This is another super easy and flavorful dish from my friends at Cooking Light Magazine. Published in their January issue, this recipe originally calls for making a quick batch of polenta to go with the chicken, but I had some left-over simply mashed spuds in my fridge so I used them instead.
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I came across this recipe a few weeks back as I was looking for a kid-friendly treat to bring to a holiday party. The recipe is by Sally Sampson, a friend of mine, and the founder and President of Chop Chop Magazine which aims to inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. If anyone knows what appeals to a kid's palate, its Sally!
How lucky am I today that I can tuck into a hot bowl of this amazing oatmeal while I gaze out my window at the SECOND blizzard we've had already this season. School was preemptively cancelled yesterday, so I knew I'd have some late-rising hungry mouths to feed today and planned ahead by getting a batch of this oatmeal prepped last night for an easy finish this morning.
As I've mentioned on more than one occasion here, I am a junkie for skirt steak. So quick to cook, loaded with great beef flavor and chew, and easy on the wallet….what's not to love. It used to be that skirt steak was a special request item from the butcher, but no longer. A long, well-grained strip of a thing that is cut from the flank, the skirt steak is actually the diaphragm muscle that sits between the abdomen and chest cavity of the cattle. It became famous a number of years ago as the preferred cut of meat to use in fajitas and ever since has become a more prominent fixture in local markets.
As a Christmas gift, my Mom bought me a bag of True North Choco Granola which is made in Brattleboro Vermont where I grew up. Now I love a good pain au chocolat for breakfast as much as the next guy, but I have to tell you that I've always looked at chocolate breakfast cereals with a bit of disdain. No Cocoa Puffs or Count Chocula for me, thank you very much. So it was with more than a little hesitation that I tried the granola this past week, fully expecting that it would be too sweet to contemplate as a staple at breakfast, but rather might be put to better use as an ice cream topping or something.
The recipe for this unbelievably good cornbread was originally found in Southern Living Magazine, but I came to know of it through my friends over at Leite's Culinaria. The first time I made this it was to accompany Michael Symon's Black-Eyed Pea – Pork Shoulder Chili, and I loved it so much that I made it again recently as a side to a double batch of Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili that I cooked up to deliver to a local church to feed about 20 homeless men who were taking shelter there for the night.
This recipe from the September issue of Cooking Light Magazine is a total keeper and one that I am already anxious to make again. It was part of the magazine's "We Love Meatballs" feature….so much fun! It'll feed a crowd, 3-4 meatballs per bowl of soup is a pretty good portion and the recipe makes 24 of the little gems. I think the next time I make it I might even double the meatball part of the recipe and freeze half so that down the road I am never more than some store bought stock, a quick mirepoix, and a bunch of shredded kale away from a super tasty soup.
This little lovely is the culinary creation that I gifted my close friends and family this year for the holidays. I found the recipe on theKitchn and gave it a test run a few weeks before Christmas to rave reviews. The cake has a super dense crumb and is as moist and rich as you'd expect given the amount of butter and sugar in it.
Hey, it was the holidays….there will be no calorie counting until well into the New Year!
I LOVE DUCK!
Cooked in it's own fat to confit, lacquered with Asian spices as a Peking Duck, ground into sausages, transformed into duck prosciutto, or as it is most often offered at restaurants here in the US, a boneless breast seared, sliced and served medium-rare. Yes, I love it all these ways and more.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you've all enjoyed a festive, peaceful and wildly indulgent holiday season. For those of you who are waking up today with an eye toward acting on the New Year's resolutions you proclaimed last night in a drunken stupor, hold your horses. You're gonna want to make AND eat a batch of this amazing ice cream before you head down to your local gym to re-activate your membership.