Monthly Archives: September 2016

Pork Cutlet over Warm Slaw Salad

Last nights meal had several inspirations. I was watching worst cooks (kind of painful to watch but I just can’t stop myself) I can’t believe how some people function without knowing um  ANYTHING in the kitchen anyway they had to make a pork cutlet with a crunchy slaw on top. I had most everything on hand so; I got this. Plus I harvested 3 more enormous cabbages that I need to start using. I shared some and I am also trying for a third time to make sauerkraut. I’m really hoping for 3rd time’s a charm kind of luck.

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Since I wanted to use what I had on hand I went for more of a warm slaw for under my pork than a cold one for on top. I didn’t want to risk making my cutlet soggy since I went thru the trouble of breading and pan frying; why on earth would I cover it with a wet slaw. This is the first time I have made a warm slaw and I wasn’t sure if it would work with how I wanted to make the chop but I actually we; my husband and I really liked it and will be having the leftovers for lunch today.

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img_4579Mise en place is one thing that Anne Burrell stresses to the contestants and she is so right. It totally helps to have everything in place before you start cooking. Writing this blog has actually  helped me be better at mise en place. I normally take out all my ingredients to take a picture for you to show you everything that you need for the recipe. Then I measure and chop everything for another photo op and finally place them in an order next to my stove of how they are added to the pan/pot whatever I am using. So thank you for helping me I really appreciate it.

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Warm Slaw

1 large onion diced
3 carrots peeled and julienned
½ head of cabbage thinly sliced
1 granny smith apple cored and diced
1-2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
¾ cup chicken stock
Olive Oil
Kosher salt
Freshly cracked black pepper

Once everything is cut up add oil to your pan on medium heat add the onion and apple cook till soft and lightly browned; about 4-5 minutes. Add the cabbage and carrots along with some salt and pepper; cook till the cabbage starts to wilt about 3-4 minutes. Add apple cider vinegar and cook down till the pan is almost dry, add the stock and cook down for another 4-5 minutes.

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4 boneless pork chop pounded thin
Breading station – 3 shallow vessels; I use pie plates
2 cups of flour
2 cups of panko
3 eggs beaten

Season all 3 with kosher salt and pepper, I added about a ½ tsp of cayenne to the flour

Dredge pork in the flour, then egg and finally the panko. Heat enough oil in a large skillet to cover the bottom about ¼ of an inch. Once oil is shimmering add the chop and cook till browned, turning once brown on the other side.

Plate the slaw on the bottom of your plate and cover with a chop – Yum

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Balsamic-Braised Chicken with Swiss Chard

Holding cooking classes has shown me a few ways that some people perceive what goes on in the kitchen and also how some interpret recipes. Some of the people I have had in my kitchen are very literal, if they don’t have say the bone in pork chop they only have boneless on hand; they just move on to another recipe. It asks for chicken breast and they only have thighs. Some the ingredients throw them off either they don’t know what it is or have it on hand so they just bypass it. I try to give them a little more in control of what they are making. I personally am not in love with mushrooms but I have been buying and using them more. They do add a lot of earthiness to some recipes. And one of the best beef gravy I have ever had was mushroom based; and I didn’t even make it.

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Balsamic-Braised Chicken with Swiss Chard over Creamy Polenta

My point is I would love people to feel more comfortable in their kitchens and I hope I help them out a little bit one class or blog at a time. I was chuckling to myself on my short commute (less than 10 minutes) home yesterday I must have considered about 8 meals I wanted to make. It could be the weather but I am pumped to get back in the kitchen versus grilling; I have 3 soups in mind, and I am going to throw one of the 4 meals I thought about in the crockpot for tomorrow so it is ready for when I get back from my day in Boston.

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OK so I had to rush around this morning and wasn’t able to finish my blog, I do apologize and hope that you find this recipe yummy enough to make. My house smelled awesome and it tasted great to boot. I will be making this again!  It asked for quick polenta; which I have never made and didn’t find at the store; I did find regular polenta and made that; again for the first time and I kind of liked it; it kind of reminded me of cream of wheat; so I guess if you didn’t like that growing up; you might not care of creamy polenta.

 

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1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, mixed
5 tsp minced fresh thyme or 1 2/2 tsp dried
1 TBS tomato paste
3 garlic  cloves, minced
1 anchovy fillet, I used anchovy paste cuz that’s what I have on hand
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
3 TBS all-purpose flour
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar – I used Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar; what I had on hand
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomato, drained – I used 28 ounce plum tomatoes again; what I had
1/2 chicken broth
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 bay leaves
12 bone in skinless chicken thighs
6 ounces swiss chard, stemmed and leaves sliced 1/2 inch thick
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Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions, thyme, tomato paste, garlic, anchovy, and red pepper flakes and cook until onion is softened and lightly browned. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in vinegar, scraping up any browned bits and smoothing out any lumps: cook until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes and transfer to slow cooker.

