Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chicken Tiki Masala

From Amy Scott
This is best when prepared with whole-milk yogurt, but low-fat yogurt can be substituted. For a spicier dish, do not remove the ribs and seeds from the chile. If you prefer, substitute 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper for the garam masala. The sauce can be made ahead, refrigerated for up to 4 days in an airtight container, and gently reheated before adding the hot chicken. Serve with basmati rice.

Serves 4 to 6 
Chicken Tikka
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

Masala Sauce
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 serrano chile, seeds and ribs removed, minced
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c heavy cream
1/4 c fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1. FOR THE CHICKEN: Combine cumin, coriander, cayenne, and salt in small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with spice mixture, pressing gently so mixture adheres. Place chicken on plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. In large bowl, whisk together yogurt, oil, garlic, and ginger; set aside.
2. FOR THE SAUCE: Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, chile, tomato paste, and garam masala; cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream and return to simmer. Remove pan from heat and cover to keep warm.
3. While sauce simmers, adjust oven rack to upper-middle position (about 6 inches from heating element) and heat broiler. Using tongs, dip chicken into yogurt mixture (chicken should be coated with thick layer of yogurt) and arrange on wire rack set in foil-lined rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan. Discard excess yogurt mixture. Broil chicken until thickest parts register 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer and exterior is lightly charred in spots, 10 to 18 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through cooking.
4. Let chicken rest 5 minutes, then cut into 1-inch chunks and stir into warm sauce (do not simmer chicken in sauce). Stir in cilantro, adjust seasoning with salt, and serve.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sunday Salad

1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 can chickpeas, rinsed, tossed with olive oil, toasted under broiler
Pecans or pistachios
Feta cheese, crumbled
Strawberries, chopped
3 marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
½ red onion, chopped

2 T strawberry balsamic vinegar
3 T basil infused olive oil

Monday, January 9, 2017

Cuban Quesadillas

  • tortillas
  • ⅓ pound black forest ham
  • ⅓ pound Genoa salami
  • ⅓ pound Swiss cheese
  • 3 tbs yellow mustard
  • 1 cup sliced pickles
  • pulled pork
  • 1½ red onion, julienned

Roasted Potatoes with Avocado Ailoli

Spicy Roasted Creamer Potatoes
  • 1 lb little potatoes quartered
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion
  • parsley, minced for garnish
Garlic Lemon Avocado Ailoli (Dip or Dressing)
  • ½ cup vegan mayo
  • 1 small avocado
  • ½ - 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp parsley, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • black peppercorn, to taste
Spicy Roasted Creamer Potatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Combine potatoes with olive oil and spices. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the potatoes out, cut side down.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until crispy, golden-brown, and tender when poked with a fork.
Garlic Lemon Avocado Ailoli (Dip or Dressing)
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Optional: Add a splash of unsweetened non-dairy milk to thin to your desired consistency, from a thick dip to a thin dressing.
  3. Taste and adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and lemon juice, if needed.
  1. Serve potatoes plain with a side of dip, or serve drizzled with thinned dressing, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

From I Love Vegan

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Clam Chowder

Drain juice from clams into a large skillet over the onions, celery, potatoes and carrots. Add water to cover, and cook over medium heat until tender.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Whisk in cream and keep stirring until it is thick and smooth. Stir in veggies and clam juice. Heat through, but do not boil.
Stir in clams just before serving. When clams are heated through, stir in vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

Serves about 8

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marshmallows - Martha Stewart


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment. Let stand 30 minutes. 
  • Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat, and stir until sugar has dissolved. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals. 
  • Clip on a candy thermometer; raise heat to high. Cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244 degrees (firm-ball stage). Immediately remove pan from heat. 
  • With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to incorporate. 
  • Generously dust an 8-by-12-inch glass baking pan with confectioners' sugar. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Dust top with confectioners' sugar; wet your hands, and pat it to smooth. Dust with confectioners' sugar; let stand overnight, uncovered, to dry out. Turn out onto a board; cut marshmallows with a dry hot knife into 1 1/2-inch squares, and dust with more confectioners' sugar.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Luscious Lemon Bars

From: Natalie

Crust3/4 c butter RT
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c icing sugar

Filling:2 lemons (for zest and 1/3 c juice)
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1/4 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
-Crust: work butter, flour and icing sugar with fingers until mixture holds together.  Transfer to ungreased 9x13 pan and press with a flat bottom cup.  Bake for 20 min or until the edges begin to brown.

-While shortbread is baking, make filling.  Wash and dry lemons, then zest.  Juice 1/3 cup. 

-Whisk together the eggs and sugar.  Whisk in flour.  Stir in lemon zest and juice. 

-When shortbread has baked, pour filling over and return the pan to the oven for another 20-25 min or until the filling no longer jiggles and the edges are lightly brown.

Cool and dust with icing sugar.  Refrigerate leftovers. 

***Double recipe fits Jellyroll pan***