Friday, November 16, 2007

Brunswick Stew

  • 2 C water
  • 2 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) whole tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 C cream-style corn
  • 1/3 C frozen lima beans
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 drops hot sauce
  • dash pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper

1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, chicken, onion, and ham. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; return to the pan.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until potato is tender, stirring occasionally.

Robyn's notes: lots of notes on this one. We don't generally eat grocery store ham, so I left that out entirely (both of us have experienced raising hogs, so we know how much better it tastes). I used a 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes instead of cutting up the whole tomatoes, because I knew I'd be short on time. I didn't peel the potatoes because he prefers the skins left on. I didn't have hot sauce, so I left that out. Oh and I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and just simmered a little shorter. It was good but if I make it again I'll use chicken broth instead of water.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Brighton Beach Eggplant

  • 12 oz eggplant
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium ripe tomato
  • 2 cloves unpeeled garlic
  • 2 Tbsp seedless raisins
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • ground red pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides of the eggplant and onion with the oil. Arrange the eggplant and onion, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Add the sweet pepper, tomato and garlic.
2. Roast the vegetables on the top shelf of the oven for 30 minutes, or until they are tender. Transfer them to a chopping board to cool. Scrape out the pulp from the eggplant and discard the skin. Remove the skin from the tomato and pepper. Coarsely chop all the vegetables and place them in a medium mixing bowl.
3. Peel the garlic and put it through a garlic press; add it to the chopped vegetables. Stir in the raisins, cilantro, turmeric, salt and ground pepper. Mix well.
4. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to blend the flavors. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Robyn's notes: I served this stuffed in pita pockets. Didn't have any turmeric in the house, so I just left that out. Looked kinda gross (basically a mush of a bunch of stuff), but he liked it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Black Eyed Pea Salad

  • 1 C frozen black eyed peas
  • 1 C fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 4 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

1. Cook peas according to package directions; drain. In a salad bowl, combine the peas, corn and onion.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Serve warm or chilled.

Robyn's notes: I added tomato quarters to this just before serving, and he was really glad. Very easy, but cooking the peas takes some time.

Turkey Tetrazzini

  • 2 oz uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 C cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 2/3 C condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 C chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp diced pimientos
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp salt, optional
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Stir in the turkey, soup, cheese, onion, pimientos, Worcestershire sauce and salt if desired.
2. Transfer to a 1-qt baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.

Robyn's notes: I substituted whole wheat linguine for the spaghetti. This went quickly and both of us liked it. Served with Black Eyed Pea Salad.

*** 3 Stars: Good. At least one of us liked this enough for me to make it again, but not often

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Corn and Lima Bean Tossed Salad

  • 1/3 C frozen baby lima beans
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 C frozen corn
  • 1 C chopped lettuce
  • 1/4 C roasted sweet red peppers, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

1. In a small saucepan, bring lima beans and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add corn; simmer 4-5 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Drain and cool.
2. In a small bowl, combine the lettuce, red peppers, onion and bean mixture. Refrigerate until chilled.
3. Just before serving, combine the lime juice, oil, parsley, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.

Robyn's notes: I substituted baby spinach for the lettuce, because lettuce has basically no nutritional value, just roughage, and therefore he doesn't really want to eat it.