Big Red Kitchen http://www.bigredkitchen.com a regular gathering of distinguished guests Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:26:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 simple: 3- ingredient mini lemon ginger icebox cakes for two http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/simple-3-ingredient-mini-lemon-ginger-icebox-cakes/ http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/simple-3-ingredient-mini-lemon-ginger-icebox-cakes/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.bigredkitchen.com/?p=20440 IMG_2194

Happy 4th Anniversary Mason Jar Meals!  Four years ago I posted THIS photo on my Facebook page, on July 26, 2011 to be exact and look how Mason Jar Meals are everywhere now.   Neato!  I … read more»

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Happy 4th Anniversary Mason Jar Meals!  Four years ago I posted THIS photo on my Facebook page, on July 26, 2011 to be exact and look how Mason Jar Meals are everywhere now.   Neato!  I really like my mason jars and use them all the time, especially for jarring up leftovers- they look fresher that way.

Teeny tiny lemon ginger icebox cakes for two are my way of celebrating Mason Jar Meals’ special day.  No oven required and a few deliciously simple ingredients, this dessert comes together in a breeze and is so refreshing too.  You’ll find these to be rich, decadent,  creamy, and perfectly petite.   Now get in the kitchen and whip these mini gals right up. Use your imagination and play around with a variety of flavor combinations too.

Cheers!  
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mini lemon ginger icebox cakes for two
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vintage
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 9 thin and crispy ginger snaps: I used Trader Joe's Cookie Thins- triple ginger
  • 1 tbl Lemon Curd
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone
  • mint leaves for garnish- optional
Instructions
  1. Blend lemon curd and Mascarpone until smooth.
  2. Place one cookie each in the bottom of 2 small 4 oz. mason jars or tiny ramekins.
  3. Top each cookie with about 2 teaspoons cream filling. Spread to edge of jar.
  4. Top with cookie and repeat layers until you have 4 layers of cookies and four layers of cream ending with the cream.
  5. Crumble remaining cookie and save for later.
  6. Cover and chill icebox cakes for at least 1 hour.
  7. When ready to serve sprinkle evenly with cookie crumbs and garnish with a mint leaf.
  8. Eat with a teeny tiny spoon to make it last a good long time!
  9. Serve along side a big bowl of fresh summer berries and a Lillet Blanc on the rocks with an orange slice.
Notes
Per serving: 235 cal, 16 g F, 21 g C, 1 g P.

For more Mason Jar Meal Ideas- see all of them here.

Follow my Mason Jar Meal Board on Pinterest.

How will you celebrate Mason Jar Meals’ 4th Anniversary? 

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simple: lazy lemon pepper chicken http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/simple-lazy-lemon-pepper-chicken/ http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/simple-lazy-lemon-pepper-chicken/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.bigredkitchen.com/?p=20428 pickerimage-59 Sometimes I wonder if this whole living simpler and more relaxed has made me lazier? Simpler means taking a few shortcuts and relaxed is doing it with a cocktail in hand while humming Good Morning read more»

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Sometimes I wonder if this whole living simpler and more relaxed has made me lazier? Simpler means taking a few shortcuts and relaxed is doing it with a cocktail in hand while humming Good Morning StarShine because who can resist a chorus like that?  I guess lazy would be doing nothing at all, still with a cocktail, minus the humming.  Summertime at Manderley Cottage has put me in a “Simplaxed” mode, a cool blend of simple and relaxed, a term that will someday catch on like like and cray cray and groovy.

For sure.

Lemon Pepper Chicken was me craving Lemon Chicken but not having any of the fresh ingredients in the house (how could I be out of lemons and garlic) and if I did, I didn’t feel like rounding them all up.  Like all ten of them, or twenty-two, I lost count.  Therefore with a decently stocked pantry, and a wild imagination, then a toss of this and that, we dined on this tangy, sweet and spicy dish that came together pretty quickly. More quickly if I had used frozen breaded Chicken Tenders, but I am not that lazy. Okay, I am, except on that day.  Although I did kick an ice cube under the fridge.

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy, la la la lo lo…

lazy lemon pepper chicken
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Recipe type: Chicken
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Sweet, tangy, spicy
Ingredients
  • 3 chicken breast halves about 1½ pounds
  • flour about one cup or more
  • buttermilk about 1½ cups
  • panko crumbs dip about 3 cups
  • oil for frying
  • ⅓ cup lemon curd
  • 1 cup pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • cooked rice
  • 1 green onion
Instructions
  1. Filet 3 chicken breast halves then cut in half lengthwise. You should have about 18 pieces.
  2. Now flour> buttermilk> panko crumb dip the chicken, in that order. Pan fry in oil over medium heat. Keep cooked pieces warm in oven until all are fried up.
  3. Heat ⅓ cup lemon curd, 1 cup pepper jelly, and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar until warm.
  4. In a very huge bowl layer chicken with heated sauce and gently toss.
  5. Serve over bed of cooked rice and garnish with green onions.
Notes
* If you really want to save time and steps, use your favorite frozen brand of breaded chicken fingers or tenderloins, about 18 pieces should do the trick. And bake them. Did I have to tell you that?


PS-
The three-ingredient Lemon Pepper Sauce is awesome on grilled chicken too, or fish, or scones.

No, not scones.

