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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pineapple Chicken

I really loved all the ingredients of this dish and wanted to give it a try. With my own version of course. I have to say the result is one awesome meal. I really really really liked it. Scratch that. Loved it.

Pineapple Chicken

~1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bit size chunks
salt and pepper to taste
20 oz. can of pineapples (light syrup), undrained
1 red, yellow and green pepper, rough dice (from the Charleston farmers market!)
1/2 jalapeno, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls. low sodium soy sauce
2 tbls. honey (from Johns Island)
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
dash onion powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder (or less if you don't like the spice)

Spray a large pan and start over medium-low heat. Season the chicken chunks with salt and pepper and brown on all sides (about 10 minutes).

While the chicken browns, chop all your veggies and garlic.

Remove the chicken to a clean plate and put the vegetables and garlic in the pan.

In a medium bowl, combine the pineapples, soy sauce, honey, ginger, onion powder and chili powder. Gently stir.

Pour this mixture over the top of the veggies. Bring the heat to about medium and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the veggies are tender and the liquid reduces. Return the chicken to the pan to soak up the juices and heat through (about 5 minutes or so).

Plate up and enjoy!!!!

Serve with sliced green onions, brown rice.

Servings: 4-6
Time: about 1 hour from start to plate

Notes: Like I said, I really enjoyed this so very much. I really love pineapple and the sweet and spicy combo of flavors really hit the spot for me! I imagine this is pretty darn healthy too. The leftovers aren't too shabby either.

Recipe inspiration: Crème de la Crumb

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Carolina Breeze

This is a super-simple adult beverage for a hot summer's day or the beach or just about anywhere!
I'm calling it the Carolina Breeze. It probably has some other name, but I wanted to give it my own. So I did. Don't judge. Just drink it up!

Carolina Breeze

1 can frozen lemonade
1 1/4 cup vodka (give or take, right?)
1 light beer
2-3 cups crushed ice
lime wedges for garnish

I allowed the lemonade to thaw for a few minutes on the counter top. If you have a trusty blender you could just throw everything in there and let her rip (including cubed ice). I don't have one currently, so I used my own method. Basically just combine everything together and pour in a large pitcher.

Serve in some kind of adorable adult beverage container.

Stay thirsty my friends!!

Notes: The lemonade makes it pretty sweet, but you can always add a little fresh lime juice or salt. The husband tasted it, commented it was good, but returned to his precious beer. I found it very refreshing!!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fried Green Tomatoes

I don't usually cook a lot of fried foods. But who can resist fried green tomatoes? Am I right?

Just sit back, fry 'em up and devour!!

Fried Green Tomatoes

2 green tomatoes (got ours from the Charleston farmers market!)
1 cup flour
1 tbls. Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup corn meal
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk (I used 2% organic)
about 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or your oil of preference for frying)
a little salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cut the tomatoes into thick slices (about 1/4" thickness).

Set up your assembly station by combining the ingredients in three shallow bowls. First bowl: flour and Cajun seasoning Second bowl: egg and milk Third bowl: breadcrumbs and corn meal

Dip the tomato in each bowl and fry in the pan on each side until golden brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Serve warm.

We ate these with grilled chicken and a fresh corn salsa.

I am telling you these are delicious!!! Go make them now!