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Recipes for Picky Eaters | Bon Appetit

We all have picky eaters in our households. For us, Sean won’t eat tomatoes, Michelle is not a big fish eater, and I don’t eat pasta and cheese ( I know, gasp!). Very often this means re-working recipes to make it fit everyone’s needs. Of course, there are some great recipes for the picky eaters in your life that mask some ingredients they may protest about but love once they eat them. I have done it myself, using some cheese in things I usually would not eat and they were quite tasty. In any case, Bon Appetit has put together 32 recipes for the picky eaters in your life to help them learn to love some great dishes. Check it out!

By the way, our kitchen is complete, and I can start cooking again. I’ll be doing a post on Wednesday about the new kitchen, and I already have some recipes that I can’t wait to post. See you then!

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17 Tips for Faster, Healthier, and Easier Weeknight Dinners | Bon Appetit

Coming up with ways to make easy, fast and healthy dinners can seem impossible sometimes. There are many days when the last thing you want to think about is what is for dinner and wish something could magically appear that you can cook quickly. Instead of turning to pizza delivery or fast food, start using some of these 17 ideas and tips Bon Appetit offers to keep healthy and easy dinner options right in your kitchen so you can throw something great together in just minutes and look like you have been thinking about it all day. Check it out!

Tomorrow should be the day our new appliances come, and hopefully, that will complete our kitchen. It’s been tough trying to cook meals just using an electric pressure cooker, a sandwich press and two small electric burners we borrowed, so it will be great to have a stove again that I can with each day. Fingers crossed it works out tomorrow, and I can get back to recipes!

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Kitchen Pantry Cooking Essentials – Key Ingredients and Recipes – Food.com

The key to good cooking and easy cooking is having some basics in your pantry all of the time. When you have the right ingredients around you can put together a meal in no time at all. Food.com has a list for you of the 50 most common cooking essentials you want in your pantry so you can do anything at any time. Check it out!

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Say it With Steak – Pan Grilled Sirloin Steak with Ancho Chile-Coffee Rub

Finding different things to do with steak when you don’t have the option of grilling outside can be difficult sometimes. There is nothing quite like getting a steak nicely grilled, grill marks and all, and having the smell of the steak on your barbecue permeating the backyard. For those of us that do not have the grilling option, finding a good way to get flavor, grill marks and more out of a steak you make indoors is what you have to make the best of. For me, it usually means making use of a grill pan, finding a really good rub to put on the steak and doing some careful cooking to make sure the steak gets done correctly. There is nothing worse than overcooking a good piece of steak, considering how much they cost today. You can save a little bit if you can get yourself a nice sirloin steak, which I managed to do recently at our local farmers’ market. I got steak from Bishop Farms, a farm that promises no hormones, GMOs or antibiotics in the meat they sell. It was then a matter of finding a good way to cook it, so I decided to make use of part of this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated for a grilled steak with ancho chile-coffee rubs and adapt for indoor use.

Pan Grilled Sirloin Steak with Ancho-Chile Coffee Rub

For the Steak:

2 teaspoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 ( 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pound) boneless sirloin steaks, about 1-inch thick

For the Spice Rub:

1 dried ancho chile. stemmed, seeded and flesh torn into 1/2-inch pieces
4 teaspoons cumin seeds
4 teaspoons coriander seeds
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground coffee
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Vegetable oil spray
For the steak, combine the tomato paste, fish sauce, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels. With a sharp knife, cut 1/16-inch-deep slits on both sides of steaks, spaced about a ½ inch apart, in a crosshatch pattern. Rub the salt mixture evenly on both sides of the steaks. Place the steaks on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet; let the steaks stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
For the spice rub, toast the ancho chile, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, and peppercorns in a medium skillet set over medium-low heat, stirring the spices frequently, until they are just beginning to smoke, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the spices to a plate to cool for about 5 minutes. Grind the spices in  a spice grinder or in a mortar with pestle until they are coarsely ground. Transfer  the spices to  a bowl and stir in the sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder.
Sprinkle about half of the spice rub evenly over 1 side of  the steaks and press down to adhere until the spice rub is fully moistened. Lightly spray  the rubbed side of the steak with vegetable oil spray for about 3 seconds. Flip the steaks and repeat the process of sprinkling with the spice rub and coating with vegetable oil spray on the second side.
Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Drop a few drops of water on the pan and if it sizzles loudly when it hits the pan, the pan should be hot enough for your steaks. Place the steaks in the hot pan and sear the steaks on one side for 5 minutes without moving the steaks. Flip the steaks and cook them on the other side for another five minutes without moving them for a doneness of medium-rare. If you prefer the steaks medium, add one to two minutes to your cooking time to desired doneness. Remove the steaks and allow them to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing them thinly against the grain and serving.
If you didn’t want to go through the effort of toasting the spices and then grinding them you could certainly use spices that are already ground, but the toasting does add a different flavor to the spice mixture and it works well. You get a much deeper flavor this way. I really liked having two different rubs on there as the combination of the tomato paste, fish sauce, salt, onion and garlic really adds something special to the steaks and then it gets topped off by the coffee and chile spice rub for a really good finish. Spraying the steaks with vegetable spray serves a couple of purposes as it will help you to keep the steaks from sticking to the pan but it also helps to bloom the spices a bit more so you don’t get a raw spice flavor. I think the rub will work well on any cut of steak you want to make, something expensive or inexpensive, and still give you great taste. I only made one large steak for the three of us for this meal but if you make the two steaks indoors you will need to cook them in batches so you can make sure you get a nice sear and don’t overcrowd the pan so the steaks steam. Of course, if you have a gas or charcoal grill you could always cook them outdoors and get great results as well. Any steak goes well with roasted potatoes and roasted vegetables, and I made some roasted broccoli and beets to go with the meal.
That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!
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Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Cooking, Dinner, Grilling, Herbs, Spices

