Honey Marinated Chicken Thighs

Honey Marinated Chicken Thighs

This is a recipe I came up with when I bought chicken thighs on sale but couldn’t decide on what to do with them.  I wanted a sweet marinade but also wanted a spicy curry taste, so I combined the two.  After a little tweaking of the flavors, I came up with this marinade.  While it tasted a little potent straight from the mixing bowl, the final flavor  was fantastic.  And the color of the final dish…a deep dark reddish brown; as if it had been painted on.  Enjoy! In a mixing bowl I whisked together 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce, … Continue reading

Mustard Crusted Pork Loin with fennel apple salad

Mustard Crusted Pork Loin with fennel apple salad

When most people think of fennel, two things likely come to mind; licorice and Italian sausage.  And while both of those would be correct, there is so much more to this plant.  The fragrance is licorice but the flavor varies widely depending on the part you use.  The strongest is the pollen from the plant and for many people is difficult to get and very expensive when you can; with a decent substitute for the pollen being the toasted ground seeds.  The seeds which are a staple of Italian sausage are simular in taste and appearance to anise seed although milder and take on a warm flavor when … Continue reading

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Hope everyones weekend was safe and found you in the company of friends and family.  Over the long weekends I tend to pretty much barbecue anything I can; and this one was no exception.  We grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, corn,onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and hotdogs.  Had salad, beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, pizza and a FEW beers. After all that grilling, I wasn’t sure what I wanted tonight for dinner and my request for imput returned the typical result.  “I don’t know?  What do you feel like?”  So, I decided to browse the grocery store for some inspiration after picking up my daughter.  We had … Continue reading

FYB Potato Salad

FYB Potato Salad

With all the grilling that’s been going on I’ve been remiss in mentioning the side dishes that complete the perfect backyard barbecue.  I posted my Mac N Cheese (see archives) recipe but hadn’t posted my potato salad.  I had always found potato salad kinda boring and bland; it just didn’t do much for me.  I have tried so many over the years at the urging of this person and that person promising it to be THE BEST potato salad ever from Great Aunt Fannie’s old family recipe.  “Feel that crunch in your mouth? That’s the secret ingredient…waterchestnuts.”  Bleh.  So awhile back I set … Continue reading