Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sunday Dinner April 22, 2018

On The Menu
 


 Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Breast
4 Servings
Note: Traditionally this recipes calls for honey but we are going to use an orange as the sweetener instead.
Ingredients
4 – 6 ounce b/s1 chicken breast  
For the marinade:
1 lime, juiced
1 orange, juiced
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon granulated onion powder
¼ teaspoon crushed red chili pepper s
Method
Place chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan, or zip lock bag.
In a blender puree the marinade ingredients, or in a small bowl, whisk together the juice, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt, onion powder and chili peppers.
Pour over chicken and turn pieces to coat evenly, cover and chill at least 1 hour or
overnight.
Preheat a gas grill to a medium heat or start coals in a charcoal grill and let them burn until there is a white coating of ash on all the coals.
Remove chicken from marinade and reserve marinade for basting.
Place chicken on the grate in the grill. Cover with the grill lid and check in 10 minutes. Turn chicken over and grill another 10 minutes.
Move chicken to the sides of the grate, away from direct heat. Brush with  marinade if desired.
Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and remove from the grill.
If you’re not using a meat thermometer, cook chicken 35 – 45 minutes.  
Allow grilled chicken to rest on a platter for 10 minutes before serving.
This will help keep the chicken juicy and not let all the juices run out when the chicken is cut into.
1 boneless/skinless
 
 
Ham Boneless Beans
6 Servings
This recipe was inspired by: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/
Note: We’re using liquid smoke and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to give the beans that smoked flavor.
Ingredients
1 pound package dried lima beans or white beans (Great Northern or Navy)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped celery
1 carrot, chopped
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
6 cups water
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
½ teaspoon of Cajun Seasoning
fresh herb for garnish (parsley, sage, thyme, etc.) 
Method
Rinse and sort through the beans and set aside.
Heat the oil in the bottom of the pot and add the chopped onion, celery, carrot, chipotle pepper w adobo sauce and garlic. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.
Add the beans, water, bay leaves and all remaining ingredients except herb for garnish and mix thoroughly.
Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 1 ½ - 2 hours, stirring occasionally until beans are tender.
Remove bay leaves, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Garnish with a fresh herb of your choice and serve.

Original: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2012/11/old-school-ham-bone-beans.html
 
 
Collard Greens with Peppers and Onions
4 – 6 Serving
Ingredients:
¼ cup olive oil
¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2 pounds of greens (any greens), washed, cut into thin strips (chiffonade)
½ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon garlic, granulated/powder
1 teaspoon onion, granulated/powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ - 1 teaspoon pepper
Method
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. 
Add the bell peppers, onions and sauté until peppers onions are translucent.
Add the greens, orange juice, granulated garlic, granulated onion, salt and pepper, mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Bring pan up to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook 15 – 30 minutes (depending on the greens), stirring occasionally. 
That is a sufficient amount of time for the greens to be done.  Taste for flavor and adjust seasoning accordingly.
 
  Orzo Gorgonzola Salad with a Hint of Mint
8 - 10 Servings
Ingredients
1 pound orzo pasta
3 quarts water
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ pound gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 medium carrot, grated
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded, diced, fine
1 celery stalk, diced
1 heaping tablespoon coarsely ground mustard
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ chopped fresh mint
Method
Bring water to a boil, add pasta to the boiling water and stir gently.
Let water come back up to a rapid boil, remove pot from the heat and cover.
Let pasta sit covered and undisturbed for the amount of cooking time as stated on the box.  Orzo is usually 9 minutes.
Remove from heat and rinse quickly with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
Transfer to mixing bowl, add the oil and salt and mix thoroughly.
Place pasta in the refrigerator and let it cool for approximately 1 hour.
Once cold, remove from refrigerator; add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
This pasta salad is dry not creamy.  
 
Since I first came to LA, all of the old timers talked about how delicious the crumb cake was that the LA schools served.  So of course I had to dig up the old recipe and try it for myself.  I must admit, it's the best crumb cake I've tasted.  And it's easy to make too.
Soulful Eating!
Joyce
Old Fashioned Crumb Cake
Los Angeles City School Version
8 –10 Servings
Ingredients
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
Method
Combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, nutmeg and oil. Remove ½
cup of mixture from bowl, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside for topping. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, egg and buttermilk and blend just enough to combine, do not over-mix.
Spoon batter into greased 13x9-inch baking pan then sprinkle with the ½ cup of reserved topping.
Bake at 375 degrees 30 to 40 minutes.
 
