GARLICKY GREEK LEMON CHICKEN

Greek Chicken Dinner 029The Umami Flavor Bomb!

On cooking show competitions it is always a compliment to hear that your food has Umami. You, know, that bold flavor bomb that comes from strong ingredients like garlic, bacon, onion, cheese, pepper, anchovies or lemon/lime, AKA the 7 wonders of the food world. u·ma·mi /o͞oˈmämē/noun: Umami

  • a category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate.

I love food with Middle Eastern flavors such Sumac, Feta and Greek Chicken Dinner 026Greek Yogurt. I used to Belly Dance at the Kabob House. One of my favorite dishes was their Lamb Kabob and Rice, seasoned with Sumac. So here is my take on a baked chicken, marinated with Sumac and Greek Yogurt. Opa!

GREEK CHICKEN INGREDIENTS:

1. Chicken fresh bone-in, such as thighs or breasts, 2-3 ½ lb. (or use Frozen Chicken that you can defrost over 3 days)

2. Stubb’s Chicken Marinade Mix Citrus & Onion, 1 oz

3. Sumac, recommended Zamouri Spices, 2-3 tablespoons

4. Greek Yogurt Traditional Plain, recommended The Greek Gods, 8-16 oz.Samsung 309

5. Anchovies, recommended Crown Prince, 2 oz.

6. Feta cheese chunk, recommended President, 4 oz.

7. Feta cheese crumbles, recommended President, 4 oz. for garnish

8. Olive Medley (Kalamata pitted, whole and sliced, Green Salad sliced, Black Olives sliced) ¾ cup

9. Capers non-pareil, recommended Crosse & Blackwell, ¼ cup

10. Lemons, 2 (slice one and dice the other into 4 chunks)

11. Tomato, dice into 4 chunksGreek Chicken Dinner 014

12. Garlic, 5 cloves

13. Vinegar (your favorite, Red Wine, Apple Cider, Balsamic, etc.)

14. Rosemary Leaf, ½ teaspoon, divided

15. Tarragon Leaf, ½ teaspoon, divided

16. Naan Bread, 1 per meal

17. Truffle Oil, 1 teaspoon or less for Naan

GREEK CHICKEN INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Garlic Greek Chicken 015Fresh Chicken (add to Ziplock bag and cover with Sumac and Chicken Marinade). I was not baking my chicken that day, so I froze it.

2. For fresh chicken, add the Yogurt and marinade for ½ hour or longer

3. For frozen chicken, add the Yogurt to the bag and thaw in refrigerator for 3 days

4. Preheat oven to 325 when ready to cook

5. Season lemon and tomatoes with ¼ of Rosemary and Tarragon Leaf

6. Add chicken to baking dish and cover with Anchovy oil

7. Put the Anchovies beneath the chicken pieces and top the Anchovies with GarlicGreek Chicken 003

8. Add the Olive Medley with Capers between pieces and cover with Feta Cheese Chunk slices

9. Cover chicken with Lemon slices

10. Pour vinegar over the chicken

11. Cover with ¼ of Rosemary and Tarragon Leaf

12. Cover with foil

13. Bake at 325 for 1 hourGreek Chicken 006

14. Remove foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

15. Add Truffle Oil to lemon and tomato chunks

16. Grill Lemon and tomato chunks

17. Remove and grill Naan bread for 2 minutes per side to get grill marks

SAFFRON RICE INGREDIENTS:

  1. Yellow Saffron Rice, recommended Mahatma, 5 oz.
  2. Turkey Broth and/or water 1 ½ to 2 cups
  3. Chicken Bouillon Cubes, 2Greek Chicken Dinner 001
  4. Feta cheese crumbles, recommended President, 4 oz. for garnish
  5. Greek Yogurt Traditional Plain, recommended The Greek Gods, 2 tablespoons
  6. Saffron, recommended Sun Brand, 5 to 10 strands
  7. Truffle Oil, 1 teaspoon
  8. Truffle Zest, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Butter, 2 pats, separated
  10. Rosemary Leaf, ½ teaspoon
  11. Tarragon Leaf, ½ teaspoon

SAFFRON RICE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add Truffle Oil, Truffle Zest, 1 Butter pat, Rosemary and Tarragon and heat for 2 minutes in your sauce pan
  2. Prepare according to Rice package directions.
  3. Add Bouillon Cubes and Broth/Water to pan and bring to a boilGarlic Greek Chicken 011
  4. Add rice, cover pan, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  5. Stir in Yogurt, Feta Cheese crumbles and 1 Butter pat

I am out of Tzatziki sauce at the moment. However, you can whip one up using Yogurt, Lemon juice (from the grilled lemons), Garlic and Dill. Perhaps, I will make that tomorrow, using my mini Chop Blender.

