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Attention Potato Salad Police: Rogue Potato Salad Spotted

Attention all units…a rogue potato salad has been spotted at the canaryhouse.  Please use extreme caution when approaching…this salad has NO recipe.  It has NOT been tested 100 times.  If you see this salad, grab a fork and sit down quickly.  Quietly.  And apprehend that sucker before anyone tries to get in the way. 

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Melissa at Alosha’s Kitchen had a run in with the folks at Cook’s Country/America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated, where she had adapted a recipe of theirs, noted her changes and credited the source…but that was apparently unacceptable behavior, because their recipes are PERFECT and are not to be changed by anyone, fer cryin’ out loud.  In my opinion, they can stuff their so called perfect recipe.  Recipes are *meant* to be changed, adapted, and perfected in our own ways.  Perfection in the kitchen isn’t measured in precise measurements and techniques, it comes from being creative, being happy and having fun.  If the folks over at CC/ATK/CI don’t see that, well, there’s something wrong in *their* kitchen. 

So, with that, I offer you my humble potato salad.  I’ll give you the ingredients I used, but I’m not posting a recipe, just the ingredient list. Personal adaptation and creative expression are encouraged. I was out of celery, so there’s none in there, but hey…I worked with what I had, and it tasted freaking awesome.  SO there.  I’d also like to enter this subversive salad into this month’s Potato Ho Down Event, hosted by Evil Chef Mom

Yes indeed…not only do I have rogue non-recipes, I’m a ho too. ;)  Deal with it. lol

Ingredients:

potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced
boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
red onion
garlic
celery (if you’ve got it)
mayonaise
sour cream (or quark cheese or Greek yogurt)
mustard
sugar
red wine vinegar
salt and cracked black pepper
parsley

Preparation:

Mix up the dressing ingredients and pour over chopped potatoes and eggs.
Feel free to add more stuff like peas, peppers, green onion etc.
Combine.
Taste it to make sure you like the seasonings and the tang factor.
Let sit in the fridge for an hour or so.
It’s even better the next day.

Spicy Chicken Mexi-burgers with Red Bean “Salsa”

So, here at the canaryhouse, we *love* experimenting with new ways to have burgers.  Not that regular burgers aren’t perfect or anything.  I mean, they are, of course.  Mondays are my busiest day, because I have to restock the pantry after a weekend of intense raiding.  I kid you not, on Monday mornings my cupboards are as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s, with the exception of the odd can of tomato paste and jar of olives.  The food just seems to evaporate!  So, bright and early every Monday morning, I have to rush off to the markets to replenish the depleted stocks.  One might think, “That isn’t so difficult, why does it take this dipwad a whole day to do that?”  And it’s true.  I mean, if I only had to go to the supermarket, that would be one heck of a long time.  But here’s the thing.  In my neighborhood, we have the organic supermarket, the butcher, the bakery (fresh baguettes and breads of all kinds..yum), the fruit/veggie vendor and the “regular” supermarket.  I need things from all of these places.  Well, “need.”  “Want” is probably a better adjective.  But I tell you, if you could have all of these wonderful places within walking distance, wouldn’t you make the effort to go where the quality and prices are optimal?  So *that’s* why it takes me all day to refill the pantry.

So, is there a point to this story?  Ah yes…there is.  Since food shopping takes up most of my Monday mornings, I’m left with a “What can I make super quick, yet still appealing to Hubs and Kids?” dilemma.  Often times, it’s burgers.  But…I tend to get sick of things fairly easily.  So, in order to shake things up a little, I’m always thinking up new ways to make them, and am on the lookout for others’ ideas as well.  As luck would have it, Terry B, over at Blue Kitchen had posted an incredible looking spicy turkey burger last week.  Well that baby went straight onto the shopping list.  Hell yeah.   I took his recipe and ran with it (as I am wont to do lol).  Thank you for a fantastic recipe, Terry!  We loved it. :D

Ingredients for Burgers:

2 pounds (1 kilo) ground chicken breast
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, finely minced
1 egg
2/3 envelope of chili powder (about 2-3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
cayenne pepper to taste
salt and pepper to taste
8 buns, toasted (brush them with a bit of butter, garlic powder and cayenne powder)
8 slices white cheddar cheese
chopped lettuce
1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt or Quark cheese)
more chopped red onion
red bean salsa (recipe to follow)

Preparation:

