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December 2011
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Chicken in the Slow Cooker/ Crock Pot

Recently I’ve been experimenting with cooking a whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker. It is really amazing how juicy the Chicken turns out. The way you season it has no boundaries! Here is my latest version;


I started by softening 1 stick Butter in a two cup glass measure. Add to the Butter 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Marjoram and Sage, one teaspoon Smokey Paprika, 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne, 2 tablespoons Dried Lavender, 2 tablespoons Dried Thyme, the zest of one medium Lemon, generous amounts of Salt and Pepper.  Mix well.


Our Good Friends Chopped

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Eggplant Breaded & Baked Served with Vodka Sauce

Preheat Oven to 450


1/2 cup fine crushed Wheat Chex

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a combination of Pecorino Romano, Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar).

generous amounts of Salt and Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

2 tablespoons each chopped Fresh Sage and Marjoram

Mix all the above together, set aside.


Course Chopped Fresh Sage and Marjoram


Dry Ingredients Mixed Together for Breading


Scrub and clean one medium size Eggplant. Slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces.


Eggplant Pieces ready for Breading and Baking


Now beat two eggs

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Wiener Schnitzel:

Looking to do something different with that tired ol’ pork loin or chop?  Grab a half liter of bier and try this Austrian/German favorite, it is easy and delicious.  Traditionally the WS is made of veal but now it is often made with pork, in Austriathey have to call it by law as Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein to differentiate between veal and pork, in Germany it is often called Schnitzel Wiener Art.  There are many regional variations of this dish, the most well known is Italian’s veal parmesan.

Make as much or as little as you want, just add

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Homemade Pizza w/ Pancetta, Two Types of Mushrooms and Basil:

There is nothing better in the world then a good pizza, and it is rewarding to make your own!  I am now on a quest to make the perfect pie which I have a feeling will take some time considering the many different techniques and varieties of pizza.  Ohhhh the pain </end sarcasm>

The method I tried last night made 3 thin crust personal sized pizzas but could have made two medium sized thin crust pizzas.


¾ cup luke warm water 100-110d F 1 tsp. honey 1 packet or 2 ¼ tsp. dry yeast 1 tsp. salt 2

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Indian Inspired IPA Beef Stew:

I wasn’t sure what to call this dish since it isn’t really a curry and the addition of beer kind of throws it a wrench it to it also but as you can see I settled on a vague inspired title!  This no holds bar stew that is inspired by Indian spices and a beer that was made for to survive the heat ofIndia.  It has loads of flavor and is very satisfying change of pace after all that holiday food.

Oh, this is a bit hot, cut done the cayenne and remove seeds and ribbing from the sarono

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Nan (Naan) Indian Flat Bread:

Indian restaurants usually serve their meals with a simple yeast flat bread called nan, sometimes spelled naan.  This is a wonderful thick and moist flat bread that is traditionally made in a tandoor oven (clay oven) and comes out with these wonderful blistered black spots with a silky soft middle and is great for supping up saucy curry dishes.  It really is not hard to do just takes some time, most of it is passive though.

1 cup warm water (about 100-110 Degrees F.) 2 Tbls. butter Pinch of salt 1 tsp. sugar 1 packet of yeast 3 cups

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Roasted Carrots:

This is a wonderful way to roast some carrots, even a friend who does not like cooked carrots could not get enough of these!  I made these with my Thanksgiving meal this year. 

Pealed carrots cut about 1 ½ to 2 inches in length (enough to have all stand up in a oven proof pan or dish) Glug or two of olive oil 1 Tbls. fresh thyme pulled off stem 2 bay leaves few pats a butter water to cover the bottom half of the carrots Salt and pepper to taste


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

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Thanksgiving - Sage and Thyme rubbed Turkey:

Smells of a turkey roasting pulls me back to a simpler time.  Playing outside, probably wishing for snow, fending off monsters or whatever would be typical fodder for entertainment.  After getting chilled, I remember returning home and having a wall of delicious smells smacked me in the face as my grandma, mom and dad cooked away over the feast we were going to all share later in the day.  There was homemade cocoa and buttered toast for breakfast and nibbles of holiday fair throughout the day but not enough to “spoil my appetite” as my grandma would say.  It

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