Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 23, 2015
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”
~ Lewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist
FOOD. GLORIOUS FOOD.
Hearty, delicious fare for chilly days and nights — be sure to check back next Friday for an awesome showcase of thrift-minded foods, drinks, and recipes to prepare for the “Big Game Day”…. America’s food-oriented Super Bowl. The first recipe posted below for baked honey lemon chicken wings is just a teaser.
When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one frugal-minded recipe will always be included.
Baked Honey Lemon Chicken Wings | Photo credit: Foodie Baker, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
With the Super Bowl game next weekend, these tangy honey lemon chicken wings would be excellent to serve at a sports party, a potluck, or “just because” — Jasline at Foodie Baker has the recipe here, and wrote this summary:
Just a quick introduction on this dish – these chicken wings are the perfect dish to make when you are in a rush / sleeping in / no idea what to cook / lazy to whip out the pots. Just dump everything together, marinate then grill them in the oven. The oven does most of the work – cooking and browning the chicken, caramelizing and thickening the sauce. All you need to do is flip the chicken wings occasionally to make sure they are coated with the sweet and tangy sauce. It’s finger lickin’ good and goes well with almost everything.
Tomatoes | Photo credit: Rachel Andrew, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The kid-friendly beef and broccoli bowl recipe is posted at Cooking Light, with this summary:
This stir-fry was a hit, and several tasters even went back for seconds. A flavorful sweet-salty sauce helps make the veggie-packed dish (four cups’ worth) easy to love.
Pork Chops with Leeks in Mustard Sauce | Photo credit: TheBittenWord, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A portion of the intro is below and the mouth-watering pork chops recipe is posted at TheBittenWord:
…We actually took a few other liberties with this recipe, in addition to the store-bought chops. We decided to forgo the “full day in the fridge” of letting the meat rest in a salt rub. Sounds great, and we’re sure it would make for more tender, juicer meat. But we just didn’t want to take the time.
We also didn’t have any cream in the house, so we left that out too. This actually may have turned out to be an improvement. Perhaps if it were winter, we would prefer adding cream to make a heartier, more substantial sauce. But leaving it out left us with lighter, fresher-tasting leeks, which was just fine on a mild spring evening.
The final result was delicious! The chops cooked up nicely moist and juicy, and the leeks and mustard made a powerful one-two punch that was really tasty.
We would make one tweak to this dish, though: We would probably reserve a third or half of the leeks and add them in later in the cooking. While the leeks we made were extremely tasty, they ended up a little on the limp and lifeless side. Cooking some of the leeks as long as this recipe calls for is probably a good idea — you get a great blend of full-bodied flavors. But keeping a handful out and throwing them in a little later — in the last 3 minutes of cooking, say — would let the leeks sing a little bit more on their own.
Video demo in the tweet above shows how to make this hearty jambalaya dish. More historical info about this simple-to-prepare Louisiana Creole rice dish is posted at Wikipedia.
Crimson Gold Heirloom Apples @ Old Town Farmers’ Market, Scottsdale, Arizona | Photo credit: Vicki McClure Davidson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Bee & Flower Bento | Photo credit: Mokiko, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The directions for making photographer/cook Mokiko’s adorable bee and flower bento is posted both in English and German at Bohnenhase.
Salad with Lightly Seared Tuna & Spicy Island Seasonings, The Bight Settlements, Turks & Caicos Islands | Photo credit: Hamburger Helper, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
If you’re not familar with farro, here’s an overview of the ancient grain from Dr. Weil’s website:
Farro is the Italian name for emmer wheat, an ancient strain of hard wheat from the Fertile Crescent in western Asia. Often confused with spelt due to their similar taste and texture, farro comes in perlato (pearled) and semi-perlato (semi-pearled); opt for semi-perlato as it has more of the fiber- and nutrient-rich bran intact (or buy whole farro if you can find it). It comes in three grades: long, medium or cracked. Purchase one of the intact grades of farro (long or medium) and crack it yourself in a coffee grinder or blender for maximum freshness.
Farro is beloved in Italy – and more recently in North America and other European countries as well – for its roasted, nutty flavor and distinctive chewy texture. Farro’s tough husk makes it more difficult to process than other commercially produced grains, but that husk also helps protect the grain’s vital nutrients. With a higher fiber and protein content than common wheat, farro is also especially rich in magnesium and B vitamins. As a type of wheat, farro is unsuitable for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or a wheat sensitivity or allergy.
Note: as with all grains, pearled farro will take less time to cook than semi-pearled, which will take less time to cook than whole.
