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Butterflied Grilled Chicken Breast With Sautéed Onion

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Butterflied Grilled Chicken Breast With Sautéed Onion

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This dish should have earned two “Best of Show Awards” –
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*Best Tasting Chicken Breast* 
and  *Most Beautiful Chicken Breast* 
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Alas, this baby did not participate in any competition, it just made a wonderful dinner in our home, where it  won  the love and admiration of Bella and myself 🙂
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Butterflied Grilled Chicken Breast With Sautéed Onion

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Butterflied Grilled Chicken Breast With Sautéed Onion

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Butterflied Grilled Chicken Breast With Sautéed Onion

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Preparation :
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P.S.
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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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Fresh Avocado Preserve

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Florida Choquette Avocado

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Here in Florida we have wonderful locally grown Florida Choquette Avocados available, which generally are much larger than the typical California varieties and about 20% less oily.
The texture, smell and taste is also different, and I prefer them to Haas anytime. (Of course, this is a personal preference and not based on quality)
Nowadays, most of us have a wide range of avocado types to pick from, since we are able to buy produce from different parts of the Country and even from around the World during most of the year.
However, when Avocados are in season in Florida, they are VERY cheap and one can buy very large ones for about a dollar a piece. They are usually sold fresh of the tree, which means they are not yet ripe and will need a few more days in your kitchen before they are ready to eat. So far so good, but many times in the past, for whatever reason, when I did not get a chance to eat them on time, they got overripe and the flesh brown and inedible. I hate to throw food away, but for me, until recently, there was no other option. Then, two weeks ago, I again had avocados which needed to be consumed within 24 hours or they would turn bad (I had them on the cupboard for more than a week).
I used my thinking cap for a moment and came up with this simple solution to the problem – preserve them in EVO 🙂
Today, two weeks later, I still had some of it left and used it for a dish of pasta with avocado and sambal. The avocado looked, smelled and tasted as fresh as they did two weeks ago, with no deterioration whatsoever.

Avocado problem – solved !!! 🙂
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Fresh Avocado Preserve

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remove the flesh from 2 ea large choquette avocados (or equal quantity of avocado of your choice), add 1/2 cup EVO, 1/4 cup fresh lime or lemon juice, 1 tblsp chili paste, 1 tsp garlic paste and kosher salt to taste

add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, mash all ingredients coarsely together, check / adjust seasoning; toss with pasta, spread on toasted bread, as salad topping and as condiment for eggs, meat, seafood

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Fresh Avocado Preserve

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Fresh Avocado Preserve

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Fresh Avocado Preserve

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Fresh Avocado Preserve

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last, top the avocados with 1/2 inch of EVO to completely seal the preserve; re-seal when removing part of the preserve; keep inside of the container above the preserve absolutely clean

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Red Beet “Pasta” With Mushroom Cream

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If you a fan of great texture, this “Pasta” is for you. Most of the earthy flavor of the red beets will be lost after cooking the thin strands in salted water, but the texture is phenomenal, assuming you cook them exactly right. Overcooking results in a mushy mess, under-cooking in a mouthful of tough root veggies. But, when done just right – absolute “pasta”- bliss 🙂

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Red Beet “Pasta” With Mushroom Cream

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Red Beet “Pasta” With Mushroom Cream

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Turkey Soup (Thanksgiving Leftovers)

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Yesterday’s turkey dinner had left me with some turkey and orzo with “stuff”.
I also had chicken soup from the previous day in the fridge, so putting this (very delicious) meal on the table took all of five minutes of heating up leftovers, plating them and adding an egg yolk and fresh cilantro 🙂
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Turkey Soup (Thanksgiving Leftovers)

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Turkey Soup (Thanksgiving Leftovers)

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Turkey Soup (Thanksgiving Leftovers)

