Sunday, April 18, 2021

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Again


Nailed it! This time I tried a different recipe for the Air Fryer Fried Chicken and was very pleased with the result.

The recipe I followed was from Fabulessly Frugal,https://youtu.be/50lBseukzPg.

I did make some changes. 

I did not add the spice mix to the marinade. I marinated in only buttermilk (Milk and Lemon Juice) and the hot sauce.

For the spice mix, I left out the onion powder. But other than that I followed the video. 

It was the double-dipping of the chicken that made the difference here.


And the chicken was crispy and tender and the breading was not too spicy. Loved it!!!

This will be the house Fried Chicken Recipe. Click YouTube Link above for the recipe.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Best Damn Air Fryer Pork


Honestly, that is the name of the recipe. I found it on RecipeTeacher.com. I googled Air Fryer Bone-in Pork Chops and it was the first recipe listed. Not having a whole lot of time to read through the other recipes I dove into this one. I got home at 5:50 and had dinner on the table by 6:35.

First, preheat the air fryer to 400˚ for 5 minutes.

Next, I made the rub. 

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon onion powder

I rinsed pork chops and pat dry completely with a paper towel.
  1. I rubbed the bone-in pork chops, 2 inches thick with 2 tablespoons olive oil and rubbed on the spice rub.
Into the Air Fryer for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes I flipped the chops and put them back in the air fryer for another 6 minutes. We were at 145˚ at that point.

Moist and the rub was delicious. If you don't like spice you can use any number for combinations.

Really a nice treat for a Tuesday night. Really glad I found the site  -RecipeTeacher.com

Sunday, April 11, 2021

12 Years Ago Tonight

12 years ago tonight I was sitting in front of the computer with a glass of wine missing my mom. I had done a lot of Easter baking. I had used all of her recipes.

I started this little blog to fill a void.

A lot has happened during the past 12 years. 

Too many goodbyes but some wonderful hellos.

I came across I photo of my Mom with her first grandchild today. Priceless.




Sunday, April 4, 2021

Table for Two Please.



Another Holiday dinner with just the two of us. Is this the new normal?

I must say is that this was quite a delicious Easter dinner. The lamb was cooked spot on!! The sauce was delicious, how could it not be with whiskey in it! 

The flavors were perfect together. The parmesan asparagus and the smashed potatoes. It all went together perfectly. I was quite pleased with myself for putting this together.

Lamb Chops with Whiskey Sauce

Ingredients:
5 lamb chops
salt and pepper
Thyme
2 Tbsp butter

Whiskey Sauce:
1 shallot, minced 
1 tsp chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon flour
5 tablespoons Scotch whiskey (or another type)
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper

Method:

Pat lamb dry with paper towels. M
assage the chopped thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper into the meat. Set the lamb chops aside at room temperature for 5 minutes.  


Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until a rich, brown crust forms on the bottom, 4 to 6 minutes (if you're using thicker lamb chops, this could take up to 10 minutes).

Flip the lamb chops and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 145°F, 4 to 6 minutes more.

Transfer the lamb chops to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. 

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat.
Add the shallot and Thyme and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the flour until incorporated.

Off the heat, slowly stir in 1/4 cup whiskey, scraping up any browned bits, and let sit until bubbling subsides about 1 minute. Carefully return skillet to medium heat and simmer until whiskey has almost completely evaporated for 2 to 3 minutes.  Stir in the broth and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly and reduced to 1/3 cup, 3 to 5 minutes.


Whisk in the remaining tablespoon whiskey, parsley, butter, lemon juice, and any accumulated lamb juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Return the Lamb Chops to the pan and cover with the sauce.




Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus

Ingredients-
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
Salt and pepper
11/2 oz Parmesan cheese (3/4 cup)
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled
pinch cayenne
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp honey

Method:
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450˚. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray. Using a fork, poke holes up and sown asparagus spears. Toss asparagus with 1/4 tsp salt and let stand for 30 minutes in a single layer on a large paper towel-lined platter.


