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  1. Friday, November 6, 2009

    Meet the new hottie in my life…Cayenne Pepper

    I have fallen in love with cayenne pepper.

    cayenne pepper web

    I must inform you all that until a few months ago I was a total wimp when it came to spicy (as in hot) food. I always bought mild or medium salsa. If I saw the little pepper symbol on a Chinese food menu, I wouldn’t even consider the dish as an option.

    That is until we discovered Back-A-Yard, the Caribbean restaurant I told you about a few months ago. Their jerk chicken is pretty spicy, but of course I had to try it, it’s their thing. Boy am I glad I did. Since that day my tolerance for spicy food has increased 10 fold. I’m not scared anymore! I embrace the spice! In fact, at the BlogHer Food after party, there were these chicken kabobs that everyone was saying were too spicy…and they didn’t even phase me. I have officially numbed my taste buds and boy am I proud. I’m not your typical gringo anymore!

    Which is why I’m in love with cayenne pepper. It’s such a great spice for kicking up the flavor. And it’s really so beautiful. I just love opening the lid to find this:

    cayenne 2 web

    As always, if you have any favorite spicy recipes to share, please do! We’re looking for some HEAT today!


  2. Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Wings and Drumsticks

    Before I knew I had a wheat allergy, my friend Natalee, who eats gluten free, made homemade gluten-free buffalo chicken wings for a football game our families were watching together. Natalee had also purchased regular wings at the store to serve alongside the gluten-free wings. Interestingly there was no comparison between the “real” wings and Natalee’s gluten-free buffalo chicken wings – Natalee’s wings were a million percent better.

    Gluten-free buffalo chicken drumsticks with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing

    Once I found out about my wheat allergy, I was at Natalee’s feet begging for her recipe. She simply said, “Go to this link and use gluten-free flour.” Well, that was easy!

    Top view of gluten-free buffalo chicken drumsticks with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing

    Or so I thought. It took me a few tries to get this chicken really tasty. Really it was all about perfecting the technique for baking them in the oven, but we finally go there. Every last person in our family loves these gluten-free buffalo chicken wings and Nate and could probably drink the sauce it’s so good. Also, we’ve started using drumsticks instead of wings. We just like them better and this recipe makes for a really great dinner option. We no longer reserve buffalo chicken just for watching football!  

    Backlit side view of gluten-free buffalo chicken drumsticks with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing

    Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Wings and Drumsticks
     
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    Ingredients
    • About 20 chicken wing pieces or 12 chicken drumsticks
    • ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I like Namaste's Perfect Flour Blend)
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¾ cup melted butter
    • ¾ cup Frank's RedHot pepper sauce
    Instructions
    1. Place a metal cooling or roasting rack on top of a rimmed cookie sheet. I use my metal baking cooling racks and my half-sheet rimmed baking pan. I also like to cover the pan with aluminum foil to make for easier cleanup, and then place the rack on the pan on top of the foil. Cooking the chicken raised up off the pan surface is KEY to success here. The chicken comes out significantly better when it's raised up out of the pan while cooking.
    2. Whisk together the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and salt in a large bowl. Toss each chicken piece in the flour mixture then place them on the prepared pan.
    3. Refrigerate chicken for at least 1 hour.
    4. Preheat oven to 400º F.
    5. Whisk together the melted butter with the hot sauce. Dip each piece of chicken into the sauce and place back on the prepared pan. Sometimes the cold chicken will make the sauce thicken. If this happens, simply zap the sauce in the microwave for 10 seconds or so to get it runnier again.
    6. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside and/or reaches a temperature of 160º-165º F at the deepest part of the meat. Be sure to flip the chicken half way through the cooking time, about 20-25 minutes in.
    7. Serve hot! Also, we love the sauce so much, so I often make more sauce to serve with the chicken. Just mix equal parts butter with Frank's RedHot sauce, usually 2 tablespoons each is a good amount.

