ROAST CHICKEN with BLACK BEAN SALSA

ROAST CHICKEN with BLACK BEAN SALSA
CHICKEN
2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs or chicken-leg quarters
1/2 cup sea salt
3 tablespoons sugar
5 cups cold water
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon FRESH minced thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper

  • Combine 1/2 cup salt, sugar and water in large bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  • Place the chicken pieces in a large casserole and cover with brine mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3-4 hours.

 

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line a roasting pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place chicken pieces onto roasting pan in a single layer.
  • Whisk the melted butter, salt and pepper to combine.
  • Brush chicken with butter mixture.
  • Roast chicken for 25-30 minutes.
  • Brush again with butter mixture.
  • Increase oven temperature to 500°.
  • Roast another 10 minutes to crisp and brown chicken.
  • Serve with Black bean salsa.

SALSA
1 tablespoon FRESH minced parsley
1 can white niblet corn drained
1 can rotel tomatoes, mostly drained
1 can seasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
Juice of 1 LARGE lime

  • Toss together and chill.

WILTED GREENS with HOT BACON DRESSING

This recipe has changed for us A LOT over the years so I’m going to give you both my original recipe AND my revised version!

HOT WILTED GREENS (original)
1 head green leaf lettuce, washed and shredded
1 large bunch green onion, sliced thin, tops too
1/2 pound bacon, browned and crumbled (save 1/2 cup bacon grease)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
2 Worcestershire sauce

  • Toss together the shredded lettuce, green onion slices and crumbled bacon in a large salad bowl and set aside.
  • In a saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a boil.
  • Just before serving pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  • Serve immediately.

HOT WILTED GREENS (REVISED)

3 cups torn green leaf lettuce, washed
3 cups FRESH spinach, washed and trimmed
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1 large bunch green onions, sliced thin, tops too
2 stalks celery, washed, halved and sliced thin
4 slices bacon, browned and crumbled (save 3 tablespoons bacon grease)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 Worcestershire sauce
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 cup chopped Plum tomatoes, garnish
Hard boiled egg, garnish

  • Toss together the shredded lettuce, spinach, chopped red onions, celery, green onion slices and crumbled bacon in a large salad bowl and set aside.
  • In a saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a boil.
  • Just before serving pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  • Garnish with tomatoes and eggs.
  • Serve immediately.

WILTED GREENS with BACON DRESSING serves 4 (SECOND REVISED VERSION)
6 cups torn lettuce and/or spinach of choice
2 stalks celery, halved and sliced
1/3 cup minced red onion
3 slices bacon, diced
1 SMALL egg
1/3 cup water
SCANT 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Toss lettuce, red onion and celery pieces in a large salad bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until JUST crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon to drain on paper toweling. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the water and egg until well blended. Whisk into bacon drippings.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper. Add to the drippings also, whisking to blend. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour over salad.
  • Add bacon pieces and toss well.
  • Serve immediately.

SHREDDED EGG SALAD

This is one of the simplest of recipes, but oh so tasty!
SHREDDED EGG SALAD serves 4-6
6-7 hard boiled eggs
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons FRENCH’S mustard
+/- 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • Grate eggs into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in pickle relish and mustard.
  • Fold in mayonnaise a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

RASPBERRY or STRAWBERRY PRETZEL DESSERT

RASPBERRY or STRAWBERRY PRETZEL DESSERT
CRUST
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine the pretzels, butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Press into a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack.

FILLING
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla.
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar

  • Beat the heavy cream until you have soft peaks.
  • Add vanilla, cream cheese and sugar beating until smooth.
  • Spread over the pretzel crust.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour until chilled.

TOPPING
6 ounces strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
32 ounces frozen raspberries or sliced strawberries, thawed

  • Dissolve gelatin in the hot water in a large bowl.
  • Stir in fruit along with water syrup has accumulated during their thawing.
  • Chill until partially set.
  • Spoon over filling and gently spread even.
  • Refrigerate and chill 4-6 hours.
  • Cut into squares.

