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Chicken Cacciatore

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cacci14top[1]This was excellent and would be great to cook in the pizza oven, too.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs, with bones and skinned
  • 8oz. mixed mushrooms, like crimini and shiitake
  • Dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and softened in water (reserve water)
  • 1 onion, diced medium
  • 1 small yellow and red pepper, diced medium
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, shaved
  • pitted kalamata olives, a large handful
  • 1 cup porcini mushroom water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Assorted herbs, parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sprinkled oregano.
  2. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
  3. Place chicken skin side down and do not move it until it reaches a deep golden brown and it’s easy to turn, brown other side for a few minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few twigs of thyme, saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add wine and let it reduce.
  6. Add mushroom water and marinara sauce.
  7. Toss in 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil.
  8. Place the chicken back into the pan and sink into the juices.
  9. Simmer on low, stove top, for a couple of hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Uncovered.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  11. Serve with cooked pasta, polenta or warm crusty bread.
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Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms

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Delicious!

Ingredients:

Chicken thighs

Baby bello mushroom, thinly sliced

White wine

Broth

Green onions, chopped

Seasonings

Directions:

Cook the mushrooms in some olive oil until done. Remove to plate.

In the hot pan, brown the chicken thighs well on both sides. Deglaze with some white wine.

Add some broth and reduce the heat. Cover and cook until done.

Return the mushrooms to the pan. Turn the heat up to high to evaporate most of the liquid. Make a sludge of water and flour. Add to the pan.

Add the green onion and stir to combine well.

Chicken Thighs with Lemon & Prosecco

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These were great and very easy to make!

Ingredients:

1 pkg. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 c. flour

1 leek, thinly sliced

1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 lemon, sliced

1/4 c. prosecco

1/4 c. chicken broth

3 T. butter

Fresh parsley

Directions:

Heat some oil in a Dutch oven. Combine salt, pepper, and flour in a Ziploc bag big enough to hold the chicken. Add the chicken and mix well.

Shake off the excess flour from the chicken before placing them in the dutch oven. Cook for a few minutes. Add the leek and flip the chicken. Add the tomatoes and garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add the lemon slices.

Add the prosecco and stir to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom. Stir in the broth, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced by about half.

Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the butter until melted. Sprinkle with parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Grilled Peaches

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We made this, in addition to strawberries, and served it as a shortcake over angel food cake. This would be equally delicious served over ice cream!

Ingredients:

4 ripe peaches, cut in half and pit removed

3 T. butter

2 T. sugar

1 T. cinnamon

2 T. liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Amaretto, or Cointreau (optional)

Directions:

Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Let it sit out for the butter to soften.

Rub some oil over the peaches. Grill them, cut side down, until they are soft.

Turn the peaches over and place the butter mixture into the center of the peach. Cover the grill and let the butter melt.

Remove from the heat, being careful to save as much of the butter mixture as possible. Cut the peaches, drizzling all the butter mixture on top. Add the liqueur if desired. Serve over shortcakes (with a dollop of whipped cream and some toasted slivered almonds) or over some ice cream.

 

Steak Tacos

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The marinade for the meat is delicious!

Ingredients:

1 lb. flank steak, tenderized

1/2 c. soy sauce

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 c. olive oil

1 t. cumin

1 t. oregano

Salt & pepper

Directions:

Combine the steak and the rest of the ingredients in a Ziploc bag. Toss to coat. Marinate for a least an hour.

Remove the steak from the marinade and toss the marinade. Grill the steak until done.

Serve with corn tortillas, cheese, guacamole, and pico de gallo.

Broccoli Patties

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These may not be very pretty but they’re really good! I probably shouldn’t have put them on a green plate, though 😉

Ingredients:

12 oz. broccoli florets, blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water

1/4 yellow onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 egg

2/3 c. bread crumbs or gluten free crackers

2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Salt & pepper

Dash of chili paste

Directions:

Preheat the broiler.

Saute the onion and garlic in some olive oil.

Place the broccoli, onion, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs (or crackers) in the Cuisinart. Pulse until smooth. Add the chili paste and seasonings. Mix. Add the cheese and mix.

Put the entire mixture into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

Grease a baking dish. Place a tablespoon dollop of the broccoli mixture on the baking dish.

Broil on high for about 3 minutes or until brown on top. Turn them over and broil again for a few minutes, making sure they don’t burn.

 

Simple Seared Opah

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Last week, I found fresh Opah from Hawaii at my local Costco. It was so beautiful and fresh that I had to have it! Opah is such a flavorful fish that I didn’t want to frilly it all up with sauces, etc. In my opinion, Opah is a lot more flavorful and moist than swordfish.

Ingredients:

1/2 lemon

1 lb. opah fillet

Salt & pepper

Olive oil

Directions:

Squeeze the lemon juice all over the fish. Salt & pepper both sides. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Sear both sides of the fish for about 3-4 minutes per side (or until barely cooked through).