Posts Tagged ‘Garlic’

The Original White Meat!

June 7, 2017

Yes, chicken!  And whenever I run across a recipe that is super simple, I just can’t resist.  Here’s a recipe that will only take you thirty (30) minutes to prepare but will taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Chicken Parmesan in a Garlic Mushroom Cream Sauce

4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper
8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup of butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of spinach, chopped

1.  Season your chicken on both sides (salt and pepper).  In a large skillet, add the olive oil and cook the chicken on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until browned/cooked to where there is no longer any pink in the center.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until they are tender.  Remove them and set aside.

2.  For the sauce, add the butter to you skillet and melt.  Throw in the minced garlic and cook until it is tender (a minute or so).  Add the flour and whisk until it is incorporated and slightly thick.  Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Add the spinach and let it simmer until the sauce thickens and the spinach wilts.  Add the chicken and the mushrooms back into your sauce (to coat).  Serve on either a bed of rice, or over the pasta of your choice.



Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Eleven!

October 18, 2014

How would you classify garlic (Allium sativum)?  Herb?  Spice?  Vegetable?  What we would call garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium.  In addition to its ability to repel vampires (and mosquitoes) and cure the plague, garlic has been lauded for its antibiotic and antioxidant properties for centuries and is widely know to be beneficial for a variety of ailments.  Did you know that . . .

    • Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels. and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
    • It was even once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches.
    • The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
    • The origin of National Garlic Day is unknown and it is not recorded in congressional or presidential proclamations.
    • Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
    • If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
    • The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
    • Garlic is a member of the onion family which also includes leeks and shallots.
    • Its pungent flavor is due to a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing.
    • The majority of garlic (90%) grown in the United States comes from California (Gilroy, California is the “Garlic Capital of the World”).
    • If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
    • When picking out garlic at the grocery store, choose firm, tight, heavy dry bulbs.
    • Garlic has been used to infuse vodka and as an ingredient to make cocktails.
    • At ancient Greek and Roman marriages the brides carried bouquets of garlic and other herbs instead of flowers.

Here’s a link to some more garlic superstitions, folklore, and facts.


Rosemary, Orange, and Soy Sauce!

July 25, 2014

Here is an easy recipe that is sure to please.  Serve with some wild rice and some bacon-wrapped green beans for a meal that looks like you spent all day preparing, but really just threw together in under an hour.

Orange Marinated Pork Tenderloin

1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 (3/4 pound) whole pork tenderloins
Salt (to taste)
Fresh ground pepper (to taste)

1.  Make the orange marinade by whisking together the orange juice, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic.  Pour over the pork tenderloins and marinate for at least one hour (preferably overnight).

2.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Drain the pork, reserving the marinade for later, and place on a baking sheet.  Season with the salt and pepper then roasts for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F.

3.  Meanwhile, strain the reserved marinade and bring to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Serve as a sauce for the meat.