Let’s talk turkey about cold turkey. If we’re going to do that we actually need to start with talking turkey. Talk turkey is an American phrase which started out to be friendly conversation over a family meal. The meaning eventually came to mean to speak frankly, getting directly to the point of the discussion.
An early form of the phrase was to talk cold turkey, which meant to tell it like it is. Referring most likely to a plain and simple meal using cold turkey.
Cold turkey seems to have evolved on it’s own from there coming to mean to quit something quickly, with no preparation and without tapering off.
It has now typically used from the standpoint of quitting an addition . . . like smoking, drugs or alcohol.
This association comes from the reaction to heroin withdrawal . . . blood is drawn towards the internal organs giving the skin a cold, clammy, sweaty appearance of a cold, plucked turkey.
Chicken with Broccoli
3 Heads Fresh Broccoli, Cut Into Florets
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Chicken Breast, Pre-cooked and Chopped
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Fresh Mozzarella
1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tablespoons Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large skillet add a cup of water to a boil then blanch broccoli for about 5 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
Wipe water out of the skillet and heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and pepper flakes until lightly golden, being careful not to burn it. Add the broccoli and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and sea salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Broccoli should be tender yet crisp to the bite.
Add the chopped chicken, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Toss with the broccoli and serve.