The baked Feta Cheese chunk slices mimic Greek Flaming Cheese: Saganaki! Even though it was baked, it did become crisp and benefit from the Olive Tapenade, Balsamic Vinegar and Anchovy Umami. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saganaki

  • In Greek cuisine, Saganaki (Greek σαγανάκι) is any one of a variety of dishes prepared in a small frying pan, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese. Garlic Greek Chicken 004
  • The cheese used in cheese saganaki is usually graviera, kefalograviera, halloumi, kasseri, kefalotyri, or sheep’s milk feta cheese. Regional variations include the use of formaela cheese in Arachova, halloumi in Cyprus, and vlahotiri in Metsovo. The cheese is melted in a small frying pan until it is bubbling and generally served with lemon juice and pepper. It is eaten with bread.
  • Other dishes cooked in a saganaki pan include shrimp saganaki (Greek: γαρίδες σαγανάκι, garídes saganáki), and mussels saganaki (Greek: μύδια σαγανάκι, mýdia saganáki), which are typically feta-based and include a spicy tomato sauce.
  • In many United States and Canadian restaurants, after being fried, the saganaki cheese is flambéed at the table (sometimes with a shout of “opa![2]), and the flames then usually extinguished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This is called “flaming saganaki” and apparently originated in 1968 atGarlic Greek Chicken 005 The Parthenon restaurant in Chicago‘s Greektown,[2][3][4][5] based on the suggestion of a customer to owner Chris Liakouras.[6].

That was the best and most flavorful rice I have ever made in my lifetime. It might be just as good as the Kabob House, but it will be just the Umami I need for dinner! Opa!

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TACO PIZZA NACHO MASHUP

Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 044My refrigerator and deep freezer has been called a “Food Museum” so I finally got around to cleaning out my fridge. I started by throwing out the old condiments. Some dated back to 2016. Pickle juice spilled on one shelf and dried up, so I had to use a knife to remove it.

On the next trash day, I can get around to cleaning out the deep freezer. In the fridge freezer, I found frozen food, dating back to 2017. Once I had a clear picture of the remaining, fresh foods, I could start planning my dinner menus for 1 to 4 weeks.

I am trying to get away with eating a Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese or Spam Egg & Cheese for breakfast. So now I eat Cottage Cheese with fruit, or Oatmeal with Orange juice. I am going to get away Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 018from a “Bread-based” breakfast and go for a Taco Mix up, using Corn Tortillas, Scrambled Eggs, Pepper Jack Cheese and Chorizo (veggie) crumbles: Burrito style. Not every day, but just to get out of the rut of eating Cottage Cheese or Oatmeal every day. That can get boring.

I like to mix up other food meals. After cleaning the fridge, I knew that I had a Pizza leftover from making Naan Puttanesca Pizza. I froze the remaining one. So what to do with it?

I thought about making Taco Style Beef Macaroni & Cheese or Frito Taco Pie. But I wanted something different and came up with a plan to concoct a Taco Pizza.

