Chicken Stew

Sorry for the late post guys! Between moving and just general life craziness it’s been difficult to find the time. This chicken stew is great though. It takes a fraction of the time of traditional beef stew and it is a little bit lighter as well. The bacon and sage give it some of the traditional richness and flavor.

I love this simple celadon plate I picked up from Bunny McBride right before I left Iowa; the celadon really sets off whatever you place on it. It is a bit difficult to find his pieces because he doesn’t have a large online presence. You can check or contact AKAR if you were looking to buy or if you we looking to check out a few more of his pieces click here.

Chicken Stew

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Chop, toss in a pot and cook
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1 tsp garlic oil

1 chicken breast diced

2 slices of bacon, sliced

4 medium carrots sliced

2 medium-small potatoes or 1 large, diced small

1/4-1/2 tsp rosemary

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp sage

1/2c red wine

fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste

1 and 1/2c  water or chicken broth

1 tbsp cornstarch

rice to serve with (about 1c dry)

  1. Heat oil on med-high and brown the chicken. Add in bacon and carrots and cook until bacon is cooked.
  2. Add in seasonings and wine. Cook 3-4 min then add in 1c of water/broth. Stir the 1 tbsp of cornstarch into the 1/2c water/broth and add in until the broth thickens until your happy with the consistency.
  3. Add in the potatoes and cook until done (about 15 min, also start your rice now). Adjust seasoning and serve!

Gonna Eat All That Banana Bread (GF DF)

 

Will bringing this banana bread into work make you an office hero? Will it get you all the brownie points for being sensitive to your co-workers dietary needs? Will your other co-workers even notice this is gluten free unless you blab your silly little mouth about it? Will you impress yo co-workers with yo mad baking skillz? Will it impress yo momma that you actually used your oven as something other than storage?

The answer to pretty much of that is YES!!!

There are a ton of great GF banana breads out there but I started substituting because  GF flour is PRICY. I really can’t get enough of this stuff.

The plate in the picture is a hodge-podge. If I’m remembering correctly Amy Santoferraro fished it out of a dumpster after another grad student had tossed it. She then used as a plate for an alternative slip and printing demo during one of my classes. It actually got fired and ended up at a benefit auction for the Alfred Clay Collective where I swooped it up for a steal. Honestly its really not the best plate, it’s a BRICK but I love it for the story. If your looking for some of Amy’s current work click here.

Gonna Eat All That Banana Bread

  • Servings: small crowd, like 8ish
  • Difficulty: mush, mix and bake
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Ingredients:

2 medium bananas (about 1 c)

½ c of GF steel cut or rolled oats

1/3 c oil

¼ c dark corn syrup

¼ c sugar

¼ c almond or other milk

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp amaretto (optional but highly suggested)

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 c and a heaping ¼ c of GF Flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour)

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large loaf pan or other medium sized dish.

Mush bananas and oats together with a fork, add in the rest of the wet ingredients and stir. Let this sit for a few minutes if you have time, if you don’t no big deal. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and pour into your baking dish.

Bake for 35-45min until a knife comes out cleanly, cool and eat!

NOTES: If banana chunks or whole oats in your bread give you the willies; just mix up all the wet ingredients in a blender until obliterated. Then stir in the dry ingredients and bake as normal.
You can definitely substitute ½ c of brown sugar for the syrup/sugar combo or maple syrup for the corn syrup.
Since this is such a moist banana bread definitely make sure you are checking to make sure the middle ends up fully cooked. Sometimes I have to turn the oven down to 300 and cook for 5-10 min if the top ends up browned before the center is fully cooked.

Paella on a Budget

Authentic Paella is so delicious but not all of us have the time or money to cook it over a wood/charcoal fire in a giant paella pan with a bunch of saffron threads. (If you’re looking to take the plunge and go all out try Alton Brown’s recipe here) This is my I’m-kinda-broke-and-don’t-really-need-to-cook-for-10 version.

The smoked Spanish paprika is essential, it’s definitely something to buy if you don’t have it on hand. If you’re not a fan of regular paprika (like me, I think its tastes like nothing) Smoked paprika is whole different ball game, its sweet, smoky and a whole lotta goodness. It’s also excellent in deviled eggs and egg salads.

The plate is by Andrea Keim and you can see more of her work here.

Paella on a Budget

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: One pan, one cutting board, one measuring cup
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1c of diced or crushed tomatoes (about half a can)

1c of rice

1/2 tsp rosemary

2 tsp-1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tsp of garlic oil

1 tsp of oil

1 tsp of salt

1.5-2c of chicken or other broth

3 chicken thighs or 1.5c Shrimp

2c of vegetables (green beans, bell peppers, carrots, etc.)

