Lemon Parm Orzo with Peas

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Ingredients: (Serves 4-6)

  • 1 1/4c Orzo
  • 2 1/2c chicken stock (or water)
  • 1 TBSP EVOO
  • salt and pepper
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2c peas
  • 3/4c freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese (or any other hard parm like cheese)

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add EVOO. Let the oil heat up and then add your dried orzo to the pot. Stir every minute or so until your orzo is nice and browned and fragrant. Now add in your chicken stock or water. Let your pot come to a boil, and then reduce your heat to medium-low and cover the pot with a tight fitting lid. Let cook until nice and fluffy. When there is a few minutes left of cooking, add in your peas.
  2. Once your orzo and peas are done cooking, turn your heat down to low. Remove the lid and add in your lemon zest, lemon juice, pecorino romano cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Mix it all up and serve!
  3. It doesn’t hurt to grate a little extra cheese on top!!

Pork loin with white wine and herb gravy

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Ingredients: (Serves 2)

For the pork-

  • 1 LB pork tenderloin
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1 TSP each dried thyme, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Gravy-

  • 1C white wine
  • 1/4 TSP garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1/4C heavy cream
  • 1 TSP corn starch

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together your thyme, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spread all over your pork tenderloin.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425F.
  3. Heat an oven proof skillet over medium high heat. Add your EVOO. Once your oil is hot, add your tenderloin and sear it on all sides.
  4. Once your tenderloin is nicely seared, put it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 145F.
  5. Once your tenderloin is done cooking, remove it from the oven and the skillet and place it on a cutting board. cover it loosely with tin foil and let it rest for about 7 minutes.
  6. Place the same skillet back over medium heat. Add your garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, rosemary and black pepper. Whisk the seasonings together in the pan for a little less than a minute. Add in your white wine and whisk everything together, getting all the nice browned bits of pork and seasoning from the bottom of the pan. Let the wine reduce by a little less than half. Add your butter, season with salt.
  7. Mix your cornstarch with your heavy cream, and then add to the gravy. Whisk and let thicken.
  8. Slice your pork into medallions, and serve with the gravy.
  9. Serve this with roasted carrots and potatoes. season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder, or whatever seasoning you like. bake at 425 for about 20-25 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Grab your pork loin. Make tiny slits all over the loin and slide your garlic slices in. I call this “studding” my loin. Once finished, in a plastic zip lock bag, add half the rosemary sprigs and half the thyme sprigs. Add your salt and your water. Braise your loin for 24 hrs or more. You can also SKIP this step if you don’t have the time.

Preheat your oven to 375F.

In a skillet over med-high heat, add EVOO. Remove your pork from the braising liquid. Dry the loin with a towel or paper towel. Season all sides of the loin with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, onion powder, and parsley. Add the loin to the pan. Brown on all sides.

NOTE: I cooked this with balsamic carrots. SO, I placed the sliced carrots in the bottom of a roasting pan, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and then I placed the garlic loin in the centre. i also added about 1/4-1.2c chicken stock to the pan. Place in the oven, and cook through. About 30-40 minutes or so, depending on the size of your loin.

In the sauce pan that you browned your pork in, deglaze with white wine. Let it reduce to half. Add your chicken stock. Next, add in the remaining rosemary and thyme sprigs.Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. whisk in your flour coated butter. Once the pork tenderloin is done, add 1/2c of the cooking liquid to the gravy. Simmer until ready to serve.


Oven Fried Asian Chicken Drumsticks

I don’t normally eat meat off the bone (Not a huge fan for some reason..) but these were too good to pass up. A nice oven fried crispy outer shell and a juicy tender inside flavoured to perfection… Excuse me, I’m drooling…

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Ingredients:

-10 chicken drum sticks

-1/4c EVOO

-1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided (some for garnish)

-3 tbsp hoisin paste

-1″ nub of ginger, peeled and minced (1-1.5 tbsp)

-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

-1 tbsp dark soy sauce

-2 tbsp soy sauce

-1 tsp-1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce (to your desired spice level)

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp fennel seeds

-2 cups panko crumbs

-1/4c butter cut into small squares and rolled in flour

Directions:

preheat your oven to 425 fahrenheit.

Mix the scallions, garlic, ginger, hoisin, dark soy sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, cinnamon, fennel seeds and EVOO in a large plastic freezer bag. add chicken drums and marinate in the fridge for 5 hours or over night.

Take the chicken out of the fridge. bring to room temperature. add the panko to a large bowl. Individually bread each piece of chicken and place on a greased slotted baking dish (to make sure the juices drip to the bottom of the pan so the chicken stays nice and crisp.) Place in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes is up, pull the baking pan out, flip the chicken over and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Place the marinade ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add the flour coated butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Let simmer until chicken is finished. (about 10-15 mins.)

once chicken is done, pour a little sauce over the chicken drums, sprinkle the remaining chopped scallions over top and serve. I served with corn and rice mixed in with the chicken sauce. mmmmmmmmmm!!