Combine burger ingredients through salt and pepper thoroughly.
Let rest in the fridge for about a half an hour or so.
(make the red bean salsa and toast the buns while you wait)
Form 8 patties, and fry over medium high heat (use a grill pan if you have one). You might need a slight drizzle of oil on the pan so the burgers don’t stick. Also, dampen your hands with water, and the burgers won’t stick to them. Yes, I’m just chock full of tips today. lmfao
Fry about 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Serve burgers topped with a slice of white cheddar, lettuce, a generous dollop of sour cream, some more onion and some red bean salsa. I also chopped up some avocado and threw that on mine. It was goooooood. :)

Ingredients for Red Bean Salsa:

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup sweet corn
1/3 envelope chili powder (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
juice from 1 lemon
cayenne pepper to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Toss everything together and let rest until ready to eat! (This was even better the next day)

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Ingredientes para las hamburguesas de pollo:

1 kilo pechuga de pollo (molida/picada)
3 dientes de ajo, majados
1 cebolla roja grande, picadita
1 huevo
2/3 paquete de sazón para chili (2-3 cucharadas)
1 cucharada comino molido
1 manojo cilantro, picado
guindilla molida al gusto
sal y pimienta al gusto
8 panecillos de hamburguesa, tostados (pintar con un poco de mantequilla, ajo en polvo y guindilla molida)
8 lonchas de queso Cheddar blanco
lechuga troceada
1 vaso nata ácida (o yogur Griego, o queso Quark)
mas cebolla roja picada
ensalada de judías rojas (receta a seguir)

Elaboración:

Mezclar los ingredientes para las hamburguesas hasta la sal y pimienta.
Dejar reposar una media hora en la nevera.
(hacer la ensalada de judías y tostar los panecillos mientras esperas)
Formar 8 hamburguesas, y freir a fuego medio alto (utilizar la asadora si la tienes). Quizás necesitarás un rocío de aceite para que no se peguen. También, si humedezcas las manos con un poco de agua, las hamburguesas no se pegarán a tus manos. Sí…soy una fuente de ideas hoy. jeje
Freir unos 3-4 minutos por cada lado, o hasta que estén hechos.
Servir las hamburguesas con una loncha de queso, un poco de lechuga, una buena cucharada de nata ácida (yogur/quark), un poquito más de cebolla y un poco de la ensalada de judías. Yo también piqué un aguacate y lo puse….estaba ricoooo.

Ingredientes para la ensalada de judías rojas:

1 lata de judías rojas, escurridas y enjuagadas con agua
2 tomates roma, sin semillas y picados
2 cucharadas cebolla roja picadita
1/2 vaso maiz dulce
1 diente de ajo majado
1/3 paquete de sazón para chili (una cucharada)
2 cucharadas cilantro picado
zumo de 1 limón
guindilla molida al gusto
sal y pimienta al gusto

Elaboración:

Mezclarlo todo y dejarlo ligar. (esto estaba aún mejor el día siguiente)

Michelle’s Incredible Lentil Salad

Do all of you know Michelle at Thursday Night Smackdown? If you don’t?  Get over to her site right now! I’ll wait.

No, seriously, I will.

Isn’t she great? She has the best sense of humor, and her blog is filled with delectable goodies ranging from appies to salads to mains to desserts. I discovered TNS a few months ago, and it has quickly become one of my “first reads” in the morning. Thursdays are “Smackdown” days. Michelle chooses a recipe from one her many cookbooks and makes it. Mondays are “Cheap Assed” days, where she uses pantry staples and inexpensive ingredients to make incredible meals for *under* *$5!* per serving. With today’s economy, that is one hell of a bonus! You may remember her Extreme Rotini and Cheese, that I am totally claiming as my own from now on (sorry Michelle! lol) As of late, she has been making meal after incredible meal…all spot on with my tastes. It’s as if she were trying to seduce me with her cooking. You’re not, are you, Michelle? lmfao I’m just teasing. It’s just that…I dunno…awesome food…swearing…getting my funny on…well, it’s just the best, that’s all. It’s like one stop blog shopping. Treats! Snark! Giggle! See what I mean?

So anyway…the other day she made this incredible looking lentil salad. Lentils! Salad! I’m so there. Not only is this salad good, it’s EXCELLENT. I even cheated. I didn’t cook my lentils with the oh so fun to make cloved onion. I used a jar of lentils. That I had in the pantry. Then added the ever so smallest pinch of ground cloves to the salad. Nobody noticed that I hadn’t spent that extra hour plus cooling time. See that? And? AND I was frugal, because I used pantry goods, as well as basil from my leetle basil plant on the patio.  I also subbed Feta cheese, because that’s what I had.  That salad was free! I had everything in the house. I bet you do, too.

