Category Archives: Poultry

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken

Chicken dishes aren’t a frequent occurrence around here. In my mind, chicken is kind of boring and when thinking of what to make for dinner, it’s never my go-to protein. But sometimes… sometimes… (like when it’s not overcooked into a dry, crispy, pulp) chicken can be a shining star!

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken in an Oven-Ready Skillet

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken in an Oven-Ready Skillet

The chicken breast here is quick, juicy and delicious!

Enjoy!

Dijon and Brown Sugar Crusted Chicken

Dijon and Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken 

Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken

Makes 4 breasts

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts
4 tablespoons dijon mustard, divided
4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
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Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In an oven-ready skillet, on medium high, heat olive oil.
2. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breast.
3. Place chicken breast into hot skillet. Let cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip over and let cook for another 4-5 minutes.
4. Flip so that the “smooth” side of the breast is up. Smother 1 tablespoon of dijon onto each chicken breast. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar onto each breast and gently pat it down.
5. Place skillet into the oven, about 7-10 minutes until cooked through (an internal thermometer should read 165 degrees).
6. Be careful not to over-bake the chicken, otherwise it will be dry and rubbery…
7. Enjoy!!
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Lamb Solyanka (Солянка из баранины)

A few months ago, I blogged a recipe for Beef Borscht and I spoke about the controversies of writing down traditional Russian recipes. The reality is that tradition varies from region to region and also family to family. I often get emails and comments on my most popular blogged dishes (Lamb Plov, Lemon Ricotta Syrniki and Pelmeni) indicating that while my recipe was yummy, this is *not* how their mother/grandmother/aunt made the dish. I have a feeling that I’m going to receive similar reaction to this soup recipe.

Lamb Solyanka

Lamb Solyanka

When my mama made Solyanka, it kind of felt like she was taking all of these random orphan ingredients and pulling them together into a salty, soupy goodness.  So while I write specific ingredients for this recipe, know that it’s very flexible. If you don’t like lamb and prefer beff, swap it out. If you have leftover cold cuts or sausage, throw them in! Everything will stand to boost the flavor of this forgiving soup.

Enjoy!

Solyanka Ingredients

Solyanka Ingredients

Everyone into the pot!

Everyone into the pot!

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Solyanka is often enjoyed with vodka 🙂

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Lightly garnished with dill, this Solyanka is delicious!

 

Lamb Solyanka (Солянка из баранины)

Makes 12-16 bowls of soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 boneless leg of lamb (about 3.5 pounds) cut into bite size pieces
2 Spanish onions, diced
3 large carrots, shredded
3 celery stalks, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 28oz can of pureed tomatoes
1 package all beef uncured hot dogs, cut into coins
6 ounces pitted black olives, halved
1 24oz jar Trader Joe’s Dill Pickles (or any other variety) dice pickles, reserve pickle juice
4 “cans” of water (I’ll explain later)
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Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
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For serving:
Dill Sprigs

Directions

1. In a large heavy bottomed pot (7.25 quart), on medium-high heat, add olive oil. Working in batches, sear lamb pieces adding a bit of salt and pepper to each batch. Don’t cook through. Remove lamb pieces and any juices. Set aside and repeat with remaining lamb.
2. After all of the lamb has been cooked and set aside (along with all of the rendered lamb juice), wipe the pot “clean” with a paper towel and add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
3. Heat for a few minutes and add the diced onion, shredded carrots and finely diced celery. Saute for 7-10 minutes, on medium heat, until onions are translucent.
4. Add the meat and rendered juices back to the pot. Stir to combine.
5. Everyone else into the pot! Diced pickles, half of the pickle juice, hot dog coins, halved olives, and tomato puree.
6. Using the can from the tomato puree, add 4 cans of water to the pot. This will be about 14 cups of water.
7. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a low simmer. Let simmer for at least an hour.
8. Taste. It should be a little briny without being overpowering. If necessary, add remaining pickle juice, some kosher salt or freshly ground pepper.
9. Enjoy!!
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Cooks note: The soup tastes best after it’s been cooled and reheated… so go ahead and enjoy it tomorrow for dinner!
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Borscht with Beef (Борщ с мясом)

Blogging traditional Russian recipes can be controversial. Three of my most popular recipe blogs are Russian dishes: Lamb Plov, Lemon Ricotta Syrniki and Pelmeni. About once a week I get emails from readers who tell me that although my recipe was delicious, this is *not* how their mother/grandmother/aunt made the dish. I have a feeling that I’m going to receive similar reaction to this recipe.

Borscht

Borscht

When I was growing up, borscht was a staple in our Russian Jewish household. Mama made borscht once every two months or so. When we were really lucky, grandma would make it! Somehow, even though grandma used the same recipe, hers was always better (shhhhh…. don’t tell mama!)  Now I get to share my version of my family recipe with you!

Enjoy!

