Weeknight activities are the bane of my existence. By 6 p.m. at night I want dinner on the table with my family around it followed by Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune. Yes, I’m a thoroughly middle aged Mom & nights as I described are rare. That is where Lemon Basil Broccoli Chicken comes into play, this has been my child’s favorite meal since she was a toddler.
In the NCF Farm Store we carry Boneless Skinless Breast from Brittany Ridge Farms for $11 lb. The birds are pasture raised and taste great. The color of the meat will show you the difference before the flavor. Once you taste it you will notice a difference between our chicken & large scale production.
You’re probably going “Lucy knows it’s chicken parmesan, right?”. Yes I do know, when a craving hits & there is a chicken breast shortage hits (now remedied), you substitute. In this case I used Pork Chops from the NCF farm store coming in at $9.50 lb. It makes for a good fall meal on these still cooling off nights.
In my pictures you will notice the bone & extra fat. Don’t do what I did and leave those on. My crew was startled to find they couldn’t cut their meat under layers of sauce and cheese, from now on I will use my noodle a bit better and remove the extra fat as well as the bone.
There is no parmesan cheese in Parmesan dishes. Why?? The dish is named for the area it is from in France. Also I do not add my seasoning to the breading. I season the meat after egging. I’ve found that this adds a bit more flavor to my fried dishes. And please make sure to let the meat come to room temperature before frying. Cold meat in a fryer = burnt breading
4 NCF bone in pork chops
2 cups bread crumbs
2 eggs whisked
3 tbsp Italian Herbs Seasoning
1 cup Olive Oil
Salt & pepper
8oz jar of Marinara (I prefer Nello’s)
8 Slices Provolone or Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 lb cooked pasta prepared to packages instructions
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Dip Pork Chop in Egg
Season Pork Chops with Salt Pepper and Italian Seasoning
Cover Pork chop in breading (let rest 5 min before frying)
In a heavy bottom pan heat Olive Oil to shimmering state
Cooking 3-4 minutes on each side
In a oven safe casserole add pasta cover lightly with marinara
Lay Pork Chops on pasta, cover lightly with sauce then lay cheese across the top.
My family has only been in NC for 2 years. We moved here from Orlando, FL in March of 2014. I miss my friends, my family, and not much else except for food. Cuban food to be exact! While in Florida, Cuban food became a mainstay not only in my house but also for my clients. We all loved it.
My favorite Cuban Restaurant was The Columbia. When we left Florida our last meal was from there. My first trip back I grabbed their family cookbook & history. Every time we visit ¾ of the meals we eat come from there. Seriously it is great food. My recipe today is based off of The Columbia’s Arroz Con Pollo which if you heard me pronounce it sounds nothing like how it should be pronounced. The difference is in the marinade.
The ingredients from the NCF store in this recipe are Chorizo $8.00lb & Chicken Leg Quarters $5.00 lb. In each pack of Chorizo is typically 4 links. The Chicken Leg Quarters are from Brittany Ridge Farm and are typically packaged 2 per pack. The total cost for this family meal was a bit high at around $22 for all for the ingredients. I still have ingredients left over though for another meal down the road.
Arroz con Pollo
3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
¼ cup White Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Oregano
4 Cloves of Garlic minced
1 Red Onion chopped
2 Red Peppers julienned (sliced in thin vertical strips)
4 Chicken Quarters
2 Links of NCF Chorizo casing removed
4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cup Rice
1 Seeded Tomato Chopped
1 C frozen peas (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine EVOO, Vinegar, Oregano, Garlic & Chicken Quarters in a Ziplock bag. Mix well thoroughly coating chicken, then place in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
Removed marinated chicken from fridge 1 hour before cooking
Heat 6 quart lidded pan over med heat (I use my dutch oven). Add oil.
