Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Honey Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken! But, I know that I can't have it as much as I would like. This past weekend we tried to trim a few calories from the chicken by frying it without breading. This is one of those dishes that my hubby stops eating, looks at me, and tells me how much he loves me! I think that this may have become a quick favorite!

2 whole (bone-in) chicken breasts
2 tbsp honey
Vegetable oil
Chicken seasoning (recipe follows)

Heat your oil to 350 degrees. Pat your chicken dry. Do not season it at all. Put your chicken breasts in the fryer and cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oil. Sprinkle the chicken seasoning over the top of the chicken and put back into the oil to fry for another 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Once your chicken is cooked, it will have a nice crust on the outside. At this point, you will want to mix 2 tbsp of honey with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and 1 tbsp of your chicken seasoning. Spread over the outside of your chicken and serve.

Mrs. T's Chicken Seasoning
2 tbsp. smoked paprika
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Golubtsy, a Russian Comfort Food

One of my husband's favorite foods is cabbage, so I am always on the hunt for new ways to cook it.  My husband's favorite cabbage dish would have to be golubtsy, or cabbage rolls.  Golubtsy is a Russian dish that consists of meat wrapped in a cabbage leaf and then stewed.  I have come across many versions of this dish, each one tasting as delicious as the other.  Here is how I make it:

Head of cabbage
Ground beef
Tomato paste
Can of beer
Worcestershire sauce

For my recipe, I use 8 big leaves from a head of cabbage.  Boil the leaves until tender. 
*To make this easier, I boil the whole head and peel the 8 outer leaves.  This leaves me with the rest of the head which I continue to cook and save for another meal.

Chop and saute your onions until translucent.  
In a bowl, mix together 1 lb of ground beef, 1 cup of cooked rice, 1 tbsp of paprika, 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, and the cooked onion.

Spoon mixture into the center of each leaf and roll (into a burrito shape).
In a separate bowl, mix together a 1/4 cup of water, 1 can of tomato paste, and 1 can of beer.  This will be your sauce.

In the bottom of a Dutch oven, spread a spoonful of sauce to create a bed for the rolls.  Place your rolls seam side down.

Pour the remainder of your sauce over the rolls.  Cook over medium-high heat for about 45 minutes, the meat will have steamed inside of the rolls.  Serve with the sauce and a spoonful of sour cream.  This recipe serves 4-8 people (depending on how hungry your bunch family had one per person).

Here is a Dutch oven I would recommend for those of you who would prefer to not cook with a cast iron one.  This is a very reasonable price and it is great quality.  You can use your Dutch oven for many different types of dishes.  This is honestly one thing I could not live without in my kitchen, I cook everything in mine!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Crazy Life of a Pantry Cook: Homemade Dog Treats

Pictured: apple dog treats
Check out this post I did today on homemade dog treats!  So far I've made bacon, cranberry, and apple. My dog has loved all three flavors (and her cousin and best friend did as well!!!!)  The base recipe if gluten free and organic, just in case you were wondering!

The Crazy Life of a Pantry Cook: Homemade Dog Treats: I know, this isn't a snack you can actually eat, but we can't leave man's best friend out, can we?  It seems like it has become harder to find healthy snacks for dogs....

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recycling Lettuce

My new growth after one week.
Most of you may remember my post on recycling green onions, well this is the same concept, but with romaine lettuce.  As long as the rot stump is in tact you can place it in a shallow bowl of water and watch it regrow!  I've had my stump in water fir about a week now.  I love food that you can regrow and get a second life out of; it helps you stretch your food budget!  What types of produce do you like to "recycle"?

Yahoo post on regrowing vegetables.