Monday, August 30, 2010

Bob Marley's Jerk Chicken

My dad made this for my college graduation party. I thought about it a while back and looked up the recipe. So glad I remembered it because it is delicious! It is a lot of ingredients but so worth it, I promise! Make sure to make the cucumber dip. It goes with the chicken perfectly and makes a great salad dressing!

Source: Food Network

For the Jerk Marinade:
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped scallion
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 habanero chiles or scotch bonnets if you can get them
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon cider or white vinegar
2 pounds dark meat chicken pieces
1 recipe cucumber sauce, recipe follows

For the marinade:
Mix, in a medium size bowl, onion, scallion, thyme, salt, sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, hot pepper, black pepper, soy sauce, oil and vinegar. Place the chicken pieces in a shallow baking dish and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Place the chicken onto a hot grill and grill until done (165 degree internal temperature.

For the cucumber dipping sauce:
2-1/4 cups cucumber, finely diced
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic

For the cucumber dipping sauce:
Peel and seed cucumbers and roughly chop. Place in a medium size bowl with remaining ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Roasted corn salad

This is an awesome and simple recipe. We served it in steak tacos but it is great as a side dish!

Grilled Corn Salad with Queso Fresco and Lime

4 ears of corn, husks on
2 tbsp. olive oil
juice of 1 big lime (or 1 1/2 small limes)
3 – 4 oz. queso fresco, crumbled
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
pinch salt
1 serrano pepper, minced

Get your grill going at medium heat. Run the ears of corn under the faucet so that the husks get a wet, otherwise they’ll scorch.
Place the corn on the heat and cook for about 5 – 6 minutes, turning them every minute or so. Remove from the heat and peel pack the husks, then return to the grill. Cook for another 5 – 7 minutes or so, turning the ears every minute.
They should develop a nice, brown char on the kernels. If they look good, remove from heat and let cool a bit. Remove the kernels from the cob
Toss the corn kernels with the other ingredients and serve.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chicken with Tomatoes and Garlic

I will start by saying the recipe is good....real good. It is super simple to make, maybe that is why it tasted so good. I love an easy recipe! No surprise that it is a Pioneer Woman recipe. This recipe also gave me a chance to use my new Martha Stewart Dutch oven. My mom and her coupons got it for like $48 which is a killer deal since they are usually $100. Love mom and her coupons. I was also able to use some herbs from my garden. It is a great feeling to eat something you have grown in your own backyard. It is also insanely convenient. I also added some red pepper flake because we like the spicy! I made a couple changes and they are in red.
Here is the rosemary, thyme and basil I grew. So proud!
Source: Pioneer Woman

8 pieces Chicken Legs Or Thighs (I used both)

Salt And Pepper, to taste

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Butter
1 can (28 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes
1 can (14 Ounces) Whole Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons (Heaping) Tomato Paste
Fresh Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary (I used basil, rosemary and thyme)
8 cloves Garlic
16 ounces, weight Pasta (I used rigatoni)
Grated Parmesan Cheese, For Serving
½ cups White Wine (or Red Wine) (I used chicken stock)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Salt and pepper chicken legs. Heat ovenproof skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter. When oil/butter is hot, add chicken legs to the pan. Using tongs, brown on all sides, about 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan. Pour in wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any bits. Cook for 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes with their juice and add tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring to combine. I added red pepper flake here. Bring sauce to a boil, then turn off heat. Add plenty of fresh herbs, 8 cloves of peeled (but whole) garlic, and the chicken legs. Put lid on pot and cook in the oven for 1 hour.

Remove pot from oven and allow it to sit on the counter with the lid on while you boil the pasta. Cook the pasta to al dente, Drain and add to a large serving bowl.Remove lid and check sauce. If it’s overly thin, remove the chicken from the pot and boil the sauce on the stovetop for 5 to 10 minutes. Check seasonings and adjust as needed.To serve, pour sauce over cooked pasta, then arrange chicken pieces over the top. Sprinkle generously with fresh Parmesan and serve with crusty French bread.

(Dish may be served with rice or mashed potatoes, instead!)

Product Review

Recently Mike and I discovered how good pizza on the grill is thanks to our pal Doug. We have made them a couple times and always use the pizza dough from Trader Joe's. I love Trader Joe's. This pizza dough is not only good but also cheap, less than $2. Can't beat that. The dough is easy to roll out and grills up nicely. We roll the dough out, oil the grill and grill both sides a little. We put on toppings and put it back on the grill to melt the cheese. YUM!

The finished product:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Product Review

Fresh and Easy's Butternut Squash Ravioli
Fresh and Easy is one of my favorite grocery stores. There is one pretty close to my house so I dropped by today and picked up these butternut squash ravioli. These cook up in 3 to 4 minutes and done. I fried some bacon and melted some butter and tossed everything together and topped with Parmesan cheese. The filling is pretty sweet but also cheesey. The bacon gave a nice contrast to the sweetness and also added some texture. Overall I liked these.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Creamy Chicken Piccata

Sorry for another bad picture. I have never made chicken piccata. I love it but have never made it. I got a dozen home grown lemons from a friend. I needed to find things to do with them because they were so good and fragrant. I have everything to make this recipe except the capers and chicken stock. I left the capers out because we don't really care for them. I had heavy cream and figured I could make it work. I noted my changes in red.