Ground ChuckI love how food is so diverse, that it only needs a “vehicle” to bring the meal together. Instead of using a pizza crust, I have also made a Pizza Quiche with a pie crust as the vehicle. Or, for a smaller Thanksgiving meal, I have used the Stove Top Stuffing as the vehicle for an all-in-one dinner that uses a Turkey Breast, Oysters, Cream of Celery Soup and dried Cranberries. Come to tBeef Chorizohink of it, the next time I do that, I need to make it into a Shepard’s Pie and add Mashed Potatoes on top.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Chuck, 1 lb.
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended Cacique, 9 oz.Doritos Salsa Verde
  3. Pizza Crust, recommended Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza
  4. Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, recommended Ro*Tel, 10 oz.
  5. Taco Seasoning, recommended Williams, 1.25 oz.
  6. Shredded Cheese, recommended Queso Quesadilla, 8 oz
  7. Taco Chips, recommended Doritos Salsa Verde, 5 to 7 chips per slice
  8. Olives- Sliced, Green & Black mixed, ¼ cup
  9. Jalapeno peppers, diced or sliced
  10. Sour Cream, recommended Daisy, 1 dollop
  11. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cheese QuesoPre-heat oven to 350, I also pre-heat the skillet and grill pan for 2 minutes before using
  2. Blend ground chuck and chorizo, then brown in pan
  3. Drain (Chorizo tastes great, but is very greasy)
  4. Mix Taco seasoning, Diced Tomatoes and Olives then add to beef
  5. Spray pan and heat Naan Pizza Crust for a few minutes on each side in a grill pan or skillet
  6. Move the pizza crust to a pizza pan and apply 4 ounces of cheese on bottom layer
  7. Add Beef Mixture on Top and bake for 15 minutes, then rest for 15 minutes
  8. Cut into 4 slices
  9. Crumble 5 to 7 Dorito chips on each sliceTaco Pizza Nacho Mashup 023
  10. Cover with 1 ounce of cheese and Jalapeno peppers on each slice (one at a time, as this will be 4 days of pizza for me). Only add the Doritos on the day you eat it, so the chips won’t get soggy.
  11. Put in Toaster Oven or Microwave to melt cheese for a few minutes
  12. Do a dollop of Daisy and then chow down on your Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup!

Recommended pairing: ♪Margarita Cha, Cha Cha♫! Daily’s Frozen Margarita Cocktail , 10 oz and Pepe Lopez Tequila 50 ml

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NAAN PUTTANESCA PIZZA

Pizza 027There is a story behind this dish. My family loves my take on Spaghetti, so much, that they call it: Spazghetti! I was making my famous Spazghetti at my brother’s house, decided to reveal the secret to the flavor: Puttanesca!

My nieces Lena and Lekia thought I was making it up, because I was drunk. Yes, of course I was drinking! We made up a silly song: Puttanesca, Puttanesca, Putt, Putt, Putt!

I had to look up the word Puttanesca on the internet to prove that this was not some made up drunken nonsense.

Even though my family loves my Spazghetti, many did not know Pizza 025that I used Anchovies in it. Some people hate or dislike Anchovies. I used to eat Sardines as a kid, but I cannot stand the small bones on any fish. So I cook them down, only to use the flavor. And yes, Puttanesca is the real deal. From Wikipedia:

Spaghetti alla puttanesca (pronounced [spaˈɡetti alla puttaˈneska]; “spaghetti in the style of a prostitute” in Italian) is an Italian pasta dish invented in Naples in the mid-20th century. Its ingredients typically include tomatoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers and garlic. See, I was not drunk after all. So there!

This brings up a memory of my sister Gina, when she worked as a maid in a fancy hotel, on the Plaza. She would bring home this super large meat pizza with brisket and all Pizza 003sorts of meats. Thanks for the inspiration Gina!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage, 1 lb.
  2. Pepperoni, divide into 2 groups, 6 oz.
  3. Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza (they are well known for the Naan bread, and this looks just like it)
  4. Anchovies 2 oz. can
  5. Tomato Pesto, recommended: Mezzetta, 3 teaspoons
  6. Black and Green Olives, ¼ to ½ cup
  7. Goat Cheese crumbles, 2 oz.
  8. Mozzarella Cheese Pearls, 4 oz.
  9. Gouda Cheese, 12 slices
  10. Pizza 004Asiago, Romano, Parmesan Salad Blend, recommended BelGioioso, 2 oz.
  11. Tomatoes on the Vine, diced, 2
  12. Green Pepper, diced, 1
  13. Garlic, diced 5 cloves
  14. Italian Seasoning or Herbs du Provence
  15. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Cook Anchovies for 5 to 7 minutes on low
  3. Move the Anchovies to the back of skillet and add the Italian Sausage
  4. Add the diced Garlic and cook for a few minutes
  5. DrainPizza 031
  6. Dice the Green Peppers and Tomatoes and sprinkle Italian Seasoning or Herbs du Provence on top
  7. Mix together Sausage, Anchovies, Garlic, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Black & Green Olives in a mixing bowl
  8. Spray Pizza Pan with Cooking Spray
  9. Arrange 1/2 Pepperoni on bottom of Pizza Crust and top with 6 Gouda Cheese slices
  10. Add Meat mixture on top, even it out, top with Parmesan cheese blend
  11. Add 6 Gouda slices, and put remaining Pepperoni on top
  12. Create a foil tent over Pizza
  13. Cook for 45 minutes and let stand 30 minutes before cutting

Pizza 016THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS DONE!

