Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easy Chicken Masala

Bon Appetit
February 2010

Hey, guess what? If you cook chicken on the grill with a giant paver stone covered in foil on top of it to try to mimick the tandoor oven (genius, I know)...it cooks really fast.

Which is why mine looks like this...

Instead of this...

But, looks aside, It was really really good. I marinaded it in the cilantro/yogurt mixture for over 24 hours, and it made it so incredibly tender.
I wish it would have absorbed a little more of the cilantro flavor (for those of you who know me, you will find this incredibly shocking, but I'm really starting to like cilantro), but it was still tasty.
I served it with curried lentils (just some prepackaged stuff from DeKalb Farmers market, probably available in most Indian sections of larger grocery stores), picked up samosas and garlic naan from the local indian place, and roasted some brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Overall I give the recipe 7/10, which would probably be an 8/10 if I hadn't of burnt the crap out of the skin of the chicken.
The meal altogether was definitely an 8/10, this will go in my favorites binder.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yeah, I had an idea. Which led to this. We'll see how it goes.

First, background.
I am, what my sister calls, a periodical whore. I have subscriptions to 5 monthly magazines (all cooking) and also buy them in the store.
When I see a recipe I want to try, I rip it out, and add it to a "to try" pile. ONLY AFTER I make it, and like it, does it get a spot in the three ring binder of favorites.
Also, some of my 2010 goals included expanding my cooking skills.
Which led me to organizing my cabinet of cookbooks and recipes.
Which led to me being completely overwhelmed with one big ass pile of recipes.

Which led to this.

My pile includes everything from Saveur and Bon Appetite, to Everyday with Rachael Ray (shut up, she has good recipes), even (if you're lucky) some recipes from mom.
I'll also review everything from main dishes, to snacks, desserts and sauces, depending on my plans for the evening and ingredients I already have. My goal is to get through this pile and learn alot about cooking (and myself) in the meantime.

I figured most people who enjoy cooking also have a big ass pile of recipes. And possibly we have some in common, so I can save you some time.
Or, maybe, by reading this, all it will do is add more to your big ass pile of recipes. Or possibly I will lose interest and this will dwindle away. (most likely)

But, until that happens, I can at least keep track of my progress here, and possibly have a reader or two occasionally. If that is the case, I'd love to hear your opinions on anything you try from here. Or about your experiences working through your own big ass pile of recipes.