Friday, July 29, 2011

Product Review - KC Masterpiece Southern Style Barbecue Sauce

I received a bottle of KC Masterpiece's Southern Style Barbecue Sauce as a participant in Foodbuzz Tastemaker's Program and thought this was an excellent barbecue sauce.  Being from North Carolina, right in the heart of the south, I prefer vinegar based barbecue sauces.  This one is thin-bodied, vinegar based, that has a nice kick from red and black peppers. 

I was able to use this bottle of sauce twice, marinating and grilling boneless, skinless chicken breast and serving a side of sauce for additional dipping.  

This will probably be my go-to bottle in the future for grilled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chicken and Tomatoes

I have so many tomatoes coming out of the garden right now.  I planted three better boy plants, two cherry tomatoes, and one german johnson.  I've had tomato sandwiches, salads loaded down with tomatoes, homemade salsa, in addition to gifting tomatoes to co-workers, family, and friends. 

This week we had Chicken and Tomatoes with mashed potatoes.  This was excellent!!  The tomatoes were the star of the show. 

Chicken and Tomatoes

3 boneless skinless chicken breast
8 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh minced rosemary
Salt and pepper
4 Tablespoons honey
20-25 cherry tomatoes, halved

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 dish with Pam.  Mix the olive oil and minced garlic, spread out in the bottom of the dish, and bake for 5 minutes.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and lay on top of the garlic.  Drizzle honey over chicken breast and sprinkle the rosemary.  Add tomatoes to dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, basting the chicken at least twice during this time.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jalapeno Cornbread

My garden is busting at the seams right now.  This year we planted beans, okra, cherry tomatoes, better boy tomatoes, German Johnson tomatoes, red onions, viladia onions, jalapeno peppers and corn.  Right now I can not keep up picking the tomatoes and peppers.  I immediately went online to find some ways to use up the jalapeno peppers besides making salsa.  I came across this jalapeno cornbread and knew I needed to add it to the menu, along side a pot of pinto beans cooked with jalapenos.

This cornbread was delicious!!  I have a feeling we'll be having this several times over the course of the summer.

Jalapeno Cornbread
Live to Eat

3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup low fat milk
2 oz butter,melted and cooled
1 heaping cup frozen sweet yellow corn
2 large jalapeno peppers, diced (we left the seeds)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

In another bowl, beat the egg and stir in the milk and butter, whisk well to combine.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.  Finally stir in the jalapeno's and sweet corn.

Butter an oven proof loaf pan or cake tin or a cast iron skillet and pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for about 30 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Serve warm.

Jalapeno Pinto Beans

1 bag of pinto beans, looked and soaked over night in water
5 slices bacon, diced up
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced (we left the seeds)
enough water to cover beans
1 tsp salt

In the morning, pour off water that you had your beans soaking in.  In a crockpot, pour in the beans, add the diced bacon, sliced jalapenos, and add enough water to fully cover the beans.  Mix in salt.  Cover and cook for 6-8 hours. 

Serve with hot chow-chow and cornbread.