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Ancho and Chipotle Lime Chicken with a Kiwi Salsa PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:22

 

Apparently we were very good this year, because Keith the Elf* and Santa left us a beautiful food processor, bunches of new dishes, a ton of dried chilies and grapefruit spoons!


But this post is about the dried chipotle and adobo chilies, because they have been the base for my newest favorite meal. How favorite, you might ask? I've made it 4 out of the last 6 nights.


It's that good.


And the grilled chicken in a chipotle and ancho chili marinade only takes about 3 minutes of hands-on time. Then it's off to the fridge for a half an hour. And then it just takes a few minutes on the grill for the chili marinade to caramelize the chicken. To round out the meal I just marinate some red peppers and cherry tomatoes in olive oil, sea salt and black pepper and then I grill those too. Bonus: a spicy and citrusy kiwi salsa to serve on the chicken.

 

This meal couldn't be easier, healthier or simpler to make. And it's also colorful, which we desperately need in January.

 
Why Spend Money on Sun Dried Tomatoes When You Can Oven Dry Them Instead? PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 14:52

 

 

They're great on a pizza, a sandwich or just as a snack. But, sun dried tomatoes aren't cheap, and for $1.99 you can make them yourself. Not only will you have the satisfaction of saving a few dollars – but you get to have the simple childlike joy of performing a Mr. Wizard-like experiment in your own kitchen.

 

 
A Many-Monikered Bean: Cranberry Beans Stewed with Sage PDF E-mail
Written by Jedd Kettler   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:50

 

Launie and I are real suckers for a pretty ingredient. Especially if it's one that we've never cooked with before. Launie's been known to squeal a little when she finds one. It's kind of endearing - and delicious, because she carries that enthusiasm all the way from the vegetable bin to the kitchen to the plate.

 

Our introduction to the many-monikered cranberry bean was no exception.

 
Homefries Three Ways PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 22:53

 

 

Homefries. We all know what they should taste like – but why are the results so typically disappointing? One of my least favorite things in a diner is typically the homefries. They are usually greasy and cold in the middle, but being an optimist by nature I usually try them in new places. Hey you never know, right?

 
Trying to Fight Off a Cold With Roasted Vegetable and Lentil Salad PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 03 December 2012 14:33

 

 

 

Last Night I heard some dreaded words come out of Jedd's mouth: “Ugh. I think I'm getting sick.”

 

No, no, no.

 

He works with big sharp tools for his woodworking, and I suddenly had visions of him impaling himself with a chisel after a particularly violent sneeze.

 

Or nearly as bad, Jedd having to miss a show that a friend of his is playing in Winooski. There's something kind of sad about being around a disappointed sick person.

 

So, I got proactive. I heated him up some leftover soup and made him a hot toddy. Then I preheated the oven to make some roasted vegetables from the CSA shipment this week. As I chopped the vegetables it dawned on me that they would be great with lentils, and that together they could create a ridiculously healthy salad. And because we also have some homemade horseradish from my mother in the refrigerator, I was inspired to make a head-clearing vinaigrette.

 

I can't guarantee that he's cured, but after eating the salad he said he felt better.

 

Of course that could have just been the hot toddy talking.

 

Either way, I'll put this salad in the “win” column.

 

 
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