Source: Giada De Laurentiis

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (I used kosher salt)
All-purpose flour, for dredging
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock (I used heavy cream)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed (left out)
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped (left out but if I had some I would use it)

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate. Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock (I added the cream and garlic here) and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Pioneer Woman Pork Chops

I have never been great with cooking pork. Seems like I always over cook it. This recipe is really easy and the pork is perfectly cooked. Mike said they taste close to his dad's which, to me, is a great compliment.

Source: Pioneer Woman

7 pieces Or 8 Pieces Breakfast Chops (very Thin Bone-in Pork Chops)
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper Cayenne Pepper To Taste
½ cups Canola Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter Extra Salt And Pepper, To Taste

Rinse pork chops. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops. Combine all dry ingredients. Dredge each side of the pork chops in the flour mixture, then set aside on a plate. Heat canola oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add butter. When butter is melted and butter/oil mixture is hot, cook 3 pork chops at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on the first side; 1 to 2 minutes on the other side. (Make sure no pink juices remain.) Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining porch chops.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chicken Satay

Chicken satay is one of our favorite when we go to Thai food. I found this recipe at Big Red Kitchen. It was easy and a good fix for when we crave satay at home.

Source: Big Red Kitchen

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in long thin strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 T. Asian chili sauce or more to taste (I use Sriracha)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, white & green parts, sliced thin
1 recipe Satay Sauce

Combine the soy sauce, oil, chili sauce, brown sugar, cilantro, garlic, and green onions in a large bowl. Add long strips of the chicken and toss well. Marinate in the refrigerator for one hour. Thread each strip on to a 6 inch wooden skewer. Heat a greased cooktop grill to med-high heat and cook chicken for about 2-3 minutes on each side. You may grill these the same way on an outdoor grill. Serve with Satay Sauce. Serves 6.

Satay Sauce
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup water, hot
1 T. soy sauce
2 T. lime juice, about 1 lime
2 T. Asian chili sauce or Sriracha
1 T. brown sugar
1/2-1 t. curry powder
1 clove garlic , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 green onions, white and green parts, sliced thin

Whisk the peanut butter and hot water together in a medium bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Transfer to a small serving bowl, and put aside to use for dipping the finished chicken.

Ham and Jarlsberg Quiche

I recently had the pleasure of eating a brunch with my sister and my mom, for a little baby shower brunch. It was a surprise to my sister and we got her good! We ate at a place called High Hand Conservatory

If you live near or are visiting near Sacramento, CA make sure to stop by High Hand. It was the best food I had had in a very long time. They also have a nursery you can visit, which we did, that had some great looking plants and flowers.

So I ordered the ham and Jarlsberg quiche. I had never had Jarlsberg cheese but I am glad I did! It was delicious. It also had rosemary sprinkled on top which I had never thought of with eggs but will be doing from now on on a regular basis. So when I got home from my trip I wanted to recreate this quiche for Mike. I think I did well.

1 refrigerated pie crust
6 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound ham or any meat you like
1 cup Jarlsberg cheese- shredded
1/2 tablespoon rosemary

Preheat oven to 425. Place the pie crust in a 9 inch pie pan. Pierce crust with fork for vents. Bake for 8 mins. While the crust is baking beat eggs and heavy cream together. Once the crust is out of the oven place the ham in the pie crust. Sprinkle about 3/4 of the cheese over ham. Pour egg mixture over ham and cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Sprinkle rosemary evenly over the top of the cheese. Bake at 425 for 15 mins then at 350 for 15 mins or until the eggs are set.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

Working on getting more vegetables in our meals. This recipe makes it easy. I love green beans and parmesan cheese so this recipe is perfect. Next time I might leave them in for a little longer than 10 minutes, just so they get a little softer.

Source: Tyler Florence

1 pound thin green beans
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Trim off the tough end of the beans and arrange the beans on a nonstick cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and bake until the cheese melts and forms a crisp shell over the beans, about 10 minutes. Let the beans sit a few minutes for the cheese to cool slightly. Lift the beans out onto a platter and serve.

Product Review

I recently saw the new Giada De Laurentiis brand of pots, pans, pasta sauce, olive oil and just about all things cooking at Target. I picked up a jar of the pasta sauce to give it a try. It is really good for jarred pasta sauce. We tried the tomato basil and I was surprised to see actual pieces of basil in the sauce. For $2.99 this is definetly a good buy!

Chinese Beef & Broccoli

Sorry for the blurry picture. This is a super easy and extra tasty beef and broccoli recipe. The broccoli is nice and tender but still have a bit of crunch, which I love. The beef is perfect! I make this about twice a month, maybe more.

Source: The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

3/4 pound flank or sirloin, sliced thinly across the grain
3/4 pound broccoli florets
2 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, very finely minced or smushed through garlic smusher
1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

For the beef marinade
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth

Marinate the beef: Stir together the beef marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the beef slices and stir until coated. Let stand for 10 minutes In a small bowl stir together the sauce ingredients. In a large saute pan add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cover to steam for 3 minutes. Drain. Heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat. Add the beef and immediately spread the beef out all over the surface of the wok or pan in a single layer (preferably not touching). Let the beef fry undisturbed for 1 minute. Flip the beef slices over, add the garlic to the pan and fry for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute until no longer pink, Pour in the sauce, add the broccoli and bring to a boil. Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens, 30 seconds. Serve over rice.