Category Archives: Recipes

Clam Sauce Made With Canned Clams, Yup!

I love Clam Sauce, but not when it’s served with the Clams still in the shells, that’s just way too much work at the table for me.  So I had this tin of chopped Clams in the pantry for awhile now, I thought I was buying canned Tuna, oops.  What to do, what to do?

Clam Sauce Made With Canned Clams

(Serves One Diner)

1 6.5 oz. can Chopped Clams, drained & reserve the juice (try to leave the grit behind)

1 small (approx. 1 -1 ½ Tbsp.) Shallot, finely minced

1 tsp. Garlic, finely minced

1 Tbsp. Butter

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Dry White Wine (something you enjoy drinking, NOT Cooking Wine though)

1 Tbsp. Italian Parsley, rough chopped

Heat a pan over medium with the Olive Oil; sauté the Shallots and Garlic for about 1 minute, not long, you don’t want the Garlic to brown too much.  Add the Wine to deglaze the pan; stir in the Clams, Butter and ½ of the reserved Clam juice to start.  Simmer for about a minute or two til it starts to thicken; then add in the remaining Clam juice to a desired consistency (I used all of the juice), as well as the Parsley, combine well.

Serve over Pasta, Rice, Polenta or solo with some nice Bread to sop up all that goodness.  Top with grated Cheese and more chopped Parsley.

** Cook’s note: If you’d like your dish saucier, just increase the Butter, Wine and use some bottled Clam Juice.  I was good with this dish, though more sauce would have been nice for extra bread dipping 😉

I made Thick Spaghetti for DH’s Steamed Mussels and Clams for moi, MMM!

ENJOY!

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Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry, Comfort Food

The weather here in the middle of the desert is changing.  Our overnight lows have crept down to the 30’s if you can believe that.  Since moving here to the mainland from Hawaii and experiencing what real cold is like, I want comfort food, my kind of comfort food.

 

Auntie’s Pork & Veggie Stir Fry

½ lb. Pork, thinly sliced

1 C. Snow Pea, trimmed & cut into bit sized pieces

½ C. Sweet Red (or any other color you like) Bell Pepper, cut into bite sized pieces

¼ C. Sweet White Onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks Green Onion, thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts

4-5 dried Shitake Mushrooms, following package directions to re-constitute and then sliced thin

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil (anything but Olive Oil really)

1 tsp. Corn Starch

1 tsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)

1 tsp. minced Garlic

1 tsp. grated Ginger

¼ tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. White Pepper

Stir Fry Sauce:

½ C. Stock or Broth, either Chicken or Pork or Vegetable its up to you

1 Tbsp. Sake

1 Tbsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)

1 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce

1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil

Cornstarch Slurry, to your liking (I like a thinner sauce, so I only use about 1 tsp and see how I like it)

 

I start by getting everything prepped, Stir Fry moves fast.

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I use a measuring cup to mix up the sauce; add the Stock/Broth first, next the other wet stuff and stir well.  In a small bowl, start with 1 tsp. of the Cornstarch and add just enough water to make a slurry, set aside.

Combine the Pork with that other teaspoon of Cornstarch and Shoyu.

Heat a large pan over medium-high with the oil.  Once you see wisps of smoke, it’s hot, let’s go!

Add the Pork mixture to that hot pan and stir it around until there’s no more pink to the meat.  Add in the White Onions and stir some more until they’re translucent.  Next goes in the Red Peppers, Snow Peas, Mushrooms and the white part of the Green Onions; stir.  Now toss in the Garlic and Ginger and cook until they’re fragrant.  Pour in that sauce that you combined earlier in the measuring cup, along with the S&P and stir to combine everything.  Cover and reduce the heat to med-low to let the Snow Peas steam for, oh, maybe 2 minutes, we like crisp-tender veggies.

Lastly, give that Cornstarch slurry a stir and add that to the pot, you got it, stirring again!

How’s it look?

Too thin?

Add more slurry to your liking.

Too thick, add some Stock/Broth or even water.

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Sprinkle those thinly sliced Green Onion tops over it and serve warm over noodles or rice or even by itself … we went for Chow Mein noodles.  Now that’s comfort food for us!  And how gorgeous does that look?

As always, remember, a recipe is simply someone’s idea, you take it and make it yours.  Add or delete what your household likes.  Try this with diced Chicken or any other vegetables you like; heh, why not go totally Veggie?

ENJOY!

Miners Mix Poultry Perfection Used Two Ways

I have been chomping at the bit to try this particular seasoning from Miners Mix, seeing as I make so much chicken, you’d think that my husband and I cluck!

The wind died down a bit and gave me a small window to grill up some boneless/skinless Chicken thighs along with some veggies. The prep was simple.  I dried the meat with some paper towels and sprinkled on some Miners Mix Poultry Perfection Seasoning and Rub.

For the Zucchini this time around, I used Miners Mix Wholly Chipotle seasoning along with some Olive Oil and then to the gas grill we went.

What a great combo!  That kiss of smokiness from the grill set everything off perfectly!

Round two…

A recipe or should I say technique that I’ve heard so much about over the years is Beer Can Chicken.  Let’s give this a whirl.

I washed and patted this whole chicken down with paper towels and then applied some softened butter and a generous amount of Miners Mix Poultry Perfection seasoning.  Over a half can of beer this went, butt side down in a roasting pan, with the other half of the can of beer in it.  It got windy here in the middle of the desert again, so I slide this birdie into the oven at 350⁰ for, oh, about 45 minutes to an hour or so, until the internal temp got to 165⁰.

Look at how pretty this came out will ya?!

I loosely tented the chicken with tin foil and let it rest for 30 before carving, to let all of the juices redistribute back into the meat.