  1. mix the spices, salt and rice in a bowl
  2. heat a large skillet over medium heat with the oils. If you’re using chicken thighs brown them on both sides then remove them from the pan. Stir fry the rice and spice mixture until browned and fragrant. Stir in the root vegetables if using and heat for a min.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and 1c of the broth, place the chicken (if using) on top. Cover with a lid or foil. Cook for 10-15 min until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the remaining 1c of liquid, quick cooking vegetables and shrimp (if using). Cook for 15-20 min until rice is done. Serve and enjoy!

Not so Nacho, Roasted Roots and Cilantro Beef

This was such a delicious kitchen experiment. I ended up buying way too many carrots from the local co-op and was putting them in EVERYTHING and this was one of the best discoveries in the week of all-things-carrot.

I recently picked up this lovely Michael Connelly plate at NCECA at the Art-Stream trailer. Totally worth the splurge! The imagery on the plate (there is a yellow house hidden under all that food) is subtle enough to add interest but not detract from the food, and its a sturdy sucker so I’ll be sure to be using it for years to come.

Not so Nachos

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: dice, mix and bake
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4-5 carrots

3 medium potatoes

1 ½ tsp cumin

1 ½ tsp Mexican hot chili powder (or chili power plus cayenne pepper)

1 tbsp garlic oil

Vegetable oil for greasing pan

½ lb ground beef

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 lemon juiced

Salt and pepper

3  corn tortillas per person

Your favorite salsa and whatever else you wanna serve this with like rice, lettuce or whatnot

  1. Turn your oven to 350 degrees and oil/grease a pan/cookie sheet. Dice up the potato and carrots and toss with the garlic oil, cumin, chili powder and ½ tsp of salt. Roast for 30-45 min flipping/stirring halfway through until deeply browned.
  2. During the last 15 min of the vegetables roasting, cook the beef with salt and pepper in a small skillet. Toss the tortillas on top of the roasting vegetables or on another rack to crisp up (check on them every few min or they might burn!). Once cooked through add in the chopped cilantro and lemon juice and remove from the heat.
  3. Use the crisped corn tortillas as giant tortilla chips and serve with whatever else you want besides salsa.

NOTES: If you want to do your tortillas at the end crank up the oven to 425 degrees and cook on a wire rack (or the oven grates if your lazy) for 1-5 min until desired crispiness is achieved.

Smashing Strawberry Salsa

This salsa is like a taste of summer in the middle of the winter.

Normal salsa is made of a bunch of things I really shouldn’t have (tomatoes, onions and garlic). This has none of those and its DELICIOUS. I use it on all of my Mexican wannabe foods.

Plate by Jacob Hostetler. Follow him on Instagram @jadahost

Smashing Strawberry Salsa

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Dice, stir and eat
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1 1/2c frozen straberries

1/3 can pineapple chunks

1/4c pineapple juice

2 lemons, juiced

2tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1/2  green pepper

1/2 c frozen corn

salt and corn syrup to taste

1 jalapeno seeded for mild or with seeds for medium-hot

  1. Defrost strawberries until they are soft enough to dice up but not yet mush. Dice up the rest of the ingredients and add in juices. Stir. Adjust with corn syrup and salt if needed.
  2. Serve now or refrigerate overnight and enjoy later! (This does keep for a few days.)

Effortless Asian Soup

Ok a smidge of misdirection in the title. I love this recipe because you can adapt it to how much energy you actually want to put into it. It can be as simple as pouring out some boxed broth, flavoring it and adding you fixings (noodles, greens, protein and siracha) or you can go all out and make your own broth like I did here. It’s also one of those recipes where you can specifically shop for ingredients that impress or you can just throw in whatever you have in the fridge/cupboard.

The flavors in the broth can be mixed and matched a hundred thousand different ways by combining any number of ingredients commonly used in Asian cooking. Things like ginger, garlic, soy sauce/tamari, fennel, coriander, curry power, five spice powder, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, fresh cilantro, lemongrass, coconut milk, lemons, limes and chilis/spicy peppers all make great additions. So feel free to experiment and find some flavors you enjoy or take inspiration from a traditional recipe!

Bowl by Wendy Thoreson more of her work can be found here.

