Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Late Summer BBQ with Chicken, Potatoes, and Sprouts

We took advantage of the last warm days, not to mention the fading light, to enjoy a back porch meal. The chicken thighs were marinated for several hours in a mixture of soy sauce, Thai fish sauce, brown sugar, garlic, pepper, and mirin. The potatoes were tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper,mand grilled alongside the chicken.

For the Brussels Sprouts I used a recipe from a long time correspondent, writer Miriam Ungerer, author of several books including Good Cheap Food. Miriam's method, which she said was a hit even with sprouts haters,means to boil them in salted water, drain, sauté in a LOT of butter until browned, and then add plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Elderberry Juice

My elderberry bush is getting pretty big and producing a lot of fruit, so this year I took advantage of it.

Boil berries in water
Sweeten to taste with honey
Pour over ice

There's a neat trick to separating the ripe berries from the stems: Put the bunches of berries in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Remove the bunches one at a time and gently roll between your palms over a baking sheet or a large bowl. The berries will fall free.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Barbecue Pilaf

Say it's way to hot to cook inside, but you're tired of salads and not in the mood for burgers and dogs. Well, your outdoor grill makes a fine oven and burner. I keep a lot of these aluminum foil trays on hand for parties and they work great in this application.

I started by tossing sliced onions and peppers in the pan along with a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of salt and cooking them until soft. Then I added a cup of rice, some cut-up chicken thighs, saffron, garlic, pepper, paprika and enough chicken stock to cover. Put the lid on the grill, and 20-30 minutes later you have dinner.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kirkland Roasted Corn Chowder

Every so often I take a chance on a prepared food... and I'm almost always disappointed. This soup looked good, and the ingredients list didn't have any mystery ingredients or ingredients you wouldn't find in your own kitchen, with the exception of "yeast extract "- i.e., MSG.

It doesn't look too bad, either. But it tastes awful. It's a starchy base that tastes mainly of too much pepper along with pieces of corn and potatoes and a few flecks of red pepper. It's just not very appetizing.