Sunday, May 29, 2011

Jerk Marinade

Jerk Marinade
From: Dolores Reborn

It's very forgiving, and I substitute or omit stuff if I don't have it.

2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 c soy sauce
1 c orange juice
juice of 1 lime
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch of ginger, chopped
1 habanero pepper, optional!!! (I leave it out)
pinch of salt
small pinch of black pepper

Blend (in a blender or food processor) all ingredients. Marinade shrimp only 30 minutes. Chicken can be marinaded for a couple of hours.

swampbear suggested that jalapeƱo might work instead of habanero.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dead-easy Chicken and Rice

Dead-easy Chicken and Rice
(A variation on Death Chicken, as it turns out...)
From: gotpasswords

The original recipe is one cup of rice* one cup water and 2 cans cream-of-_____ soup. The old standard is c-o-mushroom, but c-o-chicken works well, or even c-o-broccoli. Mix that together in a 9x13 pan then lay on chicken parts. Season the chicken (I usually use lemon pepper and salt) and bake at 350 for 75 minutes.

* You need a "normal" rice like Uncle Ben's Converted. Do not use instant unless you want savory rice pudding, and Calrose / Japanese type rice will come out crunchy. I don't know that instant would really result in something like rice pudding - it would probably just make gloop.

I normally use nothing but Hinode Calrose at home, but this dish is the only thing I buy Uncle Ben's for. The only other refinement to the recipe that I do is to lop off the globs of fat that are usually left on thighs these days and to cut off the tails. Otherwise, when it's done cooking, you'll have a quarter-inch layer of liquid chicken fat on top of the rice.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese
from swampbear

Pimento Cheese is not an exact science. This is my basic recipe:

1 lb. extra sharp cheddar cheese grated.
2 small jars of diced pimentos
One smallish onion chopped fine (onion is optional)
3/4 cup mayo (I suggest startin' with 1/2 cup and adjustin' to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste (Optional. I don't add salt cause the cheese is salty enough for my taste)
Cayenne Pepper to taste (Optional but it does give it a zing)

Mash or chop pimentos. Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. One might also just dump it all in a food processor and have at it but mixin' by hand is therapeutic. What? It is! Try it! Chill for a couple of hours. Eat.

Other options include such things as addin' cream cheese, which is not a bad thing but I say it's guildin' the lily. Also one might add some chopped pecans (weird but different!), minced garlic (not a bad option!) and sometimes even *shudder* Velveeta (GAG!!!111).

We southerners use it as a sammich spread, a dip and also spread it on celery as an appetizer. Makes a killer grilled cheese sammich! As a wee cub, pimento cheese sammiches were always a part of any picnic. I think it was a law back then cause everybody always had pimento cheese sammiches at picnics.

Thus endeth the lesson on pimento cheese.

Until swampy encountered a new variation at an anniversary party, made by the couple's son:

Also turns out not to be pimento cheese. He told me he uses roasted red peppers instead of pimentos and throws in a finely chopped jalapeno and blackened cajun seasonin' along with extra sharp cheddar cheese and mayo.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ron's Chunky Sallit

Ron's Chunky Sallit
From: swampbear

y'all might remember me talkin' about my good friend Ron who died last November. This is his sallit. Basically it is any veggies one desires cut up in chunks. The only rules bein' there must be onion, some kind of tomato and one's favorite Eyetalian dressin' but if Eyetalian dressin' oogys ya, another kind of sallit dressin' is fine. Bonus if'n it includes chunks of whatever kind of cheese ya might fancy. Oh, also, no lettuce. Lettuce (meanin' any kind of leafy veggie) of any sort is an abomination unto chunky sallit. This last sentence is a proclamation directly from Ron and must not be violated. I don't know what the consequences would be but I am sure they would be dire, so it's best not to violate said proclamation. Just sayin'.