     


  3. Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Gluten-Free Chicken Gumbo with Tasso and Andouille Sausage

    Last month I visited my Aunt Sue. Sue had to change to a gluten-free diet many years ago due to some health issues. She is an excellent cook with an even more excellent attitude and has navigated cooking without gluten in the most delicious way. Also, she is my own personal treasure trove of tips, product recommendations and recipes now that I can’t eat wheat.  While visiting her I stole several of her recipes (okay, she gave me the recipes, no stealing happened, stealing just sounds more exciting). One recipe was for her gluten-free chicken gumbo, which she served while we were visiting. I ate a lot of that gumbo. For dinner. Then breakfast. Then dinner again. Then I came home and have made it twice in the last month.

    Bowl of Chicken, Tasso and Andouille Sausage Gumbo with hot sauce on top

    Sue lived in New Orleans and knows her Louisiana cuisine. She originally found this gumbo recipe on the back of a package of Chef Paul Prudhomme smoked meat. The recipe she shared with me is straight from the package and she’s been cooking it for years. Since going gluten-free she started using her favorite gluten-free flour (Namaste Perfect Flour Blend) and it works like a charm. It works so well you would never be able to tell the difference. You can, of course, use regular all-purpose wheat flour if you do not need to cut wheat or gluten.

    Top view of a bowl of gluten-free chicken gumbo with hot sauce

    I have added my own notes as well as Sue’s input in the directions below. This gluten-free chicken gumbo has andouille sausage and tasso, but there are several suggestions for meat substitutions if you can’t find either of those.

    Side view of gluten-free chicken gumbo in a bowl with hot sauce

    Gluten-Free Chicken Gumbo with Tasso and Andouille Sausage
     
    Recipe originally from a Chef Paul Prudhomme package. Modified for gluten free and with our own notes included.
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    Serves: 6-8
    Ingredients
    • MEAT:
    • 1 to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (shrimp, pork or okra can be substituted)
    • ½ pound tasso ham (or smoked ham like Cure 81; Jane note - I used smoked ham hocks from the butcher)
    • ½ pound Andouille smoked sausage (or smoked Kielbasa; Sue note - it's worth finding Andouille sausage and should be pretty readily available everywhere, the original recipe listed smoked kielbasa as an alternative, but Sue says no way, stick with Andouille!)
    • 1 cup finely chopped onions (Jane note: I used ½ cup)
    • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
    • 1 cup finely chopped celery
    • 1 cup finely chopped carrots (this is a Jane addition because I had carrots AND tons of cajun recipes start with mire poix (onion/celery/carrot), so I felt good about the modification)
    • ROUX:
    • ¾ cup gluten-free one-for-one flour (like Namaste Perfect Blend or King Arthur GF AP Flour) OR ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¾ cup oil, preferably sunflower, peanut or other high temperature cooking oil (Sue uses avocado oil; Jane note - I used BUTTER! woohoo!)
    • SEASONINGS:
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 tablespoons dried parsley, lightly crushed in palm of hand
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground red pepper (preferably cayenne and depending on desired heat level)
    • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
    • ¼ teaspoon dried sweet basil
    • STOCK:
    • 6-7 cups canned low sodium chicken stock
    Instructions
    1. Cut chicken, tasso and andouille into bite-sized pieces and set aside in separate bowls.
    2. Combine finely chopped onions, green bell pepper, celery and carrots (if using) in a single bowl. (Jane note: I just chop them and keep them on the cutting board to save on washing an extra bowl.)
    3. Heat chicken stock in separate sauce pan until nearly boiling.
    4. In large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Using a long-handled whisk, slowly add flour one tablespoon at a time until completely combined. Cook, whisking constantly, until roux is dark red-brown to dark brown in color, about 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to scorch or burn the roux – watch it carefully and whisk, whisk, whisk! (Jane note: I do this step in a big soup pot, again to save on washing dishes.)
    5. Once the roux reaches desired color, remove from skillet and transfer to large stock pot at a slightly lower heat. (If you just cook the roux in the soup pot to begin with like I did, simply reduce the heat to low.) Immediately add the tasso and andouille to the roux, cooking for several minutes until seasoning from meat transfers to sauce.
    6. Add cut chicken, cooking for an additional 2-4 minutes.
    7. Add chopped vegetables, sauté and let cook for a few minutes. Add chicken stock and seasonings, stirring constantly and scraping the pan bottom well.
    8. Slowly add hot chicken stock, one to two cups at a time until incorporated, reduce heat to medium/medium-low and simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, stirring often toward the end of the cooking time.
    9. Serve hot over cooked rice and topped with Crystal Hot Sauce.

