Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oven Fried Chicken


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 1/4 cups bagel chips or Melba toasts
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt (2%)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 4 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs or halved bone-in breasts (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • Harissa, chili sauce or ketchup, for the sauce


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Set a rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and generously coat the rack with cooking spray.

Finely grind the cereal and bagel chips in a food processor and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Add 3 teaspoons olive oil, the paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste and toss.

Whisk 1/2 cup yogurt and the mustard in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat, then transfer to the bag; seal and shake to coat. Place the chicken on the rack and mist with cooking spray.

Toss the scallions with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and place alongside the chicken. Bake until the chicken is crisp and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160 degrees F, about 30 minutes.

Make the dipping sauce: Mix the remaining 1 cup yogurt and harissa to taste in a bowl. Serve the chicken and scallions with the sauce.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Together forever at last

Today after waiting 70 yrs my grandparents were sealed together, my grandfathers work was done as well, the sealing being the ending final step. It was a very special day for my family, My dad got to be sealed to his parents at last, after waiting 62 yrs. Now its like he always was. My brother Joe got to be with us as well. I can only imagine what my grandparents must be feeling.
I know they are happy though. Now they really are mine and all the ones who went before them are mine too.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Rachels Birthday

My niece Rachel just turned 14! We had fun as it was also New Year's Eve

John was I guess used to Christmas still he wanted a present to open for him! Judith had to wrap up something fast so he would be happy- which worked, for now.When Simon took his turn at Taboo he really got theatrical. It was fun to have Chad and Pancho there. Kirsten was there as well. Rachel got to go to her first dance which from what I gather just wasnt so hot? Dont worry there are many dances yet to come which I am sure will be more fun.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Yummy Recipes

Asian Dumpling Soup


Serves 4

  • 4 scallions, white and green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup peeled and slivered fresh ginger
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 package (15 ounces) frozen stuffed dumplings
  • 1 can (15 ounces) baby corn, drained (1 2/3 cups)
  • 2 bunches watercress, stems trimmed (4 cups)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine scallions, garlic, ginger, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Add chicken broth and mushrooms, cook until the mushrooms begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add dumplings and baby corn; boil until dumplings are tender, about 4 minutes. Add watercress, stir until wilted, about 30 seconds. Spoon into bowls, and serve immediately.

Shrimp Tikka Masala
2 tbs EVO ( extra virgin oil)
1 large onion thinly sliced
3 tbs grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tbs of grated garlic
2 tsps tomato paste
2 tsps garam masala
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup of water
20 large shrimp peeled and de veined
1/4 plain yogurt
salt and pepper
Heat oil in stock pot or dutch oven medium heat Cook onion till golden ( about 20 minutes) add all but shrimp and water and yogurt- cook for about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and water. Cook for 4 minutes. Stir in yogurt. Season with pepper and salt.
Serves 4 double for more than 4 people.