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Turkey Day Is Coming, Are You Ready?

I wanted to reblog this post, mainly because I tried another “convenience” food item, Jennie-O Oven Ready™ Boneless/Skinless Turkey Breast. Not for us, sorry Jennie. I’ll stick to my tried and true method for our turkey choice, which we eat often.

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

In my X number of years in the kitchen, believe it or not, I have never brined anything. Well, let me say that I did once, unfortunately I brined a turkey that already had 8% salt solution enhancement, ACK!  It was a Thanksgiving of side dishes only that year, so I never tried it again, until now.

All of the turkeys or parts thereof, that I have prepared I’ve just chucked into the oven and said a pray, oh please kitchen gods, let my meal be good this once? Recently, I have been buying Jenny-O turkey breast tenderloins that are already flavored. It took me till now to look at more than the calorie count. MAN!

So back to the basics.

I searched the `Net, looking for a brine recipe that I,

a) had all/most of the ingredients for, and

b) sounded tasty

I settled on my own twist…

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Let’s Talk Brussel Sprouts

Recently, I was involved a discussion in a food forum about Brussel Sprouts. I had no idea how hated these tiny cabbage-like veggies are. I know that DH and I were not fans, until I discovered this technique. One member mentioned that they add sauteed Pancetta, YUM! We need to try that version, soon. Which brings to the point today of reblogging this post, ENJOY!

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

Yeah, I know, not a lot of folks care for vegetables. I might have mention earlier that I wasn’t fan as a kid, mainly because of the way that my mother cooked certain dishes. As I’ve learned over the years of cooking for myself and my husband, go ahead and revisit some things that you thought  you didn’t like.

The first time that my husband took me to visit with his family, my future sister-in-law made a lovely meal for all of us, a table groaning with food. There was a very large bowl of some sort of green leafy vegetable that both DH and I looked at questioningly.  “What’s that?” he whispered to me, “just try a little bit of everything to be polite”, I answered.

WOW! That was super, what is it? Brussel Sprouts, really?

Here’s what she taught me.

The Family’s Brussel Sprouts

I suppose it’s…

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Hawaiian Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

I was so ONO for this, I’m going to make this for dinner tonight!!
ENJOY

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

Wow, I had to think about this one.  I did not know that there was such a thing as Hawaiian Fried Rice and  I have yet to find Guava Chicken elsewhere but Hawaii.

I don’t have a recipe, really, I just MAKE IT.

Guava chicken is something I learned from my SIL (DH’s sister). Every time that we all went to the beach for the day, she would bring Guava Chicken and Fried Rice. My BIL would grill the meat on his little hibachi and there’d be other goodies to nibble on after body surfing for the afternoon (I shouldn’t go there, it makes me homesick). To me, that’s beach food.

So years later, here we are in the middle of the desert and I NEED to have little pieces of home every so often. We’ve got plenty of sand here…

Guava Chicken

Hawaiian Guava Chicken

1 12oz. can Guava Nectar Concentrate

(if…

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It’s Aloha Friday, No Work Til Tuesday!

Fountain at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu Hawaii

Fountain at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu Hawaii

Enjoy your long weekend

ALOHA!

My Quest For Zippy’s Macaroni Salad

This bears repeating… ALOHA!

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

I have been trying to get the correct proportions of a recipe from a restaurant in Hawaii. Zippy’s is an institution on Oahu to be specific; they have many menu items at their fast food take-out locations as well as casual diners. One side dish that has been long coveted is their Macaroni Salad. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, yeah, so what?

Why don’t you try a Google search of Zippy’s Mac Salad and see how many hits you’ll get from us forlorn Islanders who have moved away to the Mainland.

I have been searching the internet for years trying to unearth the recipe, only to find others doing the same. At one spot, I found a letter that was sent to the Zippy’s Customer Service Manager, and the response was just a list of the ingredients, along with an invitation to the recipient to “experiment with it”.

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Repeat Of A Very Good Thing

I wanted to repost this about making my quick cucumber kim chee. As I was re-reading some of my past blogs, I noticed that I have more than one photo that includes this fast, easy and flavorful addition to just about any meal. If you are so inclined to make this side dish and you can’t find this product in your local ‘asian market’, try the hyperlink to Noh’s website and order it on line. If for some off chance you do not care for the kim chee, you can always create a unique gift for someone.

ALOHA!

My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

I got a request today on the Cucumber Kim Chee, delish! And WAY easy to make.

I like Hot house or English Cucumbers, here in the middle of the desert, I can’t find Japanese Cucumbers. That varietal was developed by the University of Hawaii, and I highly doubt that I will ever find them here in AZ. No need to peel them, just a nice rinse under the tap.

I rough chop them into goodly bite-sized pieces, and plop them into a salad spinner. Take about 1-2 tablespoons of Sea Salt (or Kosher, whatever you have on hand), give them a mix around and leave them sit for 15 minutes. Rinse & drain well, that’s where the salad spinner comes in handy. In a non-reactive bowl (I use a glass one), dump in the cucs and hold your nose, this stuff will make you sneeze, cough, gasp. Sprinkle with some

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Not Feeling Well Today

… I’ll get back to you soon