Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ultimate Oven-Fried Chicken

We are posting this on a Friday, because this is definitely a weekend recipe. There’s a lot of love and care that goes into this chicken that can’t get done in the one-hour dinner-making time frame. So do yourself a favor, get all the ingredients by Saturday, and serve this as a Sunday afternoon feast.

What’s the big deal with this chicken? Well, it’s adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe, which means it is the ultimate best there is. No question. If you’ve never tried one of their dishes, you are in for a treat. The whole premise is that really good food needs a little extra love and attention, and that means a few extra steps.

Faked chicken, you know, like a combo of fried and baked?

Faked chicken, you know, like a combo of fried and baked?

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Thirsty Thursday: Cafe Latte

While I began to write this post, I was trying to figure out what to call what I had made. Was it a latte? Cafe au lait? Cappuccino?

Who knows.

So I turned to google for a minute. It turns out there are distinctions to all of these words. At first glance it would seem that I made a cappuccino, but that’s not the case. Apparently what we have here is a genuine cafe latte.

I guess I could have called it a "coffee drink," but that doesn't sound all that sexy.

I guess I could have called it a "coffee drink," but that doesn't sound all that sexy.

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Half and Half Patty Melts with Sweet Potato Fries

Some days, you just crave a good burger. Blame it on iron deficiency if you must, but I am a carnivore at heart, and I’ll take a little red meat where I can get it.

Unfortunately, for a really good burger, you need the 80/20 mix of ground beef, which means that the meat is 20 percent fat. The fat really adds to the flavor, and if you’re grilling, it’s essential for keeping the burgers nice and juicy. Plus it has the added bonus of keeping the burgers from sticking to the grill grate.

But we’re trying not to be total piggies, so we decided to mix our beef with some ground turkey, just to keep things on the lean side. And honestly, this was one of the best burgers I’ve made in a long time — good thing we have plenty of extras!

The diet was going well, until we decided to turn our kitchen into a diner.

The diet was going well, until we decided to turn our kitchen into a diner.

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A Breakfast Blend

I totally ripped this dish off from a diner in Michigan. At least, I ripped off the idea . I don’t think it could be considered a rip off anymore because I really have changed it to be my own thing.

Still, the basis is the same: it’s all the breakfast foods chopped up and covered with cheese and ketchup or hot sauce. It’s a really good, unique spin on breakfast and will totally satisfy your cravings for diner food without killing your calorie count.

We went with the hot sauce as a topper this time, though ketchup is my traditional favorite.

We went with the hot sauce as a topper this time, though ketchup is my traditional favorite.

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Diner Days

There is something to be said for living on the edge of New Jersey — we have easy access to some of the most amazing diners in the country. So whether we want breakfast, lunch or dinner, at any time of day, we can get it. And for cheap!

The downside of course, is that diner food is not so good for you. From the grill or the fryer, most of what comes on the Blue Plate Special is filled with all sorts of nasty extras. So we took the liberty of lightening up a few classic diner recipes, and now we can indulge in tastes-good food without worrying too much about what’s in it.

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The Risotto Disaster

Oh hey, it’s time for everybody’s favorite post, the one where Michelle royally screws something up in the kitchen.

Except, I don’t think you can blame this one on me. I did everything I knew how to do. There were larger forces at work. Forces like a semi-buzzed boyfriend who did not realize the risotto was falling apart. A recipe that was not detailed and did not take taste into consideration. Also, this weird thing I have about food needing to be super fresh!

In the end, this dish wasn’t so bad that it would be considered terrible. At least one of us ate it. But seeing as my dinner ended up being a totally awesome peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I think it still qualifies as a disaster.

Let me walk you through it.

Hey, it tasted fine to me.

Hey, it tasted fine to me.

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Thirsty Thursday: A Belgian Duuel

That’s right. It’s not a typo. We’re drinkin’ a Duuel. Two Us.

When I chose this beer for this week’s Thirsty Thursday, I had a pretty good idea what to expect. Something light colored, maybe a little on the bitter side.

I was right, but I found out some surprising facts about this brew.

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