We’ve had pretty miserable rainy weekend here in NYC. My favorite activity on a day like today is to finally take the time to cook a recipe that’s been on the to-do list. I have many of these on pinterest!
I had a craving for something roasted and meaty so this green goddess roasted chicken from Melissa Clark and the New York Times seemed just right for me. My favorite chicken recipe is Ina Garten’s perfect roast chicken because it’s simple to prepare and always comes out prefectly cooked, moist and flavorful. Oh and you get a bonus side dish with that delicious roasted carrot, fennel and onion. I sometimes add potatoes to that dish to give me even more roasted vegetabls to devour. But I’ll have to reserve more details on that for a separate blog post. Today it was time for something new, something untested. I figured if I test this out on myself I’ll know if it’s something I could confidently prepare for a larger group.
I’ve never left a chicken to marinate or roasted chicken at such a high temperature so these were all new cooking techniques for me. The stakes were high for this Green Goddess Chicken recipe. So here’s what you do…
Prepare all your Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients.
Combine and blend together.
Here’s some video of the blending action for dramatic effect.
Snow snow and more snow. Oh and another polar vortex. That’s the theme for winter this year. It’s not much fun but it really is the perfect weather to stay at home and bake this Ina Garten peanut butter glob cookie recipe. It takes some willpower but you *can* halve a peanut butter glob recipe and make 10 cookies instead of 20 cookies. I’ve made it even easier by halving all the ingredients including some of the trickier ones. So you have no excuse!
Even 10 cookies between two people feels like a bit much. Which is why we gave some cookies away to friends after doing some Chinese New Year Yu Sheng tossing of salads.
By the way these globs are delicious. I’m always a bit hesitant when a recipe calls for the addition of coffee but I think it really works with this recipe. The combination of chocolate, two types of nuts and peanut butter chips is pretty impressive. Ina has certainly got a winning recipe on her hands here.
Home made Dal Maharani or Dal Makhani has been a staple at our place for about a year now. While it’s certainly not the prettiest dish out there it really is delicious. We used to order it regularly from an Indian restaurant in the West Village but once we moved to Brooklyn we found it really tough to find one that was just as good. So I decided to do some research on exactly what went into making this dish. I have to admit once I found some recipes online I was a little put off. There seemed to be so much preparation necessary and so many concepts that seemed so foreign. For example, do you know what goes into making ginger garlic paste? Have you ever used a pressure cooker? Where can you find ghee? Should you use cream or substitute with yogurt for a healthier alternative? What the heck is onion puree? With a little encouragement, some Amazon purchases, a trip to an Indian specialty food store, a few youtube instructional videos and some trial and error I’m proud to say that I can make some mean home made Dal Maharani that will put your local Indian restaurant to shame! I hope you find this information useful and decide to give vegetarian Indian cooking a try. I have to say a big thank you to Aditi at Eat East Indian. It was her video that gave me the confidence to take the plunge and try making this Dal recipe at home. You can find the link to the video here. Now let me tell you more about how to make Dal Maharani.
I couldn’t help myself. It’s super bowl weekend so I came up with a witty and fitting title for this blog post! Aren’t I smart? 🙂 I haven’t done a blow by blow (or is it play by play for superbowl?) take of making a single dish in a while so I thought why not use this weeks blue apron french onion soup in a sourdough bread bowl to get back into the swing of things. You can get the recipe from blue apron right here. If you’re having a quiet super bowl night in why not make this delicious soup?
Let us begin! Not too many ingredients for this. Sourdough boules not pictured below.
Let the caramelization begin…