Turkey Meatballs

Last summer in the Gila wilderness we packed some turkey jerky for our meals. It was so flavorful that I tried to recreate the same flavors in these meatballs.


1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
a slice of orange bell pepper (about 4 inches x 0.5 inch), minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 scallion, minced
a few leaves of sage, minced
a sprig of thyme, leaves only
a small sprig of rosemary needles, chopped fine
a sprinkle of paprika
a sprinkle of garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375’F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Mix all the ingredients; then form into balls (about 25 in all).
Place on tray and bake for 20 minutes.

We ate ours with plain rice and a side of grapefruit.

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Terimuso means friend in the lingua franca of Mali, West Africa. My poems reflect the many homelands of my childhood. My dad snapped the header photo to this blog in Casablanca, Morocco, as we were en route to Montpellier, France. This photo—with me in a red dress, holding my mom's hand—foreshadows the themes I explore in poetry: light and dark, East and West, mother and child. In this blog I juxtapose early and recent poems, stringing them together as they come to mind or as one theme suggests another. I invite you to accompany me on the journey.

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