Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup olive oil
  2. 2 tablespoons Lemaster Family Kitchen TOSA seasoning mix*
  3. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  4. 1 medium onion
  5. 1 zucchini
  6. 1 red pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk together oil and seasoning mix. Add chicken cut into chunks. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  3. Cut vegetables into chunks and toss with some more olive oil and TOSA mix to coat. Thread chicken and vegetables on skewers. Grill until chicken is cooked and vegetables are crisp tender.
  4. Serve with saffron rice.
  5. *Lemaster Family Kitchen TOSA seasoning blend available at Marcels
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The Deep Blue Sea by Cherise Slattery

I woke up at 4 am. My bed was rocking back and forth. Images of the movie The Perfect Storm came to mind. I was sure my life was over! Too scared to open the balcony doors, and too dark to see anything anyway, I imagined the 30 foot swells that were going to tip us over as I fitfully fell back to sleep. I awoke the next morning to sun peeking through the blinds, and ventured a look outside. With the boat still rocking, imagine my surprise to see tiny, 3 foot waves of the most beautiful blue you could imagine. Yes, I survived my first Caribbean cruise.

When I mentioned I was taking my first cruise, everyone said “You won’t even feel the boat moving, and the food is fantastic.” Well, they were half right!

The food on our ship was abundant. I wandered through the offerings before choosing my meal every day.   There was fresh fruit, grilled vegetables, carving meats, salads, cheeses, breads, pastries, plus prepared foods. You have a taste for Italian food, check. You want Mexican, check. Asian, Caribbean, German, American, check, check, check and check.  In addition to that, you could go to one of the restaurants on board, sit down, and order off a menu that changed every night. Besides being perfectly prepared, the food was displayed beautifully, with fruit and vegetable carvings at every turn. Even with all these choices, I found myself being drawn to Souvlaki almost every day for lunch. I currently have an obsession for Tzatziki sauce!   Please enjoy my version of Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki.

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
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Chicken Souvlaki
  1. 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. Juice from 1 fresh lemon
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. salt and pepper
Tzatziki
  1. 1 small cucumber, peeled and grated
  2. 1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  3. 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  4. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  6. ½ teaspoon salt
To serve
  1. pita
  2. tomatoes, thinly sliced
  3. red onions, thinly sliced
Chicken Souvlaki
  1. Combine all ingredients, marinate in refrigerator for two hours, occasionally stirring.
  2. Thread chicken onto skewers, discard marinade. Grill chicken over medium heat until cooked through and slightly charred.
Tzatziki
  1. Grate the cucumber and drain through a fine mesh sieve. Combine all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.
To serve
  1. Wrap chicken and sauce in a pita with thinly sliced tomatoes and red onions.
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Pasta Shells with Artichoke Cream and Smoked Chicken

Pasta Shells with Artichoke Cream and Smoked Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. One 8-ounce jar oil-packed artichokes, drained*
  2. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  3. 2 cups heavy cream
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1/2 pound medium pasta shells
  6. 3/4 pound skinless smoked chicken breast**, cut into strips
  7. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, season the artichokes with salt and pepper and simmer them in the cream over moderately low heat until very tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer the artichokes and cream to a blender and purée. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the shells and return them to the pan. Add the artichoke cream, smoked chicken, tomatoes and chives; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls and serve.
Notes
  1. *Or use frozen artichokes. Do not use the tangy marinated artichokes.
  2. **Make your own smoked chicken breast using Cameron's Stovetop Smoker.
Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine
Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine
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Chicken Soup with Ricotta Dumplings

