Sunday, January 18, 2015


1T butter
2t olive oil
4 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2t dried thyme
2t garlic, chopped
4c chicken broth
3c water

2 1/2c flour
1T baking powder
1/2t baking soda
6T unsalted butter, melted
3/4 c buttermilk

1.  Heat the butter and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in batches, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; reserve the pot.

2.  Add the celery, carrots, onions, thyme, and garlic to the drippings in the pot and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool. Shred the chicken and return it to the pot.

3.  Whisk together ½ cup of the flour and 2 cups of the cooking liquid in a small bowl. Slowly whisk the flour mixture back into the pot and simmer until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.

4.  Make the dumplings: Whisk together the remaining 2 cups of flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in the butter and buttermilk. Form dough into small balls. Reduce heat to low and drop the dough balls into the broth. Simmer, covered, until the dumplings are firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


2 chicken breasts, cut to1-inch cubes
2 (14 oz.) cans low-sodium chicken or beef stock (more or less depending on preferred texture)
2 1/2 c Arborio rice
3/4 c dry white wine
1c water, optional
1 bunch asparagus, chopped
1-2 zucchinis, chopped
6oz. Portobello mushrooms, sliced
3T butter
2T olive oil
Parmesan, garnish
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over high heat and add olive oil.When oil is hot, add chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) and brown on all sides, 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
2.Add chopped asparagus, zucchinis and mushrooms and cook until just softened. 8 minutes. Set aside.
3. Melt butter in Dutch oven and add Arborio rice. Stir until rice is toasted and lightly browned, then return veggies and chicken to pan. Lower heat to medium and add white wine. Cook until wine is almost evaporated, stirring frequently. Add chix stock 1/2-2/3 cup at a time, stirring frequently and replenishing liquids once mixture is dry enough that spoon leaves a track through the rice.When chicken stock is completely absorbed, taste rice and see if it s tender enough. Risotto should be thick, but still able to spread out a little.[You want it to be al dente, but if it s too crunchy, add 1 cup water (a bit at a time). Adding too much will make your risotto gummy.]
4. Serve hot and garnish with Parmesan cheese.


  •     1lb fresh Brussels sprouts
  •     3T  canola oil
  •     3/4 t kosher salt
  •     1T honey
  •     1T hot water
  •     1T minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  •     1T soy sauce
  •     1/4 t crushed red pepper, optional
Heat a 12-in cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Trim Brussels sprouts, and cut in half or quarters. Add canola oil to skillet, and tilt skillet to evenly coat bottom. Place Brussels sprouts, cut side down, in a single layer in skillet. Cook, without stirring, 4 minutes or until browned. Sprinkle with kosher salt; stir and cook 2 more minutes. Stir together honey and hot water. Stir minced garlic, soy sauce, dried crushed red pepper, and honey mixture into Brussels sprouts.


    4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
·    2 eggs, beaten
·    2c Panko breadcrumbs
·    1/2c all-purpose flour
·    1 1/2c orange juice, fresh squeezed
·    1/4c soy sauce, low sodium
·    3T brown sugar
·    3T Mirin
·    1 1/2T Sriracha, optional
·    3 garlic cloves, minced
·    1 1/2t fresh ginger, grated fine
·    1T cornstarch
·    toasted sesame seeds
·    green onions, snipped

1.    Preheat oven to 425*F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
2.    Coat the chix pieces in flour.
3.    Dredge each chicken piece in the egg and then in the panko and add to the prepared baking tray. Repeat with remaining chicken. Bake for 10 minutes and turn the pieces, then continue to cook for another 10 minutes, or until chicken is done to your liking.
4.    Meanwhile, add the orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, sriracha, garlic and ginger to a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil, stir occasionally, turn heat down to low. When the chicken is just about done, add the cornstarch to the orange juice mixture and bring to a boil. Heat until thickened enough to coat a spoon. Remove from the heat.
5.    In a large serving bowl add the cooked chicken and top with the orange sauce, toss lightly to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve with steamed white rice.