     


  4. Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Urban Plates Chimichurri Sauce

    Hello. I need to share a quick recipe with you today. It’s for Urban Plates chimichurri sauce, which basically means I am totally copying a sauce I love from a restaurant called Urban plates. The Urban Plates chimichurri tastes especially delicious over steak or salmon, but it is so good you’ll probably want to pour it over all kinds of things (chicken? roasted vegetables? toasted baguette? YES to all!).

    Copycat recipe from the restaurant Urban Plates for their delicious Chimichurri Sauce by This Week for Dinner

    Less than a week after making my first batch of Urban Plates chimichurri I also made my new favorite meal Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime-Tahini Dressing. Holy smokes the chimichurri was good in that dish. Basically, you can pour the Urban Plates chimichurri over just about anything and be happy.

    So what is this Urban Plates and I keep speaking of? It is a a restaurant chain near where we live that is pretty much my favorite take-out place to eat. The food tastes homemade, there are tons of vegetables involved and the food is consistently delicious. Lately I’ve been ordering their baked salmon with a side of their chimichurri sauce…over and over again.

    Recipe for Chimichurri Sauce by This Week for Dinner as inspired by the restaurant Urban Plates

    The Urban Plates chimichurri sauce is divine. I dug around on the internet, found a blog post describing the ingredients in the sauce, then went to my kitchen to figure out the recipe. Happily I succeeded! I’ll still willingly go to Urban Plates where they can make the sauce for me, but I am relieved to know I can replicate this tasty sauce at home as well as share the recipe with those of you who live nowhere near an Urban Plates restaurant. Enjoy!

    Urban Plates Chimichurri Sauce
     
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    This recipe is a copycat of the Urban Plates chimichurri sauce I love so much! This sauce is wonderful served over steak or salmon but would be delicious drizzled over other savory foods, too!
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    Ingredients
    • 2 cups fresh parsley (no need to chop it up at all)
    • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large pieces (originally this recipe said ½ of a pepper, but I have revised to 1 whole pepper because I like it better that way)
    • ½ of a red onion, cut into large pieces
    • 2 garlic cloves, removed from the paper and cut in half
    • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • ¼-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process on high for about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl about halfway through. Pulse until sauce has a uniform, medium-fine chunky consistency like you see in the photos. Serve over proteins like steak or salmon, vegetables or whatever suits your fancy!

    OTHER RECIPES YOU MAY LIKE:

    EQUIPMENT I USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:

     


  5. Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Indian Tacos with Easy Tandoori Chicken and Raita

    Indian Tacos with Tandoori Chicken and Raita from @janemaynard

    This recipe for Indian Tacos is pretty much a simplified version of my beloved Indian Burritos recipe. I seriously love those burritos, but the tacos involve a few less ingredients, which is welcome on a busy weeknight.

    Indian Tacos with Tandoori Chicken and Raita from @janemaynard

    I can’t tell you how much I love these tacos. The tender tandoori chicken (don’t worry, I have a shortcut way to make it that does not involve a tandoor oven) topped with delicious Indian raita sauce and just a few simple vegetables is so tasty. It’s been a while since I’ve made these and really there is no good reason for that!

    Indian Tacos with Tandoori Chicken and Raita from @janemaynardClick here to get the recipe for Masala Salsa, which, in addition to raita, is a great topping for these tacos!

    Indian Tacos with Tandoori Chicken
     
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    Serves: 6 servings
    Ingredients
    • ¾ cup plain yogurt (for a great non-dairy option, use cashew yogurt)
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon coriander
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
    • ¼ teaspoon cloves
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 1 bell pepper, sliced
    • 12 flour tortillas (smallest size you can find)
    • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
    • Raita sauce (recipe below)
    • Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish
    Instructions
    1. The night before: mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, ginger, coriander, salt, cayenne pepper, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper. Stab the 2 chicken breasts with a fork on all sides, then place in yogurt mixture. Let marinate overnight.
    2. The next day: Preheat oven to 450º F. Cook chicken in oven for ~20 minutes, or until juices run clear and internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160 F.
    3. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
    4. Sautee onion and pepper in a large frying pan over medium heat in canola oil, until veggies are softened.
    5. Top tortillas with tandoori chicken, grilled onions and peppers, red cabbage, raita sauce, and cilantro.

