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May’s Recipe

Garlic and Honey Glazed Chicken Breast

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast (2 pieces)
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 3 ½ tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the breasts in half horizontally to create 4 pieces total.

Season each side with salt and pepper.

Place flour in a shallow dish. Coat chicken in flour on both sides and shake excess flour off.

Melt most of the butter in a large skillet over high heat – hold back about 1 tsp for later.

Place chicken in skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until golden. Turn and cook the other side for 1 minute.

Turn heat down slightly to medium high.

Make a bit of room in the pan, add garlic and top with remaining dab of butter. Stir garlic briefly once butter melts.

Add vinegar, soy sauce and honey. Stir / shake pan to combine. Bring sauce to simmer, then simmer for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.

Turn chicken to coat in sauce. If sauce gets too thick just add water and stir.

Remove from stove immediately. Place chicken on plates, drizzle with remaining sauce and serve.

*Serves 4 People

April’s Recipe

Chef Gason’s Easter Lamb Shanks

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 – 6 lamb shanks trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large carrots sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine like Merlot Pinot Noir, or a Chianti
  • 14 oz (tomato puree or tomato sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to season

INSTRUCTIONS

OVEN METHOD:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Wash and pat dry lamb shanks with paper towel.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy pot over medium-high heat .
  • Sear two shanks in the hot oil until browned on all sides, then repeat with remaining 2-4 shanks.
  • Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Sauté the carrots and diced onions in the pan juices until softened, (about 3 minutes), then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Return the shanks back into the pot; season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook for 4-5 minutes to brown the flour.
  • Add stock, wine, puree, tomato paste, bouillon and herbs the bring to a simmer on the stove.
  • Cover, transfer to lower part of the oven and cook for 2 1/2 hours and allow the meat to simmer slowly.
  • Gently transfer the shanks onto a plate; tent to keep warm.
  • Discard the bay leaves from the sauce and place pot onto stove. Simmer sauce over medium heat until thickened to your desired consistency.
  • You should be left with about 3 cups of sauce thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon.
    *If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of stock. If the sauce is too thin, boil it over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until reduced to the right consistency.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper, if desired. Add the shanks back into the pot of sauce.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.

This Month’s Recipe

Jalapeno Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Mango Dipping Sauce

Jalapeno Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Mango Dipping Sauce

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, well-drained and picked for shells
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 3 teaspoons diced jalapenos
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread cups

Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the crabmeat with mayonnaise, green onions, lime juice, honey, and 2 teaspoon chopped jalapenos; season with salt and pepper. Stir well to break up some of the crabmeat. Form the mixture into 8 crab cakes, packing them firmly. Put the crab cakes on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 25 minutes

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the mango with 1 tablespoon of the oil and the remaining diced jalapenos until smooth. Scrape the mango puree into a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Put a handful of flour into a medium, shallow bowl. Put the eggs in another shallow bowl and the panko in a third bowl. Take a crab cake in your hand and carefully dust it all over with flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the crab cake in the beaten egg and then coat it well with the panko. Repeat with the remaining crab cakes.

Step 4

In a medium skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add 4 of the crab cakes to the skillet and cook them over moderately high heat until they are browned and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Drain the crab cakes on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 4 crab cakes.

Step 5

Serve on a warm plate with side mango puree for dipping

Serve 4

February’s Recipe

Homemade Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

Homemade Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups homemade yogurt (recipe below)
  • 2 Handful fresh sliced strawberries
  • 2 Handful fresh blueberries
  • 2 cup good quality granola

INSTRUCTIONS

Put half of the berries and granola in the bottom of 3 small bowls and top with your favorite dairy-free yogurt. Finish off by topping with the reminding fruit and granola.

Serves 3
Homemade Yogurt
5 cups grass-fed whole milk or 2% milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt

Pour the milk into a pot and bring to a boil (not a roaring boil), up to 180 degrees stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Remove pot from heat and allow to sit for 30 to 60 minutes. You want the milk to cool to.116 degrees Dip your finger into the milk every once in a while, to determine when you can leave your finger in the milk for 10 to 15 seconds without burning. Pour in the yogurt and mix very carefully. Make sure not to overdo it.

Put the lid on the pot and carefully wrap plastic wrap around it. Place the wrapped pot in a slightly warm place where it will be undisturbed for 6 to 10 hours; overnight is best. Transfer to the refrigerator to allow the yogurt to continue to thicken. You can add any flavors, fresh mint, fruit, cinnamon, and the list goes on. I always add a little strawberry puree to mine.

Always save 1/4 cup of your yogurt to start your next batch.

Yields 5 cups of awesome yogurt

I find myself making parfaits more for dinner desserts these days than for breakfast and brunch. When they are good, I guess you can have them any time of day you want. – Chef Gason

January’s Recipe

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  2. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in remaining 6 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until melted and smooth.
  3. Stir in shrimp and gently toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped parsley.
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