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During the presidential campaign of 1928, a circular published by the Republican Party claimed that if Herbert Hoover won there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

Even today chicken is pretty inexpensive compared to other meats. We eat a lot of chicken. Not as much beef and quite a bit of seafood – Louisiana Gulf Coast is only 3 hours away. I make it many different ways but I have never been able to make a GOOD Roasted Chicken. I have tried it several times  But not a whole roasted chicken.

Well, on page 106 of Donna Hay’s modern classics Book 1 there is a roasted chicken.  Simple!  Nothing fancy, just a seasoned chicken dry roasted in the oven.  How could I go wrong?

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Perfect!!  Beautifully crispy on the outside.  Moist on the inside. Just enough seasoning.

I did not stuff the bird but rather filled the inside with onions, garlic, and salt and pepper.  Just right.

Mine was a 5 lb bird.  At the end of two hours it was not done quite yet so I roasted it another 15 minutes. Donna lists 65 – 70 minutes for a 3.5 bird at 375.  But it did come out beautifully.  I need to either check my oven temps or up the temp to 400F.

The recipe is a how to recipe from Donna’s modern classics Book 1.  Page 106.  Thanks, Donna, I can finally roast a chicken -well!!

For more chicken -> Wednesdays with Donna Hay

 

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.. make Lemonade.  Not this time.  Try Lemon Bars instead.

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These are no-cook lemon bars and they are very lemony.  A graham cracker crust covered with a nice VERY lemony, cream cheesy filling.   Along with fat free condensed milk it is a quick and easy dessert. And only 150 calories/2″ square.

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy on page 238.

For more:  Visit Eating with Ellie

November!  Really? Sheesh!  This year went by so quickly.  I turned around and it was nearly over.  But there are some good things to come this month.  Thanksgiving if you are American. Daylight Savings Time – NOT!! American Elections FINALLY OVER!!! And a new cookbook for November Cookbook Countdown.

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This was a gift from a friend several years ago. At least 12 years ago.  And in all that time I don’t think I have used it once.  That is ending this month thanks to Cookbook Countdown.

Frog Commissary is the offspring of Steve Poses’ first restaurant, Frog, which the restaurateur opened in 1973, and The Commissary, which he inaugurated a few years later. The restaurant was one of the first local eateries to list its offerings on a blackboard, and it offered an upscale menu. With a laid-back atmosphere it is a popular eatery. The cookbook, which came out in 1985, contains some of it’s most popular recipes. So if you cannot get to Philly….

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Shrimp with Soy, Garlic, Ginger, and Lemon

Butterfly Shrimp in a rich garlic, ginger, soy, sherry sauce.  How can you go wrong with that?

The ONLY thing I would change – I thought the sauce was too thick. Next time I will thin the sauce a little.  You couldn’t really taste the shrimp.  But all the other flavors ….oh, yeah!

MARINADE

    18 shelled, butterflied shrimp with the tails left on {I left the tails off – less messy when eating}
    1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 tablespoons medium-dry sherry {I used a dry white wine}

SAUCE

    The strained marinade
    1/3 cup water
    2 teaspoons cornstarch

SAUTE

    2 tablespoons com oil
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    % teaspoon’ minced fresh ginger
    1/2 cup cubed sweet red peppers
    1/2 bunch watercress with I” of the sterns cut off {I left this out – couldn’t find any}
    Hot cooked rice or oriental noodles

MARINADE: In a medium bowl combine the shrimp and marinade ingredients,Set them aside in the fridge for about an hour. Drain shrimp the marinade and set the strained marinade aside.

SAUCE:Mix the water and cornstarch with the reserved marinade and stir well to dissolve the cornstarch. IN a small saucepan Bring the mixture to a boil while
stirring and cook for 1 minute. Set aside.

SAUTE: In a large skillet heat the oil. Add the shrimp, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry over high heat for 30 seconds. To the stir-fry add the peppers and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour in the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the watercress. Serve at once over rice or oriental noodles.

I served mine over some stir fried vermicelli and it was perfect with this dish.

