Football season is in full swing, and nothing beats some great game day snacks.
I love Buffalo wings, but I wish more meat was on them! I’ve started making Buffalo legs instead (more meat, less work).
This spicy Asian concoction turns up the heat for your game and your meal. The original recipe called for deep frying these chicken legs, but I roasted them instead with a great result.
Chicken leg quarters are on sale at Brookshire’s this week so stock up.
Spicy Asian Chicken Legs
2 lbs chicken leg quarters
3 or 4 cloves garlic, pressed
3 Tbsp water
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
1 Tbsp chopped scallion (green part only), chopped cilantro and/or mint for garnish
Rinse chicken; pat dry thoroughly.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic and water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Position a mesh strainer over a bowl, and pour the garlic water through to strain. Press on the solids to extract as much garlic water as possible.
Add the fish sauce, light brown sugar, sugar and pepper. Stir to dissolve. Transfer to a zipper lock bag, add the chicken legs and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before preparation to remove some of the chill. Drain the chicken legs from the marinade and blot dry with paper towels. Reserve the marinade. Put the reserved marinade and chili garlic sauce in a large skillet and set it on the stove.
Bake the chicken legs at 400°F for approximately 12 minutes.
Heat the reserved marinade until bubbly and slightly syrupy. Add the chicken; stir, turn and coat in the syrup, which will turn sticky as it reduces and clings to the legs. Add a splash of water if you want to dilute the glazy bits in the skillet and get them to coat the legs. There should be no liquid left when you’re done coating.
Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with the garnish and enjoy hot.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 302, Calories from Fat: 158, Fat: 18 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 115 mg, Sodium: 1170 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 26 g
Sausage was never one of my favorite foods, until I moved to Germany.
They practically elevate the sausage to an art form there.
In fact, it’s the German version of fast food. In almost any town near a restplatz or at a festival, you’ll find a little Imbiss serving hot, grilled bratwurst on a crunchy brochen (roll) or cardboard trays of saucy, spicy currywurst. Delicious! They’re even better on cold fall or winter days when the steam rises from the hot sausage into the crisp air.
So, that began my love affair with sausage of all kinds. When I moved back stateside, I still sought out sausage and different ways to cook it. I love this version with potatoes. The olives seem strange at first but give it a nice, salty bite.
Recipe from www.eckrich.com
Potato Salad with Sausage
3/4 regular-sized package Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
3 small red potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs), cooked, quartered
1 can (4 oz) pitted ripe olives, drained, halved
2 cups Italian dressing
1 green onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp ground black pepper
Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stirin potatoes; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Add olives, dressing, onions, garlic and pepper; mix lightly.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 759, Calories from Fat: 546, Fat: 61 g, Trans Fat: 0.2 g (14 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 150 mg, Sodium: 929 mg, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 20 g
I try to let each of my kids choose at least one dinner per week. They go through phases with their favorites and we tend to repeat a lot. For a while, Curt’s choice was always tacos, and I nearly pulled my hair out trying to come up with different ways to make them: ground beef, shredded beef, shredded pork, shredded chicken, shrimp, tofu (yes, tofu…not a hit with my kids). You name it; we tried it. At least tacos can be a versatile meal.
Luke went through a phase where he wanted breakfast for dinner. I loved that one as it’s my personal favorite meal of the day.
Lately, Luke’s choice has been steak sandwiches. I love this one, too, plus you can switch it up quite a bit. Luke prefers a “Philly cheesesteak” version, while Curt likes a recipe I make with an Asian-inspired marinade. Either way, I use boneless top sirloin (I stock up when it’s on sale at Brookshire’s, like it is this week), grill it and slice it thinly across the grain. My kids devour it.
Luke’s “Steak Sandwich”
1 lb boneless top sirloin
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 white onion, sliced
4 sandwich rolls of your choice
4 slices smoked provolone cheese
Combine Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over boneless top sirloin. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Bring steak to room temperature. Prepare grill to high heat. Sear sirloin on both sides quickly, then move steak to indirect heat on the grill and continue cooking, about 3 minutes per side for medium. Remove steak from grill. Let rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice thinly across grain.
Sauté bell pepper and onion until soft.
Place meat on sandwich rolls, top with vegetables, and then add cheese. Place under broiler for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 626, Calories from Fat: 255, Fat: 28 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 121 mg, Sodium: 769, Carbohydrates: 43 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 48 g
The big joke when I was pregnant with my second son, 10 years ago now, was that I was going to go into labor on Labor Day that year.
It was a possibility; baby Luke was due September 5 and Labor Day was September 1 that year.
It turns out that he was born, as planned, by scheduled C-section on September 4, but I remember taking FULL advantage of the holiday weekend to rest up and get ready for his birth.
