Category Archives: Meat

Jerk Chicken & Jamaican Rice and Peas

One of the last produce items we bought from our local farmer was a pair of habeneros. These little lantern-shaped peppers are some of the hottest in the world, rated between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville units! Now, compare that to a jalapeno which weighs in between 6,000 and 8,500 Scoville units! Wow, that’s hot, isn’t it? Still, for all their bite, they’re also floral and add a definite flavor that’s hard to duplicate without their help.

A side note on super-hot chiles… I’ve had the pleasure of having ghost chile verde made by a chef friend of mine in…

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Spicy Stirfry

I have a hard time justifying posting stirfry recipes. I’ve been making stirfries since I began cooking for myself and usually my sauces consist of whatever I throw together to match what I want in my head. There’s no measuring, no tasting, I rely on scent to tell me if I’ve gotten it right. It works for me.

Sometimes I actually read stirfry recipes, but usually avoid any that are hardcore on veggies or protein – you can quite easily throw half the fridge at a stirfry and be happy with the results. It, with its sister fried rice…

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I cannot believe I haven’t talked about this yet. This is the first recipe that we made in our new slow cooker and it is absolutely fabulous. (Kudos to ArachneJericho who recommended it to us!) I’ve already made this three times and we haven’t even owned our slow cooker an entire month!

I love barbecued pulled meat. Chicken and pork especially. But I’ve never really attempted to make it myself because it seemed so complicated and involved lots of oven-time, which heats up our small kitchen incredibly. (However, in the winter, it makes for a nice room to play…

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Slow Cooker Chili

I promise it won’t be all slow cookers all the time, but I do have this nifty new toy. :D We’re working on adapting some of our favorite Latvian recipes to it, like plovs and šķovēti kāposti, which we think are very well-suited. (The plovs was made to my father-in-law’s recipe, which is braised in a sealed roasting pan in the oven. It worked well but there’s still some testing to do before I write the final recipe.)

One thing I really wanted to do with our new slow cooker was make a real chili. I’ve tried before on…

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Spicy Tortilla Soup

We watched a great independent Latino comedy called, “Tortilla Soup” on Netflix Instant. I wish that there were recipes from the show, but alas, I’ve not been able to find any. There was this squash blossom soup, you see, that looked amazing. If I can get blossoms from my farmer this late in the season, I think I’ll try that next.

The day after we watched the show, I put together a version of tortilla soup inspired by the movie, attempting to recreate as best I could what I saw on screen. While I don’t know how close it…

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Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

Boy, you can get some HUGE zucchinis locally. I tried to grow two plants but the bugs ate my seedlings. :( Luckily, even monsters like the one I bought only cost 50c at the market.

The huge zucchinis are nowhere near as tender as the little 6″ – 8″ guys you find at most grocery stores. So, while they’re good to fry up (they take a while), they’re really good to stuff and bake. You definitely get your veggies out of this one…

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Buffalo Burgers

Ahh, summer. It’s too hot to cook inside, especially here, but from what I’ve been hearing, it’s hot just about everywhere. Even our family in Latvia have been hit by some major heat. Me, I’ll be glad when it’s the end of September and temperatures return to something I can deal with on a day-to-day basis.

Still, despite the heat, July is a busy month if you live in Utah. Not only does Utah celebrate Independence Day like the rest of America, but there’s also another excuse for a cookout – Pioneer Day on the 24th. It’s basically the…

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