Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken

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My whole life I have enjoyed cooking. I think I get type-cast as just a sweets, baking type. Or I slip comfortably into the that role and let my husband hold the savory side down.

But I do love cooking, I always have.

I remember growing up, I liked to be in the kitchen. I recall one time, being in the kitchen, making something with mushroom, pretending I had my own cooking show. My father yelling, “who are you talking to?” And then whispering the rest of my broadcast.

Growing up, family meals were essentially. We sat down for meals together. It wasn’t very often that we ate out. We ate at home. And my father is a bomb cook.

So cooking is essential to me.

It is important for Zach and I to eat together. It is rare that we eat out as well. With him being a chef and me a baker, it is a no-brainer that we love home-cooked meals.

I have been slacking slightly on the meal front, in that I will generally eat the same things. Cabbage. Hash. Sweet potato fries. Zach and I will rotate the same things.

It seems the last few years, that my creative energy all pours into my baking.

This past week I got back to my savory roots. First with this honey garlic chicken and mashed cauliflower. Then tortilla soup. Then pulled pork.Then some creamy spinach stuffed chicken. It felt great to being back in the kitchen, making some new dishes.

And this dish?

The flavor was on point. It was spicy, but the honey was just what it needed. And pork rinds are my favorite for breading chicken.

So good.

And gouda mashed cauliflower on the side? Perfection. I will have that recipe next week. Also this made plenty of chicken and we had left-overs.

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken: 

  • 3 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 cups pork rinds, ground finely
  • 4 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup raw, local honey

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Tortilla Soup

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This cooler weather has me craving some soup, I don’t know about you.

Since I made tortillas last week, it immediately popped into my mind to make a tortilla soup.

The tortillas crisped up perfectly (I actually may have liked the crispy little tortilla bits more than the regular tortillas).

The soup was slightly spicy with a great flavor.

Plus I swapped beans for roasted peppers.

I LOVE roasted peppers. And I was super geeked when they turned out perfectly. Needless to say I will be featuring a separate piece on making roast peppers and what to do with them.

I love crock pots! They are easy to just put everything in and let them cook. Or to warm them.

This soup made plenty and we enjoyed some Sunday before some football.

Nothing beats soup on a crisp Fall day!

Crispy Tortilla Soup

  • 1-2 Spicy Tortillas
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz. fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 roasted peppers, diced
  • 1/2 lb- 1 lb. chicken, shredded
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • Optional Toppings: Avocado, Sour Cream, Green Onions, Cilantro

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Chicken Shawarma

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This adventure into pita bread began with chicken shawarma.

When Zach and I were living in Champaign they had a lot of diverse restaurants, it was definitely a nice food town.

One of our favorite spots was a Middle Eastern restaurant. The first time we went, the menu was out of my know. Zach insisted on shawarma, so I got the chicken with him.

SOOOOO DELICIOUS!

It did come with a side of pita. Naturally I give all my bread sides to Zach, so he was stacked up.

I reserved in my mind to one day make my own shawarma. And to make my own pita for the side.

This had so much flavor, and we had plenty of left-overs the next day. The pita was a good boat for eating the chicken, but also for sopping up the tasty sauce left on the plate.

I also tried to make a yogurt sauce, but I used a coconut milk one (dairy generally upsets Zach’s stomach), but I think the coconut threw us both off. Maybe some day I will try it again with another yogurt.  Continue reading “Chicken Shawarma”

Gluten-Free Pita Bread

20170928_182335.jpgIt has been on my list to make pita bread for some time.

I think it may have  started when Zach and I lived in Champaign. They have a plethora of restaurants, which meant we pretty much had the option to eat our way around world cuisines. Zach loved this one restaurant, that we could get chicken swarma at. Chicken swarma is one of Zach’s favorite things. I had no clue what he was talking about, but I tried some anyways, what could it hurt? It was good! But is the usual with us when we eat out, I go ahead and get the bread and give it to Zach. In this instance they served it with pita.

Seed planted.

Then I made some naan bread with butter chicken. I was so happy with the results, I next set my eyes on pita bread.

And a few weeks ago, I finally made some!

I remember as a child my mother would make us pita sandwiches, stuffed with my favorite sandwich things: lettuce, cheese and salami.

So my excitement when they puffed up while baking and actually had a pocket was beyond.

My mind was swirling.

I’m going to make my own chicken swarma finally.

I’m going to make my own sandwiches. What can I fill those pockets with now?

I can make pita chips.

Options. I had options.

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Gluten-Free Coconut Ginger Pineapple Pie

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Pies are kind of my thing, hence my business being named P3: Polifroni PIES and Pizzas. They are my favorite thing to make.

When I started working and researching to make a gluten-free pie cookbook last Spring, I found a recipe for pineapple pie.

I had never made a pineapple pie. Or really saw one. Or really heard of one.

It’s been in the back of my mind ever since to try.

And Saturday, my mother-in-law planned a little cook-out and I thought what better time to try the pie then now!

I had some unsweetened shredded coconut in the cabinet, which I thought would be a great addition to the tropical fruit.

I also thought that ginger added to the pie filling would be a nice subtle addition.