Now, there are a couple of events that I want to participate in. My very good friend Shaye, at Smarter than Pancakes had a birthday recently, and would like us to bring something to her Birthday Picnic!

I’m bringing this salad. Not only because it’s freaking fabulous, but because it’s a dish that lends itself *perfectly* to an afternoon outside with friends. So, Happy Birthday, Shaye! MUAC!

Grace at A Southern Grace is also hosting an event, called Beat the Heat! 

that I’d like to participate in, seeing as it’s hot as Hades round here, and we’re all looking for refreshing dishes to combat the scorching heat of summer. The catch?  No heating up the kitchen!  Microwaves and ice-cream makers are allowed, but not the stove or oven or any other heat emitting appliance.  Grace, check this salad OUT man. Seriously. If this doesn’t beat the heat, maybe we’ll have to have a beer with it or something. ;) lol

This week, it’s Peter’s turn to be stalked by me. LOL Cheese Stuffed Keftedes

Yeah, so earlier in the week I had posted about staring at Peter’s (of Kalofagas) delicious Eggs Benedict recipe…Staring at Peter’s recipes is nothing new for me.  His site is a daily read.  He has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a phenomenal cook.  You should SEE some of the delicious things he cooks up!  He is of Greek descent, and, luckily for us, he shares his mouthwatering recipes, and the fun stories of Greece and his heritage that go along with them.  Not too long ago he had posted his recipe for Cheese Stuffed Keftedes (couldn’t you just *die* at how good those sound?)…well, I knew I had to put those on the menu.  I mean, Come ON!  Keftedes?  Stuffed with Cheese?  I may have fainted into my keyboard.  Actually, I’m pretty sure I did, because I had these weird square bruises on my forehead. ;) This week, I could wait no more.  Monday I bought the ingredients to make his hellaciously good recipe. 

cheese stuffed keftides

I’m not going to post Peter’s recipe, because I actually followed it pretty much to the letter…I had to substitute Gouda cheese (see it trying to escape there? lol) for the Greek cheese, though, since I can’t get the types he recommended for the recipe.

To go along with these delicious morsels of Greek joy, I decided to make a fresh tzatziki (pictured here) and hummus (pictured below).

 tzatziki

Tzatziki Ingredients:

2 cups plain Greek yogurt, strained overnight
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded, diced
1 smaller bunch of mint, minced (about 1/4 cup)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Drain any excess liquid thay may have formed before serving.

The hummus was an excellent dip for both the keftedes and the pitas.  I tell you, this is perfect summer food, you guys. The next time you plan on grilling plain old burgers? Forget that idea, and make these instead! Seriously, they are amazing. :D

hummus

Hummus Ingredients: 

1 jar garbanzo beans (14 oz, 800 grams), mostly drained
2-3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons tahini
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste

Preparation:

Using a food processor, mince garlic first, then add garbanzos and process until semi-smooth.
Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and continue to process until creamy.
*If mixture still seems a bit thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to help it along.

Las Recetas en Español:

Keftedes de Peter (traducido directamente de su página web), Ingredientes:

1 kilo carne molida
2 cebollas, ralladas
4 rebanadas de pan, humedecidas con agua y desmenuzadas
1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo, o ajo fresco majado
2 huevos
1 cucharadita orégano
1 cucharadita perejil picado
1 pizca de comino
sal y pimienta al gusto
queso en lonchas para rellenar (Vlahotyri o Kasseri) (yo utilizé Gouda)

Elaboración:

Mezclar todos los ingredientes en un bol (mejor con las manos).
Formar hamburguesas finas, y reservar en un plato.
Tapar con film transparente y meter en la nevera durante al menos 4 horas.
Antes de asar, dejar que los keftedes vuelvan a temperatura ambiente. Cojer una loncha de queso y
ponerla en el centro de una hamburguesa. Ahora, tapar con otra hamburguesa y presionar por los lados a cerrarla bien.
Procurar cerrar los keftedes muy bien por los lados para evitar que se escape el queso cuando los ases.
Asar a fuego medio unos 5 minutos cada lado.
Servir con mostaza, mayonesa, Boukovo (chilis picantes molidos), ensalada y pan.