Jamaican Sorrel
Yields 8½ Cups

Note: Hibiscus flowers can be purchased at any Hispanic grocery store. It's sold under the name of Jamaica which is pronounced hah-my-kah. 

Ingredients
6 ounce hibiscus (Jamaica) flowers
10½ cups water
2 tablespoons dried ginger root pieces
12 whole allspice (pimento) berries
1½ cups sugar

Method
Spread the hibiscus out on a cookie sheet and sort through the flowers to remove any debris.
In a large pot, add the water, hibiscus, ginger and allspice berries. Bring the pot to a boil for 10 minutes, then remove it from the heat.  Let sorrel steep for 30 minutes.
Strain the mixture and discard the flowers, etc.
Add the sugar starting with 1 cup.  Taste for sweetness and add more sugar as needed.
This beverage can be served hot or cold.
If serving cold, let it come to room temperature before refrigerating or adding ice. 
 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sunday Dinner April 8, 2018


On the Menu


Rosemary Orange Glazed Lamb Chops
4 Servings
 
Traditionally this recipe uses honey, but since I am not a big fan of honey, I’m going to use Maple Syrup instead.
 
Ingredients:
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon ground pepper
4 lamb chops 
 
Method
Whisk together the orange juice, maple syrup, salt, rosemary, grated orange peel, garlic and pepper.
Place chops in a baking dish and pour over the marinade.  Make sure all chops are cover with marinade. 
Cover chops with plastic wrap and let them marinate in the refrigerator 2 hours or overnight.
Remove chops from refrigerator, drain and reserve the marinade.
Let chops come to room temperature before cooking.
Meanwhile, add marinade to a sauce pan and simmer until sauce is reduced by half. Remove from heat and set aside.
Put lamb chops on broiler rack and broil for 6 minutes on one side. Broil the second side for 5 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached.
At time of plating, spoon marinade over each chop.
 

 Grilled Cabbage
6 servings
Ingredients
1 head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges/slices, leave core in place
1 onion, cut in half
1 green bell pepper, cut in half
1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper 
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 - 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dried tarragon or dill
¼ cup olive or grapeseed oil

Method
Preheat grill on medium heat, and oil grate.
Place cabbage, onion and pepper on grill and grill just long enough to get grill marks on each side.
Remove vegetables  from grill and place on a large sheet of aluminum foil.
Sprinkle with pepper, salt, granulated garlic, tarragon/dill and drizzle with oil.
Fold edges of foil together to seal, then wrap entire package again with another sheet of foil.
Cook on hot grill  20 - 30 minutes, turning packet every 10 minutes. 
Note: The vegetables can also be baked in a 450 degree oven until browned
 
 Tropical Cucumber Avocado Salad
4 Servings
 
Ingredients
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
½ teaspoon granulated onion
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 medium cucumbers, sliced
2 large avocado, sliced
1 large mango diced
½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
3 cups arugula
 
Method
Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, orange juice, tamari, crushed red peppers, onion and garlic.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as you continue to whisk.
Add the cucumbers, avocados, mango and red onions and gently toss to coat.
Serve over a bed of arugula.
 
 
 Roasted Balsamic Vinaigrette Mushrooms
4 - 6 Servings
 
Note: This dish can be roasted in an over or cooked on a grill.  It can also be eaten hot as a vegetable or cold as a salad.
 
Ingredients
1 pound mushrooms, halved or cubed
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 cup Xtra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cut freshly chopped herb i.e. cilantro, parsley, thyme etc. 

Method
Wash mushrooms cut in half or cube and place them in a medium bowl.
With the exception of the mushrooms and fresh herb, add the remaining ingredients to a blender and process until smooth and creamy.   Pour the marinade over the mushrooms and mix thoroughly. Roast in a single layer on a lined sheet pan at 425 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes (depending on the size of the mushrooms). 
 