I also don’t know where my pie pan is (I usually make mini pies for my business), so I decided to make a deep dish pie, using a spring-pan (I have lots of those pans since I made 9 cheesecakes last year for our wedding reception). Plus that morning I saw a deep-dish pie on my Pinterest. I really want some mini spring pans to try mini deep-dishes!

And as for decoration, I couldn’t flute a border since I wasn’t using a standard pie pan. I decided to try and mimic the outside texture of a pineapple for a border. I didn’t know how it would bake with such an open top, so I decided to add some lettering. I once saw one tagged with a ‘humble’ label and I thought that would be a nice addition.

Verdict: delicious.

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Gluten-Free Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

20170714_133253Happy Wednesday All! Monday I posted a recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream. Now I am sharing the rest of the stuff. I chose to sandwich the ice cream between two mini pies. Something that has been on my list for about 2 years now. I had to find the right time. Really I think I had to wait for the opportunity to use an actual ice cream maker.

The biggest challenge, actually, was deciding what flavor to make, because I had soooooooooooooo many ideas:

  • Raspberry pies with Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Blueberry with a Lemon Curd Swirl Ice Cream
  • Rhubarb with Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Strawberry with White Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Strawberry with Banana Ice Cream
  • Almond Butter/Chocolate with Banana Ice Cream, rolled in Candied Bacon
  • Cinnamon Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Matcha with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Peach with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cherry pies with Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Key Lime with Vanilla Ice Cream, Rolled in Graham Cracker Crumbles
  • Lemon with Vanilla Ice Cream & a Toasted Meringue siding
  • Jelly Filled with Almond Butter (or Cashew Butter) Ice Cream
  • German Chocolate Pies with Caramel +Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Espresso pies with Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • Pineapple pies with Mango Ice Cream, rolled in Toasted Coconut
  • Apple with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

……………………….and I could keep going.

See how my brain works? Sometimes I suffer with too much creativity and too many ideas. Which is not a bad thing. I am very thankful and blessed to have so much creativity.

When I have to make a choice of what to make it can be a tiny bit overwhelming picking which idea to run with.

So I went into the store not anticipating that I was even going to attempt this recipe. Blackberry were on sale. WINNER. I selected them and ran with it as the pie inspiration. Chocolate seemed to be the natural pairing to me. Granted I did contemplate a Honey Lavender Ice Cream (maybe later). Continue reading “Gluten-Free Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches”

Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Macarons

IMG_20170704_130933_124.jpgMonday I wrote about making cupcakes for my cousin’s wedding this upcoming weekend. Last week I made some samples for the 4th. I was a little bit nervous and super excited. Nervous because I’ve never made a cake or cupcakes for a wedding (actually the only things I’ve made for a wedding, were the 9 cheesecakes I made for our wedding reception). Excited to make something for a wedding. nervous because I kept repeating to myself to be delicate and patient while making them. Delicate, graceful. These are not often words I associate with myself. In the kitchen I would describe myself as a beast. I work quickly and efficiently, usually because I have to crank out a bunch of work in not a lot of time. I flow from one thing to the next. So I kept the word delicate in mind. And tomorrow when I make these again I will repeatedly keep telling myself to slow down and take my time.

I wasn’t sure what kind of cupcakes I wanted to make for the wedding. Chocolate was a guarantee, they’re my grandpa’s favorite and they are serving regular chocolate cupcakes at the reception. They’re also serving vanilla and red velvet. My initial idea was to do vanilla but a cupcake with a twist. I just don’t understand the rave for red velvet, it’s chocolate cake with a bunch of food coloring, or at least that’s my perception. And to make one’s that I was satisfied I would have to use beet juice, since I don’t use food coloring, so I vetoed the gluten-free red velvet (sorry).

I searched and searched my Pinterest for some flavor inspiration. I finally settled on salted caramel. I personally love caramel. I love it in my ice cream. I enjoy putting it on or in my pies. I like it in cookies. The list of what I’ll do with caramel is lengthy.

Initially it was a no-brainer to fill the cupcakes with caramel and drizzle some over the icing. It then popped into my mind to make little caramel filled macaron’s for the top. It wasn’t special enough, so I gave myself a big task. Macaron’s are pretty tricky and technical to make. I made them at a bake house I worked at in Champaign. And I was going to make them at home with out molds for them, just free piping them on parchment. They turned out delicious and the groom told me they were the best thing. I mean all the flavor and texture were there, but I felt I maybe over-beat the meringue, as I did not obtain the desired feet. I took note on this and will change it tomorrow.  I am determined to make beautiful little macaron’s.

Again these aren’t Paleo because I am feeding a larger more general audience, I used organic powdered sugar for the macaron’s and the frosting, fill free to change the frosting. I have yet to make a French macaron without the powdered sugar  that I was completely happy with (I’ll put it on my list, I’ve tried with maple sugar and they were ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, just not technically sound).

These were all gone first and relatively fast once I showed up, so I actually cut the vanilla cupcakes and decided to focus on the Salted Caramel and chocolate. The base is just a vanilla cake though, so you can just forget the caramel and cookies and make plain vanilla cupcakes. Or try another flavored frosting. I really wanted to do a vanilla cupcake filled with lemon curd, topped with blueberry frosting. I didn’t think this would fit everyone’s taste buds, and the other options would be more of a crowd pleaser.

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