Saturday, November 18, 2017

Turkey Chilli

It's Winter and it's Chilli season...(Actually, Any season of the year is  Chilli season for me...But that's just me!)

So here is my recipe for Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey Chilli....Ouu that almost sounded like some profanity, didn't it?

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 28-oz. can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Shredded cheddar, for garnish
  • sliced green onion, for garnish
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat oil. Add onion and pepper and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is golden and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper then stir in garlic and tomato paste and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker.
  2. To the slow cooker, add the tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Cook on high for 4 hours, until the chili has thickened. Check for seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Garnish with cheese and green onion, if desired.
So relax, put on your favorite teams, Running Suit...(You know you have one....) Settle in front of the television screen and enjoy this chilli!  


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Seltzer Water Pancakes

I love Pancakes.....I love Pancakes period....So when I saw this recipe...I had to include it in this blog!

In a taste test of seltzer pancakes versus plain water pancakes, the seltzer pancakes were noticeably more fluffy! Just like using seltzer water in tempura batter makes a light and airy batter, when you add seltzer into pancake mix, tiny bubbles of air are infused into the batter, and expand when heated. (Pro tip: Make sure to keep the water cold, as there are more bubbles in cold seltzer than room temperature.)

With this knowledge, putting together a diner-style pancake recipe wasn't hard. I started with my favorite thin pancake recipe, food director Rhoda Boone's buttermilk pancakes, and I swapped in some seltzer water for a portion of the buttermilk, then added a little more flour to give Rhoda's thin and crispy pancakes a little extra body to showcase those bubbles and rise in height as they cook.
3. Use a Griddle to Cook Your Pancakes
At every diner, pancakes are cooked on a super-hot griddle, giving them a nicely browned crust and a quick rise in height. You can't install a diner-style griddle in your home kitchen, but a two-burner griddle allows you to turn your stovetop into a diner-style cooking surface, and cook more pancakes faster than you could in a single skillet. If you don't have a griddle, a cast-iron skillet is your next best choice for the best pancakes crust.
4. Pour Them Out by the 1/2 cup
For true diner-style seltzer pancakes, you want them to be as big as your plate, which means you have to pour out 1/2 cup of batter onto your griddle for each pancake. If you want smaller pancakes (which are easier to flip) you can use a 1/4 cup measure instead to pour them out. At The Greeks, Koutsouris makes dozens of pancakes in the course of a busy Saturday, but for a group of four friends (or family), eight pancakes should do it, so I've designed my recipe to make eight plate-size pancakes.

5. Think Beyond Maple Syrup
Before you douse these cloud-like confections in maple syrup, you might want to try doingsomething different..Replacing Maple Syrup with Grape or Strawberry Preserves or Jelly.There's only one way to make fluffy pancakes, but there are lots of ways to top them.

Here is the actual recipe for Diner Style Buttermilk Pancakes-

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cold seltzer water or club soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more
  • Pure maple syrup (for serving, but optional...See Above..)
  1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Using a fork, beat eggs, buttermilk, seltzer, vanilla, and 3 Tbsp. melted butter in a medium bowl to incorporate eggs. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and whisk to combine (batter will be slightly lumpy).
  2. Heat a large griddle or 2 cast-iron or nonstick skillets over medium; brush with butter. Working in batches, scoop 1/2-cupfuls of batter onto griddle; cook until bubbles form on the surface and pop and the underside is golden brown, 2 1/2–3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown on the bottom, 2–2 1/2 minutes more. Transfer pancakes to plates or a platter and brush tops with butter. Serve with maple syrup alongside.
Don't Sweat The Technique- 

Cooks' Note-
To feed a larger group, double the recipe and keep pancakes warm in a 250°F oven between batches. If you don't have a griddle or 2 skillets, use 1 skillet to cook the pancakes.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cheddar Carbonara

Pasta Time again folks...Pasta Time...White cheddar cheese is here to blow your mind.

  • kosher salt
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 8 oz. bacon, cut into 1/2" slices
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded white Cheddar
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Freshly Chopped Parsley

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water, and return to pot.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, cheddar, Parmesan, salt and pepper and mix well with a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a bowl without draining the fat. Return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 cup pasta water. Turn off heat.
  4. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Stir in cheese mixture and parsley, tossing with tongs to evenly coat the pasta and prevent the eggs from scrambling. Add additional pasta water to make a creamy sauce.
  5. Before serving, mix in parsley. Garnish with bacon and serve immediately.
Enjoy! Eat Well My Friends!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Crispy Fried Chicken

There is nothing like some good mouth watering Fried Chicken.... Here is a nice easy recipe for such...

