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Chicken with Artichokes and Lemon

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large lemons
  • 8 fresh globe artichokes (or 8 frozen artichoke bottoms, quartered, or about 1 1/2 cups frozen artichoke hearts)
  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 pounds total)
  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more to garnish
  • ½ teaspoon saffron
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth, plus more if needed

 

from NY Times Cooking

DIRECTIONS

  1. If using fresh artichokes, fill a large bowl with water. Cut 1 lemon in half then squeeze the juice into the water; add the spent lemon halves to the bowl, too.
  2. Prepare the artichokes one at a time, rubbing them all over with the spent lemon halves as you cut and expose the inner artichoke heart. First, cut off at least 1 inch of the thorny top. Trim the stem near the heart, leaving about 2 inches of stem if possible, then peel off the outer green fiber of the stem. Using your fingers, tear off the tough outer leaves, then switch to a sharp paring or bird’s beak knife, when necessary, to shave more inner artichoke leaves until you reach the tender pale green or yellow leaves and create a bulbous shape. Gently open the leaves and remove the choke using a grapefruit spoon or melon-baller, then scrape and tear (or slice) the remaining leaves off so that only the bottom remains. Cut the artichoke heart in quarters; put the quarters in the lemon water as you work to prevent discoloration. Discard the rest of the artichoke, leaves and stem, or reserve for another use.
  3. Pat chicken dry, then season all over with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat, then add the chicken, skin-side down. Cook, undisturbed until well browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Flip and brown the other side, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken thighs to a plate and spoon out about 3 tablespoons of fat from the pan, if desired. (You can discard the excess fat or save for another use.)
  4. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the onion, garlic, parsley and saffron. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the onion, then stir to combine.
  5. Add the broth to deglaze, scraping the bottom of the pan, and bring to a simmer over medium-high. Return the chicken to the pan, nestling it into the pan skin-side up. Arrange the artichokes between the chicken pieces, cover, and simmer over medium-low until the chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.
  6. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until the sauce is thickened and the artichokes slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the juice from half the remaining lemon, taste, and adjust with salt and more lemon juice if needed. Spoon artichokes and pan sauces over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley to garnish, and serve.

Ginger Pork Salad

GingerPorkSalad

from Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

3 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups finely shredded red cabbage (from 1/2 head)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 boneless pork chops (½ inch thick; 1 pound total), patted dry
4 cups broccoli florets (12 ounces)
4 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (from a 2-inch piece)
2 mini cucumbers, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (¾ cup)
1 cup cooked brown rice

Directions


  1. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together vinegar and 3 tablespoons oil. Add
    cabbage: toss to coat. Season generously with salt. Season pork with salt and
    pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil and broccoli;
    season with salt and pepper.  Saute for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Stir in scallion whites and ginger: cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl with cabbage.

  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet over medium-high heat, then pork. Cook,
    flipping once, until a thermometer inserted in thickest parts registers 140 degrees F, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool slightly, then thinly slice. Toss cucumbers and
    rice with cabbage mixture; season with salt and pepper. Divide among plates; serve
    with pork and top with scallion greens.

Scandinavian Shrimp Salad

ScandinavianShrimpSalad

From Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients
12 ounces baby potatoes, halved (quartered, if large)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup cornichons, sliced lengthwise, plus 2 tablespoons pickling liquid
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch of sugar
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced, plus 1/4 cup chopped fronds
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 head butter lettuce (8 ounces), leaves separated
4 hard-cooked eggs, halved

 

Directions
Place potatoes in a medium saucepan: add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Add
2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and cook until
potatoes are easily pierced with the tip of a knife, 1 5 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile,
whisk together pickling liquid, mustard, and sugar Whisk in oil; season with salt and
pepper Stir in fennel fronds. Transfer potatoes to a bowl with a slotted spoon, and
toss with 2 tablespoons dressing.

Return water to a boil; add shrimp Remove from heat and let stand, stirring
occasionally, until shrimp are bright pink and opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. With a slotted
spoon, transfer to an ice-water bath until cool. Drain well. Toss lettuce and sliced
fennel with 2 tablespoons dressing; arrange on a platter Top with potatoes, shrimp,
cornichons, and eggs. Drizzle with remaining dressing; serve.

Jeanette’s Antipasto Potato Salad

Ingredients

1-1/2 lbs. small red bliss potatoes

½ C Italian salad dressing

1 medium sweet red pepper, cored, seeded and diced

1 (15 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered

½ lb. sliced smoked turkey, cut into small pieces

½ lb. mozzarella cheese, diced

1 (2.5 oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained

½ C mayonnaise

¼ C chopped fresh Italian parsley, plus several sprigs for garnish

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. hot red pepper flakes

2 medium tomatoes cut into wedges for garnish

 

Directions

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add potatoes and simmer over low heat until a sharp knife slides through center of potato, about 20 minutes.  Drain and let cool slightly.

 

Cut warm potatoes into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.  Toss with Italian salad dressing; let cool completely.

 

Add sweet red peppers, artichoke hearts, smoked turkey, mozzarella cheese, ripe olives, mayonnaise, parsley, salt and pepper flakes to potatoes.  Gently toss to combine.

