Friday, October 18, 2013

Great Ted Talk 
Both my kids watched it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Made paella over the open fire this week at the Howard's family cabin on Penland Lake in Oregon (near Heppner or Heavener as Jack would say).

A few months ago I would say I was not much of a paella fan, so I decided to create my own recipe.  It gets better every time, but I'm not sure I can top cooking it over an open fire!  Thank you Howard's!

Next time I'll try to keep my mouth shut......  safety first!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kim's Paella

Kim’s Paella

Serves about 8

Asparagus – trimmed and par cooked 1 lb
¾ cup dry white wine
1 t. saffron threads
Olive oil – approximately 1/3 cup
8 chicken thighs – skin on, bone in
Chorizo – 4 sausages
1 onion – chopped
Kosher salt  - approximately 1 T
5 cloves garlic – minced
1 yellow pepper – chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups paella rice
Chicken broth – 4 – 5 cups
½ jar of piquillo peppers (7. 6 oz jar of Matiz Navarro brand)
2 bay leaves
Smoked paprika – approximatel 1 ½ teas
Sweet Spanish paprika – approximately 1 ½ teas
½ teas. Crushed red pepper
Shrimp 16 or 1 pound
1 cup frozen peas
flat leaf parsley & lemon wedges

In small saucepan bring wine and saffron to boil.  Simmer 3 minutes, turn off heat and let steep 20 minutes
In paella pan – heat olive oil, add chicken skin side down.  Cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over add onion and salt.  Sauté a few minutes and add garlic and yellow pepper.  Be sure not to burn. Add diced tomatoes and piquillo peppers stir. Add wine and saffron to deglaze. Stir scraping bottom of pan.  Add paella rice and broth slowly add bay leaves, paprika, red pepper, salt. Make sure all grains of rice are covered. 
Simmer stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add more broth if needed. Add peas,shrimp and asparagus. Garnish with lemon and parsley.

Adapted from Bon Appetit March 2005, Cooking Channel Paella del Reyes, Jamie, Saveur Mixed Paella and Thomas Keller Chicken Mar y Muntanya.