Saturday, March 23, 2013

Paleo Coffee Creamer

From the great low carb forum I've frequented for eight or nine years, comes this fabulous recipe. I finally got around to trying it out this morning.

1 Can Coconut Milk
1 large egg 
2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat all together until creamy.

As per normal, I improvised. I didn't have coconut milk, but I had a can of coconut cream. So I opened that and poured off the coconut water which had separated--gave it to the cat. I mixed in two raw eggs, left out the coconut oil, added in the vanilla and a little stevia to give it some sweetness.

I whipped it with my immersion blender using the whisk attachment. It came out like a soft whipped cream. 

It is quite delicious, I must say! I may just use this as a whipped cream replacement.


Any good Asian market will have coconut cream, but Trader Joe's also carries it now. I would imagine Whole Foods Market does too.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Greek Chicken

Another super easy recipe very similar to the Tandoori Chicken recipe I just posted, except different spices.

1 cut-up chicken, 8 thighs, or whatever you want that is roughly equivalent.
1/3 Cup of olive oil
1/3 Cup of lemon juice
2 T. of Greek spice blend (I get mine from Penzey's)
If you want to improvise your own blend use: coarse salt, garlic, lemon, black pepper, oregano, marjoram 

Marinate for 6-8 or more.

Cook at 350' for about 30 minutes then finish at a hot 500' to crisp up the skin.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken
 Not true Tandoori, because I don't have a 900' clay oven, but it tastes close enough to make me happy. I use lots of lemon juice to make up for the missing tang of yogurt.


A chicken's worth of parts. I cut up a whole chicken, but you could use 8-12 thighs
1/3 Cup of olive oil (needs to be an oil that won't solidify in the fridge)
1/3 Cup of lemon juice
2.5 T. of Tandoori spices (I got mine at Penzeys)
1 tsp of salt

Mix the marinade ingredients and marinade the chicken for 8 hours or longer.  Arrange chicken on a foil covered baking sheet (for easy cleanup) and bake at 375' for 30 minutes. Blast the heat up to 500' and cook until the skin is very brown and crisp looking.

Tandoori is usually skinless, but I love skin too much to remove it.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hard-set eggs

Another thing sous vide is good for is making hard-boiled, or hard-set, eggs. They never actually boil in a sous vide, or at least they don't need to. I did mine in my rice cooker from room temperature water up to 185' for 45 minutes and they came out about perfect. The yolk was not chalky or sulfurous smelling, like over-cooked, hard-boiled eggs can be.

On the stovetop I've also gotten good results by putting the eggs in cold water and cooking over medium-high heat until the water starts to simmer. Then I turn off the heat and let them set for awhile.

Starting with cold water is supposed to keep the eggs from cracking because they warm up more slowly.

In a Rice cooker (times might vary in another device because it might heat up more slowly)

45 minutes total from room temperature water
185' Target temperature


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Spicy Braised Tomato Marjoram Chicken Thighs

I've posted about the recipe with cherry tomatoes and marjoram but it was a whole chicken, flattened, butterflied or spatchcocked, in another posting.  But now I've adapted the recipe to use this braising technique I tried from Cooks Illustrated ("Rethinking Braised Chicken") and I like it even better.

You need a good 12" skillet that you can throw into the oven to make this. If your skillet isn't 12" then don't use as many thighs.


1 C. white wine
1/2 C. chicken broth
4 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
Red pepper flakes (1.5 tsp if you're the cautious sort)
24-32 oz of cherry, plum or grape tomatoes.  (I usually buy two 16 oz packages)
2 T. of fresh chopped marjoram (I never bother to chop it, just use the leaves whole) -- save the stems.
8 chicken thighs
1/4 C. olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Mix together tomatoes, marjoram, garlic, red pepper flakes with the olive oil.

Get your pan nice and hot with a little oil in it.  Brown the thighs, skin-side down, for about 8 minutes or until they're nice and golden brown.  Turn them over and do them for 5 minutes on the other side. 

Remove the thighs and pour out most of the rendered fat (you might want to save it, schmaltz is good stuff). 

Add the wine and broth to the pan and let it boil a bit, loosen up any chicken bits sticking  to the pan. 

Put the thighs in the pan, skin-side up again.  Cover them with the tomato mixture. 

Cook at 375' for about 30 minutes. The tops of the thighs should be nicely browned and the tomatoes blistered.  You might need to blast it at 425' for 10 minutes towards the end if the tomatoes aren't quite done enough.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sous Vide equipment update

The 24-cup Black & Decker rice cooker I bought is very hard to find these days.  However, I have been eying a 38-cup Black & Decker rice cooker at  There is a review form someone who is using it in their sous vide setup and they say it works great.  It's only slightly more expensive than the 24-cup one was.

38-cup rice cooker link on (Price right now: $55)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Home Sous Vide Resources

Just compiling a list of resources for folks interested in coming up with their own setup.

My equipment: