Katie’s Kitchen

Katie Ryan's Cooking Blog

Start your weekend off right with the Wake up Crew’s recipe of the week! Every Friday morning during the Free Country Wake Up Crew on WFRE Katie Ryan will feature a new recipe you can make at home!


{Katie’s Kitchen} Turkey Meatballs

Brought to you by Catoctin Mountain Orchard

This turkey meatball recipe…might be my new favorite way to make meatballs! They’re super juicy (normally turkey can be dry) and the gravy is delicious over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

Start out with a skillet on the stove top– and add minced onion and garlic, saute for 2 mins. Then, add in 1/4 cup of chicken broth, and 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce, for 2 mins. Take off the heat and set aside.

In a mixing bowl add 2 lbs. of ground turkey meat,1/2 cup fresh parsley minced; plus more for garnish, 1/4 cup green onion thinly sliced, 1/4 cup chicken broth, 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 egg beaten, 1/2 cup bread crumbs seasoned, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated, 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste, 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Shape your meat into 20- 25 meatballs.

Start the gravy, boil 2 cups of chicken broth, add the cornstarch dissolved in cold water, followed by the Worcestershire sauce. Cook  until thickened. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter.  Add the meatballs and cook until browned on both sides.

Then, pour gravy into the skillet and cover for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

Serve and enjoy!!


Meatball ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 cup onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley minced; plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup green onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs seasoned
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Gravy ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water cold
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch


{Katie’s Kitchen} Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Brought to you by Catoctin Mountain Orchard.

It’s National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

I haven’t made peanut butter cookies in a while…so I HAD TO!! 😉

This is an easy, one mixing bowl recipe. I recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer for this recipe.

Grab a darker, non-stick pan and set aside. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Start out with 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter(room temperature), and 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter in your mixer and mix until smooth.

Add sugars and beat on high speed until light and fluffy – 2-3 minutes.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until combined.

Add flour, baking soda and salt and beat on low speed just until cookie dough comes together.

Line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.

Roll into 1″ balls and place 2″ apart on baking sheets. Then, press down slightly with fork.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool on baking sheets before storing.


Ingredients: I got the recipe here!

  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter 240g — not natural
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 1 cup brown sugar 205g packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 390g
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

{Katie’s Kitchen} Poolside Pineapple Dip!

Brought to you by Catoctin Mountain Orchard.

Hanging by the pool and want a snack? Go grab your Poolside Pineapple Dip from the fridge and crackers and enjoy!

This dip is nothing like i’ve ever had, but I HAD to try!!  If you’re a ham and pineapple fan…you’re going to love this.

Grab a small mixing bowl- add 8oz block of softened cream cheese, 2 tbsp. of sour cream and 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and mix until smooth.

Then comes your toppings! Add a cup of cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, 1/4 cup (or more) or crushed pinapple, chopped ham, and bacon bits!

Enjoy with crackers by the pool!

**NOTE: I doubled my recipe for a larger party.


-8 oz softened cream cheese

-1/4 cup pineapple juice from can of crushed pineapple

-2 tbsp. sour cream

-1 cup cheddar cheese

-Toppings to taste:  chopped green onions, crushed pinapple, bacon bits.




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