Tzatziki, Ingredientes:

2 vasos (de Nocilla) yogur Griego, escurrido durante una noche
1 pepino grande, pelado y con las semillas retiradas, en daditos
1 manojo pequeño de hierba huerto, picadito
2-3 dientes de ajo, majado
sal y pimienta al gusto

Elaboración:

Mezclar todos los ingredientes.
Tapar y dejar en la nevera varias horas o una noche.
Si se haya suelto algo de líquido, escurrirla antes de servir.

Homus, Ingredientes:

1 bote de garbanzos (800 gramos), escurridos
2-3 dientes de ajo
2 cucharadas tahini (crema de sésamo)
zumo de 1 limón
2 cucharadas aceite de oliva virgen
sal al gusto

Elaboración:

Poner todo en el robot de cocina y procesar hasta que esté cremoso.
Si te parece un poco espeso, añadir unas cucharadas de agua para ayudarlo.

 

 

 

Asian Inspired Wraps with Sesame Slaw and Steamed/Fried Dumplings

Doing my morning blog rounds I was over at Peter’s site (Kalofagas) longingly looking at his Eggs Benedict recipe (by the way, go and check that out you guys…it is seriously killing me I want it so badly), and realized there was a post just below that one that I hadn’t seen!  WHAT?  He had posted a delicious Chinese Take-out menu, and mentioned that it was part of a round up to be found at Mochachocolatarita’s Website.  I am SO glad he posted that, because her website is fantastic!  It’s so cool how we bloggers network and find each other through others’ blog posts.  I had never seen Mochachocolatarita’s site before.  That is a sin right there…her site is awesome.  No, more like AWESOME!  And Right now she’s hosting an event celebrating her 88th post, called, “Chinese Take-Out Party,” where each entrant submits their take on Chinese take-out. 

I think that this might be sheer luck on my part, because I had planned to post this anyway, but to come in just under the wire like this and be able to participate in a fun event?  Even better! :D

This recipe was something I came up with after having taken out a loin roast, and began wondering what to do with it.  The weather has been pretty warm, so regular roast with mashed potatoes didn’t really seem to fit the bill.  Avocados are currently at over 11 euros a kilo (that’s like $8-9 a pound), so Tex-Mex was out (you know it’s illegal to eat Tex-Mex without guacamole, don’t you? ;) )…what to do?  Hmmm.  Why not go Asian with it?  Yes!  That was the answer I was looking for. 

asian wraps with sesame slaw 

Ingredients:

2 pounds (1 kilo) pork loin roast
1 cup mango juice
1/2 cup sweet soy sauce
1/4 cup regular soy sauce
2-3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons grated ginger
2 tablespoons grated garlic
4 spring onions, white bulbs only (we’ll use the greens later)
pepper to taste

Preparation:

Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a roaster with a lid.
Coat loin roast completely and allow to marinate for a couple of hours in the fridge, turning occasionally.
Heat oven to 375ºF/160ºC.
Roast loin (covered) for about 4 hours.
Shred meat and toss with the juices/sauce that became of the marinade while roasting.

For the Sesame Slaw:

Ingredients:

1/2 head cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped green onion (the ones we used the white parts from before)
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup sweet soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
pepper to taste

Preparation:

Toss all ingredients together.
Yep, that’s it. lol

To make the wraps, you’ll need:

12 flour tortillas
3 cups steamed rice
1 recipe of sesame slaw (posted above)
fresh vegetables and herbs to garnish…I used italian pepper, spring onion, fresh cayennes, cucumber and cilantro

Preparation:

Fill each wrap with some rice, pork, slaw and vegetables.
Slap some hot sauce on that sucker, too.
Have lots of napkins handy, this is better to be eaten with your hands. :)
 

Now, onto the dumplings.

steamed fried dumplings

I have posted this recipe before, so I will direct you to this post for the ingredients and instructions on how to form the dumplings. However, I have prepared them a little differently today, and changed up the sauce just a little.

To make the sauce:

1/2 cup sweet soy sauce
2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
**just whisk all this together and your sauce is ready. Garnish with green onion if you like

Preparation of dumplings:

Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a saute pan.
Saute raw dumplings until golden on the bottom, then add enough water to come about halfway up the dumplings.
Cover and steam for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
Serve with sauce.

