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farmer_sandwiches_sm.jpgFancy sandwiches with chicken, cheddar, apples, spicy mustard, and balsamic-apricot-onion jam. Best with a really sharp cheddar to balance the sweetness from the apples and onion jam: I like Vermont white cheddar, sliced fairly thick.

1 loaf crusty baguette or ciabatta
whole grain mustard
sharp cheddar cheese
deli chicken
butter lettuce
2 granny smith apples thinly sliced
2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
Onion Jam
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 medium shallots, peeled and sliced thin
1 yellow onion, quartered and sliced thin
1/2 cup chicken broth
2-3 T balsamic vinegar
2-3 heaping tablespoons apricot jam or preserves
salt and pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium to large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots & onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes, until they begin to get soft and the bottom of the pan begins to brown.

Add the 1/2 cup chicken broth to the shallots, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan while the broth reduces. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add the apricot jam and stir to combine. The sauce will thicken but should still be easily stirred.

Sandwiches:
Slice the bread in half and spread a little whole grain mustard on top half. Smear a layer of onion jam on the bottom half. Toss the apple slices in a little lemon juice, and then add them to the sandwich. Add a few leaves of lettuce and then top with a layer of cheese. Add a layer of chicken. Press the sandwich closed and cut into desired number of pieces.

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chickenmilanese_sm.jpgPan-fried breaded chicken topped with a salad of arugula, corn, tiny potatoes, and cherry tomatoes in a light lemon honey vinaigrette. One of my absolute favorite summer dishes, with a very pretty presentation.

For the salad:
5 to 6 fingerling potatoes
1 ear corn
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 large handfuls of baby lettuce or arugula (or a mix), washed and dried
optional: 3/4 cup sliced hearts of palm
juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper
2 ounces ricotta salata or fresh mozzarella, cubed
For the chicken:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin (about 1/4 inch)
salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
juice of 1/2 lemon
For the salad:
Bring a small pot of water to boil. Have a bowl of ice water off to the side. Add the fingerling potatoes to the pot and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until one can be sliced in half easily. Remove the potatoes from the pot with a slotted spoon and put in the ice bath until cool. Remove, pat dry, and slice into 1/4-inch rounds.

Cook the ear of corn, in its husk, in the microwave- on high for 3 minutes. Remove, allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then shuck. Cut the kernels off the cob and add to a bowl with the potatoes, tomatoes, lettuces, and hearts of palm. (note: can use canned or frozen corn)

Make the vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, vinegar, and mustard in a bowl and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly stream in the olive oil while whisking vigorously. Add honey to taste. Set aside until the chicken is cooked (you'll dress the salad and use the ricotta salata when you plate the food).

For the chicken:
Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a very large (14-inch) skillet over high heat. Pour the beaten eggs into a shallow pie plate. Pile the breadcrumbs onto a plate or in another pie plate and season with salt and pepper (mix the salt and pepper in with your fingers).

Working with one chicken breast at a time, dip it into the eggs, then allow the excess to drip off. Place it in the breadcrumbs and coat on both sides, then gently lay the chicken breast into the pan. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for about 4 minutes on each side, flipping carefully with tongs, until the breadcrumbs are a deep golden color and crispy. Remove the chicken from the pan, set on a plate, and squeeze the lemon juice over them.

To serve, toss the salad with the vinaigrette. Place one chicken breast on each plate and top with the salad. Crumble the ricotta salata on top of each salad and season with salt and pepper.

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pizza_crust_sm.jpgWith no rise-and-wait time, this is the fastest homemade pizza crust I've found. The finished product is a perfect thin crust pizza: crisp and crackerlike but sturdy enough to support mounds of toppings without getting soggy. The technique of rolling out the crust on parchment paper and then transferring it directly to the pizza stone saves a lot of hassle (and burned fingers!).

3/4 cups (6 ounces) of water
1/2 teaspoon of active-dry yeast (if using instant yeast, you don't need to dissolve it during the first step)
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Makes 2 pizzas

About 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking, pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees. If you have a baking stone, put it on a rack in the lower-middle part of the oven.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, heat the water until it feels barely lukewarm when you test it with your finger (if the water is so hot that you can't leave your finger in it, wait for it to cool down). Add the yeast to the water and use a fork or whisk to stir it into the water. Set this aside for a few minutes and allow the yeast to dissolve.

Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the water-yeast mixture. Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine everything together. When it comes together into a cohesive ball (see image below), turn it out onto the counter along with any extra flour in the bowl that hasn't yet gotten worked in.

Knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and elastic to the touch--about five minutes.The dough should still feel moist and slightly tacky. If it's sticking to your hands and counter-top like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it's smooth and silky (below).
Use a bench scraper to divide the dough in two.

Tear off two pieces of parchment paper roughly 12-inches wide. Work one piece of the dough in your hands and form it into a large disk. Lay the disk of dough on the parchment paper.

