Sarah is a 20-something engineering undergrad student at UMD who is “eating and cooking her way through life in DC”. She’s admirably ambitious. Besides writing a food blog, in any given week she’s taking and teaching classes, playing in sport leagues and spending whatever time is left with friends and family. When she cooks, all pots, pans and utensils end up in the kitchen sink. Hence the name of her blog.
Slow cooked braised chicken recipes are quickly becoming a favorite cold weather dish in our house and this tarragon version didn’t disappoint. So savory and melt in your mouth delicious. Let’s take a look.
Boy, this was a tough assignment for me. Normally when browsing my assigned blog for The Secret Recipe Club, my problem would be the hard task of deciding on just one recipe to prepare. This month, while scrolling through The Novice Housewife’s site, I was truly afraid I didn’t have the culinary ability to prepare some of her beautiful Indian recipes. I have to admit my fearless kitchen attitude had suddenly turned into a fraidy cat. Even with two Madhur Jaffray cookbooks in my possession, I just don’t prepare Indian food.
This was an ornery one to photograph, but let me tell you, it may just be the best thing I’ve made this year. Braised chicken thighs in a creamy creole mustard sauce with carrots, celery, raisins, onions and oh-so wonderful spices. This recipe was inspired by a memory from Brigtsen’s Restaurant in New Orleans.
I’m a new member of the Secret Recipe Club. For those of you not familiar with the concept, its members are a group of food bloggers who once a month are secretly assigned to another member’s blog. You sneak around on your assigned blogger, choose a recipe that you’d like to try, write a post about it and reveal that post on the assigned day. Sounded like fun to me, I applied, was put on the waiting list and finally accepted.
My first assignment led me over to Terri’s site, That’s Some Good Cookin‘, and with a tag line of “Food is at it’s best when you have a happy heart”, and seeing a beautiful photo of mashed potatoes dripping in butter, I knew I had found a blog I was going to follow on a regular basis. When I started looking through her posts, I was afraid I was going to have a hard time choosing one recipe to showcase. I stopped in my tracks when I found Tacqueria-Style Slow Cooked Chicken. With my work becoming more demanding, I have vowed to find more crock pot recipes and finding one with a Southwestern flair, I was all over it. Let’s take a look.
Does it get any Summery-er than this? BBQ Chicken Sandwich recipe topped with cole slaw, sided with fresh Olathe sweet corn, and slices of Colorado grown watermelon. Can’t you just hear the dog days of Summer howling for this one?
Cherry BBQ sauce. Hubs couldn’t quit talking about it.
A wonderful twist on traditional BBQ Sauce. It’s complicated in flavor. Savouring each bite, the palate sorts through a myriad of flavors as you start thinking about everything in sight that you could possibly drizzle this on. Tart, sweet, sticky AND savory, it would be a perfect pair with duck or pork. Our first introduction was on some cinnamon cured smoked chicken.
I’m officially putting out an all points bulletin.
I’m looking for a simple and delicious stir-fry recipe. One that will work for beef, chicken, pork or shrimp. One that I can put in my database as my “go-to”. One that will work with about any kind of vegetable on hand. One that has soy sauce, ginger … you know, your run of the mill ingredients that make up the perfect combination for a flavorful winning recipe.