Remove chicken from bag set aside, add marinade to pan
Salt & Pepper marinated Chicken
Once oil in pan is glistening place Chicken & marinade in hot pan
While chicken is cooking add the onions
Flip Chicken after it releases from pan(about 6-7 min) add Chorizo breaking it up
Cook Chorizo till browned, then add the broth, bring to a boil
Stir in rice, cover with lid, lower burner temp to low
Salt and Pepper broth
After 15 minutes add peppers, peas and return lid to the pan
When rice is tender about 5 minutes later remove from heat
Serve Chicken on rice
Note-I have served this dish with mushrooms. If using mushrooms add them when you add in the onions. While I love mushroom, there is one in my house that does not. (There’s always one!)
Jam, is it sitting in your fridge doing nothing? Is it only making an appearance at breakfast or on a noontime pbj? Well ladies and gentlemen let me introduce jam for dinner. Triple Berry Jam is the primary ingredient in this sauce it is from Buck Naked Farm at $8 a jar sold in the NCF Store.
At the NCF store the chicken is provided through Brittany Ridge Farms The Split Chicken Breast run $10 lb. They typically come 2 to a pack. With the kids we usually split a breast between them. the skin however is always fought over.
1 Jar Buck Naked Farm Triple Crown Jam
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 sprig of rosemary
1/2 cup of water
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil on med. heat
Boil until syrupy and coats the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat to cool
4 split chicken breast
salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 425F
Bring chicken up to room temperature about 1 hour on the counter.
Dry off with a paper towel, salt and pepper chicken
On a sheet pan place a cooling rack
On rack place rosemary sprigs
Place chicken on rosemary & place in oven 45 min to 1 hr until meat thermometer reaches 160F
Once the chicken reaches 160 glaze chicken with Jammin Sauce
There has been a bag of Amish Noodles staring at me from the pantry for a month. In July, my daughter and I traveled to my home state of Missouri, the northwestern corner of the state up by Kansas, where Mennonite & Amish Markets abound. There I bought a bulk bag of Egg Noodles with dreams of Beef Stroganoff.
One of our big sellers is Beef for Stew. I use it for many things soups, stews, kebabs, etc. This meal is larger, feeding up to 8 people (Or my just my ravenous bunch of kids – Editor/Farmer).
Boneless Beef for stew runs $8.99 per pound with all of the ingredients listed you’ll have dinner for roughly $12-$15. If you want to jazz it up a bit use one of our Sirloin Steaks at $14.99 lb, thinly sliced with the fat removed.
1 lb NCF Beef for stew
2 tbsp Butter (extra virgin olive oil can be substituted)
1 med yellow onion sliced thinly
3 cloves of garlic minced
8 oz Cremini mushrooms
1 cup beef broth (low sodium or no salt)
1 cup Guinness beer or 1 cup Pinot Noir (if you prefer no alcohol double the beef broth)
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 cup sour cream
1 cup fresh peas *optional
salt & pepper to taste
The Beef for Stew chunks are rather large. The first step is to cut them down to bite size removing any left over silver skin, season with salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a large deep casserole or dutch oven over med heat.
Once the butter has melted add in the onions & mushrooms lightly salt, cook until the onions are translucent with a bit of browning showing.
Add seasoned beef and cook till browned.
Toss in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Next up add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and the beer.
Lower the heat to med low.
Place lid on and simmer for 45 min to 1 hour stirring frequently if the liquid is greatly reduced add a bit more broth.
If adding in peas do so now, let cook for 4 minutes.
Flavors from Asia, they’re complex by nature. You bite in and instantly go “How did they do this”? Umami is a word in Asian Cuisine used to describe the savory taste. Short ribs have a bounty of Umami.
The ribs come in packs ranging from 1 lb- 2 lbs at $8.99 a lbs. With ribs you want 1 lbs per person due to the removal of bone. While this recipe is for 5 lbs I typically use 2-3 lbs of the ribs. When doing this freeze part of your unused marinade for later use.
The secret to short ribs is the cooking time. Once again we are going to using that trusty dutch oven and set the oven at 280F. The length of time will vary on the density of meat, towards the end check every 30 minutes. You’re not just checking for fall off the bone you also want the connective tissue broken down enough to bite through easily.
