Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Healthy Coq Au Vin


This is a bit of a different recipe. Properly, coq au vin is cooked long and slow, and isn’t the healthiest dish ever. Eating Well took that and made a much healthier version, which still tastes absolutely amazing, and has rapidly become a favorite of both myself and my friends.

First you start out by coating the chicken in flour with a bit of seasoning, and searing them in a small amount of olive oil over medium heat. You want to reserve some of the flour and mix it with water for later use. The recipe calls for this to be done in a skillet, but I like doing it in a dutch oven.


Once the chicken is browned on all sides, transfer it to a plate, add a bit more olive oil, and throw in a bunch of vegetables. Mushrooms, carrots, and onions with a bit of rosemary are what we use here, but you could easily throw in some celery or even a turnip if you’d like.

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Entree, Healthy


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Today’s post is going to be quick and easy. I’m working my way through a list of gifts to can and give to friends for Christmas, and this is one of the easiest. You take a bunch of ingredients, run them through a food processor, then put ’em in jars and water bath can them quick. So. here we go:

Get a bunch of your favorite salsa ingredients and chop them. I use roma tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos (half roasted), a bell pepper, some onion, dried ancho chiles (though california or other dried chiles work too), a little olive oil, lime juice, and some chili powder for extra heat.


Mix them together in a bowl.

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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Appetizer/Snack, Canning


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Peanut + Noodles + Easy = Win!


Last night was a long night of shopping (see the nice new white bowl?), so I didn’t even get home until 7, when I started marinating chicken for some kung pao for dinner. As something to put with it, I decided to try’s warm peanut and sesame noodles. Since it was 9pm, I loved the fact that these were easy. How easy? This easy:

Set a pot of water boiling to cook (for 2) half a box of whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles. Put those noodles in whenever the water reaches a rolling boil, and follow the box instructions for cooking. Then take 3 cloves of garlic and fry them up in some canola oil in a skillet.


Add in sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, sriracha, creamy peanut butter, and some boiling water. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick, creamy, and hot.

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Entree, Healthy


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Bacon and blue cheese… mmm…

Bacon and blue cheese… mmm…


After two consecutive healthy posts, I think it’s high time we had some more bacon around here. So this is my absolute favorite appetizer to cook up for a dinner party: blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. If you want to really make it amazing, you can even make a balsamic reduction to drizzle over it, but I almost never actually get around to that, and these are fantastic as they are. They don’t do as well cold, though, so you can prep them ahead of time but need to bake them just before you serve them.

All you need is some pitted dates (not chopped. that was just a mistake on my part I didn’t realize until right after I started making them), a package of bacon, and some blue cheese. Crumbled, not, it doesn’t matter. If you want to double this recipe, one 5 oz container of blue cheese still gives you enough cheese for 2 8oz packages of dates and 2 lbs of bacon.


First, take a pitted date and pry it open.

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Appetizer/Snack


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