Chicken stock, by julia child.

Ingredients

2 qt or so raw and/or cooked chicken bones and scraps
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup celery
1 medium imported bay leaf

8 parsley stems
5 peppercorns

How to prepare

Chop the bones and scraps into 1″ pieces and bring to the simmer in a saucepan (3 qt stainless steel suggested) with water to cover by 1″ and salt. As a simmer is reached, gray scum will rise to the surface for several minutes; skim it off occasionally until it most ceases to rise. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover the pan loosely and simmer 1 1/2 hrs., Adding a little water if the liquid evaporates to expose the ingredients. Strain through the sieve into a bowl, an degrease. To yield about 2 quarts

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Golden mushroom chicken thighs

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs
1 can golden mushroom soup

How to prepare

Pull the skin off the thighs. Rinse in cold water. Put in crockpot. Pour in one can of golden mushroom soup and 1 can water. Cook on high at least 4 hours or until chicken falls off bones. Remove bones. Yield: 3 servings

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Indonesian grilled chicken

Ingredients

3-lb roasting chicken
1 lg onion chopped
3 cloves garlic
3 fresh red chilies
2 tsp chopped fresh ginger
2 strips lemon rind or 1 stalk lemon grass
1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp ground coriander
1-1/2 tsp salt
4 curry leaves
2 lime or lemon leaves (optional)
3 cup coconut milk

How to prepare

Split the chicken down the breast and flatten to spread out. Put onion, garlic, chilies, ginger and lemon rind in blender with 2-3 tbsp coconut milk and make paste. Add turmeric, pepper, coriander and salt and a spoonful more milk and blend again. Spread some of the paste inside and outside chicken and marinate at least a half hour. Put remaining mix in large pan with lemon leaves and coconut milk and bring slowly to simmer, stirring. Place chicken in sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn chicken for 10 more minutes. Grill chicken until brown. Serve with sauce.

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Spaghetti mizithra

Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti
1/2 lb kasseri cheese, grated
1/4 lb roman cheese, grated
1 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped parsley

How to prepare

Cook spaghetti until tender but firm to the bite. Drain. Melt butter in large skillet until it turns brown. Meanwhile, combine cheeses. Place spaghetti on warm platter, sprinkle with mixed cheeses, then drizzle with browned butter. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta Cheese and Fresh Mint

Ingredients

2 lg boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 halves)
1 oz feta cheese, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mint leaves, stemmed and washed
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Wash and dry chicken and trim off any fat. Cut each breast in half. Lay one of the halves at the edge of a cutting board. Cut a horizontal pocket in the breast, taking care not to pierce the top, bottom or far side. Do this with all 4 pieces.
Place 23 slices of feta and 68 mint leaves in each pocket. Pin shut with lightly oiled tooth picks. Place them in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Finely chop the remaining mint and sprinkle it over the chicken with the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for 20 min., turning once or twice.
Preheat grill or broiler to high. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil until cooked, 23 min. per side. Remove toothpicks and serve at once.

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Panzanella with feta cheese

Ingredients

6 medium tomatoes (cut in mid sized chunks)
4 thick slices of sourdough toasted
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sweet onion, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
1 tbsp chopped parsley

2 cloves garlic
1 tsp fresh tarragon, minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp balsamic
to taste salt and pepper
feta cheese for garnish

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients except the bread and cheese in a large salad bowl. Let the mixture marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours, stirring gently from time if you can.
Toast the bread and cut into chunks just before serving. Stir the toast chunks into the salad and serve at room temperature with crumbled feta cheese on top.

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Drunken sauerkraut

Ingredients

3 lb kielbasa, cut into 3″ chunks
3 strips bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
2 lb sauerkraut, rinsed and drained 2 tbsp brown sugar
12 oz beer or apple cider
1 cup grated carrot

1/2 tsp caraway seed, optional

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients except kielbasa. Simmer, partially covered, on stove 1 hour or in crock pot all day. Add kielbasa last 1/2 hour on stove or last 1 hour in crock pot.

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Thai citrus vinaigrette

Ingredients

1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 sm thai chili finely sliced
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro stems -stems only, not the leaves
2 tsp thai soy sauce with mushroom or a Chinese brand (pearl river bridge)
2 tsp coconut palm sugar or golden brown sugar

How to prepare

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and liquefy, making sure the sugar
Is completely dissolved and blended into the dressing. From “true thai” by victor sodsook

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Herbed lemon chicken

Ingredients

10 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts ,cut into 1/4″ thick slices
1 egg white, beaten
3 tbsp plain dried bread crumbs
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp unsalted butter
2 tsp peanut oil
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp (1 fl. Oz.) Dry white wine
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp rinsed drained capers
1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf
Parsley
Lemon slices to garnish

How to prepare

In med bowl, combine chicken and egg white, tossing well to coat thoroughly; set aside.
In gallon-size sealable plastic bag, combine bread crumbs, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper; seal bag and shake to blend. Add 1 chicken slice; seal bag and shake to coat. Place coated chicken slice on lg plate; repeat, using remaining chicken slices. In lg skillet, heat butter and oil; when foam subsides, add coated chicken slices. Cook 1 minute on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer chicken to serving platter; keep warm. To same skillet, add broth, wine, lemon juice and capers; cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes, until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in parsley; pour mixture over chicken. Serve garnished with lemon slices.

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General tso’s chicken

Ingredients

1/2 cup cornstarch
3 lb chicken, dark de-boned in chunks
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
1-1/2 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp white pepper
1-1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1 egg
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup salad oil
1/4 cup cooking sherry
2 cup green onions, sliced
1-1/2 cup hot chicken broth
16 small hot dried peppers
3/4 cup refined sugar

How to prepare

To make sauce, mix cornstarch and water together. Add garlic , ginger, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and wine. Then add broth and msg and stir ’til sugar dissolves. Refrigerate ’til needed. In separate bowl mix chicken, soy sauce and pepper. Stir in egg. Add cornstarch until chicken is coated evenly. Add oil to help separate chicken pieces. Divide chicken in small quantities and deep-fry @ 350 until crispy and light brown. (do not overcook, watch temp, stir fry or meat will toughen). Drain on paper towels. Place a small amount of oil in wok and heat ’til just hot. Add onions and peppers and stir-fry briefly (peppers will give off acrid smoke. Be careful). Stir sauce, add to wok. Add chicken and cook just ’til sauce thickens. Add water or water/cornstarch if needed. This amount will fill two large platters and serves 6-8. Serve with white steamed rice.

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