Category Archives: meat

Delish dinner to top off a crazy night of paper-writing

Well, grilled chicken, really.
I marinate the chicken breasts in my awesome cilantro sauce (cilantro+garlic+ EVoo into the blender), then pound them thin and grill them on high.
French fries tonight are Red Fire Farm potatoes, skin and all, sliced into 1/4″ little logs and fried in canola oil until golden. The secret to crispy fries to drying them off both before AND after frying and never, ever, ever salting them before you cook and dry them.
In other news, a week from today I’ll have my MBA.

Sorry about the crap phone picture!

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Chicken Satay

We love getting chicken satay in restaurants. When I had some boneless/ skinless chicken thighs, I thought it would be really fun to try making the satay ourselves!

They went fast, so pretty staged pictures for you 🙂

You will need:

Chicken, thighs or breasts, cut into strips

For the marinade (measurements are approximate):

2-3 inches ginger

3-4 garlic cloves

juice of 2 limes

scallions, chopped

1 small onion, diced

soy sauce (maybe about 1/4 cup)

1 Tbsp sesame oil

You will also need a grill pan and some wooden skewers

Method:

– Marinate the chicken overnight, or at least of couple of hours

– Soak the wooden skewers in water and lime juice for at least 40 minutes

– Skewer the chicken, drying it off and shaking off the chunky marinade

– Grill ’em for 3-4 minutes per side (I used a grill pan)

Serve with a Spicy Peanut Sauce (this is a variation on the one on the Food Network website)

Spicy Peanut Sauce:

3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup water

2 tsp fish sauce

1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp agave nectar

Whisk until smooth!

Enjoy!

Chicken with Rice and Roasted Pearl Onions

picture by Jamie D.

Deliciousness!

The tasty secret for this dinner was a cilantro sauce that I made from the CSA offering: basically I didn’t want the herbs to go bad, so I threw a bunch of washed cilantro (stems and all) and some (ok, a lot) garlic cloves into the food processor with lemon juice and olive oil.  This can be turned into a pesto by adding cheese and nuts, but I wanted more of a base, so I just left it simple.

Sauce ingredients: cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil.

Rice and Broccoli:

I put the rice (I had a basmati/ brown/ wild rice mix) in the rice cooker. When the rice cooker turns off, I threw in some broccoli crowns and closed the lid again so that the broccoli can get steamed.

Next I took about a teaspoon of the cilantro sauce, added a teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese and a touch of water to thin it out and whisked everything together. Pour it over the rice and broccoli.

Chicken:

First the chicken breasts marinated in olive oil with the cilantro sauce – let them be for at least a few hours.

When I cook meat or fish I always take it out of the fridge about 15-20 minutes before cooking. I believe that protein cooks better and more evenly when the starting temperature is not that cold: slapping a cold piece of meat on a super-hot pan makes the muscle fibers contract (don’t think about this 🙂 hence making for chewy dish.  There are definitely people in the cooking community that will disagree with me, so do your own research 🙂

After the chicken is just under room temperature I pound it thin – about 1/2 inch or a little more. Keep the chicken in the plastic bag that you marinated it in for easy clean-up.

Heat up the grill pan until very hot. Place the chicken. Wait 3 minutes. Turn it over. Wait 3 more.

THAT’S IT!

Another side dish I served yesterday was Roasted Pearl Onions with Balsamic Sauce – you can see them on the 2nd plate on the picture.  The little onions bring a tangy note and would probably do very well on top of a steak.

The method is easy:

1. Preheat the oven to 475F.

2. Bring water to boil, dunk the onions for 15 seconds. Take the onions out with a slotted spoon and dunk them in ice to chill. Peel the outer layer.

3. Whisk together 1 part of each balsamic vinegar and dry red wine with about 1/2 part of soy sauce and olive oil.

4. Toss the onions with the dressing (reserve about 2 tablespoons for serving) and chopped fresh rosemary (optional).

5. Put them in the oven for about 12-15 minutes, checking often. If they stick to the pan, deglaze with more wine.

6. Serve with the remaining dressing.

Ingredients for the onions:

Pearl onions, cut in half; red wine; soy sauce; balsamic vinegar; rosemary; olive oil.

Taco soup with local spinach

So easy: beans + corn + salsa (or canned tomatoes) + ground meat of choice (turkey or beef are my favorites) + chili powder –> stew for about 20 min, then add washed spinach and cover until it wilts.  Serve with guac or sour cream, with a sprinkling of cilantro.

Steak and Fennel, as I promised a long time ago

Easy breezy steps to a delicious meal

1. Steak + Rub (black pepper, salt, red pepper, garlic powder)

2. Sliced fennel + Red onion + Orange slices –> Saute pan

3. I like mine spicy, so + red pepper flakes

4. Steak goes into the broiler, 5 minutes on one side, 4 on the other.

5. That’s it!

Bison Pie with Leeks and Feta

Success!  Fear or not, the pie was amazing!

Bison Feta Pie is delicious, filling, pretty healthy (bison meat is very lean and it’s illegal to give them antibiotics) and easy to make – especially if you use pre-made dough.

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VIA cooking

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Oh man.  This past weekend was a daze of cooking, tasting and Fluff festival. By end of Sunday I was swearing profusely at social networking websites and thus endlessly amusing my boyfriend.

But you know what, it was totally worth it 🙂  I learned more about cooking savory dishes with coffee than i ever hoped, and we definitely ate some tasty stuff!

I cooked everything, from wings to chili, from pork shops to ribs and tiramisu!

See all of the dishes on my Recipes page. If I were to recommend a Beginner Coffee-and-Meat venture I would go either for the marinated steak or the beef stew. If you’re brave, try the Coffee-Crusted steak!

And now, here is what I’m wondering:

Cooking meat/ tofu with coffee? Weird or wonderful? (click to polldaddy to let me know what you think!)