of herbs that is more expressive of your own cooking style. Use it, if that is the case. Remember that a recipe is only a guide, not a law.
  3. Place all of the ingredients, except the butter, flour and cream, into an oven-safe non-reactive pan that has a lid, or cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. A non-reactive pan is stainless steel, glass, enamel or ceramic. A reactive pan (copper, aluminum or cast iron) will react with the wine and give a flavor that you won’t enjoy.
  4. There is no browning or precooking necessary. Pretty simple.


  1. Cook at 150 to 200 degrees (As low as your oven will go) for two hours, or there abouts.
  2. When the turkey is done, take it out of the oven, and pour off all of the cooking liquid into a bowl or measuring cup. Cover the turkey and put it back into the oven.
  3. Strain the cooking liquid to eliminate most of the herbs.
  4. Make a roux with the butter and flour.
  5. Add 1 cup of the cooking liquid to the roux. Stir and cook until the mixture has thickened.
  6. Add the ¼ cup of cream. If the sauce is too thick, add more of the cooking liquid or water.
  7. Slice the turkey breasts and shingle the slices on the dinner plates.
  8. Cordon with the sauce.

Food for Thought:  

Tenderness and Gentleness in a World of Violence and Strife  

As I studied Dale’s new recipe trying to think what spiritual theme I could glean from it, I decided on something that at first sounds funny. Turkey tenderloins? How about an essay on tenderness?

Bring that down to its synonyms of gentleness and forbearance, and you’ve got a subject to think about, especially in this violent age. Focusing on gentle things in our lives will help us be better able to deal with the horrific things that are happening in our world today. Everyday I hear of some new brutality: a shooting at a quiet university in California, angry Americans surrounding a bus of stranded juveniles trying to prevent their entrance into our country, Anarchy with drug cartels terrorizing Central Amercian. Injustice demanding a Christian baker be “rehabilitated” because he refuses to bake cakes for homosexuals. And in the Middle East unspeakable terrors and chaos and Surreah law. Yikes, Lord, please come soon!

But meanwhile, it seems good to me that we work at easing the effects of these violences in our own circles by exercising a spirit of tenderness. Think about the tenderness of a grandmother kissing her first grandbaby. A neighbor set us a series of pictures that included one of an infant who’d experienced this. He was totally covered with lipstick imprints from his Grandmother’s lips. Now that’s a tenderness bordering on violence! Hmm.

Seriously, in a world that values aggressiveness, it’s difficult to keep in mind that Jesus calls us to be gentle and forbearing. God demonstrates that in Nature through the flowers that dot our way. We were recently in California and I was awed by the flowering trees. One small tree that kept reappearing was covered with deep blue-purple flowers. We visited the Big Sur area, and there I was gentled by the terraced gardens of light blues and lavenders as a foreground for the cliff-banked sea.

Big Sur

Big Sur


Now consider gentleness as a personal attribute. Significantly II Timothy 2:24 indicates it is part of the conduct requisite for a servant of the Lord. The Bible Dictionary defines the world “gentleness” as being patient or forbearing. It is often associated with the word “meekness.” Another definition is “sweet reasonableness.

The other day my husband was insisting that the moment I woke up the next morning I should go outside and help him put netting on our prolific grapevine before the birds attacked the clusters of grapes. Now Bob knows how slow I am in the morning and how I hate doing anything active until after breakfast and quiet time. So I gently poked him until he came out with a gentle, “How about Wednesday after our exercise class?” It was a sweet reasonableness that brought peace into our relationship.

Think of the times when you’ve been in pain and someone noticed and gave you a tender, concerned smile. Or the time when you’re moving slow as a snail because of a sprained ankle. You apologize for being slow and someone says, “That’s all right, just take your time.”

A tender beauty

A tender beauty

So down to the nitty-gritty—how can we bring more gentleness and forbearance into the lives of those about us? How about simply exercising the common courtesies: an “excuse me” when we move through a crowded grocery story aisle, a patient willingness to let a car that needs to change lanes on the highway fit into the space before us.

I think of how important it is to forgive, to lift that burden of bitterness from our souls and others. And then we can do thoughtful deeds, like remembering to return books friends loan us, giving someone a hug when they’re going through a difficult time. We can work at being sensitive to the needs of a spouse, our children, neighbors and friends.

In Colorado Springs we all have to deal with the homeless and the panhandler. Our church, First Presbyterian, suggests you have meal cards ready to give them instead of money. First Pres has the cards ready at the Reception Desk if you are interested. It is a sweet reasonableness.

These deeds seem simple, but there is power in them to change outlooks and touch hearts: forbearance instead of impatience, gentleness instead of contention. Sometimes we may need to firm, but we can still be firm in a gentle way.

Gentleness and thoughtfulness remind people of heavenly things. It is a conduct requisite for a servant of the Lord.—[RuthAnn Ridley]

Our upcoming Cookbook

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2 Responses to An Inspiring Turkey Dish

  1. Diane hazel says:

    Wonderful post. Congratulations!

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