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Apple and Bacon Wild Rice

January 8, 2019

This is a fun side dish full of bacon and apples (classic combination of sweet and salty!).

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You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c wild rice blend
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored  and chopped
  • 1 1/2 c apple cider
  • 1 c vegetable stock
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1/4 lb thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped

Then you will…

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Mix in the rice and apples and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cider, stock, salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Allow to simmer until the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Mix in the butter and bacon before serving.
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Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs

November 9, 2018

I have been playing with chicken thighs recently since they tend to be packed with flavor. We served these sticky chicken thighs with some steamed rice and roasted broccoli…all of which made phenomenal leftovers.

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You will need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 T hoisin sauce
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine everything but the chicken. Mix well.
  2. Put the chicken in a gallon ziploc bag.
  3. Pour the sauce into the bag. Seal and toss to coat the chicken.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken (hold onto the marinade for later) and pan fry for 6 minutes on one side.
  7. Flip and continue cooking another 4 minutes.
  8. Pour the marinade into the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  9. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade is reduced to almost a glaze, about 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with rice and your favorite veggies.
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Simple Herb Focaccia

October 29, 2018

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We invited some friends over for dinner last minute, and I whipped up a simple pasta dish. This focaccia bread complemented the meal perfectly! It was also incredibly simple to put together.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c warm water
  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) yeast
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour (plus up to 1/4 c additional as needed)
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t dried minced onion
  • 1/4 t garlic powder

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and yeast and stir to mix. Allow to rest and bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt, and the flour.
  3. On a lightly floured counter, knead 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Spread the dough in the pan and allow to rise for an hour, covered with oiled plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Remove the covering from the dough.
  8. Press dough with fingertips to create small indentations across the top surface.
  9. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil, minced onion and garlic powder.
  11. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  12. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then remove from the pan.
  13. Cool on a wire rack at least another 5 minutes.
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Island Pulled Pork with Red Cabbage Slaw

October 1, 2018

We went on a long weekend to the beach and wanted some easy meals while we were there. This was a great main dish! I loved that we could make it in advance in the crockpot; it was very portable and, most importantly, it was very moist and packed full of flavor from the sauce.

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You will need:

  • 3 lb pork butt (or shoulder), excess fat trimmed
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple
  • 1/3 c hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 c pineapple juice
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 4 T soy sauce
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 t sesame oil
  • 2 T sambal oelek
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 t Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c shredded red cabbage
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. Place the pork butt in the crockpot.
  2. Pour the crushed pineapple on top of the pork.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour 2/3rds of the sauce on top of the pork.
  5. Slow cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  6. Remove the pork from the crockpot and shred.
  7. Put the pork in a large bowl with the last third of the sauce.
  8. Add 1/2 – 3/4 cup of the sauce from the crockpot to the pulled pork until moist and juicy. I recommend using a gravy separator to pour the juices into the pork, since it will help remove the excess fat.
  9. Allow to rest in the sauce at least 10 minutes to soak up some of the juices.
  10. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss together the red cabbage with the scallion, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve the pulled pork topped with the slaw on toasted Hawaiian rolls.

 

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Sweet Corn and Pea Pancakes

September 20, 2018

These are a fun side dish or vegetarian meal option. They are easy enough to mix that you can have small kids help out, yet they are full of deliciousness from the corn and peas and cheese.

You will need:

  • 2 c corn kernels
  • 1 c sweet peas
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 c grated Parmesan
  • Enough olive oil to thinly coat your skillet
  • Optional: sour cream for serving

Then you will…

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine everything but the sour cream.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet (coated with a thin layer of olive oil) over medium heat.
  3. Drop batter by the 1/4 cup into the hot skillet, 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Serve hot with sour cream on top.

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Bacon and Tomato Gnocchi

September 17, 2018

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Just a few ingredients make this a simple pasta dinner. However the bacon packs lots of flavor alongside the fresh tomatoes.

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1 lb fresh gnocchi
  • 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c shredded pecorino romano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c fresh baby arugula

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonsticket skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel. Reserve the bacon fat.
  2. In a small sauce pan, warm 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium heat.
  3. Add the the tomatoes and garlic to the sauce pan and allow to saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the gnocchi according to the package. Drain and reserve 1/4 c of the cooking water.
  5. Add the pecorino romano and reserved cooking water to the sauce pan. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  7. In the large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet and allow to crisp up on each side, about 3-5 minutes all together.
  9. Add the sauce to the skillet and toss the gnocchi to coat.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in the baby arugula.
  11. Chop the bacon and top the gnocchi with bacon pieces before serving.
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Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken

September 11, 2018

This Indian butter chicken recipe is rapidly becoming part of our regular dinner rotation. We love serving it with a little rice and some toasted pita or naan bread. It’s even better as leftovers (and it is toddler approved!).

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You will need:

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated (recommend using a microplane zester to create a grated ginger paste)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 t garam masala
  • 1 1/2 t turmeric
  • 1 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 c chicken stock
  • 8 T unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c light cream
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro

Then you will…

  1. In your Instant Pot, mix together the tomatoes with the ginger, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, paprika, cumin, cayenne and salt.
  2. Stir in the chicken and chicken stock.
  3. Cook on manual (or pressure) for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.
  5. Mix in the butter, cream and cilantro.
  6. Serve with your favorite rice.
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