Sunday, January 25, 2009

Baked Chicken with Chili BBQ Sauce...This one is for you Jen

Homemade Chili Sauce

10-15 Tomatoes (I lean toward 15), skinned* and chopped
4 Large Onions, chopped
3 green bell peppers, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2.5 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove (be very careful too much clove and it takes over)
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant coffee
salt and pepper

Cut up and mix all together and boil slowly until it thickens (3 1/2 hours). Put in hot jars and seal.

*to skin tomatoes cut an X just through the skin at the bottom of the tomato. Put the tomato in boiling water for 30 second, then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking and cool enough to handle (to tell the truth I did not do this) and peel the skin, it comes right off.
For the Chicken...

1 whole chicken parted into peices (about 3 pounds)
1 tablespoon chili powder
coarse salt and ground pepper
2 cups Chili sauce*
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange chicken peices in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Rub all over with chili powder; season generously with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, 35 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, make barbecue sauce: In a small saucepan, whisk together chili sauce, vinegar, sugar, and mustard. Bring to a boil; reduce to medium-low, and simmer 2 minutes. Divide sauce between two bowls: one for brushing and basting, and one for dipping. If sauce is a little too chunky feel free to blend with a stick blender.

Remove chicken from oven, and brush generously with sauce. Return to oven; bake, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Brush chicken with any leftover pan juices. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

*my homemade chili sauce is very chunky so for this batch of bbq Chicken I blended the chili sauce so the end result is a smooth BBQ sauce to cover the chicken; however, it is good chunky too.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Truth to Power - Woman Need to Talk

"I need more. Or maybe I just want it. Or maybe I think you need it and oughta want it.

Raw, unmitigated, dirty, sometimes lovely, painful-yet-tinged-with-pride, uncomfortable honesty.

To get there, I want women to talk more." ...

While doing my daily blog reading and link jumping I came across a post on the blog Remarks from Sparks entitled TRUTH TO POWER that just moved me. the above is only the first few lines and if your a woman please click on the link and take a moment to read what this blogger had to say. Thrust me you will like it.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

2008 Photographs

Here are a few photos from 2008 that I really liked but have not shared.

North Shore Park Beach on Lake Michigan Summer 08.

Farris Wheel at Gerber Baby Food Festival in Fremont Michigan

Flower at the Grand Rapids Michigan Farmers Market

Coconut shells

Heirloom Tomato (Purple Cherokee) I grew in my garden. The one the squirrel stole and I had to chase him though the back yard to get my tomato. It was a great tomato, tasted like watermelon, too bad I only go 3 on my plant.

Carrots out of our Garden

Sour Cherry Picking, yep he fell out of the tree.

One Huge Moth

Monday, January 5, 2009

Starting off the New Year with a Menu

It is time to start doing a weekly menu again. After all the heavy food consumed over the last 6 weeks I feel heavy and weighed down so all I want is fruit/berries and salad even though mist of it is out of season.

I am also inspired by a friend who has decided to go back to being vegetarian. I have been contemplating doing that myself over the last several months and it really sounds good now. I am not going to be a vegetarian; however, I am going to eliminate meat where I can, I think we as American eat too much meat anyway and I have been doing at least one meatless day a week for a few years.

~This Weeks Menu~

-spinach salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, orange slices and raspberry vinaigrette
-tomato soup with avocado
-mixed berry salad and yogurt
-Southwest Egg rolls, heavy on the spinach
-Chicken Tacos - Chicken for the Hubby and bean for me
-Gnocchi with a tomato sauce and broccoli