I’ve mentioned my friend Jimmy Demers (the man with the voice of an angel) before. He pops up when I least expect him with sweet little acts of kindness – like drive by hugs, serenades and flowers, post cards from his world travels, or just a simple text reminding me I’m loved before I go to sleep.

Julie Anne Rhodes and Jimmy Demers

Julie Anne Rhodes and Jimmy Demers

Life with Jimmy is one long fabulous magical mystery tour – I never know where I will end up next, but it’s always a delight. You might recall it was Jimmy who took me to the party that spawned the Conscious Cook Challenge a few years ago.

Dinner at HOME in Beverly Hills

Dinner at HOME in Beverly Hills

Friday night was yet another leg of the magical mystery tour. Jimmy treated Marianne Williamson, her daughter India, and me to dinner at the jazz supper club HOME in Beverly Hills to see his friend Taylor Dayne preform. After all the years on the road with Duran Duran, I’m quite jaded when it comes to seeing live performances, but this woman was Born To Sing.

Taylor’s band took the stage and started playing. I was waiting for that cheesy introduction “ladies and gentlemen…” that always follows, when instead the most glorious voice came from nowhere as she walked onstage, no melodramma, no introduction necessary. So much for my cool demeanor! I literally had goosebumps all over, I couldn’t sit still in my seat, and her voice sent my heart  soaring from the first note to the last. I am now officially a diehard fan.

Jimmy Demers, Taylor Dayne, Julie Anne Rhodes, and Marianne Williamson

Jimmy Demers, Taylor Dayne, Julie Anne Rhodes, and Marianne Williamson

Check out Taylor Dayne’s tour dates here, and be sure go see her! Thank you for lighting up my life yet again, Mr. Demers! Let me make you a few of your favorite turkey burgers to thank you properly…

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

This is one of the first recipes I ever wrote, and it won “best poultry burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown! Since it is a little labor intensive, I would recommend doing double portions of at least the turkey burgers to freeze for a later date – why make a mess twice when you can do it all at once? After all it is about affording YOU the luxury of time!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

Cucumber Salad

  • 1 medium cucumber peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Burger

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Thai chili or Serrano chile seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 sesame hamburger buns

Wasabi Mayonaise

  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise, or store bought
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions

Cucumber Salad

  1. Toss cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Let it marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.

Burger

  1. Mix ground turkey, rice, panko, green onions, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai chile, and sugar very well. Make into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute burgers until cooked through, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side (depending on how thick you make them).

Wasabi Mayonaise

  1. While burgers are cooking, toast buns, and mix mayonnaise, with wasabi powder, ginger, and lemon peel in a small bowl.
  2. Drain cucumber salad well.
  3. Smear 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise on toasted bun halves, spread with a layer of drained cucumber salad, then top with burger and cover with bun top.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a Asian Graffiti Carrot Salad and Five Spice Sweet Potato Fries with Hoisin Ketchup.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave on 50% power for 3-5 minutes; or Alternatively, heat in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, about 4-5 minutes per side.

 

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