Stew meat and beef bones ready to braise

Stew meat and beef bones ready to braise

Sauteed Vegetables

Sauteed Vegetables

Peeled Beets

Peeled Beets

Cubed Beets

Cubed Beets

Borscht with Beef

Borscht with Beef

Beef Borscht

Beef Borscht

Borscht with Beef (Борщ с мясом)

Makes 12-16 bowls of soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 large red, orange or yellow peppers, diced
3 large carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
2 pounds stew meat, diced
2-3 pounds beef bones
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 small can of tomato paste
4 medium size raw beets, peeled and diced
4 medium size potatoes, peeled and diced
3 cups shredded cabbage
24 cups water (approximately), divided
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
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For serving:
Dill Sprigs
Sour Cream

Directions

1. In a large heavy bottomed pot (7.25 quart), on medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add onion, peppers, carrots and celery. Saute for 5-7 minutes, until onions are translucent and peppers have softened. Remove from pot, set aside.
2. Season stew meat liberally with kosher salt and pepper. Add stew meat to the pot and brown on all sides.
3. Season beef bones liberally with kosher salt and pepper. Add beef bones to the pot and brown on all sides.
4. Add enough water to cover beef bones. Approximately 8 cups. Bring to a boil and then turn heat down to a medium/low simmer.
5. Let simmer until water has reduced by half, stirring occasionally. This will take about 1 hour.
6. Add garlic, tomato paste, raw beets and potatoes. Return sauteed vegetables to the pot. Add 16 cups of water (the pot should almost be full).
7. Bring heat up to a medium/high and let the soup come to a boil.  Turn down to a low simmer and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, until beets and potatoes are cooked through.
8. Add cabbage. Simmer another 5 minutes.
9. Taste and add kosher salt and pepper as needed.
10. Enjoy!!
Cooks note: The soup tastes best after it’s been cooled and reheated… so go ahead and enjoy it tomorrow for dinner!
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Double Turkey Bacon Lentil Soup

Turkey bacon isn’t so bad. Turkey bacon isn’t so bad. Turkey bacon isn’t so bad. 

Double Turkey Bacon Soup

Double Turkey Bacon Soup

I’ve been trying to repeat this mantra for many years now. But making the switch from pork bacon to turkey bacon has been difficult. It’s just not the same. So we’ve made a compromise. Breakfast bacon remains regular bacon, but when a recipe calls for bacon, I’ll substitute turkey bacon. In this recipe, I actually use two different kinds of turkey bacon. The two different types add to the depth of flavor.

Enjoy!

Double Turkey Bacon & Lentil Soup

Double Turkey Bacon & Lentil Soup

Double Turkey Bacon Lentil Soup

Makes 12-16 servings

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces turkey thigh bacon, cut into slivers
4 ounces peppered turkey thigh bacon, cut into slivers
1 large onion, small dice
3 carrots, small dice
2 celery stalks, tiny dice
8 sage leaves, tiny slivers
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 packages Trader Joe’s Steamed & Fully Cooked Lentils
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4 cups water
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

Directions

1. In a large heavy bottomed case iron pot on medium/high heat, heat the olive oil.
2. Add both types of slivered turkey bacon and saute about 3 minutes.
3. Add onions, carrots, celery and sage. Saute until softened. Approximately 5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
5. Add garlic and saute for about a minute, until lightly browned and fragrant.
6. Add lentils, stock and water. Bring to a simmer.
7. Taste and add kosher salt and pepper to taste.
8. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
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Traditional Chicken Soup (Бульон)

I was lucky to grow up with two full time working parents and we sat down to dinner every weeknight at 6:15pm. My mama cooked up a storm on Sunday’s and would supplement the soups, meats and starches with fresh vegetables throughout the week. Our meals weren’t exotic or exciting, but warm and steady staples that allowed us to eat together as a family.

As with many other Eastern European families soup was a constant at our house. So much so that my niece, Sandra, wrote an article about it a few years ago! Chicken soup made a regular appearance on the schedule of soups, but mama also made it when one of us was sick. My sister and I would dutifully drink our soup while simultaneously making mocking comments about mama’s Jewish penicillin. Now, as a parent myself, I mock no more.

These days, we have chicken soup whenever the urge hits us… but rest assured that whenever someone starts to sniffle, chicken soup is definitely making an appearance at our house!

Traditional Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles

Traditional Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles

My kids grew up eating grandma’s chicken soup because I simply couldn’t make it as well as she did/does. That’s the truth. A few years ago I asked my mama to write down the recipe and she did…. with commentary. Sharing the recipe is like sharing an actual piece of my heart. My mama is the most important person in the world to me and I’m so lucky that she gets to be such an active part of my kids lives.