Working from the middle of the dough outwards, use the heel of your hand to gently press the dough outward until it's about 1/4 of an inch thick or less. You can also use a rolling pin for this part. Repeat with the second piece of dough.

Note: The dough will stick to the parchment paper, making it easier for you to roll out. You'll bake the pizza right on the parchment paper. As it cooks, the dough will release from the parchment, and you can slide the paper out before serving.

Topping and Baking the Dough:

Spoon a few tablespoons of sauce into the center of each pizza and use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the edges. Pile on all of your toppings except the cheese.

Using a bread peel or the backside of a baking sheet, slide your pizza (still on the parchment) onto the baking stone in the oven. If you don't have a baking stone, just bake it right on the baking sheet.

Bake for about 5 minutes and then rotate the pizza 180-degrees (most ovens have 'hot spots' your pizza will bake unevenly if it's not rotated). Bake for another 3 minutes and then sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for another 2-3 minutes until the edges are golden brown and crispy.

Remove your pizza from oven and let it cool on a wire rack. At this point, you can slide the parchment paper out from under the pizza. Repeat with second pizza.

Let both pizzas cool for about five minutes and serve.

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asian_pizza_sm.jpgAn Asian pizza sounds like a strange idea, but this combination of tangy peanut sauced chicken, Swiss & mozzarella cheeses and a crispy crust was outstanding. Plus, if you have one person make the crust and another make the chicken, it comes together remarkably quickly for a weeknight meal.

3/4  cup  rice vinegar
1/4  cup  firmly packed brown sugar
1/4  cup  low-sodium soy sauce
3  tablespoons  water
1  tablespoon  minced peeled fresh ginger (optional)
2  tablespoons  chunky peanut butter
1/2  to 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4  garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray
1/2  pound  skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2  cup  (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace)
1/4  cup  (1 ounce) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4  cup  chopped green onions
Pizza crust

Preheat oven to 500°.

Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl; stir well with a whisk.

Heat a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add chicken, and sauté 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan.

Pour rice vinegar mixture into pan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook mixture 6 minutes or until slightly thickened. Return chicken to pan; cook 1 minute or until chicken is done. (Mixture will be consistency of thick syrup.)

Sprinkle cheeses over prepared crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border, and top with chicken mixture. Bake at 500° for 12 minutes on bottom rack in oven (or according to pizza crust directions). Sprinkle with green onions. Place pizza on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes.

6 servings (really only feeds 2-3 people)
Calories: 293 (22% from fat)
Fat: 7.3g (sat 2.9g,mono 2.6g,poly 1.2g)
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walnutrosemarychicken_sm.jpgDelicious oven-fried chicken with a crunchy nut-rosemary crust.

1/4  cup  low-fat buttermilk
2  tablespoons  Dijon mustard
4  (6-ounce) chicken cutlets
1/3  cup  panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/3  cup  finely chopped walnuts
2  tablespoons  grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3/4  teaspoon  minced fresh or dried rosemary
1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425°.

Combine buttermilk and mustard in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken to buttermilk mixture, turning to coat.

Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add panko to pan; cook 3 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Combine panko, nuts, and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a shallow dish. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture; discard buttermilk mixture. Dredge chicken in panko mixture.

Arrange a wire rack on a large baking sheet; coat rack with cooking spray. Arrange chicken on rack; coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until chicken is done. Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.

Calories: 287
Fat: 9.4g (sat 1.6g,mono 1.6g,poly 5.1g)
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turkey_kale_soup_sm.jpgThis soup was ad-libbed into existence through so many substitutions and tweaks to a recipe that it was completely different at the end. But the final result, I think, is better than the original.  The slightly bitter kale is nicely balanced by the sweet potatoes and red pepper, and the ground turkey pushes it over into the category of comfort food. Ingredient amounts and cooking times are approximate.

1 lb. ground turkey
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 bunch (or more) kale (or other leafy green such as chard), stems and large veins discarded, leaves chopped into bite size pieces
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
4 c. chicken broth (low sodium)
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, and chopped into bite-size cubes
salt, pepper
herbs (suggestions: oregano, basil, sage, rosemary)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes until tender but not mushy.

Saute ground turkey in large soup pot until cooked through. Remove, drain. Heat a little olive oil in the same pot over medium heat, add onion, saute until soft and transparent. Add red pepper and kale, cook until kale is well wilted and pepper is tender. Add turkey, tomatoes, broth, and herbs. Simmer 10 minutes or so to allow flavors to meld. Add sweet potatoes, cook a couple minutes until heated through.
stovetoproastchicken.jpgA rare easy and fairly quick (~30-40 minute) recipe from Cook's Illustrated. True to form, the chicken is cooked in a three step, sear-steam-crisp process, but in happens pretty fast and with only one pan. The pan sauce only takes a few minutes and is well worth it.

