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Jan 30, 2012

Bon Appetit ~ Round 2: I Ain't Chicken

I've been anxiously awaiting for the February issue of Bon Appetit to come out so I could see what I'm cookin' this month, and guess what? It's chicken! Phew, I was dreading a fussy dessert. How hard can chicken be?



Confession to make: I have actually never cut up a whole chicken because in my family we all go for the breast meat. Since that's pretty much the only meat that Hates Everything will eat, I can say that I have cooked a lot of chicken. 


Hates Everything, being forced to taste my Thai Coconut-Lime Soup with Chicken
Just because I haven't ever cut one up a whole chicken doesn't mean I can't do it, right? I mean, I can juggle...but I've never done it while riding a unicycle but that doesn't mean I can't do that either. Ya with me?
     At home I have a real "Chicken Pan." It's a beautifully seasoned, cast iron skillet that actually has "Chicken Pan" stamped on the bottom of it and was handed down to me from my dad. I'm really wishing I had it with me about now. I did consider trying to bring it to the boat  because I love cooking out of that pan, but besides the fact it weighs a ton I was afraid it wouldn't make it through airport security. TSA would probably have tried to confiscate it from me as a possible weapon and then I would have had to possibly use it as a weapon and then the vicious cycle would have begun, again. I'm not about to check something that is so valuable to me so I'll make this "Best Fried Chicken Ever" in one of my crappy boat pans unless I find an old cast iron pan in one of the antique shops around here.

I'm sure there must be some good chicken cutter-uppers out there so any tips would be greatly appreciated. If you want to make the recipe with me, send me your picture and your review and I'll post it with mine.

You chicken?  I ain't chicken! 

Results to follow soon!

Jan 23, 2012

The Mafia, Vampires and Us


The Big Guy and I have plenty of time for people watching and we’ve become quite talented, we think, at analyzing people from our vantage point…a beach bar stool.  
Recent conversations have went something like this:
     “See that couple over there?  She’s a Wall Street exec.”
     “Or maybe a doctor,” Big interjects.
     “He doesn’t work, he’s Mr. Mom,” I say. “See the fanny pack he’s wearing?  Animal crackers and Ritalin are in there. And those two kids…they are adopted.”
     “How can you tell that? Big asks me. 
     “Because biological parents do not put that much sunscreen on their own kids,” I say. 
He nods in agreement, recalling that he never once doped up our own kids with sunscreen.

      See that girl?" he asks me. She's a vampire. Nobody is that white and she's all shaded up under that big hat and dark sunglasses.”  
     Ahhh, and see her drink, it's red. I bet she's drinking the V, I surmise.

This is how a lot of our afternoon conversations go and lordy did we hit the jackpot the other day!
     We were chillin’ at the Pirates Bight on Norman Island and were watching 2 or 3 young people in matching khakis and white shirts which all said Lady Britt on them, bustin’ a hump to wait on 8 or 9 people who were lying around on beach chairs. Fluff a towel here, fill the chip bowl there, rearrange kicked off flip flops. You get the picture. 
     I notice an older gentleman kind of standing back and taking it all in. He was wearing shoes, really nice shoes…on the beach.
     “See that guy,” I whisper to Big, “he’s in the mafia.”
     “How do you know?” Big asks me.
     “Slicked back hair, Ralph Lauren Polo shirt, Italian leather loafers, chain smoking.”
     “How do you know they are Italian leather?” Big wants to know.
     “I know this. I’ve seen Italian leather loafers.  Dr. Lexus has some, and he’s practically mafia.  But I’m not so sure about that watch,” I say. “It look like a Swiss Army Victorinox, which is about 1200 bucks, not a flashy, mobster worthy Rolex.
     “Maybe he’s just a shoe salesman,” Big says.
I say, “No he’s too shifty, see the gold chain, probably has a cross on it, he’s definitely Catholic so I’m pretty sure he’s a hit man.”


Aristotle Onassis
Authors Note: He kind of looked like this guy,  only without the smile and the neck tie. Now that I think about it, maybe he was a Greek shipping tycoon and not a mobster. 
Naaahhh, I going with mobster...


