The first Panini Sunday of Autumn 2014 was actually last week. I made a sopressata, genoa salami and fresh mozzarella panini that turned into a greasy, sloppy mess. Worse, there were spots in the meat that got hotter than others, so in those spaces where the sandwich did hold up, you could incinerate your tongue.
So, we’ll pretend that this was the first week of panini season here and say that last week was like a preseason game. Continue reading Panini Sunday: Chicken and Brie
The Sister pinned a recipe the other day on Pinterest that looked really good. As I tend to do when this happens, I repinned the recipe to my Things I Want To Cook board and checked out the originating website.
I was struck by the beauty of the design, followed by the wonderful array of recipes displayed at Seasons & Suppers. Written by a Muskoka, Ontario resident named Jennifer, S&S cues up recipes based on the seasonally available ingredients in her hometown, located just east of Lake Huron in the central part of the province. Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Pasta With Mushrooms in a Mustard Cream Sauce
During the last trip to Trader Joe’s, I picked up a couple of canisters of dukkah. I used it the last time to coat chicken and The Wife approved.
I wanted to do something else with it, but the recipes I find have you using it to either crust chicken or salmon. Since I don’t really care for salmon (Check that: I like it when it’s part of sushi. I really don’t care for it otherwise, however as part of my marital sacrifice, I eat it because The Wife does.), and I don’t like cooking fish indoors (the smell factor), I went back to chicken.
This was a fairly easy one to put together, as I was just making chicken tenders and serving it with a salad. And it was made easier with the store-bought dukkah. The original comes from Kate Bracks, who won Australia’s version of MasterChef a couple of years ago. Katie has you making your own dukkah, which is fine, but it seems unnecessary when I can get a jar for $2.49. Continue reading Thursday Dinner: Dukkah-Crusted Chicken and Roast Chickpea Salad
In my younger days, I would have stood in the rain. In the thunder. In the lightning. I would stand there proudly in front of my grill, cooking whatever meat that deserved to be slaughtered and sold for my consumption.
I have aged. I have mellowed. I have…softened. There’s no way in hell you will catch me during a storm in front of a electrical conductor cast from steel and hooked to a tank of very combustible propane. You will likely not catch me in front of a grill as it rains either. I’m simply not willing to make the sacrifice of personal comfort (I write this from my 74-degree living room, lit only by the glow of my laptop and the television across the room). And it’s not about grilling. This statement applies to all facets of my life, except parenting. I sacrificed my personal comfort when The Wife announced she was pregnant (and before you scoff, I’m very happy to sacrifice said comfort). That is about as far as I am willing to go in that department.
While it never did storm on Independence Day, it threatened and the radar was menacing. The last thing I wanted to do was get caught in a storm while slow-roasting 4 lbs. of pork ribs, so I decided to scrap cooking over fire for the hot air of my oven. I do own a stovetop smoker, but I wanted to give oven-roasting a try from start to finish. Continue reading Fourth of July Dinner: Oven-Roasted Ribs
Remember when breadcrumbs were just breadcrumbs?
Maybe you don’t. It’s a silly question, really. I remember breadcrumbs as a large bag with beige contents that often resided in the upstairs freezer of the house. The Italian, of course, made their own with stale bread. Sometimes they would spice it up with salt, but basically the bread would get rock hard and then meet its ultimate fate in the food processor. Continue reading Wednesday dinner: Dijon-panko chicken
Dinner planning for the week went awry on Tuesday when a late afternoon at the office led to takeaway from Chipotle. We were supposed to have chicken that night, with either pork or takeout coming on Wednesday or Thursday. (Last night’s chicken and broccoli stir-fry has paid leftover dividends at lunchtime for The Wife.) My overall lack of planning and motivation over the past couple of days meant that I didn’t hit the store for ingredients and that I would be forced to improvise the pork tenderloin based on what I had in the house. Continue reading Thursday dinner: pork tenderloin with honey-mustard dill sauce