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Turkey For Singles

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Jimiiiiiiiiii 🙂 

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Because I live alone with Bella,  I have  we have  the luxury of only eating what  I love  we love  to eat the most.
(Bella tend’s to agree with my choices, so when it comes to Thanksgiving turkey, only  my   our  favorite part, the wing, will be present in our feast.
As for the side dish, knowing that there will be leftovers today and looking forward to the proper utilization of them tomorrow, orzo with beans, tomato and peas made  a delicious side dish today and it will make a great garnish for a substantial yet light chicken soup tomorrow 🙂
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P.S.
I did not strain the turkey jus, because the only solids in it were the very tasty tomatoes and onions that were braising with the meat, it would be a shame to throw them away 🙂
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Turkey For Singles

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Turkey For Singles

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Turkey For Singles

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Turkey For Singles

Turkey For Singles

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Orzo Pasta With Cannellini Beans, Green Peas and Tomato Concassé

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Suppli al Telefono

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Many fans of Italian fried rice balls are a bit unclear about the difference between Arancino and Suppli.
I found this explanation online which seems to be very accurate to me and should help to calm down future hot-blooded discussions 🙂
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Excerpt from La Piccola Fontana :
“The Sicilian people will be having some stern words with us for combining their beloved arancino with it’s Roman cousins, supplì, and vice versa but the fact remains that when in Italy you should try at least one type of freshly fried rice ball.

These starch bombs appear in bars, restaurants, and market stalls all over Italy, but if you are going to order one, it helps to know the difference. The Sicilian arancino is often larger, and either conical or circular in shape. In fact, its name means “small orange.” It is typically filled with ragu and some sort of cheese, with optional veggies like peas, mushrooms, or eggplant.

You will also find specialty arancini like carbonara, though purists tend to turn up their noses at these newfangled inventions.

Supplì, on the other hand, are a Roman specialty usually found in pizzerias and as antipasti. They are often oblong in shape and traditionally contain only rice, tomato sauce, and a large piece of mozzarella in the middle.”
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And there you have it. Clear, once and for all 🙂
As for me, I love both equally, the only difference being that I can eat a bunch of Arancini as a main course, while two Suppli are usually enough and therefore more suited (for me) as an appetizer or snack.
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There are many different variations of both arancini and suppli, different fillings, different types of rice, tomato sauce added to the rice, etc.
In my opinion, when made and served with love, they are all equally delicious and satisfying 🙂
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P.P.S.
Supposedly, the name Suppli al Telefono stems from the mozzarella cheese which forms into long thin strands (Telephone Lines) when one pulls the supply apart 🙂
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P.P.P.S.
Usually fried rice balls are served with tomato sauce. However, I prefer to eat them with Tonkatsu Sauce
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Suppli al Telefono

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Suppli al Telefono

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Suppli al Telefono

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Arancina

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Sauerkraut Soup

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Sauerkraut Soup

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Sauerkraut Soup

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If you’ve ever lived in Germany or even just visited for a short time, you know that sauerkraut is everywhere, especially as you go further South.
Sauerkraut is surprisingly versatile. At some time not too long ago, before fridges and freezers were found in every household, cabbage was one of the few vegetables which were available abundantly year-round. During the first few months after the fall harvest, there was fresh cabbage available, cheap and healthy. Then, as the months went on, fermented cabbage (Sauerkraut) took its place, also cheap and even more healthy (It helped that every house usually had a big cellar to store all these goodies). Therefore, while sauerkraut in Europe is certainly eaten with foods like sausages and roasted pork, you’ll also find sauerkraut in casseroles, savory pastries, breads, meatballs, pasta, fritters, salads, quiche, sandwiches, pizzas and stews. And of course in soups, such as today’s recipe, “Sauerkraut Soup”.
Sauerkraut soup comes in a myriad of variations, being different from house to house, restaurant to restaurant, region to region and country to country. My favorite is of course the one which reminds me of my Mom’s version, mild, creamy and chock-full of smoked meat. This can be smoked meat from any part of the pig or a combination of different smoked meats.
But, whatever you do, whatever variation you prepare – DO NOT USE INFERIOR QUALITY KRAUT.
If your butcher prepares and sell’s his own sauerkraut, use that. If you can not get fresh from your butcher or, even better, make your own (I do not advise this if you live in a small place without separate storage space – (fermenting cabbage does NOT smell too good in the house), buy the best you can in a can or glass.
For commercial Sauerkraut, I usually choose Kühne, Paulsen or Hengstenberg. There are many more available all over the world, but if you don’t want to gamble, stick with these three.
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Excerpt from Wiki :
Cabbage soup may refer to any of the variety of soups based on various cabbages, or on sauerkraut and known under different names in national cuisines. Often it is a vegetable soup. It may be prepared with different ingredients. Vegetarian cabbage soup may use mushroom stock. Another variety is using a fish stock. Traditional cabbage soup is prepared using a pork stock.

