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Sunday, November 18, 2012

 Asian Hot Chicken Wings

It's fall. Football season. Doesn't really matter what teams are playing. At my house, the DVR is set to record any and all games televised. Hours and hours and hours of football. So, to give myself a bit of respite, I head to the kitchen to prepare snacks to be enjoyed in front of the tube, so we can enjoy hours and hours and hours, and days, and weeks, and months of pigskin excitement. Don't get me wrong. I like football. Just not as much as my college QB hub.  Anyway, I made these wings last Sunday, and they were good.  Sticky. Sweet. Spicy. Yum. I didn't document the process with pics, so pay attention to the directions, as that's all we have to work with.
Ingredients:
2 pounds chicken Drummies (heck, just get drumsticks, if you can't find Drummies)
1 cup (8 oz) plum sauce, found in the Asian section of the grocery store
3/4 cup Soy sauce
1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
4 Tbls freshly minced ginger
3 Tbls freshly minced garlic
3 Tbls minced red onion
1 Tbls red pepper flakes
1 minced jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed
Cilantro
Chives
Sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Put plum sauce, soy sauce rice vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and jalapeno into a sauce pot. Heat until thick and smooth.
  2. Heat about 3 inches Canola oil in a heavy Dutch oven, pot, deep fryer, whatever. When it reaches 375 degrees F, it's ready for the chicken.
  3. Dry thawed drummies with paper towels. Make sure it's really dry, otherwise, you will have massive oil splash.
  4. Add about half of the chicken pieces to the hot oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Remove with a spider or slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.
  6. After the oil has come up to 375, add the rest of the wings. Cook as before.
  7. After the wings have drained on the paper towels, put them in an oven safe dish.
  8. Pour the sauce over the top.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, finely minced green onions, and sesame seeds.
  11. Serve with a bunch of wet paper towels.
  12. Revel in the sweet, hot, stickiness.



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Potato Chowder

Creamy Potato Chowder

 I love soup. Particularly creamy soup. Chowder of any kind will always be my first choice, if given one. I was planning to just make a potato leek soup. There are a gazillion recipes out there. I came up with my own, with some pretty great results. Here's some of what we need, (I forgot to get pics of the rest, but we'll carry on anyway).

Leeks are on the bottom left.
 6 slices bacon
1 large white onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
5 stalks celery with leaves, diced
3 leeks, sliced
1 bunch Swiss chard, tough ribs removed, chopped
1/4 cup flour 
4 cups (or so) sliced waxy potatoes. I used medium sized red ones. You could also use Yukon Golds.
3 Tbls white wine
1  32 ounce box chicken stock
1   32 ounce box beef stock
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup Idaho Spuds Potato bits (really)
3 sprigs fresh rosemary and 3 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in a bundle
2 generous Tbls sour cream
6 small green onions, sliced

Vegetarian version: No bacon. Use butter. No chicken or beef stock. Use vegetable. Vegans: Outta luck with this one.

How it's done:


Dice up the bacon and put it in a cold Dutch oven. Render it slowly on low heat. That what makes it crispy. While the bacon is cooking, prep your veg.

Remove crispy bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
These are leeks. Chop off the tough green stems and use only the tender light green and white parts. Leeks are full of sand because they grow up through the sand. They must be cleaned thoroughly under cold water. See all that dirt? Not delish.

 


Now, throw all the carrots, onion, celery and leeks directly into the rendered bacon fat. All you fat haters out there, stick with me. This is a giant pot of soup with lots of really healthy stuff in it. Cook on 

medium heat until soft.




Add 1/4 cup flour and stir until the flour is no longer visible. Cook about 2 minutes to get the pasty taste out of the flour.


 Pour in one box of chicken stock and one box of beef stock. Give it a good stir. Add the sliced potatoes to the pot. Bring it to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer.
I have no idea why this section is underlined. I have done all I know how to make this go away, to no avail.
Cut the leaves off of the tough, fibrous center. Only a goat could chew through that. Lay the leaves flat on your cutting board and just stack them up, then chop away. No awards will be given for perfectly sized and matched pieces. Put the chard into the delicious smelling soup.



Give it stir, and just let it ride.

 Pour in 1 cup of heavy cream. 
 Add the Rosemary/thyme bundle. If you don't have fresh, use dried. Just make sure to finely mince the dried rosemary. Otherwise, it will feel like you're eating whole pine tree needles. Not delish.
 When the carrots and potatoes are tender, toss in the potato spuds. Stir it up. This will give the chowder a delicious potato taste, and give it a wonderful creamy texture. Who knew?
 When it's nice and creamy and thick, turn off the heat. Drop in a generous 2 Tbls sour cream. Full fat, lo fat, no fat. Doesn't matter. Gently stir in until melted.
Fish out the herb bundle.

Let's put this chowda' into a bowl and finish it off.
 Remember those crispy bacon pieces? Yep. Toss a few on top.
Sprinkle with some finely sliced green onions or chives. You could add a handful of cheddar or jack cheese. No one, except the fat haters, will judge you.


 And serve. Excellent by itself or paired with a Pannini sandwich for "soup and sammy" night . One tasty lunch or dinner for a cold night. Welcome snow!

Ingredients:
6 slices bacon
1 large white onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
5 stalks celery with leaves, diced
3 leeks, sliced
1 bunch Swiss chard, tough ribs removed, chopped
1/4 cup flour 
4 cups (or so) sliced waxy potatoes. I used medium sized red ones. You could also use Yukon Golds.
3 Tbls white wine
1  32 ounce box chicken stock
1   32 ounce box beef stock
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup Idaho Spuds Potato bits (really)
3 sprigs fresh rosemary and 3 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in a bundle
2 generous Tbls sour cream
6 small green onions, sliced

Vegetarian version: No bacon. Use butter. No chicken or beef stock. Use vegetable.

Method:
  1. Dice up the bacon and put it in a cold Dutch oven. Render it slowly on low heat.
  2. Remove crispy bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  3. Put carrots, onion, celery and leeks directly into the rendered bacon fat. 
  4. Add 1/4 cup flour and stir until the flour is no longer visible. Cook about 2 minutes to get the pasty taste out of the flour.
  5. pour 3 Tbls white wine into the pot. Scrape the sides and bottom down with a wooden spoon.
  6. Pour in one box of chicken stock and one box of beef stock. 
  7. Add the Rosemary/thyme bundle.
  8. Add the sliced potatoes to the pot. Bring it to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer.
  9. Put the chopped chard into the soup.
  10. Pour in 1 cup of heavy cream.
  11. When the carrots and potatoes are tender,add the potato spuds.
  12. Turn off the heat. Drop in a generous 2 Tbls sour cream Gently stir in until melted.
  13. Fish out the herb bundle.
  14. Ladle into soup bowls. Top with bacon pieces and finely sliced green onions or chives.














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I'm a home cook that can put some good tasting food on the table, most of the time. My family knows dinner is ready when the fire alarm goes off.