SWEET & SOUR CUCUMBERS & ONIONS – 2 versions – AMERICAN & JAPANESE

SWEET & SOUR CUCUMBERS
3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
1 small red onion, quartered and sliced
FRESH sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3-4 tablespoons avocado oil
1/2 cup COLD water

  • Whisk together water, vinegar, sugar and oil until well blended.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and pepper.
  • Toss cucumbers and onions in a bowl.
  • Pour vinegar mixture over and gently toss.
  • Chill.

NOTE:  If I have them I often add thinly sliced radishes also.

The Japanese version is similar, but just enough different for a nice flavor change.
JAPANESE CUCUMBER SALAD
3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
1 small onion, quartered and sliced
2 tablespoons sea salt
FRESH ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos

  • Sprinkle cucumber slices with sea salt and let stand 30 minutes.
  • Wash salt off cucumber slices, gently squeezing the water out of the cucumbers.
  • Place cucumbers and onion pieces in a bowl.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, sugar and liquid aminos.
  • Pour over cucumbers and toss gently.
  • Chill.

HONEYMOON SALAD

This recipe stems from my grandmother’s ancient file.  It was not a well written recipe so I’ve “interpreted” it into what I like 😀

HONEYMOON SALAD
2 LARGE (15 ½ ounce) cans crushed pineapple, drained WELL juice reserved**
¼ cup sugar
1 LARGE egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
pinch of salt
1 cup mini marshmallows, halved
½ cut chopped nuts
1 LARGE banana, diced

  • In a large saucepan whisk together the sugar, egg, flour and salt, until well blended.
  • Add  reserved juice (2 cups), cooking on medium low heat until thick.
  • Fold in fruit pieces, banana pieces, marshmallow and nuts.
  • Chill until cold.
  • Keep refrigerated.

NOTE:

  • I sometimes substitute a LARGE can of mandarin oranges for one of the cans of pineapple.  When I do, I cut the orange segments into 2-3 pieces each.
  • I’ve seen this made with a few Maraschino cherries during the holidays to add color.

PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH HOT POTATO SALAD aka GERMAN POTATO SALAD

I LOVE adapting old historical recipes to a modern day scratch cook. Many times I already have a version of the recipe in my own stash.  But, using the older recipe as a guide I can pick and choose ALL of the best  ingredients to make an even better recipe.

This hot potato salad is another from my antique recipe box purchase. It is a pre-printed recipe glued to a recipe card labeled “Good Old Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes” that I can only assume is Amish and originally from the Good Old Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book.

I had to “adjust” the recipe to include actual amounts and specified ingredients as the recipe card is vague.  I left the ingredients with approximate amounts to account for personal tastes.  My grams referred to it as a German potato salad, though I think this is more Amish in nature.  I highlighted my adaptations in blue so you can see the differences from the original recipe.

PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH HOT POTATO SALAD aka GERMAN POTATO SALAD

1 pound small baby red potatoes
1 cup chicken stock
2-3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced
4-6 slices bacon, diced
1/4-1/2 cup small chopped red onion
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • In a large stock pot add potatoes with skins on, chicken stock and enough water to cover potatoes.
  • Cook until fork tender, drain, and cube while hot.
  • Fry bacon and onion until a delicate brown.
  • Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
  • Drain, reserving bacon fat.
  • Add onion and bacon to the potato mixture.
  • Add bacon fat slowly to beaten egg, beating well.
  • Add vinegar to the egg mixture and pour over potato mixture, gently to coat well.
  • Fold in sliced eggs.
  • Adjust seasoning.  This recipe really LOVES salt.

NOTE:  If you would like you can skip cubing the potatoes and do a rough chop leaving “LARGE” pieces instead.

TERIYAKI SALMON with ASIAN WALNUT SLAW

I found the original recipe at Walnuts.org and it really inspired me to do some summer seafood recipes even if I did alter it to meet our tastes.

TERIYAKI SALMON with ASIAN WALNUT SLAW
Grilled salmon topped with a colorful tangy cabbage and carrot slaw, and garnished with fresh cilantro and toasty California walnuts.  One of the best parts is that the marinade is used for the salmon AND as the dressing for the slaw making the two parts of the dish blend seamlessly!

