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Easy Dinner

Posted: August 18, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Cooking With Hiei
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Looking for a quick and easy dish.  I got just the thing for you.

Chicken and Spinach Rice

What you will need

Your favorite Marinade
1 package of chicken tender strips (I use Nature Promise from Stop & Shop)
1 Package of baby spinach
2 packs of Rice ( I used Balsami Rice from Uncle Ben’s)
Butter (About 3 or 4 teaspoons) and some to coat your frying pan
Salt
Pepper
Tumeric
Parmesan Cheese (grated)

Marinate your chicken in your favorite Marinade (Mine was simple Italian Dressing). To the marinade, add 2 cracks of salt, 3 or 4 cracks of pepper, and just a tiny sprinkle of tumeric (Not to much as it will over power the taste). I let it sit in the fridge from 2:30pm until I started cooking at 5:00pm.

Once you start cooking

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place your marinated chicken in an oven safe dish (lightly oiled so it doesn’t stick).  Set the chicken in the oven and let it cook for 35 to 40 mins.

Cook the rice (follow the directions on the box or if you cook rice in rice cooker do what you normally do).

In a large frying pan sautee the entire package of baby spinach (It will shrink so do not worry if you think it all won’t fit.)

While everything is cooking, in a large bowl place your butter in, sprinkle in as much or as little Parmesan Cheese as you like, add 1 crack of salt, 2 or 3 cracks of pepper, set aside.

Once the spinach is done, add it to the bowl with the butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan.  Than once the rice is done, add this also and MIX IT ALL TOGETHER.

Once the chicken is done pull two pieces to the side and chop it and mix it in with your rice and spinach.

Serve it up in a bowl with one or two strips of chicken on top and spoon on some of the juice from the oven safe dish  and ENJOY!

Thank you for reading, if you enjoyed this recipe, please let me know.  Any feedback is always welcome.  Have a great night.

Handcrafted Cup of Lies

Posted: August 14, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Coffee Shop Talk, Reviews
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A friend recently altered me to an on going summer deal at Quick Chek.  All summer long any sized hand crafted iced coffee for .99 cents.  “You love coffee, especially iced coffee.  Go for it dude.”  So I went to Quick Chek asked the friendly clerk how to get a hand crafted iced coffee and than proceeded to order.  Knowing protocol at Quick Chek, I ordered, took my ticket from the printer and proceeded to check out.  It was a relatively short line so I paid and returned to the back to wait for my order.  So I watched my iced “Coffee” being made.  A measuring cup filled with milk dumped into a cup with a little bit of coffee and than Ice.  But the real sin.  I saw a pitcher of water come out.  I channeled the rock and my eye brow shot up as I watched the person pour water into my iced coffee filling the rest of the rest of the cup and than mixing it all together.

When I think of iced coffee I think of creamy cold coffee exciting my taste buds.  This was watery and did not come out very well and diluted the coffee’s flavor.  Do not get me wrong I love Quick Chek’s coffees and when I make my own iced coffee from the dispenser, it comes out good.  But I am in shook at these handcrafted iced coffee recipes.  Water REALLY.  No wonder any size is .99 cents the coffee is watered down to stretch it out.

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Quick Chek, if you are listening.  Please fix this problem.  You are better than this.

Thank you for reading.  Feel free to leave a comment, a like, follow.  Any feedback is always appreciated.

What can I say about this great coffee shop on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY?  Well lets jump in.  The town of Saratoga Springs in general is just a beautiful and historic place.  If you ever have a chance to go you should.  Especially during track season.  On the main road of Broadway on the same side of the post office and Bruger’s Bagels.  You will find Saratoga Coffee Traders.  It is a cool little shop with great tasting coffee.  The decor inside is fun and inviting.  The crew is helpful and knowledgeable about coffee and how to brew it.  I would suggest asking about the coffee making process (If you’re interested of course).

As for the menu.  The coffee drinks are awesome and from what I have noticed the specialty drinks change (but it could be because I am a seasonal shopper going whenever I am in town to visit my sister.)  One of the main reasons I love going.  It gives me a chance to get Deathwish Coffee.

