The secret to a good sear is to remove as much surface moisture from the protein, and make sure the oil is damn near smoking. Also, leave the meat alone! It will let you know when it's ready to flip over. If you start poking at it, and it's sticking? It's not ready. If it moves around or releases with minimum effort, it's ready. Now that you know those basics, you shouldn't have trouble getting a wonderful color and crust on your fish, chicken, or steak.
Kale is another one of those "super amazing superfoods" that helped me shed the pounds this year. You can really customize this quick and easy recipe to your personal needs. Here is one of my favorite ways to cook this bitter green down to deliciousness. I'm cheating by using pre-washed kale in a bag, purchased from Wegmans. It's absolutely delicious. Although I'm not a fan of stems, and there are a few in here...it's still a great dish. You can pick them out if you want -- I usually do because I'm petty. Adding just a touch of honey at the end really mutes the bitterness associated with this vitamin-packed dark leafy green. You can use this recipe for any "tough" green vegetable, it works great with swiss or rainbow chard.
Since January 1, 2014, I've been focusing on my health and losing weight. I've lived off an 80% clean diet with plenty of exercise, and had to part delicious ways with my beloved heavy cream pastas, super cheesy yeast breads, and sugar-laden bowls of dairy. I mean, we still hook up from time to time -- but those days of eating them frequently WHILE sitting on my ass in front of a computer for 40 hours a week are long gone. I had to really focus on this. The hard work is continuing to pay off, as I'm down 40lbs and a crazy number of inches and still going strong. Don't get things twisted, I am still about the comfort foods -- I've just learned how to keep it cute.
Spinach, broccoli, hericot verts, kale, brussels, and asparagus are our most frequently eaten green vegetables in this house. I realize I haven't posted any vegetable recipes, and there's a reason for that -- I honestly thought no one cared lol. I treat veggies with respect most times, and keep them rather simple for our quick weeknight noms. Sometimes I'll do something fancy with them, but not frequently. I didn't think anyone wanted to know how I did this, but I guess I can post my quick and easy vegetable recipes as well as the more involved versions too, right? Wouldn't hurt...
If I had a list of the most comforting things I've ever made, this would top that list. I'm getting sleepy just writing about it. This is the perfect rainy-day, nothing-else-to-do, nowhere-to-go, i'm-not-leaving-the-bed-and-you-can't-make-me meal. It's like a delicious, flavorful hug for your entire being. It's all of these things without being too heavy, but let's just face it -- turkey makes you sleepy. This meal is "rustic", it's not supposed to look perfect, it's just supposed to taste really good -- and it does. There's also no formal way to eat this -- you just scoop n'serve!
You ever eat something so good that you start cussing? Because that's exactly what happened after my sweety and I savored every buttery, flaky bite of these delicious and adorable little pies. We stared each other down and shook our heads in decadent disgust as we devoured every bite -- cussing each other out in the most romantic way possible. The sheer frustration that possessed us both let me know that this is one of those treats I'd have to make quite often, just to keep balance in our home.
You're probably bored to death with bland, dried out turkey -- right? Well, you should be -- it's an abomination. No one deserves flavorless, dried out turkey. Please, people! Don't do it to your family. Our loved ones deserve better. I'm here to save the day by providing you with 12 great turkey recipes that help take a typical bland bird and turn it into the star of the dinner table -- the way it should be. These recipes help broaden your culinary mental capacity by introducing the often disrespected bird, and packing them with extra bold flavors. Some traditional, some totally out of the box -- all delicious.
Listen, I love stuffing. I. Love. Stuffing. Nothing beats homemade stuffing. I knew that once I became an adult I'd have to make it from scratch like all of the lovely women in my family. You can seriously take your recipe variations to the moon, the possibilities of flavor are endless. That's because I truly believe everything tastes tastes with bread. Seriously, it's the one part of the meal that always fits no matter what. They serve a variation of bread with practically every meal in every cuisine, so when you take that concept and run with it, you get delicious stuffing.
It's the most, wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeear! Turkey. Stuffing. Potatoes. Veggies. Gravy. Cranberries. Fresh sage. Family. OMG! Thanksgiving will always and forever be my Christmas. I love it, it's my favorite holiday of all time. Why? Because food, that's why lol. I love food. You do too, that's why you're here. Today's food lesson is all about turkey. As I've said in a previous post, I'm not cooking our actual Thanksgiving meal this year -- we're flying home to visit my parents. But I needed these flavors ASAP and I couldn't wait. The plus-side? I'm sharing these recipes with you.