Y en español (*nota* 1 vaso = 1 vaso de nocilla):

Ingredientes:

1 kilo cinta de cerdo en una pieza
1 vaso zumo de mango
1/2 vaso salsa de soja dulce
1/4 vaso salsa de soja normal
2-3 cucharadas vinagre de arroz
1/4 vaso salsa hoisin
1/4 vaso miel
2 cucharadas de jengibre recién rallado
2 cucharadas de ajo rallado
4 cebolletas, solo la parte blanca (la parte verde se utiliza después)
pimienta negra al gusto

Elaboración:

Mezclar todos los ingredientes excepto la carne en un recipiente de horno con tapa.
Cubrir la carne con la salsa y dejar macerar en la nevera durante unas horas.
Calentar el horno a 375ºF/160ºC.
Hornear la carne (tapada) durante unas 4 horas.
Desmenuzar la carne y mezclar con la salsa que se ha formado.

Para la Ensalada de Sésamo:

Ingredientes:

1/2 col rallada
1/2 vaso cebolleta (la parte verde que reservamos antes)
1/4 vaso semillas de sésamo tostadas
1/4 vaso salsa de soja dulce
3 cucharadas de vinagre de arroz
pimienta al gusto

Elaboración:

Mezclarlo todo.
Sí. Solo eso. jiji

Para hacer los “wraps” necesitarás:

12 tortillas de harina (obleas)
3 vasos arroz cocinado al vapor
1 receta de la ensalada de sésamo
verduritas y hierbas para adornar…Yo le puse pimienta italiana, cebolleta, pepino, guindilla fresca y cilantro

Elaboración:

Rellenar cada “wrap” con arroz, cerdo, ensalada y verduritas/hierbas.
Ponerle algo de picante también.
Tener muchas servietas a mano, porque esto se come con las manos. :)

Ahora las empanadillas.

Ya he puesto esta receta antes, así que les dirijo a este post para los ingredientes e instrucciones para formar las empanadillas. Sin embargo, las he preparado un poquillo diferente hoy, y he hecho una salsa distinta.

Para hacer la salsa:

1/2 vaso salsa de soja dulce
2 cucharadas de salsa de soja normal
1/4 vinagre de arroz
**Mezclar todo esto y la salsa está lista. Adornar con cebolleta si te parece.

Elaboración de las empanadillas:

Calentar un poquito de aceite en una sartén.
Freirlas hasta que estén doraditas, y a continuación añadir agua suficiente para llegar a la mitad de las empanadillas.
Tapar y dejar cocinar durante unos 10 minutos o hasta que estén cocinadas.
Servir con la salsa.

Who Said Frozen Salad isn’t any Good? Sorbete de Gazpacho

Did I scare you? I mean, the idea of frozen salad probably isn’t that appealing. LOL But. And this is a pretty big BUT. (no, it’s not mine! :P ) Gazpacho. Sorbet. Combine the two and you have a bit of frozen heaven. This traditional Spanish soup is always served chilled, and often with ice…why not go just another step and turn it into a savory sorbet, I asked? Top that with the traditional finely chopped vegetables for added crunch, and you have entered into yum world. This one is going to be making regular appearances at our summer table, folks. It’s the perfect way to begin a meal in the sweltering heat of summer, or even as an afternoon snack. It’s packed with vegetables, very low in fat, and delicious. Oh!  And super easy.  So whatcha waitin for?

sorbete de gazpacho

Ingredients:

2 pounds (1kilo) very ripe tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 italian pepper
olive oil to taste (about 3 tablespoons)
red wine vinegar to taste (about 3 tablespoons)
salt to taste
4 cups ice cubes (or more)

Preparation:

Roughly chop all vegetables, reserving a bit of tomato, cucumber, pepper and onion to garnish.
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Add ice and process until smooth.
Serve sorbet garnished with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and topped with finely chopped tomato, cucumber, pepper and onion.

Y en español:

Ingredientes:

1 kilo tomates maduros
1 pepino, pelado
1 cebolla roja pequeña
2 dientes de ajo
1 pimiento italiano (para freir)
aceite de oliva virgen (3 cucharadas, mas o menos)
vinagre de vino rojo (3 cucharadas, mas o menos)
sal al gusto
4 vasos de hielo (o mas)

Elaboración:

Cortar las verduras en trozos (no tiene que ser muy pequeñas), reservando un poquito de tomate, pepino, cebolla y pimiento para adornar.
Poner todo en la batidora o robot y triturar hasta que esté bien molido y homogéneo.
Añadir el hielo y triturar hasta que esté suave.
Servir adornado con aceite de oliva virgen, vinagre de modena y las verduritas reservadas (picadas muy finas).

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