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Coconut Milk Baked Chicken

Fast and delicious recipes, this is what I am constantly looking for. This tastes even better if you leave the chicken marinating over night; which I love doing not only because it improves flavor, but because it saves me time. The next day you just need to pop it in the oven and make a quick salad… voilá! An original and flavorful lunch or dinner for your family.

I do recommend that you use bone-in chicken pieces for maximum flavor. I tweaked the original recipe by using honey instead of sugar, and fresh ginger instead of ground. Don’t worry about the flavor, the recipe calls for honey and coconut milk, but the flavors are subtle and it gets a nice kick from the fresh ginger and earthiness from the herbs and seasonings. I would add a little heat by including some cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce to the marinade, so if spice is not an issue give it a try.

 Helga

Coconut Milk Baked Chicken

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Wild Rice with Chicken and Mushrooms

While it’s fun to go out with friends, lately we’ve been gathering at someone’s home and cooking meals. It’s always fun to hang around the kitchen and with some friends that share the love for food around, we end up getting together for birthdays too. I prepared this Wild Rice recipe for a double birthday celebration, and Juancho (house owner and kitchen lender), made one of his favorite salads: Green Beans, Tomatoes and Feta.

He has a small but amazingly well stocked kitchen. We even joked around when we were cooking, that by the third time I asked if he had something, one of our friends answered for him: “Who do you think you’re cooking with?”, following by his answer and laughter from the intervention. And he has the coolest gadgets! Check out below his cool pepper mill! Imagine an electric pencil… but with pepper! He has the best stuff. It’s the perfect little kitchen that I would love to cook in! He is so awesome that we are had him as a Guest Foodie with his Green Beans, Tomatoes and Feta Salad a few days ago!

This was my first time preparing Wild Rice, and I have to say it was great! I browsed for recipes, and bumped into this one from MyRecipes. I made a mashup of a procedure we recently used to prepare Jambalaya… You’ll love it, as it brings in so much flavor to the rice: you first half cook the chicken on the pot, then remove it from there and sauté the vegetables, adding the chicken back at the end. Then, you add it to the big rice pot, along with all the juices… Believe me, it was well worth it!

 Kitty

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Summer Succotash with Chicken & Avocado

It’s not succotash if it doesn’t have lima beans and corn in it!  I get curious about food and about certain dishes’ history, so I browsed around and learned that succotash was first prepared by Native Americans and it is now a dish that is mostly popular in the South and New England.   For me, it turned out to be a convenient and delicious new way to prepare vegetables at home. Plus, I can’t remember the last time I had lima beans, and I love them!

Actually, it had been so long since I had lima beans, that I hadn’t actually cooked them myself. In Guatemala we don’t usually use frozen produce or fruit, so if you want lima beans, you cook them yourself. I learned the hard way that you have to peel them first, before cooking them.  That wasn’t so much fun.   I went online to find a procedure to cook lima beans and all websites said the same thing. It said to soak them overnight, then cook them for about 45 mintues.  So I did. Then, I realized…they didn’t look green. Wait, what about peeling them!? I opened one, and there it was… green mush inside. It was too late. Sufferin’ Succotash, indeed.

Cooking Lima Beans: Take 2.  Thankfully, Mariano was on his way home and was able to run to the store and get me some more.  Sandra, who comes over a couple of times a week to help me with the cleaning, was there that day.  She just laughed and told me you have to peel them before cooking them, and that once they are peeled, they take about 5 minutes to cook.  Grrrr!   So, here’s my note on cooking lima beans at home, for those of us who can’t find frozen ones:

First, peel them and then drop them into a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes.  They will be soft, but still firm enough to keep their shape.

I do hope you try this recipe, it’s definitely worth it!

Helga

Summer Succotash with Chicken & Avocado

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