Aside from the Deathwish Coffee.  The atmosphere of the shop is great.  If you want something that isn’t Starbucks (No offense to Starbucks) than give Saratoga Coffee Traders on Broadway in Saratoga Springs a shot (or two depending how much espresso you like 😛 )

Hey guys thanks for reading.  If you have been to this shop leave a comment to describe your experience.  Comments on how to improve are always welcome.  Be sure to like and follow

So if you are a fan of food TV than you no doubt know about Guy Fieri’s show Triple D (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives).  If not go to food TV Channel and watch it.  Recently on the show Guy traveled to Piccini in Ocean City New Jersey.  While there the chef made the restaurants Chicken & Farfalle with Vodka Sauce.  INSPIRED to make it myself I went to the Triple D website to hunt down the recipe only to find to my dismay it was not there.  SO I re-watched the episode and this is what I did.  I am sure Piccini’s is better than mine cause that looked AMAZING while I was watching it being made.

 

Chicken & Farfalle With Vodka Sauce recreation

What you will need

1 Box of Farfalle (Bow Tie) Pasta
1 package of chicken tenders (I used Nature’s Promise from my Local Stop and Shop) Cubed
1 Jar of Victoria’s Vodka Sauce (I was WAY to lazy to make homemade Vodka Sauce but it can be done very easily)
8 to 9 Sun Dried tomatoes (Chopped)
1 Sweet Vivaldi Onion (Chopped)
Quarter Pound of Ham (or Prosciutto)
2 teaspoons of Tempte Cream Cheese (Optional)
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Flour

Bring your pasta water to a boil
The chicken
Once your chicken is cubed, on a seperate dish place your flour tap in some paprika, salt and pepper and mix it together.  Now take your chicken cubes and flour them with the flour mix.  Set Aside

Fried parts
Oil you skillet or frying pan.  Chop up your ham and fry it in the pan.  Once it is to your liking (I like it crispy) set it aside.  To your frying pan saute your chopped onion and chopped sun dried.  Set it Aside.

Now you can add the chicken to the frying pan and cook it add more salt and pepper if you like.  Once they cooked through add your ham back to the pan and stir (It might be tough do not be affraid to scrape the bottom of the pan) Than mix in half of the sauteed onions and sun dried tomatoes.  At this point you are add a part of your Vodka Sauce to the pan to loosen up the good stuff at the bottom of the pan.  Stir it together.  Than place the mix in a circle and add the rest of the onions and sundried tomatoes.  Mix together everything while adding more sauce until the contents of your sauce is in the pan.  At this point you can opt to put in the cream cheese or not.  I did it and turned out awesome.  Mix it and mix it so it gets nice and cooked through.  Than bring to a simmer while you wait for your pasta, mix it occasionally.  (A trick I like is to reserve a small portion of the pasta water a slight flavor bonding agent for once you mix everything together)

Once the the pasta is cooked (If your frying pan can handle the pasta mix it all together in that.)  Mix the pasta and the sauce together.  Scope in bowls for your family or guest.  Sprinkle on some cheese on top and BOOM

 

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Experimenting With Marinades

Posted: July 30, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Cooking With Hiei
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So lately I have been working more and more in my home kitchen while I am not studying for my A+ Certification.  Sick of using store made Italian dressing to marinate my chicken for the grill, (Which is good) I decided to make my own.  Here is what I used

Lemon-Lime chicken marinade
WARNING be careful with the citrus acid in the lemon and lime because it will cook the chicken.

What you will need

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Lime
Pepper
Salt
Italian Herb Mix

In a bowl place the Oil (I eyeballed this because I needed just enough of the mixture to cover the chicken) Squeeeeze the juice of the lime and the lemon into the oil, 4 to 5 grinds of the pepper, 2 to 3 grinds of the salt, 2 dashes of the herb mix (do this to your liking)  Mix together than place your chicken in it. There should be enough that it just covers the chicken.  Chill.  (As stated above expect the chicken to look slightly cooked when you go to cook the chicken on the grill.  That is from the Citric Acid in the lemon and lime, it is how ceviche is made)

Beer and Garlic Marinade

What you will need

1 Bottle of your favorite beer
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 cloves of garlic
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Tumeric
Italian Herb Mix

In your bowl, empty bottle of beer. A small ammount of olive oil (about 2 to 3 teaspoons)  Mince the five cloves of garlic and place into the bowl.  Grind your salt 3 or 4 times, Pepper grind 4 to 5 times, 1 pinch of Paprika (Or more if you like the taste), 1 dash of Turmeric (Do not use to much). I only used 1 dash of the herb mix for this, but if you like the taste add more.  Mix together and place the chicken in and let it chill for as long as you like.

 

I am not a professional chef, I just happen to love to cook and experimenting with flavors.  If you enjoyed these recipes leave a like and a comment.  Thank you for reading

Coffee Nerd

Posted: September 16, 2015 by hieiyyh2 in Coffee Shop Talk
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How do you explain to someone who has never drank a cup of coffee in their life the joy you get from coffee……. Simple.  Here we go.

