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Archive for January 22nd, 2012

New Cooking Adventures

by lizsy101 @ webshots

Our meals at home usually consist of the same “recipes.” Don’t get me wrong, they taste great and we do not get tired of them, but we seldom venture away from the usual. I wanted to try some new things, but I have to tell you that I do not cook conventionally—like following a recipe…not verbatim. I find what I like and enhance it whether it is starting from scratch or from someone else’s recipe.

My entrée recipes are named  ___(fill in the blank)___ SURPRISE, like Chicken Surprise or Beef Surprise… and surprise never means the exact same thing. Many times I start making one thing and turn it into something else. I can never pass these recipes on because I cook until I like it—whatever surprise I make. About the photo:  I could not locate my photo of the Big Chicken in Marietta but thought it looks better than chicken pieces. If you have never heard of the Big Chicken, here is info at Wikipedia – Big Chicken.

I want to tell you about the two new recipes we have recently tried (links are listed at the bottom of this post). Both were chicken. One was called Beer BBQ Chicken which is cooked in the crockpot and the other was Teriyaki Chicken which was marinated and then cooked under the broiler. In the past, I would buy Teriyaki marinade to use, so this was new for me. I really looked forward to the BBQ one, but I did not like it (is hate too much?). Before I served it, I doctored it up adding vinegar, letting it soak and then adding my BBQ sauce. The family loved it. So, if I do that recipe again, it will have to change—immensely. Notes have already been made and saved for next time.

Now, the Teriyaki Chicken was superb-just excellent, except…I did not have all of the ingredients the recipe called for. So, I improvised. Improvising can be risky but this turned out so good. Yum-my!!! It called for fresh ginger and rice vinegar—I substituted a little apple cider vinegar and orange juice and then added a bit of honey. I know that doesn’t sound right, but we loved it. I also left out the sherry, peppercorns, and sesame seeds. The family wanted to know when the next time we were having it…and that was before we finished eating. The recipe said to marinate no longer than 4 hours, but I think it needs to marinate 8 hours.

Here are the links for the chicken recipes and an alternate for the Teriyaki one just in case you want to give it a try. During the summer, we will probably grill the Teriyaki Chicken which will taste great.

Or, you can try experimenting on your own like I do…

Happy Gardening in your kitchen with whatever you try!

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