Country Captain Chicken

Andrea Meyers - Country Captain Chicken

Country Captain sounds like such an unusual name for a chicken dish, but once I learned the origins it made sense. A “country captain” was a captain of native troops paid by England in the colonial days, and it’s very likely that this dish or something very similar was introduced to England by a native… 

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Indian Savory Yellow Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Indian Savory Yellow Rice (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Rice is a common side at our house since we eat lots of Asian and Mexican food, and our pantry is stocked with several different types. For Asian dishes we cook with brown jasmine or brown basmati rice or a couple different kinds of short grain rice, depending on the dish. This traditional Indian basmati… 

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From the Pantry: Guajillo Chiles (Harissa Sauce)

Andrea Meyers - Harissa Sauce

Have you ever seen the bags of dried chiles in the grocery, the ones in the Mexican foods aisle, and wondered what to do with them? There are so many different varieties to choose from, and each has its own flavor profile and heat level which can make experimenting fun and/or painful. We keep several… 

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Tatsoi with Garam Masala

When we planted tatsoi last October, I didn’t realize that it wouldn’t sprout until spring. I had heard it would even grow in the snow, so I impatiently drummed my fingers while checking the garden daily, waiting for signs of life. I had planted the seeds under a cold frame and thought for sure we… 

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Cracked Peppercorns and Herbs

Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe with Cracked Peppercorns and Herbs - Andrea Meyers

Big cuts of meat scare me. No, I don’t have nightmares about them, but for years I have studiously avoided them because I hate to ruin a good piece of meat. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter were the only times of the year when I would break out a big roasting pan and tackle anything bigger… 

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Maple Cranberry Butter

Maple Cranberry Butter - Andrea Meyers

I’ve had trouble keeping my boys out of this butter! They watched intently as I made it on the stove and kept asking when it would be ready. We have enjoyed it on toast and homemade biscuits and bread, and the boys can hardly keep their spoons or fingers out of it. Hopefully there will… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Ginger

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree Recipe with Ginger - Andrea Meyers

I’ve been roasting squash all during the month of November, and every time I use up all the squash in my kitchen, more seems to magically appear. Well, actually I just get more because I keep thinking of ways to use it. This gingered puree was an experiment that turned out pretty well. Originally I… 

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Experiment: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Andrea Meyers - Jamaican Jerk Chicken

We both enjoy jerk chicken, but we’ve never made it, so with the summer grilling season upon us, it just seemed like a good time to give it a go. Boy, do we feel silly for not trying it before now! It’s really, really simple—you just marinate and grill. I used only one habanero instead… 

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Pumpkin Pie Spice

This is the pumpkin pie spice recipe that I use. I keep a small tin of it in the pantry to pull out for Pumpkin Apple Muffins, Pumpkin Bread, or Pumpkin Pie. Equipment small jar or tin for storing the spice mix Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground 1/8 teaspoon allspice 1/8 teaspoon… 

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