Crispy Battered Old bay Chicken

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This came out way better than I thought it would.

Batter: 1 3/4 cups of flour,  1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of old bay, 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper,  a pinch of salt, 1 cup of water.
You can always change the measurements of Ingredients to make the batter thicker or thinner or even make a larger batch.You can season the chicken with any spices that you choose. I used salt, pepper, granulated onion, granulated garlic, and paprika. I used chicken breast sliced thin for a quick fry so the batter wouldn’t burn. This batter also works well with chicken thighs too. Next time I think I will cut the chicken breast into chunks before frying to make them bite size pieces. For oil for dying I prefer to use canola, but you can use any oil that you like. Hope you enjoy!

Walnut Vinaigrette

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Walnut Vinaigrette

¼ Cup of walnut oil                                                                          ¼ cup of olive oil

1 cup of orange juice                                                                      salt and pepper (to your liking)

3 to 4 cloves of garlic minced                                                       shredded Parmesan

1 tsp of red pepper flakes                                                            ¼ cup of lemon juice

The best way I have made this is adding all of the ingredients and slowly whisking in the olive oil and walnut oil and add the Parmesan cheese at the end. Pour the mixture over your favorite Kale ( either Tuscan or regular) and let it sit for no less than 20 minutes. If your pressed for time like I always am you can use your favorite pulp free orange juice or if you can freshly squeeze 2 to 3 oranges.  It’s so good. Before eating toss  with a little more Parmesan cheese and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!!

Mole

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Mole

1 ½ cups of smoked almonds                                                      4 tbsp tomato paste

1 cup of raisins                                                                                  3 canned chipotles in adobo sauce

2 tbsp of ground cumin                                                                 1 tbsp of adobo sauce

3 tsp of ground cinnamon                                                            6 cloves of garlic

1 vidalia onion/ sweet onion                                                       4 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp of salt

This mole can used for any meat of your choice. Steak, chicken or pork. I used chicken and it always comes out full of flavor and good.

 

So, I have been creating a few new things on my own, that whole process of trial and error. This week it was homemade farm stand pasta primavera. Some vegetables looked better than others. Covered it with cheese and the kids loved it. Finished product and recipe are soon to come.

Adult Cider

Cider, caramel vodka and cinnamon sticks

Cider, caramel vodka and cinnamon sticks

Add the cider, caramel flavored vodka and a cinnamon stick in a small pot and simmer for 10 minutes or so. I like to put brown sugar around the rim for a little sweetness. I like to serve this drink warm. Perfect for the  fall!!

Roasted Butternut Squash

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What I love about this vegetable is that you have many different ways to cook it. This time my cuts were long and I mixed them with garlic, brown sugar, salt , pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Roasted them for 45-55 minutes in a 400 degree oven. They were so good.