Archive for June, 2015


Chicken and mushrooms (stew)

Chicken and mushrooms are a excellent combination.

Half a chicken, cut into several pieces, brown on bacon fat in a deep pan,

hello ! remove and continue till all the pieces are browned.



Prepare the veggies, parsnips,onions, carrots and mushrooms, course dice.

IMG_8230After the chicken is browned, add the veggies…

IMG_8232season , I found a bit of Italian ham and and tossed that in also…

IMG_8233…..and cook till caramelized,

IMG_8234 Return the chicken to the pot..

IMG_8235Add the carrots…

IMG_8236…and the mushrooms.

Cover and cook till chicken is done and carrots are tender.

IMG_8238 Serve over a bed of rice, noodles would be better.



Cod Parmesan

Yep, more fish in your (my) diet and use of tomato sauce….

A thawed cod fillet. Breaded.


Fry the fish in a bit of oil.IMG_8250

Prepare a pan for the oven.

IMG_8252Add the fish topped with Parmesan








Boil up some pasta….IMG_8260

Fish is cooked…IMG_8261

Serve over the pasta…IMG_8262

I added a single meat ball !IMG_8263


meatball sandwich

Recently, I cooked up a batch of tomato sauce, then later made a small batch of meatballs separately. Either I have small amount of pasta with sauce and meatballs, or I use the sauce  in different recipes.

The tomato sauce is made with a Mirpoix  base to incorporate some veggies into the mix. One can diced tomatoes, one can crushed tomatoes, one can tomato soup, one can tomato paste. Add red wine and stock. Similar to a previous post  Meat Balls and Tomato Sauce.

Slice some homemade or high quality bread and place in a 400 degree oven. A few mushrooms rescued from the fridge with olive oil in another tray and place in the oven.

Slice the meatballs, or some people mash them, I like them chunky. I also added some prepared green peppers.

(To prepare the green peppers, on a gas stove, works best, directly over the burner, char the exterior of the peppers to blacken, over the open flame. Place the charred peppers directly in a brown paper bag or enclosed container. Continue with each pepper till completed and go find something to do as the peppers cool. Remove the peppers from the bag. Cut out the stems and scrape the blackened charred skin from the peppers, severing the peppers into quarters and scrape the interior of ribs and seeds. You now have peppers steaks, so to speak. Containerize with olive oil for use. Don’t forget the classic pepper and egg sandwich sandwich! The peppers are good even fried in olive oil as a side dish.)

When the mushrooms are cooked and the bread crusty, remove from the oven. Add a layer of tomato sauce, IMG_8276Then the meatballs, green peppers, sauce  and mushrooms. Top with cheese(s).

IMG_8277  IMG_8278

Return to the oven and heat and or broil you desired doneness.



Summer chocolate stout brine smoked chicken

reposted from Peabody Pico

Peabody Pico

One of the few times Ive used my beer for cooking.

Stout brine for 1/2  chicken..  one gallon baggie…

modified recipe from A home Brew  Chef

16 oz Chocolate StoutBeer*
1QuartsWater or ice
1/4Cup     Kosher Salt
1/8   Cup     Sugar
2        Each   Bay Leaves
Dried Thyme,
        Dried Oregano
1/2Each   Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped
  Lemon Juice
1Each   Large Garlic Clove, peeled and sliced
 * Basically the lighter the beer , the longer the brine time, recommended stout time is 6 hours


Halved a chicken , saved one half for another use.IMG_8204

Brine the chicken in a bag or container. This mix I let brine in the fridge for about 8 hours.

IMG_8205After the brine….

IMG_8221Fire up the smoker !


I opted for oak pellets and soaked oak chips… Not afraid of…

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Bok Choy beef burger

Cleaning up post drafts and pictures.

The return of the burger and first grill of the season.

I just t threw a grate over the charcoal starter with out emptying  out the coals.

sort of a mini turbo charcoal grille.

Just a picture of the finish,

Store bought sesame seed buns.

From May 30th..

IMG_8126You  need a  high gravity stout to make this a filling meal, or go with multiple session able lagers.

IMG_8127Start with the toasted  bottom bun, add bok choy leaves, burger, cheese, mushrooms, onion, sauce, and the top bun.



Fish on the menu

Oh , maybe you noticed,  I’m supposed to have more fish in my diet?

A few meals consolidated into this post.

Pasta with fish.

IMG_8077Oh well , just go with frozen fish….

IMG_7879Garnish with grated cheese, hot pepper flakes and sardines !

Diced  fresh tomato would be good with this…

Ok , take a break from the hamburger… iterations of the fish sandwich…

frozen cod from the store, thawed… flour as usual..

IMG_8162seasoned flour…

IMG_8163Frying seems to have gone out of favor, just a small amount of oil, yes there will be some splatter, iIdon’t have a screen for the top of the fry pan. So just wipe the stove top periodically.

IMG_8164The golden brown coating…

IMG_8165If you like you can used the store bought air bread or hamburger rolls, is what I call it, but to bulk up the ‘which toast up some thick sliced homemade bread.

IMG_8166Simple but effective, you can spice it up herbs and hot peppers etc.

IMG_8167Here is another fish sandwich,  a grilled onion ring, a dollop of mayo and roasted hot pepper relish.

IMG_8170There you have it ….





Steak with roasted veggies

Dice up those veggies !

IMG_7893  Veggies, caramelization

IMG_7894Grille a steak to your liking….

Serve up with the veggies, bread and grated cheese…

IMG_7896Nuff said….



Breakfast wraps

Basically and scrambled egg in a wrap

Onion, sausage and left over potato sauteed,

IMG_7776drop in a couple of eggs and some seasonings and herbs

IMG_7777Scramble it up and place in a wrap with grated cheese.

IMG_7779Wrap, return to broiler, I like it crispy, garnish with ricotta and fresh fruit.



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