Josh Haden Turkey Surprise Dine Alone Foods


  • A pot of coffee
  • 2 or 3 pounds of fresh organic ground turkey, dark meat
  • One medium-sized onion, doesn’t matter what color
  • Four or five green zucchinis, sliced
  • Four or five yellow flower squashes, whole, cut in half, or sliced
  • Several cremini mushrooms, or whatever mushrooms you can get, sliced
  • Handful of green beans, cut in half and stems cut off
  • Oyster sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Brown rice
  • One five or six quart cooking pot


  1. Make and start drinking coffee. (This is my original part of the recipe).
  2. Slice the onion length-wise and sauté in the pot until onions are translucent. Take the onions out of the pot and set aside.
  3. Put about a tablespoon or so of olive oil into the pot. Dump the ground turkey over it and cook on medium-high heat until the ground turkey is cooked all the way through, stirring frequently.
  4. Is the ground turkey cooked all the way through? Good. Because if it isn’t you could kill yourself, your family, and your friends. Therefore make sure you have plenty of light shining over your stove top so you can properly determine the ground turkey is properly cooked, meaning the ground turkey is all brown and there’s no red anywhere. This is why I don’t make this meal. When I do I purposely overcook the turkey just to make sure all the bacteria has been destroyed.
  5. Think about being a meat-eater vs. vegetarianism for health benefits.
  6. After the ground turkey has been cooked all the way through and you’ve spent a few minutes considering vegetarianism, lower the heat and throw the green beans into the turkey, stir and cook for about five minutes.
  7. Add the zucchini, squash, and mushrooms, stir and cook until all of the vegetables are soft but not falling apart.
  8. Put the previously sautéed onions back in the mix, stir.
  9. Pour in oyster sauce, enough to taste but not too overwhelming. Start with a little, stir and taste, and if you need more, pour in more and stir. If you are an oyster sauce maniac, pour in the whole bottle.
  10. There, your meal is finished. Serve on a plate with cooked brown rice.
Born: New York City, New York
Band: Spain
Instrument: Vocals, Bass

Turkey Surprise

Guest Recipe by Josh Haden

This is a hippie meal my mom used to make in San Francisco in the 1960s and handed it down to me several years ago.

What is your first childhood food memory?

Burning the tip of my nose smelling freshly baked bread when I was five years old.

What is unique to your backstage rider?

We don’t have anything too unique. Maybe kefir. I’m afraid if we get too unique we won’t get anything.

What are 5 staples we will always find in your fridge?

Atomic Extra Hot Horseradish Sauce
Majestic Sprouted Hummus
Lacinto kale
Yellow mustard
Bone Suckin’ Mustard

When cooking a meal what is your 5 song playlist of choice?

Lully: “Le Divertissement Royal - Rondeau Du Mariage Forcé”
U-Roy: “Back Stabbing”
Jack Teagarden: “Casanova's Lament”
Ronnie Browne: “Auld Lang Syne”
Tyrannosaurus Rex: “O Harley (The Saltimbaques)”

Do you have any rituals when preparing a meal?

Asking everyone to stay out of the kitchen.

Are there any food habits that you need to break?

Eating late-night snacks.
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