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Mix of bone-in chicken thighs, breasts, and drumsticks (about 2 lbs.)
  • kosher salt
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. Dijon mustard
    1. Fill a Dutch oven fitted with a candy thermometer with vegetable oil until 2 to 3" deep, then preheat until oil reaches 350º. Prepare one sheet pan lined with paper towels and a wire rack.
    2. Place chicken on another sheet pan and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Cut chicken breast in half to make similar in size to other pieces and season with salt all over. Set aside.
    3. In a large, deep bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, beat eggs with 2 tablespoons water. Using tongs, place chicken in egg mixture, roll in flour mixture, and shake off excess. Fry chicken in 2 batches until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes (internal temperature should read 165º). Bring oil back to 350º before adding last batch.
    4. Place chicken on wire rack to cool and sprinkle with flaky sea salt immediately.
    5. Mix honey and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Serve fried chicken with honey Dijon sauce.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I can taste it now! Enjoy! Eat Well My Friends!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chicken Piccatta and Rice

Here is a nice easy meal for this time of year....You know I have a thing for this ,Since I come home tired and hungry , two conditions that seem to negate each other.

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 c. white rice
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • 3 tbsp. brined capers, rinsed
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  1. In a large skillet over high heat, heat oil and sear chicken on one side until deeply golden. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Lower heat to medium and add butter, garlic, and onion. Cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in rice and cook for 1 minute more. Pour in wine and bring to a boil. Add capers, lemon slices, broth, parsley, and seared chicken. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and chicken is no longer pink, 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Food Safety Tips
Protect yourself against food-borne illnesses.

1. Use a "refrigerator thermometer" to keep your food stored at a safe temperature (below 40 degrees fahrenheit).

Cold temperatures slow the growth of bacteria. Ensuring that your refrigerator temperature stays at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of food-borne illness. You can buy a refrigerator/freezer thermometer at appliance stories, home centers (i.e. Home Depot), and kitchen stores including online ones, such as

2. Defrost food in the refrigerator, the microwave, or in cold water... never on the counter!

Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter for longer than two hours because, while the center of the food may remain frozen, the outer surface may enter the Danger Zone, the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees fahrenheit, in which bacteria multiply rapidly. If you’re short on time, use the microwave or you can thaw meat and poultry in airtight packaging in cold water. Change the water every half-hour so it stays cold and use the thawed food immediately.

3. Always use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/fish and cooked foods/fresh produce.

Bacteria from uncooked meat, poultry, and fish can contaminate cooked foods and fresh produce. An important way to reduce this risk is to use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/ fish, and cooked foods/fresh produce.

4. Always cook meat to proper temperatures, using a calibrated instant-read thermometer to make sure.

One effective way to prevent illness is to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat, poultry, and egg dishes. The USDA Recommended Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures are as follows:

* Beef, veal, and lamb (steaks and roasts), fish - 145 degrees fahrenheit

* Pork and ground beef - 160 degrees fahrenheit

* Poultry - 165 degrees fahrenheit.

Cook meats like roasts and steaks to lower temperatures, closer to medium-rare, so that they retain their moisture. It is recommended that those who are at high risk for developing food-borne illness (i.e. pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborns, young children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems, or certain chronic illnesses) should follow the USDA guidelines.

5. Avoid unpasteurized/raw milk and cheeses made from unpasteurized milk that are aged less than 60 days.

Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized (heated to a very high temperature for a specific length of time) to kill harmful bacteria that may be present. These bacteria, which include salmonella, E. coli and listeria, can cause serious illness and sometimes even death. The bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems or chronic illnesses. Raw milk cheeses aged 60 days or longer are okay, since the salt and acidity of the cheese-making process make for a hostile environment to pathogens.

6. Never eat "runny" eggs or foods, such as cookie dough, that contain raw eggs.

Even eggs that have clean, intact shells may be contaminated with salmonella, so it’s important to cook eggs thoroughly until both the yolk and the white are firm. Casseroles and other dishes containing eggs should be cooked to 160 degrees fahrenheit and you can use an instant-read food thermometer to check. Eggs should always be cooked fully and those who are at high risk for developing foodborne illness (pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborns, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems or certain chronic illnesses should follow the USDA guidelines. If you can’t resist runny eggs or sampling cookie batter, use pasteurized eggs. They’re found near other eggs in large supermarkets.

7. Always wash your hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling food and after touching raw meat, poultry, or eggs.

You can pick up a lot of bacteria out in the world, so it’s important to always wash your hands before you eat or prepare food. You should also wash your hands after touching any uncooked meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, as the bacteria from these foods can contaminate cooked foods and fresh produce. Use soap and warm water and wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

8. Always heat leftover foods to 165 degrees fahrenheit.

The USDA recommends heating all cooked leftovers to 165 degrees fahrenheit in order to kill all potentially dangerous bacteria.

9. Never eat meat, poultry, eggs, or sliced fresh fruits and vegetables that have been left out for more than two hours or more than one hour in temperatures hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you leave perishable foods out of the refrigerator or freezer for more than two hours they may enter the Danger Zone—the unsafe temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, in which bacteria multiply rapidly.

10. Whenever there’s a food recall, check products stored at home to make sure they are safe.

You should discard any food that’s been recalled because it’s associated with the outbreak of a food-borne illness. But, according to a survey conducted by Rutgers University during the fall of 2008, only about 60% of Americans search their homes for foods that have been recalled because of contamination. For more information on food recalls, visit the website

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