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Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Is it too early for a sensible post yet? Sensible as in a recipe that isn’t drenched in cream, butter, cheese, and other holiday food extravagances? Sure, there’s some honey and brown sugar in this, but compared to what we’ve all probably been eating lately, this is a pretty healthy meal. Especially if you add some sauteed chard and just a little bit of creamy polenta on the side.

This is a great, relatively quick and inexpensive meal to have in your repertoire. And there’s no need to use fancy balsamic here, just a cheap bottle will do fine as you’re reducing it later. I have a huge bottle of the Safeway brand I keep specifically for marinades and reductions.

You could also easily make this with chicken thighs (should be about the same time, but check with a thermometer) or whole legs (add a few minutes).

Also, hey — Happy (Almost) New Year, everyone!

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks
Adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis; serves 3-4
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
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FFwD: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce

FFwD: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce

A little late, but it’s still Friday here on the west coast, so I’m just getting this posted under the wire. This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was quite the experiment – Dilled Gravlax. I want to say that I’ve made gravlax once before, but now I can’t find a post on that so maybe I’m just imagining it. Maybe I dreamed it. Or maybe that was in a parallel universe (pardon me, but we’re working our way through Fringe on Netflix right now and it’s all red vines, parallel universes, and Walter-without-pants-on over here).

So, where was I? Oh yeah – gravalx. I made mine with some previously frozen Columbia River salmon. And here’s something I learned at IFBC this year: if you’re going to eat raw salmon (which gravlax basically is), it needs to have been frozen and defrosted. Or else there can be parasites (hey! Like on Fringe).

I made mine pretty much exactly as Dorie’s recipe dictated, which can also be found here: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce, Bon Appétit | March 2004.

After three days of curing, we ended up having this as a snack the day . . . → Read More: FFwD: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Generally, my cookie repertoire is fairly boring – chocolate chip, peanut bitter, an occasional oatmeal raisin. But sometimes, especially during the holidays, I like to mix it up a bit. These Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies do just that and are quite festive as well! Of course, now I have a bunch of extra candy canes lying around the house, which will probably mean making some peppermint bark.

The original recipe called for the melted chocolate to be drizzled on top of the cooled cookies, but I think it makes much more sense to just spread a layer of chocolate on top – more surface area for the candy cane pieces to stick to. I also made mine about twice the size called for, (I used a small scoop that equals about two tablespoons), because bigger cookies are better cookies. Right?

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
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Cooking with Roots: Rutabaga Hash with Onions and Crisp Bacon

Rutabaga Hash with Onions and Crisp Bacon

I have a confession – I usually have to go ask a produce person if the item I’m holding in my hand is a turnip or a rutabaga. Up until about 10 years ago, I thought a parsnip was a turnip. In fact, before I even posted this, I double-checked to make sure that I used rutabagas when I made this dish. Yep. It’s all good. Whew!

Last year, the cookbook, Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes by Portland-based Diane Morgan came out and I was very excited to get a copy right away. This is one of those cookbooks where every other page will be folded down or have a post-it on it marking a recipe that you just NEED TO TRY. It’s seriously such a great fall and winter cookbook to look through and make stuff from – if you don’t already, you should really try to get yourself a copy! Need more convincing? Two words: carrot margarita.

Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes by Diane Morgan

In addition to a unique root vegetable cocktails, there’s also many, many recipes for the . . . → Read More: Cooking with Roots: Rutabaga Hash with Onions and Crisp Bacon

FFwD: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver

FFwD: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is one of those liver ones – the type that some people like to sit out. And I don’t blame them at all. I’m okay with liver, but I must admit to always skipping the sardine recipes.

For this one, my plan was to just make a half recipe (there are only two of us), but my chicken livers came frozen, in a one-pound tub. So…made the full version and froze half the finished chopped liver (without the egg), to bring out sometime in January.

We had this for dinner with some sourdough bread from Roman Candle Baking Co, a spinach salad, and I discovered that if you serve capers on the side, they are delightful sprinkled on top of a slice of toasted sourdough that’s slathered with chopped (or in this case, food processor-chopped) liver. I like smoothness in my liver recipes and I must admit, this was a much more appealing project for me if I did it more like a pate. So that’s what I did. The verdict: Delicious! I am looking forward to using up the freezer stash.

For the spice mix, I used the version . . . → Read More: FFwD: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver