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July 2018
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Grilled Roasted Carrots

I hate recipes that claim to be easy and delicious, for whatever reason I don’t trust them!  So how can I say that this is easy and delicious without saying it that way?  How about “these carrots are laid back and will delight your sense” or more rated R “whore carrots that you will hit over and over again with delight” ok, over the top?  So really this is simple and good, get that grill out one more time this season (for my northern followers) and make this awesome side!

Hand full of carrots, split if big (make same

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Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta and Pesto Genovese

I have been attempting to perfect my pesto (Genovese) this experiment has resulted in an appreciation and the beauty of this traditional pesto.  As is I am finding that it is really hard to screw pesto up.  Hell, most of the time I don’t even measure my but still I get a wonderful result every time I make it.  This is the ratio that works best for me, feel free to tinker with it. The most important thing to remember with pesto is that it is simple and delicate so you want to use quality and fresh ingredients to

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Blueberry BBQ Sauce – On Chicken

The original concept for this BBQ sauce was for salmon, yes, salmon but I ended up willy nilly making this for chicken that I had to use up.  You might think it would be sweet and syrupy but it has a nice balance of sweet, acid, and just enough heat to make it supper good.  The blueberries are apparent but not overwhelming.

mmm good

½ cup blueberry preserve ½ cup ketchup 1 shallot diced 1 clove of garlic diced 4 – 6 oz. ipa beer (I used Red Hook Longhammer) 2 Tbls. red wine vinegar 2 tsp. Worcestershire

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Pork Chops with Spicy Cherry Sauce (Gastrique)

The other day I was watching one of those stupid cooking competition shows that seem to be on ALL THE FUCKING, stupid food tv station.  This word came up twice “gastrique”, at the time I didn’t really know what it meant but they were making fruit sauces with vinegar.  It must have been gotten into my brain, well that with this new found love for fruit based BBQ sauces.

So, I got these beautiful chops at the local butcher shop and I was not sure what I was going to do with them.  Earlier that day I found some

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Blood Orange Hoisin Marinated County Style Ribs

Asian inspired pork, nice and easy and very good dish that you will love!

I have made this several times now, once in the oven and a few times on the grill.  I think they are better on the grill.

2 or so Lbs. Country Style Ribs (boneless) 2 blood oranges juiced (sub regular oranges when bloods are out of season) 1 cup Hoisin sauce (found in the Asian section in the store) 2 tsp. soy sauce (low sodium) 2 tsp. rice vinegar 2 tsp. honey 2 tsp. powdered ginger ¼ or more red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients

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Raspberry Habanero BBQ Sauce

The other day I was hanging out drinking a Guinness Draft while I was thinking about BBQ sauces, as I was thinking, drinking and looking at my beer I thought about making a stout based BBQ sauce, no this post is not about Guinness/stout BBQ sauce but keep reading, this sauce is amazing (I will get to that sauce soon enough) I was wondering what would be good with it and raspberries came to mine which lead me down this path.  Lot of BBQ sauces have some molasses or brown sugar in it, this one needed none of it,

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Pulled Chicken Tacos (Braised Chicken Thighs)

Chicken thighs are so dirt cheap and are soooooo tasty and juicy that they are perfect for quick cooking and braising alike.

A few weekends ago I really wanted to make some tacos for Cinco de Mayo and I decided that chicken thighs + braising = good idea.  My thought was to make a modified sofrito* as the braising aromatics and add other spices that would infuse a Mexican vibe, this is what I did to make awesomeness.

8 chicken thighs skin on, bone in Half of an onion chopped 4-5 cloves of garlic 1 jalapeno chopped ¼ cup

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Great Guacamole

This is something you should never buy from the store, it starts to go bad fairly quick plus it is so easy and awesome when made fresh.

The first thing about guac is that you really need good ingredients since it is served fresh and raw, so when picking your avocado make sure it is ripe.  When you squeeze them, they should give ever so little, if they are rock hard, not ripe, if they are soft, over ripe.

 2 ripe avocadoes skinned and seeded ½ onion diced, I like white but red is good too 1-2 cloves

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Crispy Pan Fried Chicken Thighs

Oh my gosh, been away for an insurmountable amount of time (did that make sense?) never mind why I want to get back to good food and drink of all sorts.  I have a lot of stuff to post from the months past and a ton of new stuff I am going to try soon, the list grows daily!

To get my feet wet I am bringing you THE BEST WAY to make chicken thighs with skin on and bone in and it is easy peasey to do, add to the fact that thighs are fairly inexpensive it is

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Green Coconut Thai Curry Chicken

Yummy Thai goodness, I made this a while back and loved it.  I used store bought curry paste even though my original thought was to make the paste from scratch but all the research I did basically said that most Thai’s don’t  make their own at home so I went the easy way with no regrets. Maybe I will try it on some other post.

4-5 carrots, cut into ¼ to ½ inch rounds 1 medium white onion diced 2 cloves of garlic minced 1 4-ounce can or jar green curry paste 1 can (14oz or so) coconut milk

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