When I was a boy of twelve I asked my mother if I could try her coffee.  We were at my uncle’s house and I sat there cringing at the taste (because my mother drinks coffee with no sugar). But something clicked in my brain, not just the rush of caffeine.  But the taste alone became pleasant the more I drank.  This was back when my mother was a devout member of the clan of Dunkin.  It was smooth and creamy (mostly from the half and half).  As I grew older, I became more and more attuned to the coffee and how I enjoyed it’s taste.  Dunkin claims their coffee is how coffee should be brewed and taste.  Of course they are going to claim that it’s how they get people.

Here is what I have noticed over the years of drinking coffee.

Dunkin Donut: Light Roast blend, smooth to taste, mass produced from their main distribution centers.  Comes in a variety of flavors.  Fast food style making of the coffee, changing coffee regularly to prevent burning (depending on which dunkin you go to.)

Now for Starbucks.  This experience is different for me, I enjoy their coffee immensely.  They come in a range of Light to Dark Roast.  Primarily dark roasts with strong tastes that mimic the coffee styles of Europe.  Their coffee blends come from all over the world from various bean roasters.  Most people who are not used to the dark roast bold flavors will deem this coffee bad (wrongfully) or will deem their coffees too expensive.  It is the specialty drinks that are expensive.  Coffee is cheaper and comparatively priced to Dunkin.

Tim Hortons: This is an excellent light roast blend of coffee from Canada and near the border of Canada.  This is the Dunkin of Canada….. but the coffee is A LOT better.  If you ever go to Canada or Buffalo or a town near the border of Canada….. Find yourself a Tim Hortons and give it a try.

 

Seattle’s Best: This is the sister company to Starbucks and is light roast blends and are Ultra Smooth to the taste.  Like Dunkin and Tim Horton’s.  Also this coffee tastes better than Dunkin.

 

I could go into the Quick Check; Wawa; 7/11 blends but they are good and on the level of Tim Hortons their coffee’s are good but you can add as much cream and sugar or other stuff as you like….

Now for the new comer.  Death Wish Coffee Company.  From Upstate NY (Round Lake to be precise)  They are a dark roast blend…. but unlike a lot dark roast blends….. They are smooth and not bitter to the taste.  They are a fair trade and organic blend of coffee….. and they are the strongest coffee in the world.  Currently Death Wish has Seven blends of Coffee (Original Death Wish; Valhalla Java; Barrel Blend Rum, Wine, Whiskey, Bourbon; Pumpkin)  I have not tasted a coffee that made me feel like that first time Coffee made me feel amazing.  I was hooked from the first cup all over again with Death Wish.

 

If you would like me to review a specific blend of coffee, let me know in the comments.

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Posted: August 21, 2015 by hieiyyh2 in Cooking With Hiei
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Today is nice and simple it is a salad.

What you will need

Your Favorite Chicken Salad
Lettuce (I prefer spinach or Baby Lettuce Mix)
Half an Onion
Pineapple
Grape Fruit
Grape Tomatoes
Mango Vinaigrette (Homemade or Store bought)
Feta Cheese is optional

First things first.  After you make your favorite Chicken Recipe or Prepacked from the store, set it to the side.  Now.  Wash your lettuce mix in a salad mixer and also set to the side.  Dice your half of onion, than cut half of your pineapple into cubes.  (The other half will be used for the optional dessert recipe at the bottom. 🙂 ) Peel your grapefruit and break into wedges and than half the wedges.  Wash your grape tomatoes and than cut them in half.  Combine Lettuce, Onion, Pineapple, grapefruit and a good portion of your tomatoe halves (the rest you can give to people to add more tomatoes if they like.) Serve the salad in bowls with 1 to 2 scoops of Chicken Salad.  Sprinkle on the Feta cheese and than add as much dressing as you desire and mix it all together and enjoy.

BONUS RECIPE

Grilled Pineapple Chunks over Ice Cream

This one is SUPER Easy folks.

Using the remaining half of Pineapple, cube it and place cubes in a grill safe dish (Aluminum Foil Chaffing trays work great for this.)  Set grill to low to medium heat.  Add Cinnamon and sugar to the pineapples if you desire.  Place the dish of pineapple onto the grill, close door and all to heat.  Stir occasionally so all the flavors incorporate.  Once the pineapple get nice and soft and the juice is in the pan and it smells amazing…..  Serve over a nice big bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream (Or any ice cream you desire really)