Combine 1/2 cup Parmesan, panko, butter, 1/8 tsp salt, pinch pepper, and cayenne in a bowl. Transfer half of the panko mixture to a shallow dish and reserve the remaining mixture. Using an electric mixer whip egg white and honey together on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape egg white mixture into a medium baking dish, then gently toss asparagus in the mixture. Working with one spear at a time, dredge half of the asparagus spears in panko and transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Refill shallow dish with reserved panko mixture and repeat with reaming asparagus.


Bake asparagus until just beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and continue to bake until cheese is melted and bread crumbs are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes longer.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

There Is A Package At Our Door


Yeah!!! A delivery of Pat's King of Steak Subs!!!
This is what is for dinner!!!



 Gotta love the Cheese Wiz!!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Bacon!!! On Good Friday!!! Good Grief!!!





International Cooking Club Meal. Honestly, it was not until I was frying up the bacon in this recipe that I realized that I was frying up bacon on Good Friday!!!

Seriously!!!

I could not make this stuff up!!!

Anyway, this was this month's selection for Shrimp Tacos and a Mexican martini.

Let's just sum this up quickly. Loved the Shrimp Taco filling but not a fan of the soft taco. Next time using the hard Taco.

The Martini... Well, let's just say I am not a tequila lover.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan and Mac and Cheese Balls



 Tonight we have two returning Air Fryer recipes.

The Chicken Parmesan was actually Chicken Tenders that were finished off in the oven.

Ingredients-

1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 oz milk
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
6 chicken tenders
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp olive oil
Marinara Sauce
Mozzarella, shredded
Parmagiano

Method-
Preheat oven to 350˚.

Pour flour onto a pan.
Combine the egg and milk into a bowl and mix.
Pour the breadcrumb onto a separate pan.
Dip each chicken into the flour, then the egg, and then the breadcrumbs/

Insert the Fry tray into the Basket. Insert the basket into the air fryer.
Press the French Fry button (400˚F) and set the cooking time to 3 minutes. Let the air fryer preheat.

Place the chicken tenders onto the Basket. Insert the basket into the air fryer.

Press the French Fry button (400˚F) and set the cooking time to 10 minutes. Flip the chicken tenders halfway through the cooking time. 

Remove tenders from the air fryer basket.

Put tenders on a baking pan. Cover with sauce and cheeses. Heat in oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.


The Mac and Cheese Balls were in the freezer and were heated up while the chicken was in the oven. Click here for the recipe for the mac and cheese balls.

Insert the Fry Tray into the basket. 

Set the cooking temp to 360˚ and the cooking time to 3 minutes. Let the air fryer preheat.

Place the mac and cheese balls in the basket.

Cook at 360˚ for 5 minutes. Rotate the mac and cheese balls and cook for another 5 minutes.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Sausage Stuffed Peppers



I think this is a better Stuffed Pepper. Sausage, bread cubes, parsley, cheese, and egg. The stuffing just tastes better than the rice and beef that I usually make. 

Well, that is just my opinion.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Salad and Fried Dough




 Keep in simple Monday.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Winner Winner Air Fryer Fried Chicken Dinner



I have always wanted to make Fried Chicken. I just have this thing about large pans of oil. Back in my restaurant days, I got an electric shock while cleaning out a fryolator. So the idea of a pot of oil in the kitchen of my house never made me feel comfortable. Until the Air Fryer arrived.

This is a no-brainer. This was delicious chicken. I used two bone-in the breast and 2 thighs. I cut the breast in 1/2 so the cooking time would be the same for all the chicken. I soaked the chicken pieces in a cup of buttermilk and 2 tbsp of hot sauce for about 7 hours in the fridge.

I mixed 2 cups of flour with salt, pepper, onion powder. Dredged the chicken in the flour and sprayed both sides of the chicken with cooking spray. This can get a bit messy. Need to work on how this is done...

Into the air fryer basket with the temp set at 390˚ for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken over, spraying any flour you see on the chicken with cooking spray and set the timer for another 10 minutes. The chicken will be ready when the internal temp is 165˚.

It is not KFC crispy but it was quite delicious.