Effortless Asian Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Throw stuff in a pot and walk away
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Ingredients:

  • Enough chicken bones and water to fill a large pot
  • 1tbsp Tamari
  • 1.5 in of ginger, sliced
  • ¼ tsp Fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp Coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 3 dried shitake mushrooms
  • Siracha to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Rice or Glass noodles
  • Quartered baby Bok Choy
  1. Place your chicken bones and water in a large pot or crockpot along with all seasonings except garlic and salt. Simmer all ingredients for 2-4 hours adding water if necessary (AKA continue binge watching a show on Netflix and forget you have things on the stove). Strain and reserve ginger slices, mushrooms and any chicken that was on the bones.
  2. Prepare noodles according to package directions (boil or soak).
  3. Grate the ginger and garlic into the broth and dice up the mushrooms and chicken. Bring it all to a boil for 3-5 min. Season to taste with salt/tamari (the broth should be a little salty). Drop in the bok choy, cook for 30 seconds to a min (until bright green). Divide the vegetable matter, noodles and broth into 4 (or more) portions add siracha to taste and enjoy!

NOTE: if you are making this to divide up for lunches soak the rice noodles and don’t cook the bok choy. Put the bok choy and the noodles in the to-go container and pour the hot soup over them, the vegetables will cook as the soup cools in the fridge and the noodles won’t get as mushy!

Crazy Simple Fried Egg and Rice Bowl

This recipe is one of my staples. Its super easy to adapt to whatever you have in the fridge (just replace the greens with whatever vegetables you’ve got laying around). And if your hungry RIGHT NOW this can be made in as little as 5 min (well, if the rice has already been cooked).

Bowl by Andrea Keim, more of her work can be found here

Crazy Simple Fried Egg and Rice Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: crazy easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg
  • Rice
  • 1 handful of greens like baby romaine or spinach
  • Tamari
  • Siracha
  • 1 tsp Canola or other cooking oil
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Grab your cooked rice out of the fridge and microwave it with a little water (if it is dry) or start cooking some rice. Once the rice is hot/done drizzle with a little tamari.
  2. Heat a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat with about a tsp of oil until its shimmering and almost smoking. Crack the egg into the oil and sprinkle with salt (this would be the time to use one of those splatter screens if you got one). Cook the egg until it is bubbling and browned on the edges then flip and cook for a few seconds until the whites are set. Place the egg over the rice.
  3. Toss the greens in the skillet and squeeze siracha on to taste (1/4tsp-1tsp). Continuously toss the greens and siracha until they are wilted. Place greens over rice and serve!

Living with Food Intolerances

So you just got diagnosed with a food intolerance or you’ve been living with one.

It sucks.

I’m not going to lie, it’s a life changing thing and your gonna screw it up sometimes and you (or the people around you) are going to suffer a bit.

But it does get easier.

Just like that age old wisdom, time does heal. Well not actually but you at least get use to it. Cause eating whatever it is that is causing you problems has really not been working out so well. I know I’ve been there (Oh cream cheese! How I long for your deliciousness).

So a  few tips:

ONE: Get a good gastroenterologist.
Have them test you for whatever they think might be happening. Once you know what is actually going wrong you can start to do something about it. Changing your diet drastically before you know what is actually going on might hinder you more than helping. If your regular doctor wont refer you to a gastroenterologist, go find another one. I had to go through 3 doctors before someone finally believed me that there was an issue. I was tested and diagnosed with celiac disease and fructose malabsorption.

TWO: Get a good nutritionist.
That way you understand exactly what you can and can’t have. They can also help you make sure your eating enough of the right things so that you feel good and stay healthy. If you’re not a good cook or don’t know where to go they can create a meal plan or provided recipes.

THREE: Get your friends and family on board.
It can be devastating to show up to a potluck or family dinner. Look at the huge spread of food and realize you cant have any of it. Now I’m not saying that you should terrorize everyone into making food you can eat but hopefully someone is going to care enough that they made something you CAN eat (besides whatever it is you brought of course). The other portion of this is that people might not know what you can and can’t eat. Educate them, but don’t be a jerk. No one wants to have their ear talked off or berated. Find those couple family members or friends that are really paying attention and focus your attention on them. They are the ones that are going to remember what grains actually contain gluten and might even do some research of their own so they don’t mess it up.

FOUR: Find a couple of places that you can eat out at.
This is going to be easier for those of you who only have one intolerance because most places are able to easily accomplish that. The more intolerances you have though the harder it is to find a place that will cater to it. If your not sure call ahead and ask. And at the end of the meal if they did accommodate you leave them a BIG tip. They went out of their way to make sure that you could have a delicious meal and it will help them remember you in the future!

FIVE: Plan ahead.
Ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure that you have food you can eat that is not going to cause you problems. If your not sure if there is going to be something you can eat at an event go ask whoever is hosting it or bring something. Stash some snacks in your desk or cupboards so your not eating from all the things you can’t have in vend-o-lia. Take the time to look at online menus that way you know what you can eat at fast food places and restaurants when your traveling. Maybe make a big dish of something every week that way you have something to eat when you don’t want to cook or freeze meals for later (cause you know your lazy, I know I am!).