Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Throwdown - Fire

The Troll is having another Culinary Throwdown Challenge this week and the theme is Smoke and Fire. Some (the Mrs. in particular) may say that's the way I always cook. Hmmmm

Well, I knew what I was going to do for this throwdown last week but, as usual, I'm down to the last minute. The Mrs. is on travel this week, so it's just me, the boy and the pudge. I was going to do both smoke and fire, the smoke being grilled smoked potatoes. That never materialized. The Fire, however, I got done.

I decided to do a Bourbon Chicken which gets flambeed for the fire aspect. This is a recipe I've made before, formulated from several other recipes and mishaps so I don't have a formally written recipe and it changes every time.

For this version, I have boneless chicken breasts that I salt and peppered and seared in butter, oil and garlic. I added onion, rosemary and thyme. Then I doused the whole mess with Jim Beam and set her ablaze.


After the firemen left, I covered the pan and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. I removed the chicken and added a cup of cream. I let it reduce and thicken for about 5 minutes.

For sides I have rice and green beans with orange rind.

This came out good. The kids really liked it and went back for 2nds (mostly because the Mrs. wasn't here to say no). The boy thought it needed cheese - so I promptly smacked him in the back of the head.

And there you have another Mid-Week Madness Dinner that took about 45 minutes from in-the-door to the table.

I don't know why the last 2 pics are sideways because they look OK in the viewer. Turn your heads.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Leaf Collection Week on my street. Actually not as bad as previous years. But I have blisters on my fingers.