Chicken:
3 1/2 lbs bone-in, skin on chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and/or drumsticks)
salt and pepper
1 tbs. vegetable oil, divided
1 c. low sodium chicken broth
Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tsp. oil in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chicken pieces skin-side down and cook without moving until golden brown, 5-8 minutes.
Flip chicken skin-side up. Reduce head to medium-low, add 3/4 c. broth to skillet, cover, and cook until thermometer in thickest part of chicken reads 155 degrees for breasts and 170 degrees for legs and thighs, 10-16 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate, skin-side up.
Pour off liquid from skillet into 2-cup measuring cup and reserve. Using tongs, wipe skillet with paper towels. Add remaining tsp. oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering. Return chicken pieces skin-side down and sook undisturbed until skin is deep golden brown and crisp and it reaches 160 degrees for breasts and 175 degrees for legs and thighs, 4-7 minutes. Transfer to serving platter and tent loosely with foil.

Lemon-Herb Sauce:
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 medium shallot or small onion, minced
1 tsp. flour
1/2 lemon, juiced (~1 tbs.)
1.5 tbs. fresh parsley, minced (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1.2 tbs fresh chives, minced (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves)
1 tbs. butter (optional)
salt and pepper
Skim fat from reserved cooking liquid and add enough broth to measure 3/4 cup.
Heat oil in now-empty skillet over low heat. Add shallot (or onion) and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high, add reserved cooking liquid, and bring to simmer. Simmer rapidly until reduced to 1/2 cup, 2-3 minutes. Stir in any accumulated juices from resting chicken, return to simmer and cook 30 seconds. Off heat, whisk in lemon juice, herbs, and butter (if using). Season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce around chicken and serve.

Derived from Cook's Illustrated, Nov-Dec 2008

lemonhoneychicken.JPGHoney, lemon, and garlic flavored dark meat chicken, goes well over rice with some green vegetable on the side. 
 

8 - 10 dark meat chicken pieces
salt and freshly ground pepper to season
1 tbsp olive oil
4-5 slices of ginger
1 head of garlic, all cloves peeled and crushed
few thyme sprigs
2 tbsp white wine
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon, finely sliced
Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Brown the chicken pieces on each side over high heat for 2-3 mins until golden brown. Remove from pan.

Add ginger, garlic and thyme to the pan. Stir fry lightly.

Add white wine to deglaze the pan. Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey.

Pour in hot water, add the lemon slices and drumsticks. Lower heat to medium high, let the liquid bubble until it becomes thick, about 10 minutes or until the drumsticks cook through. Add spoonful water at a time if the sauce becomes dry.

Original recipe

A simple summer recipe with fresh tomato & corn salad. Not earth-shattering, but good and pretty quick to put together.

Chicken:
1  tablespoon  olive oil
1 1/2  teaspoons  ground coriander
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
1/4  teaspoon  chili powder
1/8  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salad:
2  cups  cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4  cup  sliced green onion tops
2  tablespoons  thinly sliced fresh basil
1  tablespoon  balsamic vinegar
1  teaspoon  olive oil
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
1  (7-ounce) can whole-kernel corn, drained or 4 corn cobs
optional: arugula

To prepare the chicken, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine coriander and the next 5 ingredients (coriander through 1/8 teaspoon black pepper); rub evenly over both sides of chicken. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done.

To prepare salad, combine tomatoes and remaining ingredients, tossing well. Slice chicken; serve over salad.

Optional: Use fresh corn on the cob, if in season. Roast corn under broiler for ~18 minutes until golden, turning cobs every so often.

4 servings (serving size: about 4 1/2 ounces chicken and 3/4 cup salad)     

Calories: 296 (23% from fat)
Fat: 7.4g (sat 1.3g,mono 4g,poly 1.1g)
Original recipe

Ridiculously easy sweet and sour chicken, using frozen fried chicken breasts and a ketchup based sauce. Not the most healthy or organic thing in the world, but delicious and great for unexpected entertaining or potlucks. Serve with sticky white rice and steamed broccoli or green beans.

1 Pkg. Tyson Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets (about 5 pieces)
1/3 C. almonds (chopped, toasted)
1 set of green onions (finely chopped)

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
6 T. Ketchup
6 T. Sugar
2 T. white vinegar
1 C. water
1 T. cornstarch
Fully cook chicken in oven according to instructions. While chicken is baking, combine 1/2 C. water and cornstarch until dissolved. In small sauce pan, combine ketchup, sugar, vinegar, 1/2 C. water and bring to soft boil. Add cornstarch/water mixture and simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly! (will burn if ignored). After chicken is cooked, cut chicken into bite sized pieces, and pour sweet & sour sauce over chicken. Sprinkle green onions and almonds (toasted=good) on top of chicken

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