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Wednesday
May042011

Colombian chicken soup

This is Week #18 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

When I saw corn on the cob in a soup, I got excited. I love using foods that typically do not go together, but that actually do go together. Like corn on the cob and soup!

My husband and I both loved this recipe. There are so many unique flavors in it and they taste amazing together.

In a small saucepan, cover 2/3 cup short-grain brown rice with 1 1/3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Season with salt and fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine:

1 whole skinless chicken breast, on the bone (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

2 garlic cloves, smashed

2 shucked ears of corn, cut into 6 rounds

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

8 cups chicken broth

Salt and pepper

Bring to a boil and simmer over moderately high heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let cool slightly. Pull the meat off the bones and shred.

Strain the broth and return it to the saucepan. Return the corn to the broth and discard the remaining solids. Bring the broth to a boil and add:

1/2 pound white potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

Simmer over moderately high heat until nearly tender, about 8 minutes.

Add:

1/2 pound thick asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths

Simmer until the potatoes and asparagus are tender, about 5 minutes longer.

Return the shredded chicken to the pot and season the soup with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with:

1 Hass avocado, diced

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fat-free yogurt

1 tablespoon drained small capers (I used 2-3 tablespoons because these are hugely important to the flavor)

I have realized lately that I overuse the word "delicious," so instead I will declare: SCRUMPTIOUS!

Colombian Chicken Soup

Such a well-rounded, tummy-pleasing soup! (source: Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010)

Serves: 6

Total time: 1 hr

Colombian Chicken Soup


Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1 whole skinless chicken breast, on the bone (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 shucked ears of corn, each cut into 6 rounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound thick asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon drained small capers
Instructions:
  1. In a small saucepan, cover the rice with the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes, then season with salt and fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the chicken, scallions, garlic, corn, cumin and ½ cup of the cilantro with the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer the broth over moderately high heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let cool slightly. Pull the meat off the bones and shred. Strain the broth and return it to the saucepan. Return the corn to the broth and discard the remaining solids. Bring the broth to a boil. Add the potatoes and simmer over moderately high heat until nearly tender, about 8 minutes. Add the asparagus and simmer until the potatoes and asparagus are tender, about 5 minutes longer. Return the shredded chicken to the pot and season the soup with salt and pepper.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls; garnish with the avocado, yogurt, capers, rice and remaining chopped cilantro and serve.

 

 

Saturday
Apr092011

Beef mushroom avocado tacos

Excluding last year (due to my being on bedrest), my husband and I have thrown a Cinco de Mayo party at our house every spring. We plan to resume our tradition this year. Want to come over for a CdM fiesta?

Cinco de Mayo happens during the most perfect time of the year, in my opinion. Spring has officially sprung by then (most years) here in Minnesota, and everyone is in the mood for margaritas, Mexican food and mingling. Is there anything better than those three things put together? Add to it JUST SURVIVED TERRIBLE, HIDEOUS WINTER and it's a glorious scenario!

To get into the Mexican-springtime-celebrating spirit, I donned my sombrero and put together this delicious taco recipe that I adapted from a friend's recipe. It's a unique version of the standard taco and my husband and I found it to be delightful. Sadly, we did not simultaneously consume margaritas. What were we thinking?

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Add:

1 pound ground beef (we used venison)

1/2 of an onion, chopped (reserve the other 1/2 for later)

3 jalapeno peppers, minced (deseed and/or use fewer peppers for a less spicy result)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook over medium heat until the meat is browned and the onion is softened, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl, reserving the skillet.

In a separate bowl, combine:

Remaining 1/2 onion, chopped

2 avocados, cubed

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper, to taste

Taste. Mmmmm.

In the reserved skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

Add:

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.

Stir into the beef mixture and cover to keep warm.

Wipe out the skillet. Over medium heat, toast 8 tortillas, one at a time, for 1 minute on each side.

Stuff the tortillas with equal amounts of the beef-avocado-mushroom mixture. Serve immediately to hungry person(s)!

Or just come on over to our house on May 5th!

Click here for a printable recipe!

Wednesday
Apr062011

Creamy green chile and avocado sauce

This is Week #14 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010.

I need to make more sauces, I've decided. I've fallen madly in love with pesto over the past year, and I've prepared a few delicious sauces to accompany pork. I want to explore more, though. Sauces, like salsas, are incredibly versatile. I love being creative and combining two foods that don't sound like they would taste good together, but actually do.

My husband and I made this green chile-avocado sauce and served it with chicken a few nights ago. It was a great match! Very fresh, flavorful and pretty. When I make it again I'll add more spice, but that's my own issue. In my opinion, everything should have more spice.

Thread onto four skewers:

1 firm Hass avocado, quartered, pitted and skin left on for grilling; peel before processing

1 small onion, quartered

2 tomatillos, husked, cored and halved

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered (next time I'll use 2-3)

1 poblano chile, stemmed, seeded and quartered

Brush with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Remove ingredients from skewers and transfer to a food processor. Don't forget to remove the peels from the avocados!

Add:

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Process until smooth and season with salt.

Serve with grilled chicken. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days. Delish! Grilling season is finally here!

Click here for a printable recipe!

Wednesday
Feb232011

Crab and avocado toasts

This is Week #8 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010.

I frequently find myself eating imitation crab meat straight from the package as I stand in front of the refrigerator, door wide open. Another thing I frequently find myself doing is eating the flesh of an avocado with a spoon, straight out of the peel as if it is my little bowl. So, yes, I'm a bit barbaric when it comes to eating. I'm not ashamed. When I snack, I don't want to waste time with bowls or plates!

While I prepared this super simple appetizer, it was hard for me to keep from snacking on its main ingredients. But I held back! Once it was done, though, some serious devouring occurred.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil.

Place 8 slices of thin white bread on a cutting board. Using a biscuit cutter, stamp 4 rounds out of each slice. Or, do what I did, and cut 1 round out of each slice with a scissors. I liked the idea of a bigger, bruschetta-esque snack.

Place the rounds on the baking sheet and lightly brush them with olive oil.

Toast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the bread slices are lightly golden and slightly crisp.

Use a fork to mash the flesh from two Hass avocados in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

In a different small bowl, stir together:

4 oz. lump crabmeat, picked over

1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Spread the mashed avocado on the toasts and top with the crab mixture.

Serve immediately!

Click here for a printable recipe!

Tuesday
Oct262010

Grilled provolone & veggie basil sandwich

I got the idea from Martha Stewart to create "grown-up" grilled cheese sandwiches. Martha is right. Kids should not be the only ones enjoying this timeless sandwich.

My first attempt at adultifying the good old Grilled Cheese turned out fabulous, if I do say so. I could hardly stand to take the photos. I was dying to sink my teeth into its sandwich-y flesh! And once I did, it did not take long for me to shove the entire thing down my throat. Delicious, I'm telling you, delicious!

I have concocted many versions in my head of adult grilled cheese sandwiches that I plan to make in the future. For now, here is Pip's Trial #1.

Butter one side of a slice of swirl pumpernickel rye bread. Place it butter-side down on a skillet over medium-low heat.

Layer with:

1 slice provolone cheese

Tomato slices

Avocado slices

Fresh basil

1 slice provolone cheese

Another slice of swirl pumpernickel rye bread, butter-side up

When the cheese closest to the pan melts, carefully flip the sandwich over. When the other cheese slice melts, remove from heat. Cut sandwich in half and hopefully you don't feel compelled to take photos of everything you cook like I do because you will have the urge to eat this asap!

Soooooo incredibly delcious!

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