Chicken Soup with Ricotta Dumplings
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 3 quarts, plus 1 cup chicken stock
  2. 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  3. 2 stalks celery with leaves, thinly sliced
  4. 1 large yellow onion
  5. ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Dumplings
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 3 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 eggs
  5. ½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
  6. ¼ cup low-fat milk
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large pot combine stock, carrots, celery, onions and parsley, maintaining a minimum depth of 4” of liquid for the dumplings to float. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce to a simmer. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. To make the dumplings, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta, milk and herbs; add to flour mixture. Stir just until dough holds together. Using a tablespoon, form dumplings into balls and drop into boiling broth. Cook 15 minutes.
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Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  4. 3 carrots, chopped
  5. ½ pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
  6. ¼ cup flour
  7. ¾ teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  9. 3 cups chicken stock
  10. 1 cup cooked wild rice
  11. 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  12. 3-4 cups cooked chicken, diced
Instructions
  1. In a deep saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and sauté for 3 minutes, or until onion is wilted. Lower the heat to medium-low, add the mushrooms, and cook 5 minutes longer. Add the flour, salt and pepper and cook until the mixture bubbles and begins to turn golden. Add the stock; cook and whisk until thick and smooth. Add the wild rice, chicken and parsley and heat through.
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Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole boneless skinless chicken breast
  2. salt and pepper to taste
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoons butter
  5. 1/2 cup Louisiana hot sauce (Frank's, Etc.)
  6. salad greens (Iceberg, Romaine or mixed greens)
  7. 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
  8. extra blue cheese crumbles
  9. celery hearts, leaves intact
Blue Cheese Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/4 cup whole milk
  3. 1/4 cup sour cream
  4. dash of Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
  6. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. With a sharp knife, carefully slice the chicken breast in half from top to bottom; you will have two similarly-sized chicken breasts that are thinner. Sprinkle all sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken on both sides until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from the skillet and pour off any excess fat but do not clean the pan.
  3. Off the heat, return the chicken to skillet and pour the hot sauce into skillet. Turn the chicken to coat and let it sit in the sauce while you prepare the other ingredients.
  4. Toss the lettuce in a large bowl with just enough salad dressing to lightly coat.
  5. Heap tossed salad into two individual bowls. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles over the top. Slice the chicken on the bias into thin slices and arrange them over the top of each salad. Top the salad with more blue cheese crumbles and serve with celery hearts.
Blue Cheese Dressing
  1. To a bowl add the mayonnaise, milk, sour cream and Worcestershire and stir until combined. Stir in the blue cheese and add salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. If salad dressing is too thick, thin to desired consistency with additional whole milk.
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Golden Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Avocado-Chili Relish

Golden Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Avocado-Chili Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium-size boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 pounds total
  2. 3/4 t. salt
  3. freshly ground black pepper
  4. 3 to 4 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  5. 1 small hot chili, seeded, finely chopped
  6. juice of 1/2 fresh lime
  7. 2 to 4 T. chopped fresh cilantro, chives or basil
  8. 1 or 2 small ripe avocados, halved, pitted, diced
  9. 1 or 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  10. 3 to 4 shallots or green onions, finely chopped
  11. 1 cup dry white wine, dry vermouth or chicken broth
  12. 3 to 4 T. unsalted butter
  13. cilantro sprigs for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees. Slide an ovenproof serving platter into the oven to heat.
  2. Put each chicken breast between 2 sheets of heavy plastic wrap. Use the flat side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy skillet to pound the chicken until uniformly 1/2-inch thick. Repeat to pound all the chicken pieces. Season on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.
  3. For the relish, mix tomatoes, chili, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl. Gently stir in avocado. Season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook until golden, 1 or 2 minutes. Move shallots to one side of pan. Add chicken in a single, uncrowded layer. (Work in batches if chicken does not fit comfortably.) Cook without turning over on medium to medium-high heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Flip chicken; cook until golden on second side, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove chicken to the heated platter.
  5. Add wine to skillet; heat to a boil. Scrape all the browned bits up off the bottom of the pan. Boil gently until mixture has reduced to about 2 tablespoons liquid, about 2 minutes. Carefully add any accumulated juice from chicken platter to the skillet. Working over low heat, whisk in butter until smooth (do not boil the sauce). Taste for seasoning.
  6. Pour pan sauce over chicken; top with relish. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
Adapted from Dinner at Home Cookbook
Adapted from Dinner at Home Cookbook
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Chipotle Chicken and Corn Tostadas