     

    Indian Tacos with Tandoori Chicken and Raita from @janemaynard

     

    Raita
     
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    Indian cucumber-yogurt sauce.
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    Serves: 1 cup
    Ingredients
    • ½ cup cucumber, shredded
    • 1 cup yogurt (for a great non-dairy option, use cashew yogurt)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon green onion
    • ¼ teaspoon lime juice
    • ¼ teaspoon coriander
    • ⅛ teaspoon cumin
    • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt
    • Pinch cardamom
    Instructions
    1. Peel and seed cucumber, then shred.
    2. Mix all ingredients together. Store in fridge and serve cold.

     

     


  6. Friday, October 14, 2016

    Mexican Brownies + Fair Moments for Fair Trade Month

    Today I have a Mexican brownies recipe for you. And it’s fair trade. And it’s delicious. Are you ready? Let’s go!

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    I love Mexican chocolate. I was first introduced to this wonderful flavor by my Mexican college roommate Estela. She brought me Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate tablets from home and I hoarded, um, I mean cherished them. (Okay, hoarded. I would not allow anyone to use that chocolate willy nilly!) Fast forward to today and basically if we go anywhere and anything is Mexican chocolate flavored, I order it. The hint of cinnamon and chile peppers paired with chocolate just makes me happy. (And it reminds me of Estela, too, which also makes me happy!)

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    Fair Trade USA approached me to help celebrate their Fair Moments campaign this month, which is all about showing how our small everyday decisions can have a huge impact, something I really believe. For the post I wanted to share a recipe that used lots of great fair trade ingredients, but for some reason I was having a hard time settling on something. Then, as I was sitting in my kitchen staring at a pile of fair trade goodies with the kids, discussing what we could make, Cate mentioned brownies. Then the cinnamon started chanting, “Abuelita, Abuelita, Abuelita” and I knew Mexican brownies had to happen. (Okay, maybe that last part didn’t happen, but whatever. Close enough.)

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    Brownies are one of our family’s favorites and probably the most frequently baked item around here, after chocolate chip cookies, of course. Anna and I decided to make the Mexican brownies together and had a great conversation about what fair trade means. We talked about which ingredients in the recipe were fair trade and about how they are ingredients we use all the time. It was really cool neat sharing this with my daughter and I was grateful I could show her how we actively support such a great cause day to day.

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    The best part was taste testing with Anna and my mom, trying to get the perfect amount of cayenne pepper and cinnamon in the brownies. In case you’re wondering, we succeeded. The brownies came out awesome and everyone in the family loved them (even my mom who was most certainly suspect when I used the words “cayenne” and “brownies” in the same sentence). The cinnamon and cayenne flavors come through but in a subtle way and without too much heat.

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    Before we get to the post, let’s do a Fair Trade giveaway! One lucky, randomly-selected winner will receive a package from Fair Trade USA with the following goodies:

    Fair Moments Fair Trade Giveaway at @janemaynard

    To enter this Fair Trade giveaway, please do the following:

    • Leave a comment on this post! (Optional: Tell us your favorite fair trade ingredient that you use all the time!)
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    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard
    And now, the recipe! I basically just used Ruth Reichl’s “A Better Brownie” recipe, which is one of my most favorite brownies. The brownies come out super fudgy and rich with this amazing crusty top that is to die for. Click here for the original non-spicy version. If you want to try the spicy version, here you go!

