Roasting and Pureeing Cauliflower or March in the Sierras

Roasted Cauliflower puree with Pan-fried chicken
Roasted Cauliflower puree with Pan-fried chicken

***I originally wrote most of this post in Mid-March, but was unable to get Y!C!’s recipe and then I forgot about it until yesterday.  So, I am going to post it anyway.  Note that our activities occurred in early to Mid-March.***

We’ve been spending most of our spare time over at the Money Pit, trying to get it finished so that we can move in.  We are gradually taking our stuff over there so we can unpack while we are waiting for contractor mistakes to be fixed. Our patience is being challenged.  If you want to read about the details, you can go here: Keeping It Midcentury

So Yes!Chef! has not had a lot of time to cook and be creative.

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Bring-Your-Own-Chair Easter Event or “I don’t normally like cauliflower, but I like this Cauliflower”

Marinated Barbecue Lamb with Mint Chimichuri Sauce and Cauliflower Gratin
Marinated Barbecue Lamb with Mint Chimichuri Sauce and Cauliflower Gratin

We are still waiting to move in to the Mid Century Modern home (affectionately known as The Money Pit) that we are remodeling.  The only items left are putting together the Easy Closet System  (looks complicated) and getting our brand new Induction Range working.  We haven’t even had a chance to use it yet (except once when we boiled water.)  And now it doesn’t work, even though the repairman has been there three times and plans on coming out this week.  Sigh.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  (If you want to read about our remodeling “adventures” you can find it here.)

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Sunny with a Chance of Thai Meatballs

Thai Meatballs With Tomatillo Chutney
Thai Meatballs With Tomatillo Chutney

Since Christmas, I have not written a new post.  This mostly stemmed from Yes!Chef! spending quite a bit of time out of town for his day job and so he really didn’t do much cooking.  This was a tragedy for me, because I had to cook for myself and the blog. Continue reading “Sunny with a Chance of Thai Meatballs”

Who left the shrimp feet in the Brazilian Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Stew?

Close up of Brazilian Shrimp and Andouille Stew
Close up of Brazilian Shrimp and Andouille Stew

Now, here’s a recipe that can be made quickly and is great for a weeknight autumn evening.  Satisfying, spicy, shrimpy and delicious. But, don’t forget to remove the shells from the shrimp.

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How ’bout them apples…Pork with Apples

Pork with spiced rub and Apple dressing
Pork with spiced rub and Apple dressing

I was at the store the other day and I saw a “Family Pack” of Pork Sirloin chops on sale.  So, on a whim I picked up a package for Yes!Chef!  When Yes!Chef! saw the package in the refrigerator, I shouted “Surprise.  Happy Birthday!  It’s a food challenge!”  Yes, it was Y!C!’s birthday and he was quite surprised that he was going to be cooking for his own birthday.

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The Sad Tale of Fried Chicken Little (A Brief Story in Bad Taste)

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The other night Obie T. Dogg and I were coming home rather late from viewing a gorgeous sunset over Lake Tahoe.  We were both tired and hungry and Yes!Chef! was not available to cook for us.  So, I stopped at the local grocery store (hoping that the grocery store would prevent me from stopping at the Taco Bell) to see what I could make quickly.  I was immediately hit in the nose by the smell of chicken.  I looked at the roasted chickens and they looked like they had been there for a while as the meat was pulling away from the bone (indicating dryness).

But I was hungry, so I stopped for just a minute to look at the fried chicken.  As I said, I was hungry.  I almost never buy fried chicken.

I must have been dreaming of the fried chicken that Yes!Chef! made once.

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His fried chicken was extremely good…crispy, lightly battered skin and moist and juicy on the inside.

Like I said, I was hungry…which is the only excuse I have that would cause me to buy 5 pieces of fried chicken from the grocery store.    It smelled good under those heat lamps.  It looked good under those heat lamps and I just lost my head.  The clue was “heat lamps.”

When I got in the car, Obie acknowledged that I had made a good purchase because he was hungry, too, and it smelled delicious.

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(Luckily, I had the foresight to buy broccoli, too.)

We got home and opened the little bucket and pulled out two fairly plump looking chicken pieces.  I tried not to notice the difference in appearance.

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Here is a lesson in why you shouldn’t buy already-made-store-bought chicken that has been sitting under the heat lamps for who-knows-how-long.  If I had been smart, I would have gotten my chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken, but I cheaped-out.  Actually, if I had been smart, I would have gotten a sandwich for less money and, as it turns out, much better tasting.

When I cut away the thickly battered and doughy tasting skin, the poor little chicken was cooked to death.

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It makes me want to cry.  (Lucky for me Yes!Chef! rarely reads this blog, otherwise he would cry and tell me that I had wasted my money.)  There are so many things wrong with this, but the biggest thing is that the chicken is over-cooked.  You will also note how little chicken meat is underneath all that battered skin.

Yes!Chef! and I have a theory as to why so many of our friends love his food so much.  I think the general public eats too much of the above already cooked to death meals because they are quick and we shop out of hunger.  This pre-cooked grocery store food dulls and desensitizes  your taste buds.  This kind of food makes you think this is what food is supposed to taste like.  Then, when you taste properly cooked and seasoned food you think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

As I said, luckily I purchased broccoli because at least it was fresh. I cooked it and sprinkled some freshly grated Parmesan Cheese on it.  I was able to eat one of the pieces of chicken, but I gave the other piece to Obie chopped up in his kibble.  (He didn’t complain.)

If you want a recipe for fried chicken that’s better than Kentucky fried, try this.

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Or, better yet,  make this fabulous quick barbecued chicken because it’s fast and tasty.

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The lesson I learned? Let’s just say that Obie has been eating a little chicken with his meals for the last couple of days.

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Don’t do this to your family.  Don’t even do this to your dog.  Just say no and buy a sandwich instead.

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Be a dear and let’s just keep this little boon”dog”gle to ourselves and not mention it to Y!C!  Thanks.