Tag Archives: Chicken

April Showers Bring … Steak!

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flat iron steak & seasoned onion rings

This morning, I had the pleasure of waking up to a roaring and rumbling thunder storm.  In my experience, there’s almost nothing quite as enjoyable as waking up to thunderstorm at 7:30 on a Sunday morning and simply laying in bed enjoying the sound of the thunder and the rain, especially since I didn’t have to be anywhere for the next few hours.  An additional joy of a nice spring thunder storm is the peaceful weather it leaves in its wake.  This weather just happens to be perfect for grilling out!

The thunderstorm passed and the day went on, and upon the arrival of dinner time I decided it necessary to grill a steak.  In my last post, I mentioned the purchase of a new house.  This house just happened to come with a brick charcoal grill in the back yard.  Now anyone who’s ever used a charcoal grill before knows that when you light up the coals, you can’t JUST grill one steak.  Unlike their gas counterparts, you cannot simply turn off a charcoal grill when you’re done with it, so you might as well utilize it while it’s hot.  So my one steak turned into a steak, some seasoned onion rings, and lemon pepper chicken.

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lemon pepper chicken

I’ve mentioned before that some for the food I prepare is pretty tasty, but tonight’s selection from the grill easily takes the cake.  At the risk of sounding full of myself, I can cook some very tasty food. Tonight, however, I blew my own expectations completely out of the water.  As I was eating what I’d just taken off the grill, I was so overwhelmed by the goodness of what I was tasting that I had to stop and raise my arms in the air as if I had just scored a touchdown.  I thought to myself, how is this so good – and then I thought of all of you.  You have to try this!  It was, simply put, amazing.  If you have a charcoal grill, light it up tonight and take these simple yet incredible recipes for a spin.  I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Oh, and invite your friends, neighbors, family, coworkers – whoever.  Upon tasting this, you will have an overwhelming urge to share your creation with everyone you know!  Yes, it’s that good.

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pure enjoyment

Happy grilling!

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Hot Eats with Smooth Beats

kitchenI have been absent for a spell … again.  But I have an excuse!  I recently bought a house!  I’ve been working on it for the past two months getting it into shape and making it a home, and I finally feel that I can call my new house my new home.  The predominant reason this is so is because I can now enjoyably use the kitchen and it feels like mine.  It’s clean, it’s large enough to move around in, and everything has a home when I’m done with it.  It’s marvelous!

CookinPeppersAs I was cooking my dinner this evening, I thought about you all, and how I haven’t given you anything for a long while.  What better opportunity to remedy that than the maiden voyage of a newly put together kitchen!  There are several things I’d like to tell you about this evening’s culinary escapades.  First, if you you like music (everyone likes music), I would recommend investing in an HMDX Jam wireless bluetooth speaker.  A friend of mine introduced me to this wonderful gizmo, and it’s changed the entirety of my cooking experience.  I just turn on one of my favorite playlists on Spotify, link up to the speaker, and start cookin’.  Have you ever danced with a spatula & frying pan?  I recommend it…

This evenings fare is chicken & rice.  It’s a very simple dish.  Seasoned chicken, blackened bell peppers, and brown rice.  It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s relatively quick, what more could you ask for?  Plus, if you do it right, your whole house will smell of deliciousness when you’re done.

If you’d like to try this simple, yet satisfying selection, you can find a recipe in the recipes section of the blog.

Chicken & Rice

Oh, and by the way, this is an excellent base to start with to create your own masterpiece.  If you want something a little more gooey and savory, you might add some cream of (whatever) soup and some cheese.  Or if you’re feeling a little more exotic, you can spice it up with some mango, pineapple, and a hot pepper or two.  You could turn this into a chili or a soup.  The possibilities are endless!

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Pizza Night!

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A savory tomato sauce based pizza

There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with pulling a freshly baked homemade pizza out of the oven. Even though it may have taken much longer to put together and bake than it would to simply order a pizza from down the street, the satisfaction of creating yourself what you might pay twenty dollars (or more) for a pizza place to make for you is worth it. It’s just as much about the experience as it is about the pizza. And what better way to capture the homemade pizza feeling than with good friends. This is what’s known by some as the “pizza night”.

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Pesto – it’s green and awesome

To pull off a pizza night well, you need to have four foundational key ingredients: Good friends, an accommodating oven, beer, and – of course – pizza. If you feel like you’re up for the task of the advanced pizza night, you can add a playlist of your favorite music to augment the environment in whatever direction you choose – we chose to bring in a little bit of the 80’s. something about hair bands and pizza just feels right. If you want to go all the way and dial up your pizza night to eleven, you can do all the above while sporting an apron and toque.

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Pizza

But, as the point of a pizza night is ultimately the pie, let’s talk za. A good pizza starts with a good pizza dough. We made enough dough to create five pizzas (and by we, I mean my friend the baker). You can find all kinds of simple recipes online – like this one – but I’ve been told that the best pizza crust is made with a sourdough base, which is a bit more involved, from what I understand. After the crust, the rest is really open for interpretation. You could use all kinds of different sauces, such as pesto, Alfredo, garlic, sweet tomato, savory marinara, anything you can spread really. You could even use ketchup & mustard if you wanted, though I would urge you in the name foodies everywhere – please don’t. From this point forward, anything is fair game.  If you can eat it, you can put it on a pizza!

I’ll include ingredient lists for the five pizzas we created.  As always, if you’d like to join me and recreate the wonderment for yourself, you can find a recipe in the recipes section of the blog.

“Wise man say forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”

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