    #FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

    Mexican Brownies
     
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    This is one of my favorite brownie recipes, originally written by Ruth Reichl. I've given the recipe a Mexican twist with sugar and spice and everything nice...and Fair Trade!
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    Serves: 16
    Ingredients
    • 5 ounces unsalted high-fat butter (I use regular old salted butter!)
    • 5 ounces unsweetened fair trade chocolate
    • 2 teaspoons best-quality, fair trade vanilla extract
    • 1½ teaspoons fair trade ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon fair trade cayenne pepper
    • 4 farm fresh organic eggs (Jane note: my eggs are not farm fresh, everything turns out fine!)
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup all-purpose white flour (spooned into a cup and leveled with a knife)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
    2. Butter a 9x9 or 8x8 square pan and line the pan with parchment paper. Butter the bottom and sides once again.
    3. Melt the chocolate and the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
    4. Beat the eggs and salt in a stand mixer. Add the sugar and beat on high for about 10 minutes, until the mixture has turned very light and thick. Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs, beating on low until just mixed.
    5. Gently stir in the flour until it just disappears.
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, place in the middle of the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 350ºF. Bake for 40 minutes; the brownies will be quite fudgy and a toothpick should come out not quite clean. Cool on a rack.
    7. Lift the brownies out of the pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Set on a cutting board and cut into pieces.

     

    The little plates in this post are from Q Squared NYC, in case you need to buy them because they are the CUTEST.


  7. Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad

    February is American Heart Month. To raise awareness, the Salmon Council reached out to see if I would create a salmon recipe, which I was most happy to do! So, today we have Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad, and it is quite tasty, if I do say so myself.

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynardSouthwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynard

    Currently, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for every 1 in 4 deaths. While that sounds dire, the good news is that a healthy diet and lifestyle can significantly help fight heart disease. When I interviewed Lisa Oz last December, one of my biggest takeaways from our conversation was how her heart surgeon father was an early adopter of using diet to help his patients’ health, an approach that then influenced Dr. Oz (Lisa’s husband). It can be quite miraculous what nutritious eating can do for our bodies.

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynardSouthwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynardSouthwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynard

    Today’s post is specifically focused on heart-friendly salmon. Salmon is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, and it is recommended that we eat food high in omega-3s at least twice a week. But in addition to those omega-3s, salmon is also rich in protein and Vitamin D, a highly nutritious combination that can help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third.

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynardSouthwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynard

    The Salmon Council challenged me to incorporate DeLallo’s organic whole grain orzo into my recipe. I immediately thought of an orzo salad that my mother-in-law makes that has a Greek flavor to it. I decided to change things up and give the salad a southwestern flare, using a cilantro dressing and adding some heat to the salmon. I have to admit that I’m not normally a huge fan of whole grain pastas strictly for taste reasons, but this whole grain orzo was awesome – just as delicious as regular orzo but with a nice nutritional boost. And the salad overall is sooooo good. The spicy sweet salmon pairs beautifully with the fresh-tasting cilantro dressing and the crunchy veggies. And, if you want to add just a bit of cheese, queso fresca or cotija Mexican cheeses are PERFECT in this salad. If you’re trying to cut back on cheese, though, the salad is just as good without it!

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynard

    A note about the salmon – as much as I loved it in the orzo salad, it was also really delicious all by itself. The preparation is super simple, making it a great meal on its own. 

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad by @janemaynard

    Southwestern Salmon Orzo Salad
     
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    Ingredients
    • 8 ounces uncooked whole grain DeLallo orzo
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 1 to 1-1/2 pound salmon filet, skin on
    • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
    • ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
    • ½ cup canned corn
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon cumin
    • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 cloves minced fresh garlic
    • 8 ounces salsa verde
    • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
    • ¼ cup sour cream
    • ¼ cup water
    • About 3 ounces queso fresca or cotija cheese, crumbled (optional)
    Instructions
    1. Add 2 tablespoons salt to a large pot of water. Bring to a boil.
    2. Add orzo. Return to boil then cook for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and set aside.
    3. Preheat outdoor grill to medium heat, so internal temperature of grill reaches 500º F.
    4. While the pasta is cooking, rinse and dry the salmon filet. Brush both sides of the salmon filet with olive oil.
    5. Place skin down on a large piece of foil, folding up the sides, leaving a couple inches between the edge of the salmon and the edge of the foil all around the filet.
    6. Mix together the brown sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic. Spread evenly on the top of the salmon filet. Place salmon on the foil on the grill and cook with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes, until salmon is fairly easy to flake apart. You may see some white stuff as well. Remove from grill.
    7. Remove salmon from the skin in very large pieces. Set aside.
    8. In a large bowl mix together the cooked orzo, bell pepper, black beans, corn.
    9. Add salsa verde, chopped cilantro, sour cream and water to a blender and blend well.
    10. Add ½ cup of the green sauce you just made to the orzo mixture and stir well. Add salmon pieces and stir carefully.
    11. Serve with extra green sauce and top with queso fresca/cotija cheese if using.
    12. Serve immediately or chilled.