While I was pregnant, I had gestational diabetes and was on a very strict diet that was high in protein and included carefully measured amounts of certain complex carbohydrates. However, there was pretty much no restriction on servings of meat, including these boneless ribeye steaks, which we grilled the Monday before he was born.
Blackened Ribeye Steaks
3 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
4 (1 1/4-inch-thick) boneless ribeye steaks (about 12 oz each)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Preheat the grill to medium-high. In a bowl, combine the chili powder, thyme, cayenne, dill weed, white pepper, celery seeds, garlic powder and onion powder. Rub the steaks with the oil, then season with salt and the spice mixture. Place on the grill, cover and cook for 5 minutes; turn, lower the heat to medium and grill 5 more minutes for medium-rare.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1015, Calories from Fat: 754, Fat: 84 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (28 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 225 mg, Sodium: 292 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 61 g
You can never have too much garlic.
Actually, you probably CAN, but if it’s possible, I haven’t hit that threshold yet. This recipe combines garlic (lots and lots of garlic) with chicken thighs, which I love because they’re more complex in flavor than chicken breasts. However, both are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so be sure to stock up.
The recipe calls for serving this juicy concoction over pasta, but I love it over wild rice.
Garlic, Garlic and More Garlic Chicken Thighs
8 Pilgrim’s Family chicken thighs with bones and skin, about 3 1/2 pounds
1 3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced onions
30 cloves (about 2 heads) garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 lb angel hair pasta
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Season the chicken thighs with 1 1/4 teaspoons of the salt and 1 teaspoon of the freshly ground pepper.
Place the flour in a shallow dish. Lightly dredge the chicken in the flour and set aside.
In a large wide sauté pan with 2 to 3-inch sides, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the thighs and brown well on both sides, about 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
Add the onions to the oil and cook until wilted (about 3 minutes), stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the chicken. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the bay leaf; cook 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, chicken broth and browned chicken thighs to the pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover tightly and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes; remove the lid and cook an additional 15 minutes, or until cooked through and tender.
While the chicken is baking, cook the pasta until al dente, 4 to 5 minutes for dry pasta. Drain well and toss in a large bowl with 3 tablespoons of the parsley and the butter.
To serve, place a portion of pasta in the center of 4 large plates. Arrange 2 thighs around each serving of pasta and drizzle lemon garlic cooking liquid over the pasta. Garnish with additional parsley and serve immediately.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 707, Calories from Fat: 245, Fat: 27 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 229 mg, Sodium: 873 mg, Carbohydrates: 45 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 67 g
A few years ago, my son was invited to a friend’s birthday party. They were in preschool at the time, and when the invitation arrived, it was in the shape of a large fish. I thought it was going to be a fishing party.
The party was a catfish fry for a 5-year-old. It turns out that fried catfish was the birthday boy’s very favorite meal, so he patterned his party after his favorite fish.
In all honesty, my son liked the bounce house and birthday cake better than he did the catfish, but the adults, on the other hand, were gathered around the deep fryer to grab a golden nugget of catfish as soon as it cooled down enough to eat.
This recipe doesn’t require a deep fryer, and catfish fillets are on sale at Brookshire’s this week.
Stir together all Lemon Cream ingredients until blended. Cover mixture and chill until ready to serve.
Sprinkle catfish evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
Combine bread crumbs, parmesan, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper in a shallow bowl.
Whisk egg whites in a shallow bowl until frothy. Dip fillets in egg whites and dredge in bread crumb mixture.
Arrange fillets on a wire rack coated with cooking spray in an aluminum foil-lined 15 x 10 jellyroll pan. (Do not overlap fillets.) Lightly coat fillets evenly on both sides with cooking spray.
Bake at 375° F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until fish is golden brown. Serve with Lemon Cream. Garnish, if desired.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 337, Fat: 10 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Protein: 35 g, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Cholesterol: 118 mg, Iron: 1 mg, Sodium: 480 mg, Calcium: 93 mg
I’m writing this blog post from my family vacation at the beach.
By “family vacation,” I don’t mean just the three of us; I mean all 19 of the people in my family–Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters, spouses and kids. I love it.
It’s not always easy to feed that many people. We pretty much fend for ourselves at breakfast and lunch, but we do share dinners. Each “family” takes a turn providing an evening meal. There’s usually an appetizer, the main meal and “something else,” which is code for dessert IF you ate enough of your nutritious and delicious dinner.
Last night, my sister made dinner. While she was cooking, the kids were HUNGRY so she set out strips of red bell pepper, baby carrots and roasted red pepper hummus. Her kids apparently have been raised on hummus. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that while I LOVE the stuff, my kids haven’t had much exposure to this Middle Eastern spread. The kids dipped THREE POUNDS of baby carrots into my sister’s hummus and devoured them. That’s a lot of baby carrots. Good thing they’re on sale this week at Brookshire’s.