Chili-Stuffed Peppers | Photo credit: Julia Frost @ IBelieveICanFry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photographer/cook Julia Frost’s chili-stuffed peppers recipe is posted at I Believe I Can Fry — intro:
Confession time – I suck at making traditional stuffed peppers. You know, the ones stuffed with beef and rice and all sorts of goodies? Yep, suck at it. I’ve made them several times, with different recipes, and something ALWAYS goes wrong, usually with the rice.
As in, I end up with crunchy rice. I know – I’m ASIAN, I should be able to make rice perfectly every time with little or no effort, right? WELL, I grew up with a rice cooker, and have almost always had one, so making rice was simply a process of: wash rice, add to cooker, add water and press a button. I didn’t grow up with long-grain or boil-in-bag rice, so I suck at it. Usually, if making a meal with non-sticky rice, I have to have C make the rice. Sad but true.
That being said, I love stuffed peppers (usually C makes them, and his are great). But, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been watching my carbs lately, so rice-filled dishes are a no-no for me right now. I’ve been wavering between craving chili and stuffed peppers now that summer is ending (though it’s still hot and awful here), so, I figured – why not both?
With your choice of white chocolate chips, walnuts, and Craisins, these oatmeal cookies will disappear FAST. The recipe is posted at Sweep Tight.
Sexy & Easy Tomato Sauce | Photo credit: Dr. Miggy, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
One of the “magic” ingredients in this sexy AND easy sauce (sign of contentment) is a pinch or two of saffron. You’ll find the recipe and an amusing anecdote posted at photographer/cook Dr. Miggy’s cooking blog Good Human Food.
Jin Dui (Deep-Fried Sesame Seed Rice Balls) @ 88 Palace, Manhattan Chinatown, New York | Photo credit: Robyn Lee, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
About these lovely, popular Chinese delicacies, photographer Robyn Lee wrote, “Jin Dui (deep-fried sesame seed rice balls): Possibly my favorite Chinese dessert ever. Chewy, crispy glutinous rice balls coated in sesame seeds and filled with thick, sweet red bean paste.”
If you’d like to give making jin dui (also spelled jin deui) a try, some recipes are posted at YaYa’s Yum Yums, Wai Sek Mao, Chowhound, and Cravings of a Fat Girl.
All-Butter Angel Biscuits | Photo credit: Jenni Field, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Pop over to Pastry Chef Online for photographer/cook Jenni Field’s angel biscuits recipe — summary:
Raised with baking powder and yeast, these biscuits are a lovely cross between a biscuit and a roll. They smell delicious baking and are great for savory or sweet applications (anything from ham biscuits to strawberry shortcake)!
Pork Fried Almonds with Rosemary & Garlic @ The Purple Pig, Chicago, Illinois | Photo credit: esimpraim, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This easy dish of soy ginger chicken with winter greens looks fabulous. The recipe, using your choice of kale, collards, mustard, and/or chard, is posted at the Whole Foods site.
Paleo Salmon Kabayaki | Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam @ Elana’s Pantry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
An elegant, but simple gluten-free/paleo salmon dish, cookbook author and webmistress Elana Amsterdam’s recipe is posted at Elana’s Pantry:
There was a shortage of Fish Kabayaki the other night when I made this amazing dish from Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. I used salmon to make this sweet and tangy fish dish and it was phenomenal.
The boys were unhappy that I did not make more, so tonight I’m making it again and doubling the recipe to 2 pounds of salmon so all can eat to their fill and still have some for leftovers the next night. I’m making it right now as I type this with my computer in the kitchen. While it’s a simple, though not entirely easy recipe, it is well worth the effort.
Photographer/cook Debi’s recipe for this homey mashed potato casserole is postd at Life Currents — intro:
I love this Mashed Potato Casserole. It’s a little fancy! It’s a lot tasty! And, it makes fabulous leftovers!
I made it the other day to serve with my husband’s Braised Beef with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes, and it went really with it. He had dinner and a couple day’s worth of great lunches out of it.
I’ve also made this Mashed Potato Casserole for a simple dinner of seared tofu, Mashed Potato Casserole, and Caramelized Broccoli. It’s like simple home-goodness food. Meat and Potatoes, I guess (‘course, I don’t eat the meat part!). But, this simple little potato casserole has a fancy little shine to it. That crispy cheesy crust on the top just makes it so special.
Feel free to use Asiago or Parmesan on top. Whatever you have in your fridge. I’ve used both, and both are delicious!
Scary Jell-O… Vintage 1965 magazine ad, new Jell-O flavors | Photo credit: James Vaughn, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New Jell-O Salad Gelatin comes in four real salad flavors: Celery, Mixed Vegetable, and now Italian Salad and Seasoned Tomator.
That’s why it blends so well with the tastes of meat, fish, and vegetables you put in salads.
Get new Jell-O Salad Gelatin, it’s the first and only gelatin created exclusively for salads. You’ll never again make a gelatin salad that’s a dessert at heart.
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