Enjoy!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Traditional Chicken Soup (Бульон)

Baba Emma’s/Deda Yasha’s Chicken Soup (Bulon)

Recorded 04-29-10

For our dear children and grandchildren

Makes 15-18 bowls of soup

Ingredients

(1) Bell & Evan’s organic while chicken
(1) Big pot of water (approximately 12-14 cups of water)
(1) Large onion, whole, skin removed
(4) Celery sticks, cleaned and halved
(3 or more) Carrots, peeled (more if you like a sweeter soup)
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Optional: Cooked egg noodles or matzo balls
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Love: the more the better

Directions

1. On the day of cooking Deda Yasha buys the freshest-prettiest Bell & Evan’s organic whole chicken.
2. He takes off skin from the chicken and cuts it in portions.
3. Baba Emma washes thoroughly every piece of chicken with cold water lets it stay for a while in the cold water and then rinses it again.
4. Put all chicken parts in a big pot with cold water and bring it on the medium heat to a smooth boil, BUT BEFORE it will boil you MUST take off-out ALL “soapy” stuff from the surface.
5. Add the thoroughly washed vegetables and depending on their future use either cook them until they are very soft and gave all their taste to the soup or take out carrots so they will be not too mushy.
6. During this slow simmering add salt, pepper to your taste (don’t over-salt it, please).
7. Let chicken soup simmer for about 40-60 minutes on “low”: it should be very clear.
8. Take it off from the stove, let it cool off a little bit and take out all veggies with the DRY utensils. NEVER go with the wet serving spoon into the soup, it will sour the soup! Bring to room temperature before refrigerating.
9. When you make it with Love it tastes even better!!!
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-When plating, cut up vegetables and chicken. Add noodles or matzo balls.
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School Lunches, Take 13 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! Are you keeping track? These are 131-140 photos/ideas of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Panini thins with ham, mayo & mesculin greens. Strawberries & English cucumber “chips” 2013lunch71

2. Soft multigrain with hummus, bologna and romaine. Sugar snap peas, cheese stick, yogurt and bosc pear 2013lunch72

3. Fussili with basil pesto (pesto purchased from fairway), watermelon, some crunchy salty snack mix thing and a fruit leather 2013lunch73

4. Raisin bagel with goat cheese, sugar snap peas and yogurt 2013lunch74

5.  Pita with hummus and cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, cheez-it’s & a leftover pink peep 2013lunch75

6. BLT on white whole wheat bread. Cucumber spears, gum balls to share with friends and popcorn – camera shy 2013lunch76

7. Trader Joe’s clam chowder, goldfish, carrots and dates (LO got a cream cheese and fig jam sandwich for a bag lunch school trip) 2013lunch77

8. Honey roasted turkey, cucumber slices and mayo on sandwich thins. Muscat grapes and sugar snap peas 2013lunch78

9. Peanut Butter and Jelly on white whole wheat, applesauce pack & edamame 2013lunch79

10. Challah roll with cream cheese, salami and thinly sliced tomatoes. English peas with garlic salt, cherries & yogurt 2013lunch80

 

Enjoy!

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School Lunches, Take 12 (2013/2014 10 lunch photos)

Here are 10 more lunch ideas! If you’re keeping count… these are 121-130 photos/ideas of my entire list of makemealsmama school lunch photos and ideas.

Packing lunch (almost) every day for three school aged kids is an adventure! I photograph the lunches and share them with my ah-mazing Facebook food group and I’m now sharing last years school lunches with my blogger friends. During the 2013-2014 school year, the kids were in 5th grade, 3rd grade and Pre-K. It was the only year where I had three kids attending the same school. What a treat for drop-offs and pick-ups!

Sometimes we gave them leftovers, sometimes sandwiches, sometimes random foods thrown together, sometimes thoughtfully put together… always with an effort to keep them fun, yet healthful. Hope that these lunches give you ideas for your own kids lunches.

**How to keep food in thermoses hot: Pour boiling water into an empty thermos and cover. While you are preparing the lunch, this will “pre-heat” the thermos. When you’re read to fill the thermos, spill out the boiling water and fill it with the lunch.**

 

1. Egg salad with scallions and shallots, cucumber slices, pita chips, strawberry banana kefir & small chocolate wafer. 2013lunch61

2. Gluten Free white bread tea sandwich with laughing cow garlic herb and Genoa salami. Sugar snap peas and red grapes. Shamrock cookie from Whole Foods. 2013lunch62

3. Everything bagel thins with ham and romaine. Sliced radish and cucumbers. Star fruit. Trader Joe’s chocolate yogurt 2013lunch63

4. Trader Joe’s pork gyoza and mini chicken cilantro dumplings with soyaki dipping sauce. Edamame and Asian pear. (Asian theme was accidental) 2013lunch64

5. Sourdough with turkey, brie and granny smith apple or romaine for DD1. Salad with corn, edamame and cannellini beans (dressed with a white wine vinaigrette). Plum 2013lunch65


 6. Everything flagel with hummus and turkey, shredded carrots, korean rice krispy, box of raisins and 2 pieces of Tteok (filled with sesame honey paste) 2013lunch66

7.  Quick lunch: sourdough with cream cheese and jelly, cucumber spears and snap pea crisps 2013lunch67

8. Homemade lunchables! Bologna, smoked turkey, havarti, laughing cow wedge, babybel, cucumber, crackers and galia melon (oh yeah, my kitchen was post-it bombed as an April Fool’s prank… but I still made the kids lunch. LOL) 2013lunch68

9. Flour tortilla wraps with turkey, hummus and spinach. Carrots, d’anjou pears, two homemade cookies and yogurt 2013lunch69

10. Potato bread with goat cheese, turkey, havarti and lettuce (dinosaur sandwich cutter). Hard boiled eggs and granny smith apple or banana 2013lunch70

Enjoy!

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