Memorial Day Highway Chicken, BBQ Chips and Coleslaw

Cornish Game Hens on the Grill

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A few years ago, for Glendale’s Cruise Night, I had a Route 66 party BBQ, and I made Route 66 chicken which was inspired by recipes at Hot Smoked BBQ. I was wracking my brain this morning, trying to think of how to do the two Cornish Hens I’m making for my cousin’s visit on Memorial Day. I thought of that chicken, and am going to prepare it today.

My cousin made chicken legs to supplement the Cornish hens – sadly, they could not be flattened. As a result, there was not enough room on the grill to make the potatoes, but guess what? I have extra coals – potatoes tomorrow!

I will say this is the best chicken I have ever had. Seriously, it was nice and moist because of the can of beer I had in on the grill, and the flavor was out of this world. It cooked evenly, a definite keeper!


Barbecued potato wedges and grilled peppers

Barbecued potatoes and grilled peppers

Update! Tonight, June 2, 2012, I’m making Highway Chicken again, and the BBQ is in the front of the house, and a neighbor backs into the driveway, to the side, and he’s almost running over my BBQ! And I’m screaming – “CHICKEN! DON’T RUN OVER MY CHICKEN”. Finally, I get his attention, and I tell him the story, and he says, “I didn’t know what you were talking about” as he pulls out a bag of El Polo Loco. Wow, THIS chicken almost WAS a highway chicken!

The good thing is, I got to make those BBQ chips tonight, and there were a hit!
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Salmon Croquettes and Martini Caper

Martini Shaker and Glass

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Every once in a while, I make too many mashed potatoes.  Yes, it’s true, even Spane and I cannot eat as many as I made the other night with liver and onions!  A long time ago, I discovered that salmon croquettes were particularly good using a left over baked potato as binder.  I had left over mashed, why not I thought?

These turned out so good I didn’t even have chance to take pictures!  Amber and I munched on them while we sat and talked over a Caper Martini.

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Barbeque Salads – Red Cabbage and Steamed Red Potato

My friends, Amber and Stevie invited me over for barbecue this evening. I love it when Stevie barbecues – he has a great big drum barbecue and he has my Weber until I drag it home some day.

He said “I have a lot of meat, do you girls want to make potato salad?” and I said I would be happy to.

Usually, when you think about potato salad, you think about russets. They had red potatoes, and not too many of them, I had some, so I said I would go home, make the salad there and include my potatoes.

When I got home, I started pulling things out of the refrigerator I thought I might need – red potatoes, mayonnaise, carrot, onion – and then I spied with my little eye, a half a red cabbage and an apple.

I thought to myself, that would be good, red cabbage and apple, and how about some bacon, kind of like a spinach salad! Ah ha! Genius!

While I was making the red cabbage salad, I started water boiling for my red potato salad so I could steam the potatoes just like I regularly do. My intention was steamed red potatoes, only cold.

When I brought the salads back to Stevie, he lifted the lid on the red cabbage salad, I told him what it was, and he said “Sounds good, looks ugly”.

By the end of the night, he said “I loved that cabbage salad. That was really good!”

I went home very happy, and now, I’ll share my success with you:

Red Cabbage Salad

You can make this with the ready made Hormel Real Bacon Bits, or you can cook bacon and use the fat and crumble the bacon yourself.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head of red cabbage, large shred
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 apple sliced into match sticks

Directions

Melt the bacon fat in a large skillet. Add the cabbage and onions. Sauté until the onion is slightly translucent, then add the vinegar, reduce the heat and cover. Let the cabbage steam for about 5 to 10, then check it. If it is still very crisp, continue cooking it until it is tender, but not soft.

Add the sugar, water, caraway seeds, bacon and raisins, cover and steam for another minute or so.

Remove from the heat and put in a large bowl, then toss in the apple sticks.

Serve at room temperature.

Serves 6

Steamed Red Potato Salad

I love steamed red potatoes with plenty of butter and sour cream. This will remind you of that, but it’s a little healthier.

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen red potatoes, halved and quartered
  • 1/2 onion, chopped very finely
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream 1
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh is best, but dried will do in a pinch)

Directions

Steam the potatoes until they are fork tender. Remove from the heat, drain and put into a large bowl.
Combine the remaining ingredients, pour over the potatoes, and toss to mix. Take the salad and put it in a nice serving dish.

Serves 6

Rant!

I do not understand why people buy that stuff that says it is sour cream, but it has all this other stuff in it like whey, modified food starch, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, guar gum, carageenan, calcium sulface, potassium sorbate (preservative) and locust bean gum.

Sour cream does not need all those extra ingredients, just cultured cream is necessary. Alta Dena, Daisy and Knudsen brands are just cultured cream.

Friday Food on a Saturday? Salmon in a foil pouch

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642_Salmon En PapierI haven’t been sticking to my Friday night fish routine lately, but on Thursday, I really had a craving for fish. Friday night, Amber and I walked over to the local supermarket and I looked for some interesting fish.

I won’t eat the farm raised salmon.  The first time I saw that it had dye in it, I asked the butcher why it had dye in it, and he shrugged his shoulders.  Of course, that meant I had to do some research and what I found out turned me against farm raised salmon forever.  The following caught my eye:

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Lentil Soup with Cilantro – A Lenten Soup Supper

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We have Lenten Soup Supper at our church during Lent, and I went last year, but this year, I wanted to try my hand at lentil soup. So, I went to the local Armenian store, and looked for lentils.

There were two kinds, red and yellow/brown available, and I did not know which was better, so I asked the proprietor what she used, and asked her how she made lentil soup. I was surprised when she said to add cilantro (with her pronunciation, I was surprised that I figured out that it was cilantro at all!), but happy because I really like that herb.

So, without further ado, is the recipe. I served it the garlic bread and it was a hit.

Recipe: Lentil Soup with Cilantro

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 1 Red pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 bag Small Lentils
  • 2 teaspoons Chicken bouillon
  • 3 cup Water
  • 2 Small potatoes chopped
  • 4 Small tomatoes cut in quarters
  • 1 teaspoon Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, then add the onion, carrot, and red pepper. Saute until the onion is translucent, then add the cilantro. Pick through the lentils, being careful to remove any sticks or stones. Combine the bouillion with the water and add that to the pot. Let simmer until the lentils are al dente, then add the potatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are almost done, then add the tomatoes and ketchup. Simmer until the potatoes and carrot are completely soft.
  2. Serve in nice bowls with a dollop of sour cream.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Dietary restriction: Kosher

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Armenian

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Brunch with the Bunch

Ready for the oven

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There are three of us, Stephen, Spane and me. Stephen, although an adult, is picky, and doesn’t like a lot of foods (won’t eat sautéed Rex Sole with Grapefruit Caper Butter). Thankfully, Spane who is five years old, likes just about everything.

We were supposed to go to brunch this morning, and I completely forgot. I started cleaning the house, doing other chores, etc., and I just didn’t feel like taking a bath and getting ready. I wanted to make something nice at home, like scrambled eggs and some left over bacon. We were out of eggs, so I sent the boys to the store.

They came back with eggs, three huge russet potatoes and Pillsbury Orange Glaze rolls. Yes, the perfect setup for brunch at home. But, it needed a star, and I decided the star should be Potatoes Anna.

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