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Teriyaki Sauce: It's the Gift That Keeps on Giving PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Sunday, 24 March 2013 18:57

 

 

A few weeks ago Jedd and I went out to dinner, which is a rarity for us. I write about food for paychecks, so I cook several times a day. Although what we have in the fridge by the end of the day may not make sense as a full meal, it's generally what we stick with.

 

What's for dinner?”

 

Well, we have fish picatta, cranberry maple granola and fresh barbecue sauce.”

 

Sounds good.”

 

So, when we went out for dinner, I ordered my favorite restaurant meal - teriyaki chicken. As we sat at the bar nursing drinks waiting to be seated, Jedd said, “Have you ever made teriyaki sauce for Teeny?”

 
It's Beautiful and Spicy: Ugli Fruit and Mango Salsa PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 11 March 2013 21:00

 

As we've established on these pages, I'm a cheap date. I don't need flowers or chocolate to make my day. But I am a sucker for a new ingredient. So, when Jedd brought me home an ugli fruit the other day I couldn't wait to use it.

 

In case you've never heard of these guys before (and I hadn't) they're a grapefruit, nectarine and orange hybrid.


I generally mock the term “twofer,” but this is a “threefer” that I can get behind.


They're also easy to work with, because they have large segments. Because of that, all you need to do is slice an ugli fruit segment down the middle and it easily turns inside out - releasing its juice and fruit.


I have to warn you, this isn't the cleanest recipe in the world to make. My hands were coated with juice almost immediately (especially after peeling the mango) but the final product was totally worth it. The salsa is flavorful, spicy and fresh.

The salsa is also great on chicken or as a spicy breakfast salad.

 

 
Frozen Grapes: They're Like Candy PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 15 February 2013 22:50

 

Last week I was talking with my mother when she asked if I had ever eaten frozen grapes. I told her that I hadn't, and in fact I'd never even heard of them.

 

She made them sound appetizing as a sweet snack or as a “grape cube” in a drink. So, when I went to the grocery store yesterday I decided to pick up a batch that were on sale. When I reached for the bag, I had a conversation from a book pop into my head.

 

“We can take a shorter drive," Laura answered. "But we want to go to Lake Henry. This is about our last chance for wild grapes, now they are frosted,"Almanzo told her.

 

That's when I remembered that I had read about frozen grapes in These Happy Golden Years, my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

 

(Yes, I'm a grown woman who can quote Little House books. Don't judge me.)

 

 
Lime and Smoked Paprika Chicken in Lettuce Cups PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:03

 

 

We don't watch sports. In fact, the only time we know which sports season it is happens when our friend, Steve, changes his phone availability from baseball to football season.

 

“Hey, I was working on our project, and I have a question about that thing I'm writing for you.”

 

“Nope, I can't talk now. The Lions are on.”

 

“Oh, is it that season already?”

 

So, considering our lack of attentiveness to the wide world of sports, it's kind of amazing that we've recently become insanely obsessed with the show Friday Night Lights. The show is about a small town high school football team in Texas and we watch at least a couple of episodes on Netflix every night.

 

And when I say we're “obsessed,” it's not a joke. I went from knowing next to nothing about football two weeks ago, to screaming, “You've GOT no ground game!” during a recent episode.

 

So, when Superbowl Sunday rolled around we couldn’t have cared less. However, our fictional Coach Taylor and the Panthers had a big game, so I made us game food for dinner.

 

And it was awesome. The Panthers won the championship and we ate these crunchy and spicy chicken wraps in between cheers. We hope you Super Bowl fans enjoyed your game too.

 

 
“Philly” Chicken Cheese Sandwiches PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:33

 

 

I'm not an expert on Philly cheese steaks. In fact, I've never even been to Philadelphia.

 

But, I have been drunk and had the munchies. And there was a great place that used to be open late (post bar hours) where I'd go and get Philly chicken cheese sandwiches after pitchers of beer and hours of pinball.

 

We don't stay out until 2 a.m. (much) anymore, and it's damn hard to find a good (or working) pinball machine. However it's invaluable to be able to make your own post-pub food when the craving strikes. So, I've tailored this recipe from “taste memory” to fulfill those cravings when they hit.

 

 
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