If serving hot: Toss with the fresh herb and serve.
If serving cold: Chill then toss with fresh herb before serving.
 
 
Lemon Rice Pilaf
4 Servings
Ingredients
1 cup brown basmati rice
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black lentils
1 teaspoon yellow split peas/lentils
1 red chili pepper, dried
1 green chili pepper, dried
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
¼ teaspoon turmeric, ground
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons carrots, grated
1 lemon,  juiced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup cashews, chopped

Method 
Cook rice as directed on the package.  Let it cool for 10 minutes, then spread it in a plate, mix a teaspoon of sesame seed oil to it, so that the grains will not stick together.  Set aside for later use.
Heat grape seed oil in a skillet; add mustard seeds, when seeds start to pop, add lentils, chilies and onion powder.
When yellow lentils turns slightly brown, add ginger, turmeric powder, bay leaves and carrots.
Sauté until the carrots are slightly cooked.
Squeeze lemon juice in a cup, add the salt and mix it in the rice.
Add the rice to the skillet and mix thoroughly.
Taste for flavor and add more lemon juice if desired.
Top with cashews and serve.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Sunday 2018

 On the Menu


 



Peppercorn Crusted Salmon
8 Servings

Ingredients
8 salmon fillets, 6 ounces each
1/2 cup whole peppercorns
1/2 cup Dijon mustard

Method
To crush the peppercorns, put them in a plastic bag and smash them to bits with a rolling pin or mallet.  Then dump the cracked peppercorns on a plate.
Using a pastry brush (designated for seafood), paint both sides of the filet with mustard, and then roll it in the peppercorns until both sides are coated.
Heat grill, when grill is hot wipe the rack with oil to prevent sticking and place filets on grill.
Grill for 5 minutes on the first side, then turn and grill 5 – 6 minutes on the second side.

Note:  There's a delicate balance between perfectly cooked fish and overcooked fish.
First of all, remember the principle of residual heat: an item will hold heat when it's removed from the heat source, continuing to cook for several minutes.
For best results, cook fish until it's almost done, then remove it from the heat source and let it stand for a few minutes to finish cooking.


Orange Honey Glazed Carrots


10 - 12 Servings
Ingredients
3 bunches carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method
Cut the carrots diagonally in 1-inch-thick slices.  Place 1/2 cup water, the butter, honey, 2 teaspoon of salt, and the ginger in a large saute pan and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, cover the pan, and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for about 20 minutes, or until all the water has evaporated. You may want to raise the heat for the last 5 minutes.

Add the orange zest and orange juice to the pan, tossing with the carrots. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, until the carrots are al dente (tender but still resistant when you bite) and the sauce glazes the carrots. Add the pepper a salt, to taste.




  Green Beans with Sauteed Garlic
8 Servings

Ingredients
2 pounds green beans, trimmed, halved
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon crushed red peppers
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Method
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans; cook 5 minutes. Plunge beans into ice water; drain and discard bay leaf.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, garlic and chili peppers and sauté 30 seconds. 
Add beans; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently


 Carnitas
10 Servings
Ingredients
5 pound pork butt
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ gallon orange juice
1 pound yellow onions
6 bay leaves

Method
Cut pork into large pieces.  Season pieces with salt and pepper
Heat oil in a large sauce pan then sear pieces in the hot oil, browning all sides.
Add orange juice, onions, bay leaves and season again with salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer 1 hour or until pork is tender.
Remove bay leaves and shred pork before serving.






6 Servings

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds butternut squash, cut ½” on the diagonal

1 ½ pounds crook neck [yellow] squash, cut ½” on the diagonal

1 ½ pounds zucchini, cut ½” on the diagonal

½ bunch fresh sage, roughly chopped

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



Method

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Peel butternut squash, slice in half lengthwise and remove seeds.  Slice squash again lengthwise then cut on the diagonal.

Wash then cut the crookneck (yellow) squash and zucchini in half lengthwise and cut on the diagonal.

Remove sage from the stems and rough chop.

Place the butternut squash in a bowl and mix in ½ sage, olive oil, salt and

pepper.