MARINADE
scant 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
scant 1/2 cup thick teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup champagne or apple cider vinegar vinegar
4 (4 to 6 ounce) salmon fillets
3 tablespoons finely chopped and toasted candied walnuts
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

  • In a shallow dish stir together chili sauce, teriyaki sauce and vinegar.  Set aside 1/3 cup for the slaw.
  • Place salmon in dish skin side up and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Over medium to high heat grill salmon for 3 to 5 minutes depending on thickness.
  • Flip and pour marinade over and around the salmon, cooking another 3-5 minutes until cooked to your liking and marinade is bubbling.
  • Transfer to a platter and top with cabbage mixture.
  • Sprinkle with walnuts and cilantro.

SLAW
1 cup shredded or thinly sliced purple cabbage
1 cup coarsely shredded green cabbage
1/2 cup carrot sticks
2 medium green onions, sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped and toasted candied walnuts
Fresh cilantro leaves, torn

  • Toss together cabbages, carrots, green onions and half the walnuts with reserved marinade and refrigerate.

CHICKEN & STRAWBERRY SALAD with STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE

CHICKEN & STRAWBERRY SALAD with STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/4 cup WONDRA flour
6 ounces creamy YOPLAIT strawberry yogurt
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 cups torn spinach and butter lettuce leaves
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cut carrot sticks
1 cup thinly sliced red onions
1/2 cup chopped candied walnuts

  • Whisk together the yogurt, honey, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Chill under ready to eat.
  • Toss together the spinach, lettuce, red onions, walnuts and carrots.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Generously season chicken pieces with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Lightly dredge chicken pieces in Wondra flour.
  • Heat avocado oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add chicken and sear 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove chicken to cutting board and either slice thin or shred with 2 forks. Allow chicken to cool 5-10 minutes.
  • Add chicken to lettuce bowl.
  • Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss well.
  • Add strawberries and GENTLY toss again.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

GREEN BEAN CAESAR SALAD


GREEN BEAN CAESAR SALAD
GREEN BEANS
1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut

  • Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil.
  • Add green beans and blanch 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain and spread out on a towel to cool.

DRESSING
Juice of LARGE lemon
1 tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon QUALITY dijon
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 anchovy fillets, finely minced into a paste
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Whisk together the Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, anchovies, salt and pepper.
  • SLOWLY whisk in oil until emulsified.  Set aside.

CROUTONS
1 baguette, cut or torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Toss bread pieces with oil.
  • Generously season and toss again.
  • Transfer to a HOT cast iron skillet.
  • Stir over medium high heat, stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper toweling.

ASSEMBLY

1/4-1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

  • Toss cooled green beans with dressing in a large salad bowl.
  • Add croutons and toss again.
  • Add Parmesan cheese and toss gently one last time.
  • Serve and Enjoy.

ORANGE PEANUT APPLE SALAD

When I first found this recipe in an old magazine, it intrigued me, but I let it sit for quite some time before I finally made it.  The original recipe called for red apples with the skin on and large chop.  It was also served on lettuce, neither of which set well with me so I adapted to something I could eat and O.M.G. my family fell in love with it.  I originally intended to serve it 2 nights in a row, but there wasn’t anything left after the first night!  Serve it at your next potluck or picnic and it will go over BIG!  I am going to experiment with another flavor of yogurt next time, maybe lemon or even raspberry.

ORANGE PEANUT APPLE SALAD

8 ounces creamy YOPLAIT orange yogurt
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
11 ounce can mandarin orange segments, drained WELL
2 celery stalks, chopped
4 green onions, halved and sliced thin
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
Juice of 1 lemon

  • Whisk together the yogurt, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Toss apple pieces in the lemon juice.
  • Discard the juice.
  • Add the celery, carrots and nuts and toss well.
  • Drizzle yogurt mixture over veggies and toss to coat.
  • Fold in peanuts and orange segments.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve over chopped romaine if desired.

MANDARIN CHICKEN BROCCOLI SALAD

MANDARIN BROCCOLI SALAD serves 4

1/2 – 2/3 cup mayonnaise
scant 1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
4 cups FRESH broccoli florets
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
1/2 red onion, halved and sliced
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into quarters
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup candied walnuts
1 can mandarin oranges, drained WELL

  • Whisk mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together well.
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • In a large bowl toss together the broccoli, onion pieces, raisins and walnuts.
  • Drizzle with mayo mixture and toss again.
  • Fold in orange segments.
  • Chill for several hours before serving. Overnight is better when time permits.