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!

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!

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!