Place on a sheet pan and bake in oven until edges of squash is golden brown.  Approximately 45 minutes.

Combine the crookneck, zucchini squash and the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Transfer to a sheet pan and bake in oven until edges of squash are golden brown.  Approximately 30 minutes.

Turn once ½ through the cooking time.

Once both pans of squash are done, combine them.

Serve hot

Kale with Sundried Tomatoes
6 – 10 Servings
Chef Rosalind Francis – www.harlemseeds.org
Ingredients
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I like to use grapeseed oil)
1 bag of kale or 2-3 bunches of kale, tough stalks removed + discarded, leaves roughly chopped
12 sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
3-4 garlic cloves
1-2 teaspoons Spike seasoning (I use Cajun Seasoning)
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling as needed
1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Sea salt to taste
 
Method
In a large pan add oil to heat. When oil is heated add the kale. Cook kale in batches, small amounts at a time, for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Once a kale batch is cooked, remove from pan and add another batch until all the kale is cooked.
When the last batch of kale is in the pan, add the sundried tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes and spike seasoning, then add all the cooked kale to pan.
Simmer for another couple of minutes or so, until the kale has wilted and the liquid reduced. Add salt to taste.




Macaroni and Cheese - for Holidays Only
10 - 12 Servings
Ingredients
1 pound box elbow macaroni
4 quarts water
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon basil, ground
1 1/2 cups milk
1 stick unsalted butter
4 cups (1 lb.) pepper jack cheese
6 cups (1 1/2 lbs.) NY or WI  Xtra-Sharp cheddar cheese

Method

Heat oven 350 degrees
Cook macaroni until it's al dente:  In a large pot, pour in 4 quarts of water, add salt, granulated garlic and granulated onion and bring to a boil.
Once water is boiling, add the macaroni, stir and bring the water back up to a boil.
Remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let the pot sit covered and undisturbed until the cooking time stated on the box is reached. Approximately 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add the milk and butter heating just long enough to melt the butter.
Once the cooking time has elapsed on the macaroni, drain it and return it to the pot.

Add the paprika and basil and mix thoroughly.
Add the warm milk and mix thoroughly.  Add the cheese and mix until well combined.
The cheese does not necessarily have to be melted, just make sure it is well distributed
throughout the dish. Mixture should be moderately moist, if needed add more milk.
Taste for flavor and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Transfer mixture to a baking dish.
Cover dish with plastic wrap and then cover with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the
foil and plastic wrap and bake uncovered another 15 minutes or until the casserole is slightly
browned on the top and all of the milk is absorbed.


   Puerto Rico's Rice with Pigeon Peas
Arroz Con Gandules
8 – 10 Servings

Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For the Sofrito
·         2 tomatoes, diced
·         1 medium onion, diced
·         1 large red pepper, diced
·         1 large jalapeno peppers, dicedCarn
·         4 large cloves garlic, minced
·         ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
·         ¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ teaspoons salt free Sazon seasoning
1 cup tomato sauce
2 ½ cups water
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons stuffed olives
1+ tablespoons salt free adobo seasoning or to taste
1- 15 ounce can pigeon peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups parboiled rice

Method
Heat a Dutch oven on medium heat, add the olive oil and sofrito ingredients, and sauté for 5 minutes.
Next add the sazon, tomato sauce and continue to sauté another minute or two.
Add the water, salt, Italian seasoning, cilantro, bay leaves and olives.
Allow the liquid to come up to a boil taste it for salt and add more salt if needed.  Add in 1 tablespoon of the adobo season taste and add more if needed until it’s well seasoned.  You want the liquid to be highly seasoned, as it will determine the final taste of the rice.
Add in the pigeon peas then bring the mixture back up to a boil.  Once the mixture is boiling, add the rice.
Stir the rice to get and gently mix until the pigeon peas are distributed throughout the rice.
Cook rice uncovered until all surface liquid is absorbed. Once most of the visible surface liquid is absorbed, stir and cover the rice.
Lower the flame to the lowest setting and allow it to cook for 20 minutes.
It’s done when all the liquid is absorbed and the grains are fluffy and fully cooked.
Remove bay leaves before serving.