Melanie in the Kitchen

Cider Brined Fried Chicken

From Food Network, Sunny Anderson Stir until dissolved, add 4-5 lbs chicken, cut into pieces, if chicken is not covered in brine, add water just til covered. Refrigerate one hour. 2 cups Apple Cider 1/2 cup salt Whisk together in small bowl: 2 eggs 2 TB cayenne powder 1 tsp ground black pepper In a […]

Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken

ingredients Brine 1 small onion, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, smashed with the flat side of a knife 1 teaspoon olive oil Kosher salt 5 or 6 branches rosemary, each 4 to 5 inches/10 to 12 centimeters long 4 1/2 cups water 1 lemon, quartered 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, flattened 3 cups all-purpose/plain flour […]

The Best Banana Bread!

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for dusting pan 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 large or 3 medium bananas) 3 tablespoons sour cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus additional butter […]

The Salsa

Cut 12 Ripe Roma Tomatos in 3rd’s crosswise; then use a chopper. Squeeze 3 limes, and save the pulp as well. Cut 6 (or 2-4 really fresh) jalapenos length-wise, remove seeds and chop it up finely. Chop up 1 bunch of cilantro and 1 white onion. Press 4 cloves of garlic. Put all of the […]

Uncle Matt’s Fish Fry

1 cup flour 1/3 cup parmesan cheese 1/3 cup lemon pepper 1 egg Splash milk Dip fresh trout into egg wash, then roll in flour and fry in vegetable oil, 1/4 inch deep tool golden brown. (350 degrees) For fish filets thicker than 1/2 inch filet again or finish in oven. If fry oil gets […]

Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken Breast

2 oz. bacon- cooked, chopped 1/2  cup Gorgonzola-crumbled 1/3 cup tomato-finely chopped 1/4 tsp. salt 1 TB bacon drippings Mix above in a small bowl, stirring well. Cut a slit in the side of 4 chicken breasts(boneless, skinless), stuff with roughly 2 TB of mix into each breast. Secure it with toothpicks. Cook chicken in olive […]

Mushroom Tortellini

Combine 2 cups flour and a pinch of salt in a Food Processor. Whisk together, slowly pour into food processor until dough firms: 6 TB water 1 1/2 tablespoons EVOO 5 large egg yolks Knead lightly 5 times on well floured surface. Dust with flour, wrap in plastic, then let stand 30 mins. Pat dough […]