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Sautéed  Chicken Thighs

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Sautéed  Chicken Thighs

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Sometimes when I think long enough about a certain dish, I can hardly wait to have it in front of me and to dig in.
Many times, my craving is so strong that I just want to have that particular item, with no “distraction” from side dishes, sauce or condiments. Such was the case with these chicken thighs, which madam and I nearly finished in one sitting.
Aaahhhh, gluttony………….  😦 🙂
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season chicken with sriracha, granulated garlic, dried oregano, soy sauce and kosher salt for at least 6 hours, better yet, overnight

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pat the chicken dry, saute in peanut oil on both sides until golden and crisp (about 12 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the thighs); the temperature on the bone, at the thickest part of the meat should reach 162 F; remove from pan to absorbent paper, the carry-over heat will take the chicken to a safe and juicy 165F (any more and the chicken will be dry) !!!!!

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Sautéed  Chicken Thighs

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Sautéed  Chicken Thighs

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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Cucumber And Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

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It’s  BBQ time ! The perfect opportunity to shine with your favorite home made salads, sauces and condiments.
This salad is one of my BBQ standby’s, a perfect side dish to accompany hot meat just off the grill.
“Cucumber and carrot slaw in Greek yogurt dressing” is full of flavor and crunchy texture, looks great and can be made hours in advance, which makes it well-suited to take to potlucks, or before friends and family show up for a BBQ at your house.
Actually, I sometimes enjoy a large bowl of it just by itself as a light and tasty lunch on a hot summer day (As I did yesterday) 🙂
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Cucumber Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

Cucumber Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

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slice 1 lb of cucumbers into thin slices

slice 1 lb of cucumbers into thin slices

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season generously with 2 tblsp kosher salt, mix well, set aside for 15 minutes

season generously with 2 tblsp kosher salt, mix well, set aside for 15 minutes

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after 15 minutes, squeeze all excess water/juices from the cucumbers, discard the liquid

after 15 minutes, squeeze all excess water/juices from the cucumbers, discard the liquid   (or add vodka and ice for a great cocktail 🙂

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add 1 lb freshly shredded raw carrots

add 1 lb freshly shredded raw carrots

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add 1 tsp sriracha, 1 tblsp garlic paste, 2 cup Greek yogurt, mix all together

add 1 tsp sriracha, 1 tblsp garlic paste, 2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup ranch dressing,, mix all together

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check/adjust seasoning

check/adjust seasoning

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Cucumber Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

Cucumber Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

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Cucumber Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

Cucumber Carrot Slaw In Greek Yogurt Dressing

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Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

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Sour  cream. Salsa Mexicana. Guacamole. Chopped cilantro.
These are some of the usual condiments I use when I make Fajitas at home (Sometimes I add shredded lettuce and grated cheese). Together, they form the perfect addition to griddled meat and tortillas, and all together make this the superbly delicious culinary experience which Tex-Mex cuisine has popularized in America and around the world. Nothing new here, just a proven recipe for success 🙂
But here it comes – what if you want to enjoy this without all the fuss and a whole bunch of little bowls crowding the table?
– How about turning all the individual condiments into one marvelous topping, which simplifies assembling and eating in front of the TV so much ? (Since I live alone with Bella, in front of the TV is where we take most of our meals). Well, I’ve tried to simplify by combining sour cream, salsa Mexicana, guacamole, chopped cilantro and seasoning with great success. Since the first time I prepared this, I used it for a variety of other grilled meats, vegetables and seafood’s. On more than one occasion I have even used the leftovers as toast-topping for breakfast the following morning.
For lack of a better name, I call this concoction “Fajita-Topping“. 🙂
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Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

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Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

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Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

Fajitas De Res (Beef Fajitas)

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Burritos De Carne De Res

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It  can be hard to cook REAL Mexican food outside of Mexico because of the difficulty of sourcing authentic ingredients and because preparing AUTHENTIC cuisine is something which usually requires a lot of effort , time and money to duplicate in a foreign land.
Tex-Mex to the Rescue !!!
Tex-Mex is not only easier to prepare but also more acceptable to the typical “Gringo’s” palate than some of the more exotic offerings of real Mexican fare.
So, as usual, I am not trying to be the master of the ethnic cuisine I am preparing, but trying to be as close and simple to the ideas, taste and charm of the ethnic food that inspires me to cook certain dishes.
In this spirit, I prepared these Burritos, which were very plain with just two ingredients for the filling and accompanied by the most basic condiments.
It is not at all close to the food which I have enjoyed traveling in Mexico, living there and actually cooking Mexican food of the highest quality on many occasions, but it satisfies my craving for the food I love so much and remember fondly.
My earliest memory of a Burrito takes me back much further, to the first vacation I spend in Puerto Vallarta in the mid-70’s. It was late at night and after many drinks, lots of dancing and a few puffs of the funny stuff, enormous hunger had me ready for anything. Although this was in a disco, food was available at the bar. I did not know Mexican food (yet) and ordered what, by it’s description on the menu, seemed to be the biggest bang for the buck. I was not at all disappointed, neither with the size, the taste, nor the condiments it came with, especially the spicy sauces. Memories……..
Truth be told, it amazes me how many details I remember about food, places and the people I shared them with, after all these years (Decades, actually) 🙂
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Viva Mexico !   Live is Good !
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Burritos De Carne De Res

Burritos De Carne De Res

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Burritos De Carne De Res

Burritos De Carne De Res

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Beef Satay’s

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Although peanut sauce is one of my favorite condiments for grilled or broiled meat, today I opted for Thai Chili Sauce instead. The combination of the beef, rice, pickled cucumbers and chili sauce was absolutely delicious and I am sure that in the future I will be having this dish often, whenever a quick, light and tasty meal is in order 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Beef Satay's

Beef Satay’s

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Beef Satay's

Beef Satay’s

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Scotch Bonnet & Garlic Compound Butter

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Here  is one of my  “go to”  items that will improve just about any dish for me and gives it the extra kick I like in most food. I usually have some in the freezer available at all times. Add to cream soups and eggs, mount into sauces, mix into pasta and vegetables or use as spread for a tasty sandwich. If the scotch bonnet’s are too deadly for you, replace part of them or all with jalapeno’s.
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Blend chilies of your choice with roasted garlic,  sea salt  and butter. Shape into little dollops. Freeze on plate or tray until solid. Remove into sealable  plastic bag  or container.

Spice up your life  🙂
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Life is Good when it’s Spicy !    🙂
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” Breakfast Of Champions ” # 8 Tomato Flatbread & Chorizo

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Unfortunately,  Bella does not understand the concept of sleeping in on a holiday.
So, even though I took her on our last walk at around 2.30am this morning, she had the urge
to wake me up at 5.30am again, indicating she had urgent business to take care of.
Turns out that business was chasing cat’s, nothing else, not even the smallest of “business”.
Well, sometimes love makes us suffer a bit and I figure in Bellas case it is an easy
trade off, all the love she gives me in return for getting up a bit early   🙂
Anyway, after the walk I felt it was time for a REAL breakfast.
So here it is, 6.30am, my  “breakfast of champions” :
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Obviously this dish need’s no recipe. All of the items in the picture of the prep can be substituted and added upon, such as adding different cheeses, different sausages, flatbreads, veggies, change the spread from mustard to greek yoghurt, guacamole or salsa, etc, etc. The possibilities are endless, your imagination will be highly rewarded.

Bon Appetit !   Have A Great Day !
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