The story writing process has completed and ready for tweaking. For the first time, I am using original artwork, as opposed to using stock photos from Shutterstock, DepositPhotos and the Library of Congress.

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Desperate Housewives like to Cook!

Pizza HomemadeI’m not desperate, or a housewife, but I still love to cook. One of my favorite shows is Desperate Housewives, in particular Season 4, Episode 13 “Hello Little Girl” which debuted on April 27, 2008. Bree and her frenemy join forces to start a catering business.

I have always dreamed about catering. I figured if Bree could do that in her basement, maybe I can too?

FrittersIn May 2016, I signed up for EatWith at www.eatwith.com. This company allows passionate home cooks and amateur chefs to host dinner parties. You can host or teach people how to make your famous meals.

My home at that time, was a work in progress. It did not have a proper outdoor eating area. And for some reason, the bats loved the dining room. Maybe it was the burgundy curtains? As a home Bacon Bacon Cowboy Beansowner, I am always in the quest to make my home presentable.

My current home is still a work in progress, but has so much more potential. I never use my dining room and hardly ever use the deck, so I can put them to work.

The host is paid one day after the meal. I noticed this one charges $78.00 per person: https://www.eatwith.com/events/45500?date=2019-06-02

Gyro CookedI am still in the process of developing a Business Plan for EatWith. I would like to start out one day per month, then every other week, then once a week.

Each meal would come with cans of soda pop, a side dish, appetizer and Dessert. Each meal has a theme.

Fall, Winter and early Spring

A Taste of Italy

Spaghetti, Asparagus, Texas Toast or Garlic Bread. AKA Spazgetti with Italian Sausage cooked in Anchovy oil, Pepperoni and Melted Cheese, Gyro SlicesRicotta Cheesecake.

Mexican Flavor

Chili Choices: Beef Chuck with Beef Chorizo. Or Chicken Chili with Pork Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Ground Turkey. Mexican Corn, Cornbread with Jalapeños and Queso Cheese, Dulce de Leche, or Tres Leche Cake.

A Whole New World of The Middle East

Hot TubGyro slices on Naan Bread with Tzatziki, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives and Red Onions, Saffron Rice, Greek Salad, Baklava.

Down Home Diner

Meatloaf, Tater Fritters with Potatoes, Bacon, Polish Sausage and Cheese, Fried Egg and Oven Butter Toast, Peas and Carrots, Carrot Cake.

European Delights

Bree1Beef or Chicken Alfredo with Egg Noodles, Salad, Dinner Rolls, Pie and Ice Cream.

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries and Egg Noodles, Brussel Sprouts, Biscuits with Lingonberry Jam.

Late Spring and Summer

Take me out to the Ballgame

Brats or Italian Sausage bathed in Beer and Onions in a slow cooker, then pop on the grill to get grill marks and smoky flavor, on a Sesame Seed Hoagie bun, Bacon-wrapped Corn on the Cob, Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad.

Bree2This one is more ambitious: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon-Bacon Cowboy Beans, Fries, Salad.

I love to create and develop new recipes, but the one thing I am not good at is baking. Rest assured, the pies, dinner rolls and baklava will be store bought, or a jazzed-up cake box mix.

I would need to create a test food order to get the cost for groceries, serving plates, cutlery and then compare to the sample price charged to find out the profit. For example, Hv-Vee charges $1.00 more for the Lingonberries than Price Chopper and Walmart does not carry them at all.

I can promote it on the Nextdoor app and do a test run to see how it goes.

Bree5Come to think of it, I already have one package of Brats in my freezer, and all of the mixings for Bacon-Bacon Cowboy Beans.

I’m not sure what type of license is required for a Bed and Breakfast, but if I buy a bed, that would put my guest room to work as well, along with the Dining room and Deck.

I may have to set a time limit, like 2 hours for the meals. Perhaps, Adults only in the hot tub. I’m not sure about other entertainment options, such as Bree4watching TV or using my portable Alexa Tap to listen to unlimited music of their choice.

Maybe it won’t hurt to test one dry run.

Just saying….

CAN YOU POST A COMMENT TO LET ME KNOW YOUR FAVORITE OR LEAST FAVORITE CATERING SUGGESTION? Thanks!

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 by Shalimar Ali (Dec 11, 2012)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga by Shalimar Ali, Shalimarali and N/A (Jul 25, 2012)

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