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simple: big sandwiches http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/simple-big-sandwiches/ http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/simple-big-sandwiches/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:00:24 +0000 http://www.bigredkitchen.com/?p=20416 IMG_1897 She had a craggy voice. Well into her nineties, and after a few strokes great-grandma Klaus’ voice was hard on very young ears.  I remember her slouched in a wheelchair with a head full of … read more»

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She had a craggy voice. Well into her nineties, and after a few strokes great-grandma Klaus’ voice was hard on very young ears.  I remember her slouched in a wheelchair with a head full of white hair, but it was her voice I remembered most.  The other day, my Ma and Dad were telling me and my kids about great-grandma K and it was very clear that her voice was the way it was because she smoked, oftentimes two cigarettes at a once as she had forgotten that she had one already lit hanging from her lip.  Twelve kids and a ton of grandbabies must do that to a woman.  Ma said she used huge bowl to make large batches of pancakes for all the kids. The mystery was why she never bothered to wash the bowl after each use. Twelve kids and a ton of grandbabies must do that to a woman! Albeit, the kids all agreed that her pancakes improved with each and every batch.  Maybe she knew something about feeding a Starter and a brood of kids.

Well after three generations, not much has changed. She and I and all the moms in-between know what it’s like to feed kids and keep them full.  Making twin 15 inch sandwiches is my answer to “what’s for lunch, what’s for snack, or what’s for dinner?”  Nothing is ever easy, but making Big Sandwiches is a whole heck of a lot simpler than making individual sandwiches.  The sandwiches vary, but this one is home roasted eye round of beef sliced thinly and served along with fresh baby spinach, mayonnaise, and muenster cheese. I place both sandwiches back in the twin-pack bag whence they came and store in the fridge only to be sawed inch by inch by hungry children.  Then we do have days the big sandwiches are never made as they have eaten all the bread before I ever had a chance.  I wonder what great-grandma K would have done about that?

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Other sandwiches in the rotation:
battered cod with cheddar and tartar sauce
turkey, ham and cheese with lettuce and mayonnaise
pastrami and swiss, greens with mustard and mayonnaise
grilled chicken parmesan
ground Italian sausage, red gravy, and mozzarella
Italian hoagie

What have you simplified lately?

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generous: you can do it http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/generous/ http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/07/generous/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.bigredkitchen.com/?p=20409 IMG_1918 It was the song “Pomp and Circumstance” at his high school graduation that brought me back to a sudden remembrance of a little baby crawling towards his momma. A flood of emotion, and a pop … read more»

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It was the song “Pomp and Circumstance” at his high school graduation that brought me back to a sudden remembrance of a little baby crawling towards his momma. A flood of emotion, and a pop of sobs that shake the shoulders and shed more tears from ones nose than eyes.  How quickly a memory can escort one away from the present.  I was promptly transported back to the Diaper Derby when he was sixteen months old and such a fantastic crawler, we thought, “sure why not?”  Lined up along with other tiny crawlers and moms on hand and knee lined up opposite to cheer and encourage their little champions, the man yelled “go!”  My baby and I locked eyes and as I crawled backwards toward the finish line, he crawled forward, slapping his tiny palms on the mat and panting as babies do when they are excited and scared all at the same time. As he crawled,  I shouted, “come on baby, come on baby you can do it.”  His eyes never left mine, we were on the same path, the same mission, to finish. My little baby won.

Last summer before his senior year we told him we were moving to Williamsburg. He still had to finish his Eagle Project and was looking forward to being a Senior Patrol Leader for his troop and earning the rank of Eagle. He was looking forward to graduating from the school he had been with since second grade. He had to leave good friends behind.  He had to sacrifice. He had to grow up. This time I stayed on my knees as he rose and walked forward, and I prayed, “come on baby, come on baby you can do it.”

He earned the rank of Eagle by making several 300 mile round trip drives for meetings back north, including multiple emails, and phone calls.  He earned a lead as Billy Lawlor in his new high school’s musical 42nd Street when he questioned, “should I even try out?”  He obtained a job at Busch Gardens as the famous costumed character Elmo bringing cheer to families and little children while special needs children touched his heart.  He was accepted to the Liberty University, his first and only choice. He made multiple new friends while keeping in touch with old ones. Then he went on to graduate with wonderful grades. My young man won.

As I watched him graduate, I whispered through my tears, “go on baby, go on baby you can do it.”
And on bended knee will I remain.

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Pork interview with funny man Donald Faison http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/06/pork-interview-funny-man-donald-faison/ http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2015/06/pork-interview-funny-man-donald-faison/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.bigredkitchen.com/?p=20398 Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 12.11.20 PM He’s living the dream, living the dream! Well heck, when you start an interview like that you know this guy has something to say. Today it was all about pork since funny man Donald Faisonread more»

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He’s living the dream, living the dream! Well heck, when you start an interview like that you know this guy has something to say. Today it was all about pork since funny man Donald Faison (you know him as Dr. Turk on Scrubs) is representing the National Pork Board telling us how delicious good ole pork can be.  Below is the entire interview but be sure to note…

1. Donald’s favorite pork side dish, it may surprise you.
2. He explains a Grillfie for all your social media photo ops. Don’t forget to add #grillpork so the folks at the NPB can see you are cooking up some good pork recipes.
3.  Check out some rubs, sauces, and other good pork recipes at porkbeinspired.com
4. Donald shares a big secret- the one role he dreams of playing on the big screen. Will it happen for him?
5. Donald reveals his most favorite BBQ sauce.  It is on my shopping list!
6. Can you guess his favorite grill tool?
7. He and I invent a new selfie tool to get rich quick!  Buy stock now.

 

 

Have you ever grill crashed?

 

Happy Grilling!

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