    To learn more about salmon, visit the Hooked on Salmon Facebook page and get salmon recipe inspiration on Hooked on Salmon’s Pinterest board. To find out more about DeLallo’s products, click here to visit the DeLallo website!

    This post is sponsored by the Salmon Council. DeLallo provided me with the orzo I used in this recipe.


  8. Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares

    Last week I traveled to Minneapolis to visit the General Mills headquarters, where I had the chance to meet with the director of sustainability at General Mills as well as participate in a small group Q&A with the president of cereal (at which point I asked waaaay too many questions). It was a great visit and I learned a lot, much of which I will share later. But today I have to tell you about the birth of Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares.

    Recipe for Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares from @janemaynard

    During the visit they had all the visiting food bloggers participate in a recipe challenge with Justin Warner (winner of Next Food Network Star Season 8). We had to create a recipe within 1 hour incorporating a General Mills cereal along with at least 2 items from the list of natural ingredients used for flavoring and coloring their cereals. (Over 75% of Big G cereals no longer use artificial colors or flavors and they are on track for almost 100% within the year.)

    Recipe for Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares from @janemaynardMe being all serious about the challenge that wasn’t even being judged.

    I have zero desire to ever be on a competitive cooking TV show, so when they told us what we were going to be doing, I was not excited. But I put my thinking cap on and got to work. With General Mills professional cook Mary Kaye at my side (I wanted to take her home with me!), I created the dessert I’m sharing with you today. I decided to use Cocoa Puffs, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and cocoa powder.

    Recipe for Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares from @janemaynardJustin giving his stamp of approval for the chocolate mousse technique I stole from Nigella Lawson; Mary Kaye and I writing up the recipe

    I ended up with a delicious layered dessert using the following layers. Layer 1: Cocoa Puffs crust with a hint of cinnamon (the crust had great flavor). Layer 2: Sweetened, whipped cream cheese. Layer 3: Chocolate mousse spiced with cayenne pepper. Layer 4: Unsweetened whipped cream, sprinkled lightly with cocoa powder and cayenne pepper. The final product tasted great, with a subtle heat that builds over time.The richness of the chocolate and the spice of the cayenne is counterbalanced by the almost sour flavor of the cream cheese, and all that creaminess goes perfectly with the crunchy crust. Plus, the layers look really pretty on the serving plate.

    Recipe for Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares from @janemaynard

    I made the recipe again last night just to be sure I had all the measurements where I wanted them. Once again I enjoyed it thoroughly. Nate had a chance to sample it as well and said that it is really good, but that I might have hyped it up too much. I told him it was a hit in Minnesota so whatever.

    So, here you go! Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares! Maybe I should put cooking competition shows on my to-do list after all. Actually, no. Never going to happen. One hour with a helper and no judges was already too much pressure! 😉 (Side note: I totally stole the chocolate mousse technique from Nigella Lawson and it works beautifully. Click here for Nigella’s instant chocolate mousse recipe and save it to your recipe box.)

    Recipe for Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares from @janemaynard

    One more thing! We had the opportunity to work in the photo studio to photograph our recipes. We had a professional prop stylist, food stylists and photographers all there to help, along with more beautiful props than you can imagine. This is the first time I shot a recipe with artificial light. Until I have this set up in my house, I probably won’t do it again…but it sure was fun!

    Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares | General Mills Photography StudioMe acting all serious again.