Short Ribs with Asian Flavor
1 large Fuji apple
1 large Asian pear
1 ¼ cup soy sauce
¾ cup sugar
1 red onion, roughly chopped
4 green onions, chopped (optional)
1 tbsp ginger, grated
3 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
¼ cup sesame oil
5 lbs Short ribs
Enough water to cover ribs
Green Onions, chopped (garnish)
Preheat oven to 280F
For the marinade: Grate garlic, ginger, apple and pear into a large bowl, making sure to catch all of their juices.
Add the soy sauce, sugar, onions, sesame seeds, and sesame oil, mixing thoroughly.
Place short ribs to the bowl, use tongs to ensure all of the ribs are coated with the marinade.
Refrigerate the meat & marinade for at least 12-24 hours before cooking. (The longer you marinate the meat, the better it flavor!)
Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.
In a Dutch oven place ribs & 1-2 cups of the marinade. Place in oven with the lid on 280 until tender 6-7 hrs.
Remove and let sit for 10 minutes before removing ribs and breaking down the meat.
While the meat cooks simmer the remaining marinade till syrupy & pour over finished ribs or serve beside them.
The NCF Store recently started carrying a smaller sized brisket. Instead of 7-8lbs the new cut is more manageable for a family at 2 ½ to 4 lbs. This meal fed 2 families, 5 children and 5 adults for under $70. That’s a big crowd when you realize the kids are hitting peak growth and hunger ages. Yesterday, was a typically busy house day. It’s the beginning of the homeschooling year, creating a bit of chaos.
I started watch Big Bang Theory years ago, since then I’ve wanted to make Howard’s Mother’s Brisket. It always appears to be one of those sought after items and much discussed. At 11 a.m. I realized, “Oh no the brisket isn’t in the oven yet. Is it too late?” Usually when I smoke a brisket, I like to keep it at 225 F for 12 hours. This however, was going to be served at 6 pm. OOPS!. As I seasoned the roast I discovered I was out of garlic powder. My mise en place was non-existent. I did what any good cook does and turned up the heat, changed the recipe and crossed my fingers.
In the afternoon, I met up with Erin (our neighbor & NCF’s milker) and run a chicken errand. When Erin and I walked in the door at 5:30pm; Bam the smell hit us. Something amazing had happened while we’d been out, the garlic powder missing was a great accident. Erin was planning to make tostadas for dinner and we both thought the kids would love to have dinner together and pulled beef brisket tostadas just sound AMAZING. I must admit they tasted even better, especially since Erin pampered us with fresh fried tostada shells.
Sorry, there aren’t a ton of pictures of the process as I did not plan on blogging this due to my loss of time management. It is too good not to share though.
1 3-4 lb beef brisket
½ tsp onion powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
2 med. yellow onions sliced thinly
2 heads of garlic cut in ½
½ cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup high quality no salt beef broth
Pre-heat oven to 285 F
After bringing the roast up to room temperature season both sides with salt pepper and onion powder.
Place in Dutch Oven fat side up with a firm lid ( If no dutch oven is available use an oven safe deep skillet with tight fitting lid.) Or yes a crock pot on the high (about 250F) and be prepared to wait an extra hour or 2.
Lay garlic & onions across the top and sides of the brisket evenly
Pour Worcestershire Sauce over the top of the roast
Pour beef broth on the sides of the roast.
Place lid & place in the oven for 6.5 hours
Once the brisket can be pulled apart gently with a fork remove and rest for 15 minutes before pulling apart completely. Serve warm
As for the tostadas fill that puppy up anyway you like. We topped the shell with refried beans, brisket, onions, lettuce, cheese and fresh tomatoes.
For another application serve it as a pulled apart roast. Remove the fat off the top of the sauce with a turkey baster, remove the garlic & onion, reduce and serve in its own dish. In my house folks a picky about the amount of sauce they use.