Baby Carrots and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1 lb baby carrots
2 large sweet red peppers
2 (15 oz) cans garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
Broil red peppers 4 inches from the heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a bowl; cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes.
Peel off and discard charred skin. Remove stems and seeds. Place the peppers in a food processor. Add the beans, lemon juice, tahini, oil, garlic and seasonings; cover and process until blended.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with carrots. Yields 3 cups
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 113, Fat: 5 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 g, Sodium: 339 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 4 g
When I found out I was moving to Texas from Virginia all the way back in 1997 when I accepted a spot in the master’s program for journalism at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em!), my friend Wendy gave me a Tex-Mex cookbook.
“Enjoy your adventures in the Lone Star State and learn to cook some yummy food,” she inscribed in the front cover.
Although my plan was never to stay in Texas after I graduated, I find myself still here 15 years later. I’ve had many adventures, and I’ve learned to cook some delicious food (tamales still elude me so if you want to teach me, please send us a message!).
Empanadas are one of my favorites. A little hand-held pie, an empanada can be either sweet or savory. I love this version with ground chuck and some surprise sweetness in the raisins. Delicious.
Ground Beef Empanadas (Picadillo)
Makes 8 empanadas
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz ground beef chuck
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup drained green pitted olives, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1 cup canned tomato puree or sauce
Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
One 1-lb pkg frozen puff pastry
All purpose flour, for dusting
2 large eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Heat the oil in a heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef chuck and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper. Add the olives, raisins, carrots and onions and sauté for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the tomato puree and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and cool to room temperature before filling the empanadas.
Grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the pastry out to 1/4-to-1/8-inch thickness. With a knife, cut out 4 equal squares measuring 4 1/2-by-5 1/2 inches. Add 2 tablespoons of the cooled beef mixture to the center of the square. Brush the edge of each square with some egg wash and fold to shape into triangles. Crimp the edges with a fork. Transfer the empanadas to the prepared baking sheet and brush them with the remaining egg wash. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 172, Calories from Fat: 80, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 64 mg, Sodium: 640 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 7 g.
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When I lived in Germany, I thought I was SO COOL because I used to be able to say, “Oh, I went to France for lunch today,” with an air of nonchalant insouciance suitable for having motored across the border for a Sunday lunch.
In reality, I only lived 40 minutes from the borders of France or Luxembourg, so going to France for lunch was actually closer than getting to the nearest metroplex from where I currently live.
Don’t get me wrong; going to France for lunch was a treat. We used to drive over to Metz, France, which is known for its amazing antiques. When I moved back stateside from Germany years later, I left with many an antique from the Metz markets.
There was a little bistro we used to visit in Metz (try as I might, I cannot remember the name). The bread was heavenly, the roasted chicken divine and the pastries out of this world, especially the peach galette.
A galette, in my terms, is a messy pie. In official I-went-to-Cordon-Bleu terms, a galette is a “freeform, crusty cake.”
A galette looks like a cross between a pizza and a pie, to me. It has a bottom crust folded up over a filling, which can be either sweet or savory. I quickly pounced on this idea as I’ve never mastered a pie crust and even if I can make it taste delicious, it still doesn’t look good. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the galette.
The peach version at the bistro in Metz was perfectly sweet and lustrously glazed. You can easily make your own at home. I’ve adapted this recipe to use purchased refrigerated pie crust, but you can make your own from Grandma’s favorite recipe, too. This week, peaches and nectarines are on sale at Brookshire’s, so you can try your hand at this French favorite.
1 refridgerated pie crust
2 large, not-overly-ripe yellow peaches (about 3/4 pound total), pitted, sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp almond paste (optional)
1 tsp butter
A sprinkling of coarse sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven with the rack in the middle position to 425°F (220°C). Place the peach slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the flour and sugar. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle vanilla extract over the peaches.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg until smooth and set aside.
On a lightly floured, clean, smooth surface, roll out the dough to about a 12-inch diameter. Gently lift up the rolled out dough and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.
If you are using almond paste (not necessary, but a nice addition if you have it), dot the middle 6-inch circle of the dough with the almond paste. (If you can spread it, that’s great. Otherwise, just dot with little bits.) Arrange the peach slices in an overlapping pattern in a single layer in the center of the dough, forming about a 7 or 8-inch circle. Dot with a little butter.
Fold the outer edges of the dough round over the filling, by about 2 inches all the way around, in an accordion fashion. Use a pastry brush to coat the exposed dough with an egg wash (you can cook up the leftover egg as a little scrambled egg, by the way) and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.
Place in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet, over a rack, for about 15 minutes.
It’s also great served with a little vanilla ice cream.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 72, Calories from Fat: 23, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 22 mg, Sodium: 29 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 1 g
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