    Spicy Layered Chocolate Mousse Squares
     
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    Serves: 16
    Ingredients
    • 3 cups Cocoa Puffs
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 8 tablespoons butter, divided, softened to room temperature
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream
    • 1½ teaspoons vanilla, divided
    • 1½ cups mini marshmallows
    • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons hot water
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for dusting
    • cocoa powder for dusting
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
    2. Place 3 cups Cocoa Puffs in a zip-top plastic bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the cereal until it is in crumbs, with no large pieces remaining. Pour crushed cereal into a medium mixing bowl.
    3. Add 6 tablespoons of the butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the cereal, combine well with a fork or pastry blender.
    4. Press mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of an 8" x 8" baking dish. If crust is sticking to your hands, wet your fingers lightly with water.
    5. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and set on counter to cool completely. While the crust is baking and cooling, make the cream cheese, chocolate mousse and whipped cream layers as described below.
    6. For chocolate mousse layer: In a heavy medium saucepan, melt bittersweet chocolate, 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of hot water over medium-low heat. Once melted, add the mini marshmallows and cook until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
    7. While chocolate is cooling, in a medium mixing bowl, mix together ½ cup of the cream, ½ teaspoon of the vanilla and ¼ teaspoon of the cayenne pepper. Whip with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
    8. Fold chocolate mixture into the whipped cream, carefully mixing until there are no more white streaks.
    9. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes (not longer). If you are still prepping other layers at the 30 minute mark, remove the mousse from the fridge and set aside until ready to assemble the dessert.
    10. For the cream cheese layer: Using a hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, ½ cup of the cream and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Start out at low speed until ingredients are mixed evenly together, then slowly increase speed to medium-high. Beat for about 1 minute, until very well blended. Set aside until ready to assemble dessert. Do not refrigerate before assembling - this will make it easier to spread.
    11. For the whipped cream layer: Beat 1 cup of the whipped cream in a large mixing bowl until thick but still spreadable. You do not want stiff peaks to form, but it should be thicker than soft peaks.
    12. To assemble the dessert: Once the crust is completely cooled, spread the cream cheese layer first directly on the crust, spreading evenly. Next add the chocolate mousse layer, spooning the mousse onto the cream cheese layer in several spoonfuls around the dish, then carefully spreading to all the edges. Finish with the straight whipped cream, spreading evenly on top and using a frosting spreader or knife to smooth out the top.
    13. To dust the dessert with cocoa and cayenne: Using a mesh sieve, over the sink spoon some cocoa powder into the sieve carefully. Hold the sieve over the dessert and tap it with a finger to sprinkle a thin layer of cocoa powder over the entire top surface. Repeat the process with cayenne pepper, making sure to sprinkle just a very light layer.
    14. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve cut into 16 squares.

     


  9. Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Indian Burritos

    Today’s recipe has been a long time coming. It’s been in my head forEVER and today I finally took it out of my head and made it reality. And boy-oh-boy am I glad I did. I never say “boy-oh-boy,” so that should tell you how good this recipe is.

    indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

    For quite some time I’ve been thinking that Indian food would be good filler for a burrito. After all, flour tortillas are a really excellent blank canvas for all kinds of flavors. Including Indian flavors.

    indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

    I used my homemade tandoori chicken as the base for the burrito, then just piled on all kinds of other wonderful ingredients. The result was delectable. In fact, I had an Indian burrito for lunch today and then couldn’t wait to have it again for dinner.

    indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

    If I wanted to start a food truck (which I don’t), this burrito is what I would serve. Since I’m never going to start a food truck, I’ll just spill all my secrets.

    indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

    In case you are wondering, our kids ate their burritos, although they each had a different variation, from Owen with just tandoori chicken and rice to Anna who used about half of the ingredients to Cate who went for the whole enchilada, or burrito, actually!

    I think it’s time to get right down to the recipe. Enjoy!

    Note: There is a delicious recipe for Masala Sauce below, but I have since created a much simpler version called Masala Salsa. Click here for the Masala Salsa recipe if you are interested!