Stir tomatoes, broth, wine and bay leaves into slow cooker. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place chicken into sauce. Cover and cook until chicken is tender 4 to 6 hours on low.

Gently stir in chard, cover and cook on high until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to serving platter and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let braising liquid settle for 5 minutes, remove fat from surface using large spoon. Discard bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken

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Lemon Zucchini Tea Cake

The garden is winding down a bit, and I’m OK with it. It looks like my zucchini and summer squash harvesting days are over but they were very good to us this year. I am going to go on record today and say that I am all set with making zucchini bread for the year. I even had enough very large zucchinis to make a few Christmas present loaves; I know I know I know it’s way too early to be bringing that up especially since it was like 90 degrees out yesterday. But timing is everything I have everything on hand and I am a get it done kind of person.

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So with being “all set” with zucchini bread and sharing my harvest with family and friends I started looking for something a little different. I came across this recipe while perusing my New Hampshire Magazine. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a recipe and thought hey I have all or at least most of the ingredients on hand and decide right then to get everything out and make it or a resemblance of it.

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I have way too many lemons in the fridge, I asked my daughter to pick up a couple and she bought a bag UGH now what. Reading through the recipe I had everything except coconut oil. I have yet to get on the coconut “everything” bandwagon. I did have some applesauce in the fridge that I use in my zucchini bread recipe so why not use it in this one in replacement of the coconut oil.

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I tend to always break the rule of “no new recipe on guests” I seem to use that rule as more of a guideline and always try new things on people. This time was my co-workers; we were having a birthday graze day for one and I thought there would be other things to eat if this didn’t work out.

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This is my first one using their suggested amount of blueberries – we all felt every bite benefited from having a blueberry with it. Delish!!!

Well it worked out very nicely and everyone loved it, my family loved it so much and I had to use up some more of the lemons I’ve already made it again.

Lemon Zucchini Tea Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

¾ cup applesauce – or if you want coconut oil
1 ¾ cups shredded zucchini – drained
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
3 eggs
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Handful of fresh blueberries

In a stand mixer or use your hand mixer; combine the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light in color 1-2 minutes. Add the applesauce, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla beat until well combined another 1-2 minutes. Add the zucchini, beat till combined; another minute. Sift the flour, soda, powder and salt. Add this mixture to create the batter and beat till combined; do not over mix.

Grease or spray your pan and add the batter, place in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Bake until your wooden toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool, loosen the edges and invert the cake onto a wire rack to completely cool. Once cool, spread cream cheese frosting and top with some blueberries

I used 2-8” cake pans but could be made in one larger cake pan; it doesn’t rise like you would think as it is a denser kind of cake.

Cream cheese frosting
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 16-ounce bag of powdered sugar (roughly 4 cups – I buy mine in bulk)

Overgrown Summer Squash=Delish

This is the first time I can recall picking an enormous summer squash; zucchini I swear grows twice its size overnight and it’s not always my fault, summer squash I believe grows a little slower. I also get how I can miss a green zucchini but a bright yellow squash usually doesn’t get by me. I have never baked a bread or cake with a summer squash and the thought of all those large seeds just isnt appealing at all. I really don’t like throwing out; well anything so I went online to see how others dealt with their overgrown summer squash, I know I am not the only one that misses veggies in the garden.

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My son isn’t a fan of of summer squash in any way it is served but he said and I quote “it’s not too bad” which when I asked him to elaborate; he said he doesn’t like squash at all but this way “he didn’t mind it” I’ll take it. I have made this a couple of times this year; which is also an admittance that I missed more than one summer squash in the last couple of weeks; guilty!

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The first time I made this it was just me and my husband and his first question was did you remove the seeds? no I did not and we were both pleasantly surprised that you really don’t need to. It is also a very quick and simple way to make a side dish with ingredients you should have in your pantry and fridge. And it looks kind of cool too and tastes delicious.

1-2 Tbs Butter
Olive Oil
1 Onion 4-5 thin slices
Kosher Salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Parsley
3-4 tsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Slice 4-5 elongated slices
Place small slices of butter all over the squash
Drizzle with a little olive oil
Cover with onions
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic and parsley
Cover with shredded parmesan and bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes at 375°F