Joan’s Slaw

Shred:

 

1 head cabbage (I used half green and half red/purple)

1 small onion

1 medium green pepper

2 large carrots

 

Dressing:

 

1-1/4 cup of sugar

1 cup cider vinegar

¾ cup salad oil

1Tbs. dry mustard

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. salt

 

Bring dressing to a boil (dissolving all sugar); pour over shredded veggies.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Chicken Piccata

ChickenPicatta

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/3 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into
    1-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked to al
    dente
  • Chopped or snipped chives, for garnish

Directions

Heat a deep nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of extra-virgin
olive oil and the chicken to the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken
until lightly golden all over, about 5 to 6minutes. Remove chicken from pan and
return the skillet to the heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add another tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter, the garlic and shallots to the skillet. Saute
garlic and shallots 3 minutes. Add flour and cook 2 minutes.

Whisk in wine and reduce liquid 1 minute. Whisk lemon juice and broth into sauce. Stir in capers and parsley. When the liquid comes to a bubble, add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to the sauce to give it a little shine. Add chicken back to the pan and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Toss hot pasta with chicken and sauce and serve. Adjust salt and pepper,
to your taste. Top with fresh snipped chives.

Corned Beef Pizza Swirls

CornedBeefPizzaSwirls

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ lb. thinly sliced corned beef
  • ½ lb. thinly sliced lacy Swiss cheese

Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. finely diced dill pickles
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 dashes Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • Dash garlic powder

Directions

  1. Add sugar and yeast to warm milk; let stand 15 minutes. Beat the yeast mixture, oil, kosher salt and caraway seeds until blended. Beat in flour, ½ cup at a time, just until combined. With oiled hands, place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  2.  

    Meanwhile, mix all ingredients for Thousand Island sauce; refrigerate.

  3.  

    Punch down dough. To assemble the pizza swirls, turn the dough onto a well-floured surface; roll into a 15 x 10-in. rectangle. Arrange corned beef and cheese slices to within ¾ in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal and tuck ends under. Cut crosswise into 1-in. slices. Place slices, sides touching, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  4.  

    Preheat oven to 375°. Cover pizza swirls with greased foil; let stand for 20 minutes. Bake, covered, 20 minutes; remove foil and bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes longer. Serve warm with Thousand Island sauce.

Corned Beef Hash Pie

CornedBeefHashPie

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp. cold lager beer or beef broth

 

POTATOES

  • 2 medium red potatoes, cut into ¼-in. cubes
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. stone-ground Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. pepper

PIE

  • ½ lb. thinly sliced corned beef
  • ¼ lb. sliced provolone cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. cold whole milk or heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. Whisk flour, salt and sugar; cut in butter until the size of small peas. Gradually add beer, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  2.  

    Place potatoes and salt in a saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain. Return to saucepan; add green onions, butter, mustard and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until potatoes are tender, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat; cool.

  3.  

    Roll dough between two pieces of waxed paper to a ⅛-in.-thick, 12-in.- diameter circle. Remove top piece of waxed paper; place a 9-in. pie plate upside down over pastry. Lifting with waxed paper, carefully invert pastry into plate. Remove waxed paper. Trim pastry to ½ in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  4.  

    Preheat oven to 400°. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork; line with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on a lower oven rack until edges are light golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until bottom is golden brown, 3-6 minutes longer. Cool slightly.

  5.  

    To assemble the pie, layer half the corned beef, half the cheese and three-fourths of potato mixture in baked crust. Repeat corned beef and cheese layers; sprinkle with remaining potato mixture. Re-roll dough trimmings; use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make shamrock petals and a knife to cut out a stem. Top pie. Brush dough trimmings with milk. Bake until crust and cheese are golden brown, 35-40 minutes.

Homemade Corned Beef

HomemadeCornedBeef

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1½ cups kosher salt
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup mixed pickling spices, divided
  • 4 tsp. pink curing salt (Prague Powder)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 oven roasting bags
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (4 to 5 lbs.)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped

Directions

  1. In a large stockpot, combine water, kosher salt, brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. pickling spices, pink curing salt and garlic. Bring to a simmer, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
  2.  

    Place one large oven roasting bag inside another. Place brisket inside both bags; pour in cooled brine. Seal bags, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat the meat. Refrigerate 10 days, turning occasionally to keep meat coated. Remove brisket from brine; rinse thoroughly. Place in a Dutch oven with water to cover. Add carrots, onions, celery and remaining pickling spices. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, adding water if necessary to keep brisket covered, until meat is tender, about 3 hours.

  3.  

    Serve warm or cool. Slice brisket thinly and serve in a sandwich or with additional vegetables simmered until tender in cooking liquid. To make ahead, refrigerate meat in cooking liquid several days; reheat in liquid.

Shrimp & Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

ShrimpSpinachSalad

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs. uncooked shrimp (31-40 per lb.), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning
  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup roasted sweet red peppers
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Sprinkle shrimp with steak seasoning. On four metal or soaked wooden skewers, thread shrimp. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  2.  

    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 Tbsp. drippings. Add shallot; cook and stir over medium heat until tender, 1-2 minutes. Stir in next six ingredients; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

  3.  

    In a serving bowl, toss spinach and bacon mixture. Layer with the shrimp and pepper slices; top with cooked bacon and almonds.