Monthly Archives: June 2020

Marinated Flank Steak and Salad

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I hope everyone is doing well! It looks like this pandemic BS is going to continue on for the foreseeable future. I am still working from home and I am quite content with that except I don’t get to see my working teammates or my walking buddies and I really miss them and catching up with what’s going on in their lives.

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Stir Fry Sauce – Marinade

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A few weeks ago I shared with you a stir fry sauce recipe.  If you made it you probably have quite a bit of it left over in your fridge.  I finished using mine up this last week. And I will be making more if it. I of made stir fry with it, I also marinated some boneless skinless chicken thighs and cooked them on the grill. The other day I marinated a couple of flank steaks in it overnight and then grilled them outside and they were simply divine.

So if you haven’t made the stir fry sauce, what are you waiting for

Stir Fry - Marinade Sauce

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Prep Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions
 

  • combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar dissolves

A simple light meal for us is usually a steak and salad. It’s easy, quick and very satisfying. I added some orange supreme – simply orange slices without the pith and the membranes. When you bite into a salad you want the citrus to be smooth and membrane free. Pick your greens, add some nuts or seeds; I added marcona almonds and a some oranges and it makes for a really nice dinner you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes. Please note that I would marinate my steak over night or at least for a couple of hours so the flavors get all through your steak. So the 30 minuets does not include that.

You can use your favorite dressing on hand or make this easy vinaigrette that paired nicely with my marinated steak.
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Easy and Tasty Vinaigrette

Asian Vinaigrette

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Prep Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup canola or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove minced

Instructions
 

  • combine in a small jar all the ingredients, cover and shake or use a whisk

Stay healthy and safe, stay well, stay positive, play nice!

Pesto & One pot pasta

Happy Father’s Day – I hope you are all safe and able to spend a little time with your some of your family today! It is a sunny day here in NH but it is a very warm and humid day. I am currently sitting on the couch writing this blog listening to Psych. That is one of my favorite TV shows to play in the background. I cannot tell you how many times I have been through the entire series. Enough to know pretty much all of the snarky little comments. Image

I don’t know how well your gardens are going, mine are a lot of hit and misses. I went to to local gardening shop yesterday, the same one i have been going to for many many years and was shocked at the lack on inventory they had on hand. I know I probably shouldn’t have been. I know a lot of people took up gardening this year but it was still a little alarming. They have always had a plethora of hanging plants and I could always find what I needed and sometimes things I didn’t know I needed.

Here are a couple of things I use up my basil in. Though basil is one of my favorite summer herb and can be used in so many dishes.  These two are worth checking out!

Basil Pesto 

6 Ounces of washed and dried basil leaves, stems removed
4 Ounces of pine nuts
6-8 Cloves of Garlic
2 Ounces of grated parmesan cheese
Olive oil – Salt and Pepper

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Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor or blender, pulse to combine. Add olive oil until you get the consistency you like, finish by adding the parmesan cheese a little salt and pepper pulsing until combined.  Enjoy with and/or on just about anything!

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One–Pan Pasta 

 1 lb. Linguine
1 lb. Cherry or Grape tomatoes halved
1 Onion diced
4-6 cloves of Garlic
½ tsp. crushed Red Pepper Flakes
6 Cups Chicken Broth
1 bunch of Basil
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper and the chicken broth in a large straight sided skillet

Bring to a boil over high heat, boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and broth has nearly evaporated.  About 9 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with basil.  Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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Roasted Pork Shoulder

So my kids just celebrated their quarantine birthday’s last week. Yes they are 2 years and a day apart and yes I know they are both adults but it was my daughters 30th so it’s a little more of a milestone. They actually could have been born on the same day but I told the doctor I was busy so my son was born the day after his sister’s second birthday party. We take our parties very seriously LOL.
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Anyway back to cooking! When I buy a pork shoulder or pork butt it is generally to make pulled pork. I have some leftover BBQ pulled pork in the freezer already so I wanted to make something else with it. So I covered it with garlic and herbs and roasted it in the oven. It was delicious very flavorful and so easy to make for either Sunday dinner or even during the week. Plus the leftovers made for excellent sandwiches; according to my husband.
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I know summer is upon us and maybe you don’t want to heat up your house, though around here in NH we have had some chilly days and evenings and having the oven on is kind of a blessing. But I have no doubt this would be equally good cooked out on the grill. I have cooked many pork loins out there. The only difference is there would be no pan drippings for a little au jus or to make a little gravy. You do what it best for you!
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roasted pork shoulder

Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 1 clove garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon rosemary chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh sage chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 pound pork shoulder

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven 350F
  • Liberally sprinkle salt and pepper all over the roast. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and sage.
  • spread the mixture all over the roast
  • Make slits in the meat, about 1/2-inch wide and deep. Insert the garlic slices into the slits
  • Set the meat on a roasting pan on a rack if you have one
  • Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast reads 155°F, about 25 minutes per pound. 
  • remove the roast from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes.
    slice and serve.
Keyword garlic and herb roasted pork shoulder, herb roasted pork, roasted pork shoulder

General Tso’s Cauliflower

I hope you are all doing well – I seem to be saying that with almost every blog, every email, every text and when I happen to see someone; though that is pretty rare as I work from home and don’t really need to leave the house very often. Pretty sure 2020 is going to be a year of reflection, a year of hope, a year of change and a deep look into our own  priorities and hopefully we are open to make some adjustments where needed.
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I am pretty sure it was a couple of weeks ago; time seems to be flying and standing still at the same time. When NH opened up restaurants to outdoor seating;  we met up with a few (6 maximum) friends at a Taproom for dinner and drinks. We ordered some apps for the table and one of them caught my attention and I knew; actually a couple of us mentioned we could totally make this. I was already planning on it in my head I would be making this at some point.
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That point happened last night and I am a little obsessed with them.  General Tso’s Cauliflower is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy plus a little healthy and unhealthy.  I will be making this again and I will also be making the sauce for chicken in the near future.

General Tso's Cauliflower

sweet and spicy snack
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil plus more for frying
  • 3 scallions thinly diced save some for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 strip orange zest thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon go chu jang Korean sweet & spicy hot pepper paste
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger or 1/4 tsp ground
  • 2 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into large florets

Instructions
 

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the scallions, garlic and orange zest and cook, stirring, until the garlic has turned golden, about 1 minute. Add the sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, sriracha, go chu jang and 3 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves completely and the sauce become fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir 2 teaspoons cornstarch into 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk the mixture into the boiling sauce until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
  • Fill a large Dutch oven halfway with peanut oil and heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F. Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and set aside. Beat the eggs in a large bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl and toss with the egg mixture. Sprinkle in the remaining 3/4 cup cornstarch a little bit at a time until the cauliflower is well coated
  • Fry the cauliflower in 3 batches; gently place the cauliflower in the hot oil and cook, keeping the pieces separated and adjusting the heat as necessary to keep the oil temperature at 350 degrees F, until light brown and crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove the cauliflower with a spider or slotted spoon and set on the prepared wire rack to drain briefly. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl while it is still hot and toss with the sauce to evenly coat. Transfer to a serving plate and top with scallions.
Keyword cauliflower, fried cauliflower, general tso's cauliflower

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Stay healthy and strong!