This came out so moist and yummy!  I roasted some Fingerling Potatoes the last 30 minutes with the Beer Can Chicken, and served it all up with some steamed Green Beans.

Two delicious meals courtesy of Miners Mix, thanks Ole’ Miner!

Miners Mix Salmon Marinade

Not so long ago, the Ole’ Miner sent me a box filled with goodies.

Namely, Miners Mix Seasonings, Rubs, Marinades, Dips, Mixes and Spreads.  I was so excited to try them all, but there’s only so many hours and stomachs to feed in a day.

We had a lull in our Monsoon rains, so off to the grill I went for our evening repast.

I try to put some sort of fish on the table at least once a week, I know I know you really should eat fish more often, but finding decent seafood in the middle of the desert isn’t easy.

I had a small, 8 oz. frozen Salmon fillet (which is plenty for the two of us) defrosted and ready for some flavoring.  Miners Mix Salmon Marinade is surely enough for an entire side of fish, so I downsized the content to accommodate our need.  I figured the ratio of:

1 Tbsp. Miners Mix Salmon Marinade

2 tsp. Soy Sauce (Aloha brand please)

2 tsp. Rice Vinegar (that’s’ what I use for cooking, less acidic)

1 ½ Tbsp. Olive Oil

Mix all of the above well, reserve 1 Tablespoon for basting and marinate the fish in a zip top baggie for 10-15 minutes, no more.

 

I preheated my “Big Girl” Gas Grill to 500⁰, oiled the grates and cooked the fish on one side with the lid closed for about 3-4 minutes, just till I saw the underside of the flesh going white.  I gave the fillet a baste with that reserved marinade,  gently turned it over and basted again.

Cook covered for another 3-4 minutes until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 140⁰ on an instant read thermometer, place the fish on a plate and tent with tin foil for about 5 minutes, letting all of the juices redistribute.

While the fish was resting, I made up a Greek inspired salad, which included, chopped Romaine Lettuce, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Sweet White Onions, Radishes, pitted Kalamata Olives and a crumble of Feta Cheese.

 

Dress this all to your liking in my homemade Salad Dressing; add some fresh Herbs from my Patio Pot Garden for added interest.  Plate the salad and top with more Cheese as well as our gorgeous, perfectly cooked and seasoned Salmon.

FANTASTIC!!

Mahalo, Thank You Ole’ Miner yet again

KAF’s Herb and Garlic Bubble Loaf

I got a King Arthur Flour Catalog a few weeks back, and on the cover was this LUSCIOUS looking loaf of bread, they called it a “tear & share”.
For the first time in our entire marriage, my husband actually read this food magazine (I get several) and brought it over to me.

DH: Look at this! Can you make this for us? This looks really good, I love homemade bread!
Me: Sure! It does look good, doesn’t it!

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/herb-and-garlic-bubble-loaf-recipe

I gathered all of the ingredients, re-read the recipe; I even did TWO “live chats” with KAF’s Baker’s Hotline with a few follow questions that weren’t clear to me.
I followed the recipe as well as the helpful information that I received on the chat line… 5 hours later (I took my time and didn’t rush the process) we sat down a dinner to what looked and smelled heavenly!

The Bubble Loaf was cracker-like on one side and the inside was very doughy and unappealing.

That goodness the Chicken Cacciatore over Rigatoni was outstanding.

After everything was cleaned up for the evening, my husband gives me a big hug and says, “Well, ok that was a no-go, what new recipe are we going to try next?”
AWW! He’s such a love!

Crispy Home Fries With Peppers And Onions

I don’t know about you, but I follow Serious Eats on Face Book.  I haven’t tried any of their recipes until now.  I saw this post about trying to find “… those perfect, crisp home fries …”; I thought I’d give them a go.

Now, normally I don’t buy small New Potatoes or Fingerlings either, I go for Yukon Gold or Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, but I went for it and got a small pound and a half bag of Baby Red Potatoes.  In addition, rather than use Poblano Peppers, I used up the last of my Mini Sweet Peppers and some Sweet White Onions.  Oh and one more deviation from the original recipe, sorry Kenji, but rather than heating the pan with Vegetable Oil, I used some of my rendered Bacon fat, I mean come on man, what doesn’t taste better than anything cooked in Bacon fat, I ask ya?!  I always have a small container of Bacon fat in the refrigerator, I even made one up for my Mother.

I got a jump start on our Sunday Brunch by par-boiling the potatoes on Saturday, quartering them and tossing them in some neutral oil.  Once they were cooled, I wrapped the bowl and stash them in the `fridge over night.

This past Sunday’s Brunch was easy-peasy.  I had some leftover Bacon (WHAT?!)  that I reheated in the microwave oven, got some toast goin’ on as well as poached eggs and then I finished off the `taters.

Meh, they were okay I suppose, but I really prefer Home Fries prepared my way better.  These were not as creamy on the inside as my par-baked  and then chilled (over night) Yukon Gold or Baby Dutch suds.  Maybe I’ll give this technique one more chance with my tuber of choice.

Crostata Two Ways

Crostata, Galette, Pie, whatever you want to call it, it tastes pretty dang good!

I do recall telling everyone about what my husband calls “Your Apple Pie” .   I found two lonely Apples in the `fridge that sorely needed to be eaten or pitched out, I opted for pie.

I also found a quart of fresh Cherries that got pushed to the back of the ice box, so I figured, let’s make two pies.  I do not own a Cherry Pitter, so used my paring knife to pit the fruit… have you ever done that?  My hands were cramping up by the time I got through all of them, one by one!

This was the first time that I’ve ever made a fresh Cherry Pie and I’ll be doing it again.

YUM!  That was so worth it.  Now, if we only had some Vanilla Ice Cream.