Pan-Seared Black Bass over Black Lentils

Pan-Seared Black Sea Bass over Black Lentils

I grew up grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.  In search of the big one, we inevitably pulled up a lot of Rock Bass.   Members of the grouper family, these smaller fish, also known as Black Sea Bass, share a love of deep water and rocky habitats with the Red and Black Grouper we were seeking for our table.   After reeling up 80 feet of line, the sight of a Rock Bass and no bait meant this fish endured a lot of angry muttering as I slipped it off the hook and tossed it back into the sea.   Catching sometimes a dozen in one morning, we never kept a single one.

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On TV: Banh Mi Burgers

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Back in August, a visit to Charlotte by President Obama prevented me from sharing a particular banh mi recipe with you.  I still posted the recipe here, but the segment that got interrupted due to his visit didn’t air until September.

I thought now might be a good time to remind you to make this burger.   I’m thinking that breaking them out for a tailgate might make a lot of hungry fans very happy.

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie

Have you ever wondered if your oven has hot spots? While I would never recommend sacrificing these cookies to the cause, cookies can be a great way to discover where the hot spots are in your oven.  I recommend buying a roll of refrigerated pre-made cookie dough from the grocery store.   Slice the cookies as desired and spread them over a baking sheet.  Bake, without rotating or switching racks, for the indicated time.  Pull the cookies out and see what cookies, on which part of the baking sheet, have browned more than others; those are your hot spots.

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Chicken Challenge Meal #5: BBQ Chicken Pizza

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It’s the final meal of the Chicken Challenge.  If you’ve made it this far, I hope you are feeling quite pleased with yourself.  After all, you’ve taken one chicken and managed to feed you and someone else 4 meals.   You are a provider, a waster of nothing, and a person who is probably ready to eat something other than chicken.  But not yet…

BBQ Pizza
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Chicken Challenge Meal #4: Udon Noodle Bowl with Chicken, Greens and Egg

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After the richness of last night’s chicken pot pie, this udon noodle bowl will be a refreshing, yet still filling, meal.  I love this combination of flavors, but be creative as there are so many ways you can change things up from using a noodle other than udon to adding different vegetables.

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Chicken Challenge Meal #3: Chicken Pot Pie for Two

Pot Pie

There is no better use for leftover chicken than chicken pot pie. Don’t even try to argue with me on this one.   A flaky, homemade crust topping chicken and vegetables swimming in a rich veloute is one of my favorite meals.  Yes, it’s home-cooking, but put a homemade chicken pot pie in front of anyone and they will eat and be happy.

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Chicken Challenge Meal #2: Chicken Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Walnuts

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You roasted a chicken and made carcass stock, so I’m taking it easy on you for meal #2 of the chicken challenge.  It’s hard to beat chicken salad and when you throw chopped artichoke hearts and walnuts into the mix it doesn’t last long.

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