Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thai Coconut-Curry Braised Chicken.


... "So, as promised I made dinner instead of my usual going out to dinner. James​ wanted something quick for dinner and I wanted to use some of the spices that I bought in the last couple of days ...

Thai Coconut-Curry Braised Chicken: Dried Mexican Chilies. Shallots. Scallion. Garlic. Ginger. Lime Juice. Lime Zest. VO. Fish Sauce. Five-Spice Powder. Ground Cumin. Water. BL-S Chicken Breasts. Coconut Milk.

I chose to do a hybrid of two recipes. I wanted to play in the kitchen - heck, I had all day to cook since I've been on nights. Honestly, I like working the night shift. It's quiet and I can get all of my work done without interruption, well, there are some medical emergencies I have to tend to, but alas, I get the job done Just like dinner, I had to get the job done, the cook, the picture, the photo editing, the blog post, and finally - eat. People just don't know how long it takes and the planning I have to do just to get one shot that captures everything I want to say. At the end of the day ... meal? It's all worth it in my book - in my blog rather." /scurries off to work to save lives

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables.


... "Sunday night dinner. A weekly ritual that I promised myself to keep as a 2017 resolution, but I already broke it two weeks in a row. I was determined to make dinner tonight. I asked James what he wanted for dinner. He didn't want beef, because we've maxed out prime rib and steak for the last couple of weeks. I didn't want to talk to my new butcher for a pork roast nor my new fishmonger for salmon fillets. So, chicken it is.

Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables: SnP. Sugar. Garlic. Fresh Bay Leaf. Chicken. Water. LS Chicken Broth. Red Potato. Parsnip. Fennel. Shallot. Carrot. Onion. VO.

I haven't really brined anything in my past - so, I wanted to prove that brining does work. I will say that it really does! James and I were surprised how juicy and moist the chicken was and the roasted vegetables with the chicken stock reduction gave it the vegetables that 'umph' it needed. Regardless, back to the main story, I have to focus on cooking again at least 2 to 3 times a week and I promised myself that I would up my photography game too by using soft light boxes and using my camera tripod ... not to mention to take a food photography class. I think I'm on a good start with my resolution." /wonders that I'm going to make this week for dinner ...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Herb-Crusted Prime Rib. Parsnip Purée. Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Garlic and Parmesan.


... "Sunday Dinner. The one meal that I cherish the most. With all the food that James and I have had over the course of the week, I haven't cooked at home. I really wanted to be lazy today/tonight, and I asked James if he wanted to go out for dinner. He wanted to watch the new season of 'The Man in the High Castle' on Amazon Prime - so, I took this opportunity to head to the grocery stores alone. The word "PRIME" was dancing in my head ...

Herb-Crusted Prime Rib: Second Cut Standing Rib Roast (Bone 6 - Bone 9). EVOO. SnP. Thyme. Oregano. Rosemary.
 

Parsnip Purée: Parnsip. SnP. Cream. Thyme. Garlic. US Butter.

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Garlic and Parmesan: OO. Garlic. US Butter. Asparagus. KSnP. Parmesan. Lemon.

James was so focused watching TV while I was cooking away in the kitchen. It's like him on Sundays to chill on the section and play video games and/or catch up on TV. For the first time since we've lived here in Chicago, I felt that we were 'home.' The funny thing is that 'Julie & Julia' was about to start on TV. I opted to serve him dinner on the sectional and join him. Like clockwork, Wally and Eva were right there wanting some. I chuckled. I gave them both a piece. I looked at James and said, 'Rate it!' ... he couldn't reply, he just continued scarfing it down. That's all I needed from him." /has my cold plate of food, but the photographs I took were on point

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Almonds. Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Smothered Pork Chops with Cider and Apples.


... "The snow is coming down in Chicago and I knew that James and I weren't going to out for dinner. We weren't going to put delivery drivers out there with the roads being so bad. I managed to head to the supermarkets and stock up on sips, snacks, steaks, starches, and sorbet. The five essentials to have in a snowstorm. James wanted comfort food and wanted porkchops and applesauce ...

Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Almonds: US Butter. Gala Apples. Brussels Sprouts. Garlic. Thyme. SnP. Almonds.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Sweet Potatoes. VO. SnP.

Smothered Pork Chops with Cider and Apples: Bacon. UBAP Flour. Cider. VO. BI Rib End Pork Chops. SnP. Onion. Granny Smith Apple. Water. Garlic. Thyme. Bay. Parsley.

James and I have settled on going out to restaurants recently for dinner because of my hectic work schedule. I do say I really missed going to supermarket and getting fresh ingredients to make a home-cooked meal. There's nothing better." /laughs at James eating dinner on the couch with Wally and Eva beside him while looking outside at the snow coming down

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Steak with Boursin and Potato-Cauliflower Mash. Skillet Broccoli with Olive Oil and Garlic.


... "The first major snow has fallen here in Chicago. After doing a 12 hour shift today, I know on a Sunday ... I didn't want go out for dinner. I haven't cooked in the longest time with my crazy and demanding work schedule and James​ and I are getting tired of traversing all over the place to get food late at night. James didn't want to leave the house and I didn't blame him. I opted to head to the grocery store and make dinner after work.

Steak with Boursin and Potato-Cauliflower Mash: Yukon Gold Potatoes. Cauliflower. US Butter. Whole Milk. S. P. New York Strip Steak. VO. Boursin Cheese.

Skillet Broccoli with Olive Oil and Garlic: OO. Garlic. Thyme. Broccoli. S. P. Water.

As I quickly shopped for dinner, my mind was racing. My mind never rests; just like Chicago. Shoppers were frantically stocking up on the essentials, while I was just trying to get the ingredients to make tonight's dinner for the both of us. Nevertheless, I got home and made dinner. Snow continues to fall outside on the pavement. James asked me to help him take out Wally and Eva after we ate. I insisted that he should do it. I told him, 'I made dinner and I worked a 12 hour weekend shift!' He comes back with, 'I'll rub your belly and do the dishes.' I said, 'You got a deal!" /doesn't want to go back out in the slushy snow

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sautéed Pork Chops with Pears and Blue Cheese. Creamy Parmesan Polenta. Roasted Brussels Sprouts.



... "'All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.' This famous lyric is from 'California Dreamin' by Mamas and the Papas. The weather was just like that today in Chicago. I asked James what he wanted for dinner today while he was at work. He said, '[p]ork chops.' I answered back, '/done.' I went to the grocery store and I thought - palm trees and warm weather. I need to represent that ...

Sautéed Pork Chops with Pears and Blue Cheese: 1" BL Pork Rib Chop. SnP. VO. Pear. Sugar. LS Chicken Broth. US Butter. Balsamic Vinegar. Blue Cheese.

Creamy Parmesan Polenta: Water. SnP. Baking Soda. Polenta. US Butter Parmesan.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Brussels Sprouts. EVOO. Water. SnP.

As you can see, I made the Brussels sprouts into something that looked like palm trees. The polenta resembles sand. As for the pears - don't they look like surfboards? Anyway - I told James the reasoning behind the presentation and why I chose the ingredients that I did ... alas, he didn't care. He sat down and ate it. I chuckled. It's good that he's coming home to a home-cooked meal once again. Looks back towards the kitchen and glad to see this new kitchen is being put to good use." /wondering if we should head into the West Loop for ice cream for dessert

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Old-Fashioned Pot Roast with Winter Vegetables.


... "James and I have settled in our new flat here in the Illinois Medical District in Chicago. The transition for James, Wally, and Eva is quite easy. Heck, I'm quite surprised. It took me 3 days/nights to get my kitchen up and running - yeah, I forgot a couple of key items back in Lindenhurst, but, I'll get them soon enough. I asked James what he wanted for dinner. He said, 'comfort food.' Well, there was farmer's market that I went to and I grabbed some veggies ...

Old-Fashioned Pot Roast with Winter Vegetables: BL Chuck-Eye Roast. S and P. US Butter. Onion. Carrot. Parsnip. Celery. Garlic. Beef Broth. Merlot. Tomato Paste. Bay Leaf. Thyme. Balsamic Vinegar.

I tested out the stove, microwave, dishwasher, and even the refrigerator. They all passed my tests. I couldn't believe how comforting it was to actually cook once again for James. Wally and Eva were right there watching me as well. I shed a couple of tears. I'm just glad that we are all back together in the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Remember, comfort food isn't comfort food - unless you are making memories while eating it." /stares at James scarfing down and licking his plate and asking for more

... "Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a big grizzly bear, in the cauldron a soup to share ... FOR EVERYONE! It's October! The pumpkin spice lattes are already out, the leaves are starting to fall, and everyone is anticipating the holidays and the comfort food that comes with it. Did you dust off your fall and winter recipes? What recipes and food photography are you going to share this October? Need I mention Oktoberfest? All the German food and beer!!! Need I mention Halloween? All the sweet treats that all of us will be indulging ... or will you get tricked ... maybe get a 'trick?' Happy October, Bears in the Kitchen!" /looking for käsespätzle and pumpkin pie

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