Tandoori Chicken Thighs Recipe

Tandoori Chicken Thighs

02.18.09 by Jackie

You may not think so, but tandoori chicken is an easy and fast meal to prepare. Just marinate the meat overnight or at least for 4 hours and place in the oven. You can also use chicken breast but I think the leg pieces are more tender, moist and flavorful. Your choice of course.


 


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Laura's Home-Made Vinegar Recipe

Laura's Home-Made Vinegar

02.17.09 by timran

Vinegar is such a commonly used ingredient in so many dishes that it needs no introduction.  But I've learned that it's often the simplest products that we know the least about. 

One of my husband's closest friends, Laura, makes wonderful jams and jellies. She recently gave us a delicious bottle of home-made vinegar, and I asked her for the recipe.  Enjoy!


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Roasted Bell Pepper Pearled Barley Recipe

Barley used to be poor people food during the Medieval times. It's also the food that feeds horses but if it's well-cooked and tender, it's a very healthy meal full of fibers. The texture is chewy and you can add a lot of spices to make it flavorful.

The cooking process is similar to cooking risottos but I added a can of diced tomatoes to make the barley more tender.


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Tofu Banh Xeo (Vegetarian Vietnamese Crepe) Recipe

Tofu Bánh Xèo is a vegetarian Saigon crepe. It's is a South Vietnamese dish. The exact translation is a "sizzling cake that is deflating". The Bánh Xèo crepe has a rice flour base with coconut milk. It's a lot thicker than the French version but just as delicious. The crepe has an earthy flavor, so It's always a savory dish filled with a lot of vegetables.

I've noticed that a lot of Vietnamese dishes have French influences as a result of years of colonization. The preparations are French, but the ingredients are Vietnamese. For example, the beef fondue, called bò nhúng dấm in Vietnamese, uses a fermented shrimp paste in the sauce.

Prepare this very exotic and healthy meal for your family and friends.  You'll have another recipe in your arsenal for Sunday brunches and dinners alike.


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Asian Fusion Bamboo Risotto Recipe

Asian Fusion Bamboo Risotto

02.13.09 by Jackie

Bamboo shoots are young, crisp and tender. They have a similar texture to asparagus, but a very different flavor. I've been thinking a lot lately about how to take a traditional risotto and make an Asian fusion version, and it occurred to me that bamboo would be an excellent flavor to add to the dish.

The basics of the risotto are still the same. A little oil, arborio rice, broth, and a vegetable.  I didn't put cheese because I was making an Asian version, and I added some turmeric and paprika for color.  The dish is finished with some red chili oil and fresh cilantro.


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