You can find the recipe on page 106.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 11 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

This week is Gaye’s Birthday and we are celebrating with panacakes!

When you think of pancakes what do you think of?  Sweet pancakes with butter and syrup? Savory with zucchini and spices?  Thin like crepes?  Layered with frosting as in a Dobash?

YES!  All of them.  

But I went with the basics…

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with some Huckleberry Syrup and chopped pecans.

For the mix: 

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, or regular whole wheat flour
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup low-fat dry buttermilk (buttermilk powder)
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup toasted wheat germ
2 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking power
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt (optional)

Whisk all the mix ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Makes about 5 1/3 cups of mix.

Visit with Ellie to find out how to put the pancakes together.

This is a perfect mix to keep in the fridge.  Pancakes quickly that are healthy.

Happy Birthday, Gaye, from my Kitchen to Yours!

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For more Pancake fun – Pancake Pandemonium!

Red Fish

Blue Fish

This week’s EwE theme was FISH!  But I guess you had figured that out already!

For some reason I had Dr. Seuss in my head the week I was supposed to come up with a theme and this one just popped into my head.  Could have been worse, I could have been thinking of Green Eggs and Ham or The Lorax or The Cat in the Hat.  I don’t think any of them would have made a good meal.  But fish – that’s a different story.

What about  broiled spicy salmon on a pita bread with spicy onions and sliced cukes? Yes?

Good answer!

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open-face mediterranean salmon sandwiches

The whole dish contains tumeric, coriander, cumin, and cayenne. which are mixed with EVOO then spread over the fish before it is broiled.  The rest is heated in a sauce pan to cook the onions and garlic.  So.  Much.  Flavor!

Long slices of cucumber on a Pita bread {I used a whole grain one.} topped with sauteed onions topped with the salmon.

There is also a sauce made with plain yogurt, scallions, and lemon.  It was supposed to be OVER the fish but I really didn’t like it after it was made so I just put a little container of it one the side for the pictures.

I thought it might be dry with the sauce but the salmon wasn’t overcooked and the cucumbers added just enough moisture.  This was REALLY good!  Definitely a repeat.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders page 81 so it took less than 30 minutes to put together.

Want more fish dishes – Check out Eating with Ellie this week.  You’ll be glad you did.

And if you want to join us the themes are posted  Just cook, blog, and leave a comment on the theme page.  Love to have you.

Here in the deep south Summer means Watermelon.  Every spring we plant a watermelon patch.  Last year the weather was not cooperative. THIS year we made up for it….

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We have given so many watermelon away to friends and family this year that they may be sick of them.  We, however, are not.  Watermelon every day is a great way to survive the heat of summer.  Especially this summer – HEAT DOME!!

Good thing Kayte chose melons for our theme this week in Eating with Ellie.  And good thing Ellie had this recipe for Watermelon Blueberry Pops.  And did I mention it is also Blueberry season?

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The only change I made was to use lemon juice rather than lime juice.  BTW all you need is 3 cups of watermelon so buy a small one and freeze away!

You can find the recipe on page 250 of Ellie’s So Easy or  HERE.

What else is on the Melon Buffet this week? And if you want to join Eating with Ellie the themes are on the side.  Just make one of Ellie’s dishes and post a comment.  We’ll visit!

This week we woke up with Curtis.  Not literally, of course.  But facing Curtis across the breakfast table would be a treat!

I had marked this recipe a long time ago hoping we would eventually need a breakfast item.

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spicy sausage breakfast burritos

A whole wheat tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, spicy sausage {I used a local Cajun Sausage}, and onions.  And I really should call this a semi-spicy burrito because I left out the jalapeño.  Trust me, the cajun sausage had plenty of bite without it.

The sausage is broiled and then sliced before being mixed in with the eggs and green onions.  This makes it quick and easy to make.

This was the perfect breakfast.  Lots of protein, lots of flavor.

The recipe is from  relaxed cooking with curtis stone. (page 53) I also found it HERE if you want to try it.

What else is for breakfast?  Check the buffet at I Heart Cooking Clubs.

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