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Colorful Veggies Chicken

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This recipe comes to us tonight in the interest of randomness.  I know I must sound like I belong on an episode of Hoarders when I say that I have a magazine lying around from 2010.

This comes from the section of the magazine entitled Easy & Yummy.  Too true, my friend, too true.  Literally just brown the chicken in a  little canola, then add the veggies and soy sauce, and simmer away for about 40 minutes.  So easy.  In fact, I’m going to include the recipe.  Of course that has nothing to do with the fact that I’m under the impression that is no longer in existence.  On top of that, it’s almost impossible to search for a specific chicken recipe.  The magazine says this comes from a member by the name of Michalica.  That’s a lovely name, but I can’t give her any more credit than that.   No last name mentioned.  For all I know it could be an alias.

1 1/2 pounds of chicken thighs and drumsticks (Michalica said breasts too, but come on, one breast these days is about a pound)

3 tablespoons of canola oil

2 cups of chopped carrots

3 sliced red sweet peppers

3 3/4 cups of chopped zucchini

1/2 cup of soy sauce

Season with black pepper, and probably some salt if you use the low-sodium soy sauce.   I know.  It defeats the purpose.

Serve over rice, if you so desire.

Eat Well and Savor.


Grilled Seafood Salad

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I’ve said it before:  I am a Mainer.   I grew up cooking and eating scallops, clams, shrimp, and of course lobster.  In the last few years I discovered calamari and order it whenever it’s on the menu.  The majority of the time it comes out breaded and deep-fried.   This is the first time I’ve attempted to prepare it myself.  It was incredible.

I have so much to say about this I don’t know where to begin.   I’ll start from the bottom:  Radicchio.  Why do I keep buying this?  I’ve tried it several times and I am never thrilled with it.  In this instance it’s pretty much a garnish anyway.  Next time I am leaving it out.

Next, the salad is cannelini beans, arugula, carrots, and yellow pepper.  I steamed my pepper a little.  Loved the greens and beans.

The squid and the scallops were brushed with the dressing.  Along with garlic, there’s parsley, thyme, and my new favorite: marjoram.  I used fresh and it was worth it.

This is from Giada and Everyday Italian.  She recommends putting the scallops onto a skewer.  I thought this was genius.

Two minutes on each side.

I guess I was so excited about the squid that I forgot to take pictures.  It comes in a little tube, and it shriveled up real quick.  I actually used kitchen shears to cut it into circles.  The moral of the story is don’t be afraid of squid.  BTW – it’s pretty cheap too.  It was only 4.99 a pound.




Habitant Soup

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Seriously, it’s not creamed corn.

Who knew there was such a thing as yellow split peas?

Apparently, back in the day, they were all the rage in New Hampshire.  At least according to Clementine Paddleford and The Great American Cookbook.   This is  a pretty basic recipe which includes three onions and some salt pork.  Throw it all in the pot and bring it to a boil, then skim off the froth.  I really want to know where that froth is coming from.  The recipe says to simmer it for four hours.  We must have made some advances in fire or something over the years because this was done in an hour.

CP recommends serving this with Johnny cakes.  I just like saying Johnny cakes.

Eat Well and Savor.


Duck Breast with Blackberries

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Well, the other day I was disappointed that I couldn’t roast my chicken.  This was my substitute.  I guess you would consider that an upgrade.

This was pretty easy, but, honestly, it didn’t blow my skirt up.

Browned duck breast plus blackberries simmered with butter.

So simple, so French, so Elizabeth Bard and Lunch in Paris.

I also had some Corn on the Cob with Mint-Feta Butter.  I’ve been trying to take advantage of the fresh corn, which means about 75 percent of the time we just have it on the cob.  Jake is amazed with my trick for buttering:  butter a slice of bread and then roll the ear of corn on it.  In my family:  repeat.  I swear I remember eating just four or five ears of corn for dinner as a kid.  For some reason the fact that we call it an ear of corn is distracting me at the moment.   Anyway, at the end you have a super-buttery and salty and soggy slice of bread.  Eat it.  This is one time you don’t mind using the heel.

So the point is that I am always tempted by these fancy butters and recipes for corn on the cob.  I am always enticed, but not quite willing to take the plunge.  I pulled this recipe out of a magazine and I’ve been eyeing it all summer; I still wasn’t convinced.  Somehow, somewhere, I came across another blog that I’m sorry I don’t remember.  I think the blogger literally said it changed her life.  I’m also pretty sure she said it came from Gourmet magazine.  Actually, I could have read two different posts.  Hello?  With a ringing endorsement like that how could I not try it.

Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of it on the actual corn.  That would have been nice, wouldn’t it?  My excuse:  I ate it. Seriously, it was a little messy, as you can imagine.  Plus, I had to run out to pick up Jake.  I must report that this didn’t change my life, but I am glad I tried it.  Also, there was a bunch leftover, which Jake wisely suggested to add to scrambled eggs.  That’s right.  I’ve been doing that all week.

Since it’s so easy, and I want you to have the opportunity to change your life, I will actually type the recipe for your viewing pleasure.

Stir together 1/2 stick of softened unsalted butter, 7 ounces of crumbled feta, 1/4 cup of finely chopped mint.

Eat Well and Savor.

Better Beef Lasagna

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This is a little over my 400 calorie mark, but it’s pretty close at 550, which is impressive because it’s six servings from a 9×13 pan.

We have Ellie Krieger and Comfort Food Fix to thank for that.  There’s still ricotta, and mozzarella, and parmesan in there.  The secret is half ground beef and half portobello mushrooms.

Looks pretty cheesy; right?  Only 3 ounces of part-skim mozzarella and 1/4 cup of parmesan.  Further proof that small changes make  a difference.  Most recipes would call for at least 4 ounces, if not 8.  From here it looks like 3 works pretty well.

The only thing I would do differently is add a little more sauce, but that’s just me.

Love those layers.

Eat Well and Savor.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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With White Chocolate and Roasted Macadamia Nuts.

Well, that pretty much says it all.  What more could you ask for?

Seriously, I hate to say it, but I think this blog is making me fat.  I dare say I’ve gained at least 10 pounds, if not 15, in the last six months.  In fact, now that Jake isn’t home most of the week, I’ve been thinking about adding some calorie counting back into my routine.  However, as God is my witness, I will never abandon this Joy the Baker Cookbook.  All hail Queen Joy Wilson.  This is only my second stab at her book and it’s even more amazing than the first.

Eat Well and Savor.


Roasted Chicken

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Hands down, I think this is the best chicken I’ve ever roasted.  This is from Jennifer Reese and Make the Bread, Buy the Butter.

Rub it all over with salt and pepper and let it rest in the fridge overnight.

Stuff the cavity with a couple of lemons and some butter.  Then the fun part:  rub it all over with more butter.

Roast at 450 for 10 minutes and then add the potatoes and roast for another 40.  Personally, I think the potatoes should have been turned so that they brown on all sides, and they should be cut a little smaller too.   I almost forgot to mention the best part:  place it in the pan breast side down.  I had to read that a couple of times before it sunk in, but it makes perfect sense.  I don’t know why every chicken recipe isn’t like that.  The breast was juicy, buttery, lemony, and perfect.

It was my intention to make this yesterday.  Jake has been working in DC during the week, so I was going to greet him with a lovely roasted chicken . . . just like the Contessa does when Jeffrey returns home.  Alas, I forgot to rub him down with the salt and pepper the night before.   Him being the chicken, not Jake.  On top of that, I had a crazy day yesterday.  I took the day off because I had a hair appointment.  That’s right.  Don’t judge me.   You know, recently the Journal of Court Reporting — yep, we have our very own magazine — did an article about a day in the life of different careers in court reporting.  My boss was actually featured, and she came off as a too-good-to-be-true firm owner/boss, which she totally is.  However, it led me to joke with a friend of mine about how my day in the life would read:  sleep til 10, walk the dog, watch Live with Kelly while drinking latte, do a little editing while watching soap opera reruns, walk the dog again, eat lunch on the veranda . . . I think I’ve said enough.

The truth is yesterday did not start off that way.  I won’t bore you with too many details.  It started off at 9:15 with the dog pawing at me to wake up.  On our morning walk we went across the street, she did her business, and then our neighbor drove by and said, let me give you a ride back.  There was an injured pit bull a few doors down and she didn’t want me to have to walk by.  So me, and Phoebe, and Phoebe’s bag of poop got a ride back to our door.  Then I did watch Kelly and have a latte.  Then half an hour before heading to my hair appointment I noticed that Phoebe, the allergy queen, had a swollen nose.  So off we went to wait at the vet for a shot.  Hence, cancelled hair appointment.  All’s well that ends well, I guess, because I was able to get in with my colorist later in the day.  But still didn’t get to make the chicken.

Eat Well and Savor.