Friday, April 24, 2009

Chicken with Black Beans and Rice

This looks terrible but it really taste good. Black beans are new for cooking with us so maybe that is it we are used to the red kidney beans. Any way we were surprised at how flavorful this dish was and we do like flavorful.Thanks from Recipezaar.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes (we added a bit more)
1 large onion (we always cook with a yellow)
4-5 cloves garlic chopped
4 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into strips (we used about 5 chicken thighs as they do seem to have more flavor and are not as dry as a breast plus we can get them cheep at Sam's.)
2 teaspoons oregano, separated
2 teaspoons ground cumin, separated
2 cans black beans, undrained
1 can corn drained
1 4 oz jar sliced pimientos
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 cups chicken broth
1 ½ cups rice.

1.In a large pan heat olive oil and add red pepper flakes
2.Add onion and garlic and cook until tender or clear.
3.Increase heat and add chicken stirring until cooked.
4.Lower heat to med. And add 1 tsp of oregano, 1tsp of cumin and simmer for 1 minute.
5.Add black beans, corn, pimentos, remaining spices and balsamic vinegar.
6.Blend and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes re seasoning if needed.
7.Heat broth to a boil and add rice. Lower to simmer and cook for 20 minutes till rice is fluffy.
8.Serve beans over rice.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Baked Cabbage Wedge

Baked Cabbage Wedges

1 large head of cabbage cored and cut into 8 wedges
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
¼ cup dry white wine
1/8 teaspoon black pepper (or you can use more)
½ tablespoon unsalted margarine
2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (or you can use more)

1.Preheat oven to 400
2.Place cabbage in shallow 2 quart flameproof casserole dish. Add chicken broth, wine, and pepper bring to a simmer uncovered over moderate heat.
3.Cover and transfer to oven and bake for 35 to 40 min. or until cabbage is fork tender.
4.In skillet melt margarine add bread crumbs cook stirring about 2 minutes until breadcrumbs are lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
5.As soon as cabbage is done remove from oven and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese over the top.
6.Increase oven temp to broil and place casserole in broiler 5 to 6 inches from heart. Broil 1 to 2 min until golden brown.

This is a good way to cook cabbage and it is very tasty and cabbage is a good buy now. This is what we did with the half of the cabbage we had after we used the other half for cold slaw in the last dish.
We served this with Chicken and Black beans over rice. That recipe will be on next post.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Good ol' fried catfish

Sorry been so long but we have been making some of our previous post and I will be posting some of the newer ones we have done. Not to mention the computer had a hiccup and we lost some of our pictures.
This is nothing new here but I know a lot of people out of our area may not know how good fried catfish can be. Now it has to be pond raised I do not like the ones caught from the lake and rivers they just have to much of a muddy taste. But there is nothing better than pond raised fried catfish.
We had some coleslaw and a good old buttermilk biscuits
We used a coating called fish fry and it has just the right amount of zing.