 

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It’s Never Too Hot for Turkey – Herb-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast

Okay, the last thing you probably think about as you go into June, July and the rest of the summer is turkey. Just the idea of making a turkey is very often enough to make someone start sweating and wondering when the Christmas tree is going up. However, in my home, turkey is always a family favorite. It is one of Michelle’s favorite meals and since she has been traveling quite a bit lately I like to make her a favorite when she does come home. However, finding a whole turkey this time of year is next to impossible and having the desire to heat up the whole house for hours on end is not at the top of my list. That being said, I had ventured out to Fresh Market not that long ago and found a boneless turkey breast half that was just about 2 1/2 pounds, making it ideal for us. I picked it up and then discovered this recipe at Taste of Home for a very simple herb-roasted turkey breast that was perfect for what I wanted to do.

Herb-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast

6 tablespoons butter, cubed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon chopped green onion

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 boneless skinless turkey breast half (2 pounds)

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cubed butter, lemon juice, soy sauce, green onion, thyme, marjoram, rubbed sage, salt (if using) and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil then remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool, about 10 minutes.

Place the boneless turkey breast on a rack in a greased shallow roasting pan. Spoon some of the butter mixture over the top of the turkey breast. Cover the turkey breast with aluminum foil and bake it at 325 degrees, basting along the way every 15 to 20 minutes with the remaining butter mixture,  for 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours or until the juices run clear  and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 170 degrees.

Let the turkey breast stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

I did have a couple of slight variations that I added to the original recipe. First, the turkey breast I used did have skin on it and I left it on. I could have removed it easily enough, but who doesn’t like turkey skin? In order to crisp the skin up a little, I removed the foil cover about 15 minutes before the turkey was done and turned the heat up to 375 degrees. The skin crisped and the turkey breast did not dry out. I also roasted some broccoli crowns, a quartered onion and corn on the cob pieces in the pan along with the turkey. They picked up some the good flavor from the herb mixture on the turkey and went well with the meal. The turkey was cooked nicely, sliced perfectly and we were able to have a nice turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables even though it was 90 degrees outside. If you have a grill you could certainly do a piece this small on the grill as well in a shorter amount of time and not heat up the house at all.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Cooking, Dinner, Herbs, Poultry, Turkey, Uncategorized

 

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31 Flavorful Rubs, Brines, and Marinades Slideshow – Bon Appétit

Everyone gets tired of having the same old thing when it comes to chicken, pork chops, steak or fish. A great way to change things up without going crazy is to use a brine, rub or marinade. They can add great flavor to anything you are cooking and make even your most regular meal seem extraordinary. Bon Appetit has put together 31 recipes for different rubs, brines and marinades that you can try. Check it out!

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22 Supermarket Items You Should Leave on the Shelf (and What to Get Instead) | Serious Eats

Even under the best of circumstances, most of us are going to have days or nights where you want your dinner to be as easy as possible. Beyond getting your meals from a restaurant or take out place, this means buying items that make cooking fast and easy for you and your family. Unfortunately, many of these items really aren’t any easier than doing it yourself, cost more, and do not taste as good as what you can do on your own. Instead of giving up quality, there are many things you can do very easily for yourself that can make any meal you make taste even better, even the simplest ones. Serious Eats has put together 22 items that you should try to avoid buying and instead make use of better tasting alternatives, often things you can do all on your own, to save you money and give you better flavor. Check it out!

Source: 22 Supermarket Items You Should Leave on the Shelf (and What to Get Instead) | Serious Eats

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Cooking, Cooking Tips, Cooking Websites, Dinner, Herbs, Pantry, Spices

 

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