    Indian Burritos
     
    If Mexican food is good in a burrito, why wouldn't Indian food be good, too? The answer: it is!
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    Ingredients
    • Large flour tortillas
    • Tandoori chicken (click here for recipe)
    • Grilled onions
    • Grilled bell peppers
    • Jasmine or basmati rice, cooked in salted water
    • Canned chickpeas
    • Masala sauce (see recipe below)
    • Raita sauce (see recipe below)
    • Lentils (you can look for a recipe for "dal" online, or just buy the boxed, cooked lentils at Trader Joe's!)
    • Chopped fresh cilantro
    Instructions
    1. Make sure your tandoori chicken, onions, peppers, rice, chickpeas and masala sauce are all warm/hot.
    2. Warm the tortilla on both side on the stove in a large, dry frying pan.
    3. Pile on all of the ingredients above and wrap the tortilla up burrito style!

    masala sauce for indian burritos by @janemaynard

     

    Masala Sauce
     
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    This chunky tomato-based masala sauce is a perfect topper for Indian burritos!
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    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed through a garlic press
    • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, most of the fluid drained off
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • ½ teaspoon chili powder
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
    • ¼ teaspoon coriander
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
    Instructions
    1. In a small sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.
    2. Add garlic, stir and cook about 1 minute.
    3. Add tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. Bring sauce to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium low, maintaining a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes.
    4. Blend about ⅔ of the mixture in a blender, then add back into the pan and stir. Serve warm.

    recipe for Indian raita sauce made from yogurt and cucumbers by @janemaynard

     

    Raita Sauce (Indian Yogurt Sauce)
     
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    Basic recipe for raita, an Indian yogurt-based sauce with cucumber.
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    Ingredients
    • 1 cup plain yogurt (for a great non-dairy option, use cashew yogurt)
    • ½ cup shredded cucumber (peel and core the cucumber before shredding)
    • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
    • ¼ teaspoon lime juice
    • ¼ teaspoon coriander
    • ⅛ teaspoon cumin
    • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt
    • 2 shakes cardamom
    Instructions
    1. Mix everything together! Serve cold.

     


  10. Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    Coconut Chicken Tenders

    When we were in New Hampshire for New Year’s Eve, Nate’s mom made some chicken tenders with coconut mixed into the breadcrumbs that were scrumptious.

    coconut chicken tenders from @janemaynard - easy and scrumptious!

    I’ve made the same thing a couple times since and I think I finally have these chicken tenders perfected, with just the right amount of salty and sweet and a bit of heat surrounding perfectly tender chicken. And, of course, coconut. I love anything savory with coconut involved. So good.

    coconut chicken tenders from @janemaynard - easy and scrumptious!

    There are a few steps to the recipe, but I promise it’s an easy recipe nonetheless. Also, I highly recommend pounding the chicken. You can skip the pounding, but it’s way better when you do it.

    coconut chicken tenders from @janemaynard - easy and scrumptious!

    Enjoy!

    Coconut Chicken Tenders
     
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    With a little bit of sweet and a little bit of heat, these oh-so-tender chicken tenders are coconut perfection!
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    Serves: 4 servings
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound chicken tenders
    • ¼ cup flour
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt (divided into ½ teaspoon and ¼ teaspoon)
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
    • ½ cup sweetened coconut
    • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (with ¼ teaspoon it's just a HINT of heat, ½ teaspoon has more heat but isn't crazy spicy)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    Instructions
    1. Pound chicken tenders thin.
    2. Mix together flour and ¼ teaspoon salt and pour onto a plate.
    3. Beat the egg in a small bowl and whisk in the soy sauce.
    4. Mix together the panko bread crumbs, coconut, ½ teaspoon of the salt, cayenne pepper, and sugar together in a medium bowl.
    5. Heat butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Depending on the size of your pan and whether or not you are doubling the recipe, if you need to cook the chicken in batches, add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan for each batch of chicken you cook.
    6. Dip each chicken tender in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture. Place chicken tenders in the heated pan and cook chicken tenders on both sides until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
    7. Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to allow some of the oil to drip off.
    8. Serve hot. Sweet chili sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for this chicken! We used honey mustard dipping sauce as well and that was good, too!