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*All recipes on this blog (unless otherwise noted) are Martha Stewart's from the Everyday Food Cookbooks here and here, they are not my own. If other than this I will post links to the recipes or indicate that they are originals*

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pork Ribs

I do have a larger post for you guys coming up...dont worry.  But first, I wanted to share these pork ribs with you all.  I got a killer deal at the store on these ribs, and when I got them home I was stumped with what to do.  So, naturally I boiled them until they were cooked through and then slathered them in BBQ sauce and threw them on a grill pan.  They were so tender and so tasty.  You can really never go wrong with BBQ, even in January.  I served them with a side of au gratin potatoes at my husbands request.  I layered thinly sliced potatoes, a little bit of butter, garlic and cheddar cheese and topped it off with a little bit of milk to help cook the potatoes.  It was actually really good.  It is not very often that I don't use some kind of recipe to at least guide me, so I was pleased that this turned out so well.  Hopefully this inspires you all that you don't have to be fancy to make a tasty meal!

Homemade Pot Pie coming right up...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flat Roasted Chicken

Do you love whole roasted chickens as much as I do?
They are inexpensive, delicious and just about anyone can cook one and make it taste amazing. 
The trick is, like any meat, don't over cook it.  So use a meat thermometer, because you don't want you chicken to crumble like sawdust.
When I saw this recipe in The Smitten Kitchen cookbook, I couldn't pass it up.  
I've done many-a-roasted chickens, but never a flat roasted chicken, so I was intrigued. 
Essentially you just cut out the back bone and lay the chicken flat.
I'm not entirely sure why its done this way, but it looks pretty and it tastes amazing, so I will not question the experts. 
There are tons of great variations on this very simple recipe, so get creative, try them out.
Sometimes experiments in the kitchen turn out to be the best tasting meals. 

Flat Roasted Chicken
One 3-3 1/2 lb chicken
1 1/2 lbs tiny yellow potatoes, peeled (i left the skins on)
2 T melted butter or olive oil for potatoes
1 lemon to finish
1 T minced fresh thyme leaves to finish

Preheat your oven to 450.  Using a pair of sharp kitchen shears, remove the backbone of the chicken.   

Season the cavity generously with salt and pepper.  Lay the chicken, breast side up in a roasting pan and gently pat dry with a paper towel.  Generously season the top of the bird with more salt and pepper. Nestle the potatoes around the chicken and drizzle them with butter or olive oil.  Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper as well.
Roast the chicken for 30-45 min, or until thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165.  Toss potatoes after about 20 min so that they cook evenly.  When chicken is done, transfer potatoes to a large serving platter.  Remove legs, thighs, wings, and breasts from the chicken and arrange them with potatoes.  Squeeze juice of entire lemon over dish then sprinkle with thyme. 
(I didn't get my bird quite flat enough to be as pretty as the picture...I'll work on it)

Logan Rating: ***

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Football Party

The Vikings were in the playoffs!!!  Keyword there...'were'.
Despite my purple margaritas and loud cheering they lost in the first round.
I can't say I'm surprised, and just like every other year this year ends with me saying "there's always next year".  If you are a MN sports fan you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Anyway I thought I would share with you the tasty treats I made for the oh so depressing game.

-just add grape juice to your favorite marg recipe

-I bought jiffy corn bread mix and put mini hot dogs in them..thats it!



All of these were a hit...I highly highly recommend the buffalo beer cheese dip and pull apart bread!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year

Happy New Year!
2013 is officially my fourth calendar year of blogging. 
Hard to believe when I really sit down and think about it.
This blog has been a lot of things for me and I'm looking forward to continuing to grow my abilities and creativity.
Hope you will be here with me through it all.
My goals, in this new year, are simple...
-improve photography skills
-cook more
-take more pictures
-blog more
AND big one
-TRAVEL (and blog about food on my travels)
Stay tuned, 2013 should be a good year!