Homemade Taco Seasoning!

WOAH! This has certainly been a busy month!

With my late work hours and busy weekends preparing for Yom Tov, I’ve grown to love (again!) my crockpot. At least twice a week it gets used – chicken and rice, split pea soup and a new recipe from my “Twitter” friend, Caroline – Taco Soup! I’ll post another recipe for that another time, but it does call for a pack of Taco Seasoning. Has anyone else ever noticed the sodium count on those! Oh Boy!

On a mission to find a healthier version, here is the recipe I came up with.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Spice
 

Mix and store! Doesn’t get easier!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2T ground cumin
  • 1.5T salt
  • 1.5T black pepper (freshly cracked, if possible)
  • 2t paprika
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1t dried oregano

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a container, shake it up and store in a cool, dark place.
  2. If you have a spice blender, go ahead and give it a whirl!

 

Julia Child Turns 100!

Dear Julia,

Happy happy birthday! Today, would have been your 100th Birthday! What a legacy you left as a chef, author and tv personality.

In 1961, you penned the now classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking(1961), with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. Roast chicken, Beef Bourguignon and Tarte Tatin your repertoire was endless! And that was just the beginning.

More than anything, dear Julia was your now famous “Never Apologize!” You are so right. We love to try new things in the kitchen, and sometimes they turnout not how we expected! Never Apologize!

Your are sorely missed, dear Julia. May your legacy continue. May your humor continue to inspire us in the kitchen, as your voice resonates!

Love,
The Kosher Home.

Here are a few links to some of Julia’s best recipes!
Fresh pita bread
Cream of leek and potato soup
Salad nicoise

Chocolate Mousse

For more info on Julia’s 100th Birthday, visit https://www.facebook.com/JuliaChild

Lemongrass Chicken Wings

Ohhhh… chicken wings, how I love thee.

Sticky and yummy.  Gooey and messy. Frugal and easy. You can never have too many. Or can you?

Some serve them as an appetizer. In our home, they are dinner. While nothing else is really necessary to serve with them, Kayotic Corn (on the cob) from Kayotic Kitchen, or a light Baby Red Potato Salad from Skinny Tastewould be a great combo!

The original recipe calls for fish sauce. Good luck trying to find a kosher (and truly pareve!) version. I’d sub half soy sauce and half worcestershire sauce.

BUDGETING TIP: I stock up on pounds and pounds of wings when they are on sale for 89c or 99c a pound!

Recipe adapted from Appetite for China
Photo credit  Appetite for China

 

Lemongrass Chicken Wings
 

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Ingredients
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 2½ pounds chicken, tips removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • ⅛ cup soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 handful peanuts, chopped
  • Chopped cilantro (optional)

Instructions
  1. Remove the hard end and outer layer of the lemongrass stalk. Bruise the white ends of your stalks with the blunt edge of a large knife (it helps release the lemongrass “juices”), then thinly slice and mince. You should end up with about 1 tablespoon of minced lemongrass. Discard the green tops.
  2. Marinate the chicken: In a small bowl, combine the lemongrass, garlic, shallot, ginger, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, lime juice, peanut oil, brown sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Place the chicken wings into a large resealable freezer bag and pour the marinade over the wings.
  3. Close the freezer bag and shake so that the chicken is well-coated with marinade. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Stir together the honey and soy sauce and set aside. Line a large sheet tray with foil or parchment paper. Place the wings on the tray and roast for 30 minutes, basting the wings with the honey-soy mixture once about half-way through and once close to the end of the roasting time.
  5. Remove from the oven and carefully transfer the wings to a serving plate.
  6. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts and cilantro on top and serve.