chicken slow braised to perfection ~

I've braised veal and lamb shanks, pork shoulders and chuck roasts. But I had never braised chicken for longer than 30 minutes. When I read the original recipe from Food52 I was intrigued by the addition of salami in the braising liquid. Loved the olives just didn't know what the salami would cook into. The results were sublime.  I tweaked it a little for my family's taste using harissa in place of tomato paste and I cut back the amount of chicken stock.  The first time I made it I didn't use the fennel and didn't notice the difference the second [...]

chicken slow braised to perfection ~2019-03-10T14:41:41-07:00

pizza dough … tried, tested and perfected

Pizza dough is unique to all who eat! There are those that love it puffy, chewy, bready, thin, crispy....we all have our favorites.  I love a yeasty smelling slightly chewy thinner crust.  The following recipe is just that. I use a combination of bread and King Arthur all purpose flour. I think it gives the right chew with a lovely yeasty kick.     ingredients 1 c bread flour 2 c all purpose flour (King Arthur) 1/2 t yeast 1 t sugar 1 T Sous Salt Herb and Garlic 1 c warm water apx 110 degrees 1 T olive oil and [...]

pizza dough … tried, tested and perfected2019-03-02T14:01:40-07:00

easy chicken parmesan ~ really!

This recipe is very similar to my sheet pan harissa chicken. Super easy to put together and quick to cook. I used my Tomato Sauce but you could easily pick up your favorite jar of marinara sauce from the market. Also I used boneless chicken thighs but you could substitute them for chicken breasts. I did not include a vegetable but you could easily add a chopped eggplant or a diced winter squash. Feel free to use any of our other Sous Salts as well. The Porcini would be superb as would the Olive Thyme or the Herb & Garlic. Normally [...]

easy chicken parmesan ~ really!2018-11-28T11:06:09-07:00

black rice, farro, vegetable medley ~

Love black rice...it has a wonderful nutty flavor and is full of the same antioxidants you find in blueberries. In this dish I combined it with farro, another one of my favorite grains. You can either cook them separately or together as their cooking time is similar. Just know that if you cook the farro with the black rice the farro will absorb the black color of the rice. So if you want a different color variation cook them separate according to package directions.   ingredients 1 cup black rice, cook per package directions 1 c farro, cook per package directions [...]

black rice, farro, vegetable medley ~2018-10-16T08:35:18-07:00

chicken, rice & lemon soup ~

This rich thickness of this soup comes from the purée of a portion of the rice with eggs. The chicken is just touched with the stock to gently poach. Just the perfect amount of lemon to brighten all the flavors and you will never need another recipe for Avgolemono Soup again.  This recipe was morphed from Americas Test Kitchen...one of my favorite go to kitchens to learn from. ingredients 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts 12 - 3 inch strips of lemon zest 6 T lemon juice (3 lemons) 2 sprigs of thyme 1 t coriander 2 cardamom seeds 1 [...]

chicken, rice & lemon soup ~2018-10-11T10:44:18-07:00

spinach & artichoke pie ~

Spanikopita fans this is a wonderful dish...easy to prep, bake and enjoy.  Instead of squeezing the spinach to get rid of the water I saute the moisture out of it with the shallots and artichoke hearts.  Saves my shirt from spinach stains as I always seem to splash spinach juice all over the place in an attempt to dry it out! Also I love the addition of artichokes to the spinach. The balance counteracts some of the bitterness spinach may have.  You can substitute any cheese you prefer as well. Either feta or goat cheese works as a creamy base. But [...]

spinach & artichoke pie ~2018-10-11T10:37:25-07:00

quinoa, tomato, corn salad ~

This salad can easily be made with farro, brown rice, orzo or spelt. Any grain will work. The dressing is a winner or grains or pasta both! ingredients 2 c cooked quinoa 1 ear corn, kernels removed 1 c garbanzo beans, roughly chopped 1 c roasted tomatoes 1/4 c chopped parsley 1 diced shallot 1 T olive oil 1/2 t Sous Salt of your choice, they are all terrific! Smokey Tomato Vinaigrette directions In a saute pan add the olive oil and sauce the shallot, corn and garbanzo beans for 2 mins. Toss the corn mixture with the roasted tomatoes, quinoa and parsley. [...]

quinoa, tomato, corn salad ~2018-08-20T14:46:47-07:00

roasted tomatoes & burrata on toasted ciabatta

This is a tasty recipe for a wonderful appetizer or an addition to the evening meal. The tomatoes are so sweet when roasted they are like vegetable candy combined with the fruitiness of the olive oil and the  richness of the burrata, it's perfection.  A sprinkle of micro arugula and there isn't anything else you need with the exception of a sprinkling of Sous Salt!i ingredients 2 pints of cherry tomatoes 1 T olive oil + more for drizzling on the toasts 1 t Sous Salt Olive Thyme & Lemon + more for finishing 1 package of fresh Burrata (or you [...]

roasted tomatoes & burrata on toasted ciabatta2018-08-20T14:49:03-07:00

smokey tomato vinaigrette ~

This particular vinaigrette can be morphed into basically any sauce you might fancy.  Use it as a sweet and tangy salsa, add it to an aioli for a terrific sweet kick, toss it in a pasta salad or drizzle it on grilled vegetables. It's an awesome addition to you cooking on the fly nights! In this recipe I flash seared the tomatoes in a dry skillet until they were blistered however you could easily toss them in olive oil sprinkle them with whichever Sous Salt you love and roast them in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes until they are [...]

smokey tomato vinaigrette ~2018-06-25T16:36:04-07:00

eggplant roulades ~

The velvety texture of the eggplant is perfect with the cauliflower rice mixture. I used parmesan but you could use Italian Fontina or mozzarella. The pine nuts add a crunch to the filling. A good jar of marinara works perfectly or make your own tomato sauce.  We have a great recipe for roasted tomato sauce.  Make a big batch and save it for other dishes in the week. Alternatively you can serve these room temperature with a Tahini & Lemon Sauce as featured in the recipe by Carmen @everylastbite. I morphed her filling to my taste and have included her Tahini [...]

eggplant roulades ~2018-04-06T08:34:07-07:00
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