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Fresh salsa is by far my favorite condiment…I love to have it with a huge variety of other foods, or simply all by itself. And as much as I usually find myself eating red salsas with lots of tomatoes and onions in them, it is refreshing to change things up with a tangy green salsa like this one.
Posted in Appetizer, Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Sauces, Side Dishes, Snacks, Vegetarian or Vegan
Tagged Chiles, Cilantro, garlic, jicama, Lime, Salsa, tomatillo
This past Sunday was Father’s Day. While I didn’t get a chance to spend any time with my father (I did call him and talk to him for quite a while), we did have my father-in-law over for dinner along with my “favorite” mother-in-law (because she’s my only one!). I also managed to get some long overdue things checked off my “To Do” list and spent some time with my own girls – so it was a good day all around.
Since I’ve been looking for an excuse to try a turkey on my pellet grill, I thought I’d give something new a try. I started with a short brine soak (about 5 hours) that included a mix of salt and spices, and followed it up with a good rub of more spices before smoking and roasting it on the grill. If you don’t have a grill that can smoke easily, then don’t worry. I’m sure that over indirect heat on a gas grill, or even in the oven, this will still turn out great (you may want to increase the brine soak time closer to the “norm” of about 8 to 12 hours). One of the keys to getting a good flavor into the meat is to put the rub under the skin. Otherwise you’re just flavoring the skin…
It’s been a while since I pulled out some of the tuna fillets we have in the freezer from the incredible fishing trip I took last August. So the other night, I thought it would be a good time to try something different. I started with the basic idea of tuna seared with a wasabi crust and added a new relish of red onions “jellied” in a combination of different vinegars until they are soft, sweet, and tangy all at once.
This recipe started out inspired by a dish called laksa that comes from Malaysia and Indonesia. Traditional laksa is a spicy noodle soup, of which there are numerous local incantations involving either curry or tamarind for flavor, and a greatly varied list of ingredients such as tempe, boiled eggs, poached fish, rice noodles, bean sprouts, and shrimp paste. Of course, just like a Hollywood movie claiming to be “inspired by a true story” (we know how close they stick to the facts in those, don’t we), this recipe evolved into a loose interpretation of traditional laksa that is definitely Purely Primal. And don’t be scared away by the long list of ingredients either – this one is simple to put together, and doesn’t take very long either.
Posted in Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes, Soups & Stews
Tagged Basil, chicken, Chiles, Cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, easy, fennel, lemongrass
This simple sauce is great for dipping veggies in (cauliflower, broccoli, and mushrooms especially), or as a dressing over salad like the cucumber avocado dressing from a few weeks ago. It is also a great condiment over top of the grilled chicken recipe we’ve got lined up for tomorrow. It will also keep for several days in the fridge without turning color like avocado-based dressings and sauces tend to do, which is good because it does make quite a bit.
Capers have long been used in Mediterranean cuisines. The pickled buds of the caper bush, these little green gems have a tangy and lemony flavor that cannot be mistaken. If you like trying various pickled foods (asparagus, green beans, cucumbers, cauliflower), then you should give capers a shot. Here, we combine them with curly-leaf parsley and a little coarsely ground ancho chile powder to create a flavorful chutney for serving over top of grilled sirloin steaks marinated in a combination of scallions, garlic, lime, Worcestershire, and more parsley and ancho chile. The result is combination of tastes with a mild subdued heat lingering in the background – perfect when paired with our spicy-roasted broccoli from yesterday.
Say the title of this one five times real fast. Seriously, though, this recipe will take a little bit of time from start to finish, but the flavor of fresh-roasted mild chiles, fajita-style seasoning, fresh avocado, and a touch of melted sharp cheddar cheese is definitely worth it. And though it will take a little time to get ready, it’s not difficult. So roll up your sleeves and give this one a shot when you’re looking for something new to do with grilled chicken.