Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Coq Au Vin

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I have tried different versions of this recipe, but this one is my favorite.  Be sure to use a good quality wine as it will influence the taste of the sauce.

2 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 chicken thighs
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 cup dry red wine (cabernet or burgundy)
Salt, pepper
1 T flour

Using a large ovenproof casserole pot (like a LeCreuset), saute the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from the pan and set aside. Saute the onion, carrots and garlic in the same pot for a few minutes. Then remove from pan and set aside. Saute the mushrooms with a little butter for a few minutes, then remove from pan and set aside. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then saute the chicken until browned. Now add all the sauteed veggies. Mix a little of the wine with the flour to blend, then add that and the rest of the wine to the pot.  Cover the casserole pot, and place in a 350 degree oven for 1-1/2 hours. Serve with fresh green beans and wild rice -- a delicious French feast for the family.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


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Here's a yummy frozen chocolate dessert that reminiscent of the old days. It is easy to make and tastes delicious. It is the perfect treat for a hot summer day or when you need that chocolate fix.

1/2 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 T cocoa powder
2-1/2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 T butter

In a saucepan, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and milk. Cook over medium heat until slightly thick and smooth. Add the vanilla and butter. Cool and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

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Simply addicting. We had this popcorn in Hawaii and could not stop eating it.  It is easy to make -- just add some furikake and Japanese rice crackers to your home-popped popcorn and enjoy. In Hawaii you can buy the hurricane popcorn packaged seasoning mix (the one Bea is holding) at Hawaiian grocery stores. On the mainland, you can find furikake, a Japanese rice seasoning of salt, sugar, sesame seeds and roasted seaweed, at Japanese markets or in the Asian food aisle at some Safeway stores.
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels 
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup furikake
Arare or Japanese rice crackers (small size, any shape)

In a large covered pot, heat the oil on high heat and add the popcorn. When the kernels begin to pop, reduce the heat to medium until all the kernels have popped. After popping, quickly remove the lid so the popcorn does not steam. Mix the soy sauce with the butter. Add the melted butter mixture to the popcorn, then sprinkle furikake.  Add the rice crackers last.  You can also use an air-popper, if you wish, omitting the canola oil.