Sunday, April 26, 2015

There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Rice and Beans Recipes

Rice and beans is one of the world’s great comfort foods, and no matter where you travel, there will be some amazing local variation to enjoy. Except, Iceland. I heard it’s hard to get a great plate of rice and beans in Iceland, but pretty much anywhere else, not a problem.

To help me prove this, here is a great collection put together by my friend, Carl Hanson, from Follow this link for “How The World Does Beans and Rice…in 24 Recipes,” and you could theoretically make a new version every day for two-weeks. Enjoy!

What's my favorite rice and beans dish? 

It changes with my mood, but this Brazilian Feijoada is hard to beat. Enjoy the video, and click here if you'd like to read the full blog post.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Whole-Grain Blueberry Scones – Because a “Muffsconut” Isn’t a Thing

I was brainstorming some ideas for using up a cup of nearly perfect blueberries, and was waffling between muffins, donuts, and biscuits. I finally decided on a biscuit-like triangle, spiced subtly with essence of old-fashioned donut.

I’m calling it a scone because I cut it into a triangle. There’s just something un-American about a triangular biscuit, so you Brits will just have to keep a stiff upper lip about this not being an actual scone.

I used my new favorite, sprouted spelt flour, but I’m guessing this will work with whatever you roll with. You’ll also want to keep an eye on them in the oven, as the baking times will vary depending on the exact shape and thickness. They’re done when they’re well browned, and you see blueberry juices bubbling out through the top and sides.

These have that someone loves me look, especially if you do the recommended sugar-crust top, which is why I’m thinking these would be nice for Mother’s Day, or any other brunch/breakfast-in-bed type situations. I hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 8 Whole-Grain Blueberry Scones:
2 cups spelt flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp fine salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tbsp white sugar, optional
4 ounces ice cold butter (1/2 cup aka 1 stick) 
1 cup blueberries
3/4 cup cold buttermilk
- 425F.for about 20-25 minutes, or until well-browned and blueberry juices start bubbling out through the top and sides.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes – Both Homers Would Love This

I don’t have the energy or courage to cater for a living, but if I did, this Greek lemon chicken and potatoes would be one of my go-to entrees, and not just for big, fat weddings. It’s a proven crowd-pleaser, simple to make, and easy on the wallet.

I had a whole chicken to use, but I really like to do this with all leg/thigh sections, which can roast longer, and that means even more caramelized goodness. If you do use a whole chicken, you can remove the breast sections from the roasting pan before the thighs, and cook the dark meat longer, but I couldn’t be bothered, and the results were delicious.

The extra potato crusting is an optional step, as is turning the drippings into a quick sauce, but both only take a few minutes, and really elevate the dish. Like I said at the end of the clip, this is something I could easily make once a week, and the leftovers are extremely picnic friendly. I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 Portions Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes:
1 whole chicken, about 4 pound, cut in sections,
OR 4 pounds chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
3 russet potatoes, cut in quarters
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 rounded tablespoon dried oregano
pinch of cayenne
6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup chicken broth for the pan, plus a splash to deglaze after roasting
fresh chopped oregano to garnish
Roast at 425 for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is well browned and cooked through.