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Skillet Turkey Meatball Bake with Rustic Dipping Bread

A One Pot Meal that is sure to satisfy everyone in the room
Filed Under > Food

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I don’t know about you, but I think one of the best parts about meatballs is the sauce.  It’s alllll in the sauce, I tell you.  So when I recently asked myself how I could make a meatball dish THAT much better, I knew it would be in a one-pan recipe as a skillet turkey meatball bake.  Because, you know, it’s perfect for dipping bread and soaking up all of that cheesy, tomato-y goodness!

I knew, honestly before it finished simmering, that this recipe would be a winner.  Great for tailgates, Saturdays at home, potluck dinners and just any old night of the week, the skillet turkey meatballs promise to satisfy everyone in the room.  It’s cheesy, packed with flavors, and a wonderful consistency that ensures the perfect bite in every bite. 

Find the full recipe below, and tell me if you’re feeling the one-pan skillet meatball bake this fall!  Truly, MKR



Skillet Turkey Meatball Bake with Rustic Dipping Bread
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  1. 2 pounds organic ground turkey
  2. 1 cup white mushrooms finely chopped
  3. 4 cloves of garlic finely diced
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2-1 cup Itallian bread crumbs
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. pepper
  8. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  9. 2 tablespoons worcestershier sauce
  10. 2 containers of fresh sliced mozzarella
  11. 2 jars of marinara sauce, your choice of flavor
  12. Fresh basil for garnish
  13. 1 loaf of crusty bread (sourdough, french, whatever you'd like)
For the meatballs
  1. In a large bowl add the first 9 ingredients and mix until well combined.  You may need to add additional bread crumbs to create the right consistency.  You want the mixture to be wet, but able to hold together.
  2. Begin rolling your meatballs and set aside on a pan.  You don't want them to be too big as you want them to easily fit on to your bread; about one inch.
For the bake
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring a large cast iron skillet to medium coated with non stick spray to medium high heat.  Add your meatballs and cook until almost done turning the meatballs over to brown on all sides.  Approximately 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add marinara to your skillet and layer with mozzarella.  Very carefully transfer to oven and bake until cheese is fully melted.  Approximately 7-10 minutes.
  4. Remove, garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!
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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Channeling Hugh Hefner

Embracing the Luxury Pajama Trend in Full Force
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

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If we’re being frank here, my favorite thing to wear is pajamas.  So getting behind the pajamas-in-public trend has not been hard for me.  I’m just glad that it’s been around for more than a season or two.  Silky sets, trench dresses that look like robes and all of the beautiful, details that come with them are not going anywhere for me.

J.Crew originally showed this beauty as a blue silk trench dress and/or a duster.  It honestly reminds me more of Hugh Hefner’s silk robes…ha!  So that sparked my pajama love and had me pressing “buy” before I knew it.  I love this silk trench dress!

I wore it here with fun accessories like these Sibilia earrings from the Shoppe, my favorite ballerina-esq body suit, everyday grey jeans and my new gold loafers. Before I talk about the loafers—don’t worry, I’m going to talk about the loafers—I must say that this silk robe trench “dress” is incredibly versatile.  It has me thinking about eventually taking the dress route and wearing it with black tights, black high heeled, high fashion ankle booties and the bodysuit beneath.  The bodysuit will be a must though, otherwise I think I’ll feel a little too naked.

Anyway, okay, but now the gold flats.  How fabulous are they?!  A splurge, for sure, but one that I’m SO pleased about.  I cannot express to you just how comfortable they are too.  I’m convinced it’s because of that fine Italian Valentino leather enveloping my feet.  I could LIVE in these things.  And these will definitely be a pair of shoes that get better the more aged and worn they become.  I also linked to a similar option for gold loafers below and here.  

Lastly, I’ve got to mention how obsessed I am with the mini bag trend. They’re SO stinking cute!  And this beautiful mini by ZAC Zac Posen is also available in the exact style in a larger, regular size, too.  

So tell me friends, are you pro or con the pajama trend? Truly, MKR


Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

Citrus Olive Oil Bundt Cake with A Fresh Citrus Glaze

A light, moist cake with a balance of refreshing flavors
Filed Under > Desserts

Olive oil bundt cake with citrus glaze
Olive Oil Bundt Cake recipe on Waiting on Martha

Olive oil bundt cake on Waiting on Martha

Out of all the ingredients I use when cooking I would say olive oil is my number one go-to.  I literally put it on, and in everything.  Vegetables, pasta, salads, marinades, and of course combined with a little balsamic for dipping fresh bread!  But for some reason, I hadn’t ventured into baking with olive oil until recently and now the only question I have is why did I wait so long?!  

Not only is olive oil good for you, high quality olive oil also has different flavor notes that can work perfectly with certain recipes.  Take my latest creation for example: Olive Oil Bundt Cake with a Fresh Citrus Glaze.

For this specific recipe I used Carapelli® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  With olives from the 2016/2017 harvest, Carapelli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil is fresh, earthy, and a little sweet with a fruity yet balanced taste.  It not only added that extra flavor note to my bundt cake, but it made it incredibly moist.  Plus I was thrilled to find Carapelli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil at my local Publix (in the cooking/spice aisle in case you’re wondering).  It’s always a win win when I can get everything I need in one place.

But back to the cake.  To add citrus to the cake itself I used a few drops of lemon, lime, and orange essential oil.  I’ve tried using actual citrus or citrus zest to the sponge, but I’ve found you can’t control the acid which can often make the cake collapse.  And we can’t have a collapsed cake can we?!

The frosting is your classic vanilla glaze kicked up a notch with loads of fresh lemon, lime and orange zest.  I prefer not to cover the entire bundt cake in glaze as I don’t want to overwhelm the fresh citrus with too much sugary sweet.  

All in all, I could not be happier with how everything turned out.  The Carapelli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil brought out the citrus to create the most perfect balance, and quite possibly my favorite cake ever.

Looking to pick up some Carapelli® at your local Publix? Use this Ibotta coupon offer and save on your purchase through November 3rd!  Learn more about Carapelli® on their Facebook or Instagram pages.  Truly, MKR

Olive Oil Bundt Cake with Fresh Citrus Glaze
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 5 large eggs, room temperature
  2. 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  3. 1 1/4 cup organic sugar
  4. 1 cup high quality olive oil, I used Carapelli Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1 pinch of baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 drops lemon essential oil
  9. 2 drops lime essential oil
  10. For the glaze
  11. 4 teaspoons whole milk
  12. 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted to remove lumps
  13. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  14. 1/2 cup citrus zest (can be any kind of citrus)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and heavily grease your bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In a bowl whisk the sifted flour with the baking powder, baking salt, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl using an electric mixer beat the eggs with the sugar and citrus essential oils on medium/high speed until smooth. This will take a few minutes.
  4. Slowly beat in the olive oil until creamy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the dry ingredients the wet mixture in batches of 3 beating on medium speed until well mixed.
  6. Pour the batter into your bundt can and bake in the center of the oven for about 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into the cake and it comes off clean.
  7. While the bundt cake is in the oven make your glaze. Place the sugar in a medium/large mixing bowl and slowly stir in the milk and vanilla a little at a time until through thouroughly mixing the glaze is smooth and not lumpy. Add 1/2 of your zest and reserve the rest for garnishing your cake.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Cool for 15-20 minutes **this is KEY** then slightly tap the sides before flipping over to reveal your cake.
  9. Let the cake cool completely then ice with citrus glaze and garnish with fresh citrus zest.
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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Carapelli, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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