     









The rest of the conversation went like this:    
     “See that girl?” Big says. “She has a Chanel bag.”  Wow, I’m impressed that he knows that.
     “Knock off?” I ask, looking for it.
     “No, it says Chanel on it…she’s bought something at Chanel.”
     “Good eye.” I reply.
     “All those girls are sisters,” he says. I disagree.  
     “That one is blond and too skinny and the other two are dark. Cute swimsuit though, looks European.”
     “Dye job and anorexic, and that big bow on her suit looks dumb.” he says. I nod in agreement.


We nurse our Painkiller (him) and Carib (me) and watch as three more Lady Britt boys appear with three Seabobs, which are little rocket looking things that you hang on to and they propel you through the water. You can even dive down to about 120 feet with them.
     A couple of the bored looking Greek/Italian mobster kids get up from the loungers and go for a spin on them.

     “We have got to get us two of those,” I say!
     “Ok,” says Big, “Google them and find out what they cost.”

Lady Britt ~ She's just a wee bit grander than Pisces
That evening back on the boat we see Lady Britt pulling out. She’s a big beautiful mega yacht, which explains the uniformed stewards.  I Google Lady Britt, and see that she is a (2010) 206’ Feadship, has a crew of 17, and she takes 12 guests to heaven and back, all for $567K per week. Yes, you heard me right...THOUSAND!  $567,000.00 USD per week. We choke on our cheap wine.

     “Told you they were mafia,” I say. “That old guy was chain smoking because he’s the one writing the check for this little vacation.”

Big tells me to Google Seabob. We find that they go for about $16,000 EACH.
 
     “I have two pretty good kidneys,” I say. “I’d be willing to part with one so we could have a Seabob. We could probably coerce one of the kids into giving up one too.”
     “Ok, which one should we ask?” The Dad who has never applied sunscreen, proving he doesn’t have a favorite daughter, asks me.
     “Hmmm, will flip em for it.I say.


I set our dinner on the table.
     “Looks good,” The Big Guys says.
     “I’ll bet they aren’t getting spaghetti tonight on Lady Britt,” I say.
Poor bastards.


We smile and clink our wine glasses.
Ahhh, life is good.



I've already posted a recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs with Marinara Sauce (check it out on the "Pasta" page) so I'll share one that just may even be hoity-toity enough for the poor people on Lady Britt. I made this one up the other night to take to a little party on board Free Ingwe.  

New potatoes with Chive Pesto, Bacon-Blue Cheese Creme & Lemon Zest
(NOTE: Substitute cheddar cheese for blue cheese, if you want.)  
Go to the "Appetizer" page to see the recipe.

Jan 19, 2012

Not Yo Momma's French Toast

Here is a great weekend breakfast for you to try; Caramel Apple French Toast.
   
My good friend Risa, the one who always has the squash, is a BIG caramel junkie, so I came up with this recipe while planning my menu for her and Captain Stephen, who will be on the boat with us next week.
     It's decadent and indulgent and worth every single calorie and I'm pretty sure it's counts as healthy since it has apples in it.


 I know she would prefer it without the bread and apples, since they are really just the vehicle for the caramel.
     I've made it twice this week, the first time I served it with some warm maple-honey, which is just equal parts maple syrup and honey. It was really good but The Big Guy and I both decided that it didn't really need it, the caramel sauce was double by-pass worthy enough; no sense going in for the tripe by-pass.



The first day I made it I used a French baguette, (pictured directly above) which made for the small pieces so that one apple slice fit perfectly. The second time I used a French bread, cut on the diagonal. Same taste, just different look. For something different substitute bananas for apples and spunk it up with a little rum and call it Bananas Foster French toast!  
Go to the "Misc. Recipes" tab at the top of this page to see the recipe.

Jan 13, 2012

They Are Called Tree Frogs, NOT Boat Frogs


My mornings don’t typically start with a Puerto Rican tree frog dipping his toes into my cup of joe, nor do I spend part of the morning with my big butt perched on 3 inches of a sink counter top that is clearly not designed for butts, but that was how this particular morning started out.

I had just poured our coffee, the bacon was frying and I was unloading the dish drainer from the previous nights dishes. The Big Guy was checking the Wind Guru when a frog sprang out my dish drainer. It was big...about the size of Kim Kardashian's engagement diamond.  
     After skimming the edge of my coffee cup he launched himself off the counter and was on the move. It scared the bejesus right out of me and I screamed like a girl and scared the wind guru right out of Big.
     “What? What? What’s wrong?” he asked.
     “There’s a huge frog on the boat!”  I shrieked.