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Chicken Fennel Soup v. 2.0

The last Friday of October, cold, gray and rainy with a wind like a knife, it was my day off.  So what’s a boy to do?  Soup!  I wanted to have something to warm the insides for a late lunch/early dinner which was timed for the lady who had to work all day.  I knew she would be hungry.  So I pulled out one of my classics with some tweaks, as I am known to do.

My chicken Fennels soup is based off of a soup I first had at a favorite little lunch spot in downtown Minneapolis called

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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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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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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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Thai Chicken Fried Rice

This is a pretty basic Thai fried rice recipe, there are a lot of other options you could do with this recipe but this is a good starting point!  Use as a main course or a great starter.

2 cups of leftover rice – Jasmine rice is recommended (slightly dry is best) 1 lb of chicken breast or tenders cut into chunks (may use leftover meat too) 1 Tbls. soy sauce (low sodium) 1 tsp. fish sauce (optional) ½ onion sliced or 1 shallot sliced 2 cloves garlic minced 1-2 carrots diced or in match sticks 2-3 scallions sliced

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Chicken Fingers/Tenders

Another in my series of football foods/snakes are chicken fingers, yes I am way behind on this series, but the playoffs are upon us, so bugger off!  There is still time for a few more.

Not only are they easy to make but they are easy to customize.  Use different spice blend in the bread crumbs and have several kinds of dipping sauces to keep them coming back for more.  I am thinking of BBQ sauce, buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing, sweet and sour, marinara, seasoned sour cream, amongst others.  Let your creativity go wild!

football, chicken fingers, bbq

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Buffalo Hot Wings – Baked

With football just finishing up its 5 week of the 2012 season I thought I better get some fabulous football food fun posted for all your game day munchies.  I am starting with a game day tradition of Buffalo Hot wings that are easy to make at home in the oven.   I bit into the first one and was brought to my knees in wing heaven!

Easley doubled or quadrupled, have enough for a small or a large gathering!  Work in batches for wings all game long.

I will give this a 3 ½ to for on the heat

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