Cabbage soup is popular in PolishSlovak and Ukrainian cuisine. It is known as kapuśniak or kwaśnica in Polishkapustnica in Slovak and капусняк (kapusnyak) in Ukrainian. It is also found in Czech (Czechzelňačka or zelná polévka), German (GermanKohlsuppe or Krautsuppe), French (Frenchsoupe aux choux) cuisine, and Swedish (Swedishkålsoppa) cuisine.

The Swedish cabbage soup is usually made from white cabbage, which is browned before being boiled, and seasoned with generous amounts of allspice and sometimes served with boiled meatballs.

A variety of the soup called shchi (Russian: щи) is a national dish of Russia. While commonly is it made of cabbages, dishes of the same name may be based on dockspinach or nettle. The sauerkraut soup is called “sour shchi”, as opposed to “fresh cabbage shchi”.
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Sauerkraut Soup

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Sauerkraut Soup

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Sauerkraut Soup

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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Black beans, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs and loads of cilantro – what would serve better as proper condiments than salsa verde and salsa Mexicana ? 🙂
Ever since I have discovered authentic tasting salsa verde and salsa Mexicana at my neighborhood international food market, I have them in my larder and fridge at all times, using it to enhance breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes of all types – eggs, seafood, meat, pasta, rice, vegetables, etc, etc. Together with chili paste of all levels of hotness, Maggi seasoning and soy sauce, these are the condiments/seasonings  without almost none of my meals are complete. 🙂
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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Frittata (Kind Of………..)

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Perfection In A Bowl – Leftover Veggies Soup

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Perfection In A Bowl – Leftover Veggies Soup

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Some of my favorite dishes are the ones that come together without set ingredients, without planning and without recipes.
I just go to the fridge and/or cupboard, look what’s available and what needs to be used, and just throw together what I think will fit and taste delicious. Such was the case with this soup. I had some krakauer sausage, leftover cooked broccoli, leftover cooked cauliflower and leftover fresh leek from previous dishes, and of course there are always onions in the cupboard and at least 2 or 3 types of cheese in the fridge. Throw it all together and in a few short minutes – a dish as good as can be 🙂  Life is Good !
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transfer to soup bowl or soup plate, sprinkle ea bowl with 1/2 tblsp grated asiago and drizzle with 1 tblsp EVO

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Perfection In A Bowl – Leftover Veggies Soup

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Perfection In A Bowl – Leftover Veggies Soup

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Chicken & Potatoes – Boss Level

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Chicken & Potatoes – Boss Level

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Not much more can be said about a well-prepared chicken and potato dish that I haven’t said before on these pages (follow the 2 links below), except that, as usual, the method of infusing the potatoes with the juices and fat from the chicken while they cook on top of each other ( I just realize that this almost sounds dirty) 🙂 makes for a wonderful, delicious dish. (or a happy couple) 🙂
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Chicken & Potatoes – Boss Level

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Chicken & Potatoes – Boss Level

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Chicken & Potatoes – Boss Level

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Chicken & Potatoes – Boss Level

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