Chicken In A Nest

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Chicken Salad  is probably one of the most abused dishes out there. Ever more complicated and pompous, it has lost its original appeal for me a long time ago in it’s present form which is more likely than not a bunch of mostly outer salad leaves (I call that rabbit food :-( , some obscure bottled dressing and a few slices of tomato and cucumber – $ 17.50 please! – plus tip and a diet coke or water and you will leave the restaurant with a bill of at least $ 25.00 for a mediocre meal you could prepare at home for a fraction of the price, much faster and most of all – much more delicious, healthy and appetizing !
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Chicken In A Nest

Chicken In A Nest

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Chicken In A Nest

Chicken In A Nest

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Easter Lamb Roast

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Since  I am working on weekends and my day-off’s fall on Monday and Tuesday, Bella and I celebrated Easter today, with a great lunch and a couple of good movies, a long walk in the park and not much else…….. :-)
A whole lamb leg would have been too much for Bella and I, so my butcher was nice enough to sell me half a deboned leg. In the spirit of a lazy day I kept it simple – just the lamb roast with some potatoes and onion marmalade.
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Happy early Easter !   Life is Good ! :-)
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Roast Leg Of Lamb

Roast Leg Of Lamb

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Roast Leg Of Lamb

Roast Leg Of Lamb

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Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romaine Leaves In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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This  is a great dish for the times when you need / want a quick and easy meal which represent’s culinary simplicity but not culinary banality :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Panko Breaded Cicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romaine In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Leftover rice –
soup, congee or fried rice ? – that was the question ! :-)
Well, this time the decision came easy because I also had a few slices of cooked ham and a few small shrimp in my fridge, along with some peppers and fresh eggs. And besides, I’ll have a good fried rice anytime :-)
This version is very simple and only takes a couple of minutes to prep and execute. Just make sure you use day-old rice – fresh cooked rice is too moist and will not result in good fried rice !
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Bon Appetit !   Live is Good !
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Shrimp And Lap Chea Fried Rice

Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Shrimp And Lap Chea Fried Rice

Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Downloadable Monthly Desktop Calendar, April 2015, US Edition And International Edition

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April 2015
(CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司)

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To display the calendar on your computer screen :
> download the calendar of your choice to your desktop,
> right-click on the image,
> choose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, (exact wording will depend on the browser you use).If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference panel :
> Control Panel
> Display
> Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image. (Mac users will have to use different commands to the same effect).


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April  2015, US Edition :
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Calendar April US
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April 2015, International Edition:
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Calendar April International
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$ 90 Salad Splurge …………….

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How do you justify an $90 salad for one?
I do by arguing that if I go to a restaurant and spend the same amount or even more, especially here in South Florida, my food will most likely not be as good and most certainly not as ample and luxurious. Three lbs of stone crab claws ($75) is a generous portion but not excessive. Add the shrimp, avocado and the other ingredients and you reach an eye-watering $90 bucks- definitely not something you want to do often, but once in a while for a special occasion ………….  so today I was celebrating my upcoming birthday (December 2nd !) :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Live a Little ! :-)
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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Adana Kebab (Kıyma Kebabı) (Turkish Lamb Skewer)

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In  the early seventies I was lucky enough to be visiting Turkey many times ( Istanbul,  Kusadasi  and  Izmir  among other places). At that time, Turkey  still had an oriental mystique to it which was incredibly fascinating and exiting to a young man like me. The sights, smells and noises were so much different from what I was used to – even after all these years, they still linger vividly in my memory
My girlfriend and I almost got stoned by an angry mob one day at the market in Izmir. (They actually threw stones and small rocks at us). We just came from the Caribbean and my girlfriend Edith was wearing the popular outfit of the day – high heels, hot pants and a thin t-shirt without a bra – not a good idea at the time in a mostly Muslim country. Only the quick help and intervention of our taxi driver who came running to rescue us (carefree idiots) prevented great harm or worse.
But beside that particular episode, I only have great memories of Turkey in the seventies. One of the highlights of our stay’s were always the great meals we had in local restaurants. We tried anything we could, from five-star restaurants in five-star hotels in Istanbul to small dives along the beaches and funky eateries in the sea port’s more seedy areas. The food was always great, fresh, spice-laden and exotic (to me at that time, most anything seemed exotic)
I remember  Adana Kebab  to be widely served and today I finally got around to do my own version which turned out pretty spectacular :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Afiyet Olsun !
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Turkish Adana Kebab

Turkish Adana Kebab

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Turkish Adana Kebab

Turkish Adana Kebab

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Turkish Adana Kebab

Turkish Adana Kebab

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Mama Tilly’s “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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I wish  I could sit one more time at my parents dinner table and be served my moms “Quer Durch Den Garten” eintopf. Of course, as a child, veggies and stews were not exactly big time favorites, but, as with so many memories, decades later all we usually remember are the good parts of our experiences and so it is with this dish – so, one more time please :-)
This dish shows up in many homes nowadays but its new name is usually  “clear out the fridge”.
But, what was then, way back, poetically called “quer durch den garten” (across the garden) was literally just that – everything that was ripe in the vegetable garden and had to be used up before it spoiled. Therefore, during harvest time in our back of the house small veggie garden, “quer durch den garten” was a dish that showed up a bit too often. Always a bit different, sometimes added pasta or rice instead of potatoes, usually different vegetables (whatever was ready for consumption) and most always a different protein – bacon, sausage, chicken, beef, or a combination of whatever was available. Obviously, this is one of my favorite dishes now, but back then…….. :-(
So here it is, in honor of my mom’s “Quer Durch Den Garten” eintopf:
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Bon Appetit !   Hans, you are not allowed to go outside before you finish your plate !!!
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Link to  ” Gnocchi ” Recipe

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 Mama Tillys "Quer Durch Den Garten"  Eintopf

Mama Tillys “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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 Mama Tillys "Quer Durch Den Garten"  Eintopf

Mama Tillys “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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 Mama Tillys "Quer Durch Den Garten"  Eintopf

Mama Tillys “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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Steamed Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

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Baby  bok choy – must be one of the best vegetables anywhere. I just love the looks, the taste and especially the texture. Of course, as far as the taste is concerned, there is not much of it’s own, so I usually add oyster sauce or fermented black bean sauce among other strong ingredients to bring out the best of these beauties :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
In case you wonder why I did not toast the sesame seeds –
I sometimes prefer the taste of un-toasted sesame, it is milder as if you toast them, – just a personal preference :-)
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drizzle vegetables with oyster sauce mixture

drizzle vegetables with oyster sauce mixture

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top with chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro

top with chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro

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Steamed Bok Choy  In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

Steamed Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

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Seafood Snack

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Your choice:
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$ 3.95 – 1 pack of crappy “Nachos”
$ 4.50 – 1 small tub of crappy “Salsa”
$ 3.50 – 1 small can of crappy “Cheese Dip”

Total: $ 11.95 for a crappy snack :-(
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OR !!!
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$ 11.00 – 1,5 lbs snow crab legs
$ 6.00 – 0.5 lb eat & peel shrimp
$ 1.00 for some Thai sweet & spicy chili sauce
$ 0.50 half a lemon
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Total: 18.50 for a delicious, healthy, beautiful snack :-)
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You be the judge !

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Bon Appetit !  (Either way) :-)
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