Archive for July, 2012

July 9, 2012

Unfried Chicken Fingers and CSA Coleslaw

What is better than fried chicken with some light and crispy slaw? Unfried chicken and aioli slaw with fresh farm veggies! You might remember the chicken fingers. They come out right every time! The orange zest and fresh breadcrumbs are the keys to these. I had a special request for these chicken fingers last week and finally got around to making them. We happened to have some shredded cabbage from the farm in the fridge and I got the urge to make coleslaw inspired by a friend. When I went to my college friend’s wedding last year, her now husband made this amazing coleslaw and was kind enough to give me a roadmap to recreate it at home. He used homemade aioli as dressing for the slaw. Mary and I took a few liberties and came up with this basil version which was a perfect complement to the chicken. Throw in some extra fresh veggies and you have a perfect meal and a new staple in our house!


Basil Aioli

3 egg yolks

1-3 cloves of garlic, pressed (depending on your taste)

Lemon Zest

2 T Lemon Juice

Salt and pepper

A few dashes of Tabasco

About a cup of olive oil

Handful of fresh basil

Add the egg yolks, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Process until combined. Turn on the processor and VERY slowly add a thin stream of olive oil. The consistency will change as you go turning more liquidy and then to a thick sauce. Martha says you can hear it change, and you can! When you get to a mayonnaise consistency stop and add the basil. Pulse a few times to combine. Use on everything (just plan on feeding it to everyone you want to be in contact with for the next day or so thanks to the garlic)!

CSA Coleslaw

Basil Aioli

1 Small Head of Cabbage, shredded

2 Carrots, shredded

6 Small Green Onions

3 T Red Wine Vinegar

Juice of Half an Orange

Salt and Pepper

Combine all ingredients and toss. Dress with desired amount of aioli, thinning it out a bit with the liquid to make it easier to distribute. Enjoy!

Chicken Fingers

Make these delicious chicken fingers and serve with coleslaw and aioli or the sauce of your choice!

July 8, 2012

Purple Artichoke

We are having a bit of a lazy Sunday evening with another rainstorm moving through Colorado tonight (hooray!!) I was just thinking about this lovely gem I made one day; a purple artichoke. It was so pretty sitting on the shelf that I just couldn’t leave it. I think artichokes are great to begin with. They are a lot of work to eat and present a challenge to get a little reward, but so worth it. Artichokes are one of the few foods that we actually use the microwave to cook (even if it seems like sacrilege.) Let me tell you, it is super easy and you will be enjoying your artichoke in mere minutes. In our experience, this method is more consistent than boiling.

First, wash and clean the artichoke. Trim off the top to remove most of the points at the tips of the leaves. (You can trim the leaves you miss with scissors if you feel like it, though when it is just us we don’t.) Wrap the whole artichoke in plastic wrap and place in the microwave on high for 4-6 minutes or until the leave easily pull away from the artichoke. You can test it after four minutes, but be careful when removing the plastic wrap because that is some hot steam! After the artichoke is done, allow to cool while you melt a couple tablespoons of butter. Add a pinch of salt, fresh cracked black pepper, a bit of thyme, if you like, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the melted butter for dipping. Serve immediately or cold later, it will be delicious either way!


PS – If you have never cleaned an artichoke, once you have eaten all of the leaves, remove the soft center leaves and you will see the fibrous choke. Take a spoon and carefully remove the spiney part and enjoy the heart. J

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