Sunday, August 9, 2020

Zucchini Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce.

.. "My neighbors, Serena and Jeff, graciously gave me a bushel full of fresh tomatoes grown from their own garden. At first, I'm like ... let's make pizza!? Then, I realized that I can't eat carbs until the end of October. I'm going through my Rolodex of recipes. Being that I can't eat carbs and I'm trying to get James to eat healthier (regardless, he eats what I make anyway - so he's already eating healthier) and it's a WIN-WIN situation right now, I decided to substitute pappardelle pasta with zucchini pappardelle. It's so much healthier and it's delicious! I'm not really missing rice or donuts anymore. I'm beyond that. Maybe, I should try making a 'Beyond Burger?' A black bean burger?" /not concerned that I'm stepping out of my food crate to try different things

Zucchini Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce: Zucchini, Salt. US Butter. Onion. Carrot. Celery. Ground Beef Chuck. Ground Veal. Ground Pork. Whole Milk. Chardonnay. Tomatoes. Parmesan.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables


... 'I'm six days post-RNY surgery, but I wanted to get on my two feet and start cooking again and way some headway for my revamped The Pantry Panda website featuring my husband and my two dogs - not to mention how to make his dinner more bariatric friendly. Tonight's dinner was a test run of how my film crew will stage in my kitchen. James and I haven't received our new dining room table - but the kitchen island is where he ended up having dinner tonight. I took the roasted onions, roasted carrots, and the roasted parsnips and puréed them and de-fatted the drippings from the chicken to make a 'strained yet flavored packed chicken soup.' If any of you guys or girls need a cooking lesson, come on over! We'll go food shopping and give you the tools you need to make some bariatric meals for you and your family which your family will be wanting more - well, you can't because your sleeve/pouch is to limited, ugh. THE STRUGGLE. IS. REAL." /totally wanted to kill that other half of chicken and munch on those blistered and crunchy potato skins

Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables - S (salt). Sugar. Garlic. Bay Leaves. Whole Fryer Chicken. P (pepper). LS (low sodium) Chicken Broth. Red Potatoes. Carrots. Parsnips. Yellow Onions. VO (vegetable oil).


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Spiced Pork Loin with Warm Potato, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad: Brown Sugar.



... "It's been a month since we moved into our new flat that is literally across the parking lot from our old flat. There have been some much needed repairs to the kitchen - the kitchen sink, the microwave, and the dishwasher - that our landlord's handyman and I fixed. In the end, I have a fully functioning and reorganized kitchen with 1/3-less of the kitchen appliances and kitchen gadgets that I graciously gave to my friends. Also, since March, James and I have been eaten out every day instead of me cooking. I finally decided to bring The Pantry Panda back into the light and start cooking once again.

Spiced Pork Loin with Warm Potato, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad: Brown Sugar. Ground Fennel. Ground Coriander. SnP. BL Center-Cut Pork Loin Roast. Red Potatoes. Celery Root. Fennel Bulb. Garlic Cloves. EVOO. Parsley Leaves. Basil Leaves. Apple Cider Vinegar. Capers. Whole-Grain Mustard. White Sugar.

I spent today going to my local grocers to get the ingredients. All of the grocers that I interacted today were wondering why I haven't been cooking. So, I told them why ... lack of motivation and time management. My grocers understood. However, I have to make a conscious effort to make time to cook. My new neighbors around us smelled the parsley-basil relish from the open windows in our living room and kitchen. I made him a plate - which is the second picture. All in all, the inspiration is there again to cook healthy delicious meals for the both of us ... and my new neighbors ... and friends." /watching James devour dinner and stepping back and looking at my kitchen and thinking of the next meal that I'll prepare

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Perfect Roast Chicken.


... "Dinner. Who doesn't want to come home to a hot cooked meal? James​ didn't think that I would have candlelight dinner on the table when he got home from work tonight.

Perfect Roast Chicken - Whole Roaster Chicken. KSnP. Thyme. Rosemary. Oregano. Garlic. Lemon. US Butter. EVOO. Onion. Carrot. Fennel.

Sometimes the most easiest meals can be such an elegant one. With the rain pouring down - James and I didn't want to go out; neither Wally or Eva. I turned down the lights and lit votive candles. I told James that I was going to workout immediately after work - it was Abdominals Day. Ugh. Anyway - I did all the mise en place this morning and threw it altogether last minute and put in the oven before I worked out for 2 hours. He walked in soaking wet and angry because he didn't have an umbrella, but when he saw the lights were turned off and one of my favorite YouTube live jazz radio stations playing and smell of aromatics filling the whole flat - his anger turned into happiness. That's all that matters - cooking for the one you love and be unpredictable ... sometimes." /about ready to carve into this 7 pound chicken and eat dinner whilst talking to James about his day at work ... not to mention giving Wally and Eva some chicken too

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Chicken Cacciatore. Parsnip Purée. Arugula Salad.


... "Today was a busy day. James and I went back up to our townhouse to cleanup the second floor and get more of my junk. We are getting new carpet for the second floor next week. With all the errands we also had to do in the suburbs, James wanted a quick Italian dinner and favorite vegetable on the table. I had to make it somewhat paleo-friendly ...

Chicken Cacciatore: Chicken Leg Quarters. SnP. VO. Cremini Mushrooms. Onion. Red Bell Pepper. Tomato Paste. Garlic. Rosemary. Red Pepper Flakes. White Wine. Diced Tomatoes. LS Chicken Broth. Basil.

Parsnip Purée: Parsnips. SnP. Heavy Cream. Thyme. Garlic. US Butter. EVOO.

Arugula Salad: Argula. Lemon Zest. Lemon Juice. EVOO.

With time being a factor - shopping for ingredients, mise en place, actually cooking, serving/food styling, taking countless photos, photo editing in LightRoom, and finally posting the finished presentation plate on social media ... it's very time consuming. In the end though, I finished everything in less than three hours. That's not bad for a time crunch." /needs to head to the gym and do some more crunches to get rid of this flabby belly

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans and Potatoes.


... " I haven't cooked a Sunday dinner all summer. Autumnal temperatures and the breeze off the lake were quite refreshing today. On Friday, Rush University Medical Center hosted the last 'Rush Fresh Market' of the year. Midwest Foods was there selling fresh produce and I got inspired once again to cook ...

One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans and Potatoes: US Butter. Chives. Garlic. S & P. Pork Tenderloin. Hoisin. Green Beans. EVOO. Fingerling Potatoes.

I bought the green beans and the fingerling potatoes from Midwest Foods. The pork tenderloins were from Peoria Packing Butcher Shop in Chicago. One must to get to know local vendors. Local vendors always have the freshest ingredients available. Granted, I don't mind grocery shopping from my local supermarket, but the knowing where you food actually comes from is quite fulfilling - mentally and through your stomach.

James was out for a while running errands and when he got back he wondered where we were going for dinner. I told him I was making dinner and he was shocked. The tables and not to mention the leaves on the trees have turned and I'm going start cooking healthy and including paleo-friendly meals. Stay tuned for more." /wondering if I should take out my Crockpot out of the closet

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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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