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Tostadas
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Ingredients
  1. 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced, plus 2-1/2 Tbs. sauce (from one can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
  2. 1 T. vegetable oil
  3. 2 t. finely grated lime zest
  4. 1/2 t. dried oregano
  5. Kosher salt
  6. 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  7. 3 ears corn, husked
  8. 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. 2 t. fresh lime juice
  10. 8 tostada shells
  11. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  12. Lime wedges, for serving (optional)
  13. cherry tomatoes, quartered (optional)
  14. scallions, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat (400°F to 475°F).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the minced chipotle and 2 Tbs. of the adobo sauce with the oil, lime zest, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
  3. Brush the corn lightly with oil and season generously with salt. Grill the chicken and corn, turning the chicken once and the corn a few times, until the chicken is cooked through, about 7 minutes, and the corn is charred in spots, about 12 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a cutting board, let rest for a few minutes, and then cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and cut the corn off the cob.
  5. Mix the sour cream with the lime juice, the remaining 1/2 Tablespoon Adobo sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread evenly onto the tostada shells. Top with the corn, chicken, and cilantro. If using, scatter tomatoes and scallions on top and serve with the lime wedges on the side.
Adapted from Fine Cooking
Adapted from Fine Cooking
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Lemon-Chicken & Pepe Soup

Lemon-Chicken & Pepe Soup
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 T. olive oil
  2. 4 scallions (white and green parts separated), chopped
  3. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 small zucchini, diced
  6. 1/2 t. kosher salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 9 cups chicken stock, plus additional if needed
  9. 3/4 cup acini de pepe pasta (or Israeli couscous)
  10. 1-1/2 t. lemon zest
  11. 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (from a rotisserie chicken)
  12. 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  13. 1-1/2 T. chopped fresh dill
  14. 1 T. chopped fresh parsley
  15. 1-1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  16. 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  17. red pepper flakes for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add scallion whites and celery; cook 1 minute or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic, zucchini, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add stock, pasta and lemon zest; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in chicken, beans, dill, and parsley; cook over medium-low for two minutes, or until chicken and beans are heated through.
  4. Just before serving, stir in lettuce, lemon juice and scallion greens. If soup becomes too thick, stir in additional stock as needed. Serve garnished with red pepper flakes, if desired.
Adapted from Food 52
Adapted from Food 52
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Golden Roast Chicken with Apples, Leeks & Kale

Golden Roast Chicken with Apples, Leeks & Kale
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 t. dried ground sage
  2. 2 t. dried marjoram (or basil)
  3. 1 1/4 t. salt
  4. 1 t. dried thyme
  5. 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1 whole broiler/fryer chicken, about 3 1/2 pounds
  7. 1 large leek, ends trimmed, split lengthwise, well rinsed
  8. 4 to 5 cups roughly chopped lacinato or other tender kale, about 6 ounces total
  9. 2 medium-large Honeycrisp apples, cored, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  10. 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix the sage, marjoram, salt, thyme and pepper in a small dish.
  2. Place chicken on cutting board, breast side down. Use sharp kitchen shears to cut out the backbone. Flip chicken over; split the chicken in half through the breastbone. Rinse the chicken, and pat dry. Rub it all over with half of the seasoning blend.
  3. Cut the rinsed leek crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Mix the leek, kale and apples in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Sprinkle with the remaining seasoning blend; toss to mix well. Add the oil; toss again to coat with oil.
  4. Set a wire rack over the vegetable mixture in the pan. Arrange the chicken halves on the rack. Roast, stirring the vegetables once, (be careful moving the chicken while you do this), until chicken juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a fork and vegetables are fork-tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Carefully move the chicken halves to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, spoon the vegetables and all the pan juices into a serving bowl. Cut the chicken halves into 2 pieces. Serve with the roasted vegetables.
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