Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My drug of choice is FOOD; otherwise I would not be writing about it every week, that's for sure, writing, is my rehab I guess. Well, last month at dinner club I became obsessed with having to have the recipe for Bob Waters Chicken Cacciatore. He had done it again; made me have a sleepless night of drooling and visions of pasta ALL NIGHT!!! I had to get that recipe! So, in true Waters fashion he said,” sure, but you have to come over and learn how to make it, (YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TELL ME THAT TWICE, I am there!), none of this writing it down or emailing me the recipe. Of course I had to wait a month because for some reason, his going on vacation to Hawaii, AZ, and New Mexico was more important than my taste buds, sad but true. But, enough of the whining about it, I have the recipe, I learned how to make it and I am going to share it with all of you.

This was one of the best Easter meals I have had. What I want to say is that not only did I learn how to make it, it was fast and easy. Bob does not use measurements so the recipe below is the best I could do for you. However if you follow what I have written you will be find. Before I get to the recipe I have to tell you too that what makes a good tasty meal is not always the ingredients, it is the love of doing it and how you do it that really puts that extra taste in the meal. SO before we started Bob said to me," OK, this is what I have planed for the mood of our cooking, we are going to start off with Billie Holiday and work our way directly into Keb Mo, the wine is ready for us and we are going to cook our food nice and slow, there is no rush.” Now in my book that is a person that understands the thrill and excitement of cooking. By the way we listened to Tim Sparks (from Frazee) too, before the cooking even started. I am sure Bob has no idea that in my book that was also perfect. Tim, although I have not had his food to eat, is a great chef and his music put me right into that space I needed to be in.

OK I have to stop talking and get o the recipe for you.

Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian. In cuisine, "alla cacciatora" refers to a meal prepared "hunter-style" with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, herbs, often bell pepper, and sometimes wine. Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken (pollo alla cacciatora) or rabbit. The salamino Cacciatore is also small salami, popular amongst Italians.

Chicken Cacciatore (hunter’s style)
Use skinless for this chicken breast for six or eight people

Cooking (cooking slow to get the flavor onion)
In a large pan, that you can cover, place ¾ cup olive oil, 4 tablespoon garlic minced over a low flame. (So it is not over cooked so it is mushy)

Cut in half chicken breast (boneless and skinless), place into the pan with the olive oil and garlic, add the following: two medium or one very large onion that has been sliced in strips, 1/8 cup oregano, fresh ground black pepper kosher table salt to taste, cover turning at least three to four times until done, about 30 ~ 40 minutes until flavors infuse

Add the following after the chicken has cooked through
On sliced green pepper~ 8 oz fresh mushrooms sliced ~ 6 oz can tomato paste~ 16 oz
whole tomatoes (crush them a little or use a can of crushed instead~3~4 oz Olives~1 Tbs. fennel seed

Cook for another 30- 40 minutes on the low temperature (we never turned up the heat EVER)

Serve with your favorite Pasta

Thursday, April 8, 2010

introduction to deb

When I started this I said I wanted to talk about FOOD, FUN and MUSIC. So let's get started on that. I want to make a difference with my food and the products I make , I want to have a purpose in sharing music with you every week, this has to stay fun or really wants the purpose and I need your help with all of it. I think that for me this blogging has to show me that I can get me out there. I am on a MISSION, period. I have been working hard trying to stay in the loop of the universe communication skills so the fact that I have gotten this far makes me think "I should get an award!" I am the definition of " if I can do this ANYONE CAN."

Just a little background for those that have no idea who I am . I am a 59 year women, living for the last 33 years in Fargo North Dakota, who has a great family with two grown kids and is still married to the same man of 33 years (hows that for romance) I am a nurse, musician and love to make people happy with my food. And after 33 years have definitely picked up the Midwestern accent with lots of "you bet ya's". Which at times takes people back coming from an African American.

I have catered since 1994 and the proud small business entrepreneur owner of Deb's Corner Foods and Products Catering Service. I now have two of my Products in local stores in the community in the Fargo-Moorhead Area stores, Deb's Jalapeno Pesto and Deb's Texas Chips. I would love to see them find homes in other stores too.

My mission is to be able to write on this blog anything I would like about what I experience in the food world, and also to get you to at least try some of my products. I do not want to beat around the bush about my mission so there you have it. I love to talk and what you will find in my blogging is that I write like I speak, very little breaths are taken. I am not an English major nor am I the best speller, "thank GOD for spell check". So in a nut shell that is who I am. So I look forward to feedback and reading other blogs out there.

If you want to know more about me check out my web site at http://www.debjenkins.com/