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JJ’S Teriyaki Chicken

A Pimped Out Teriyaki Sauce  

  • 1 cup Coconut Amino Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Shoyu
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • Minced ginger and garlic
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Red pepper flakes

Mix together use half for chicken and half for stirfry.

The Teriyaki Chicken

  • 2 sexy leg quarters
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Ginger ale (optional) you can use water, sake, white wine or rice wine vinegar.
  • 1/2 of pimped teriyaki sauce above

Heat oven to 400°. In a baking dish whisk: pimped teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, ginger ale. Coat sexy chicken quarters in sauce. Lay chicken skin up in dish.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes .  Flip sexy legs so skin is down, bake 15 more minutes . Flip one more time so skin is up let crisp 20-30 minutes.

Steamed Sesame Ginger Rice

  • 1 cup Jasmine or long grain white rice.
  • 1 tBl spoon of toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tBl spoons diced ginger
  • 1 tBl spoon coconut oil

Melt coconut oil in small pot. add rice and stir. Add diced ginger and toasted sesame seeds.

Add 1 1/2 cup water. bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low. Simmer 15-20 minutes (don’t lift the lid). Turn heat off and let sit with lid on until ready to serve .

Stirfry some veggies!

I love broccoli, greenbeans and mushroom with my teriyaki chicken.

Get a wok. Get it super hot. chop veggies so they’re bite size. use a couple tBl spoons of coconut oil in wok. toss in veggies. stir and fry those veggies. Add remaining pimped teriyaki sauce. Turn off heat.

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Bison Chili Dogs

The chili and the dogs are made with bison. A good clean meat. Never factory farmed. Never pumped with antibiotics or other chemicals. Always grassfed. Enough said!

I LOVE chili cheese dogs! So why not make them with healthier ingredients?!
No high fructose corn syrup, no crazy chemical dyes, no msg, etc…
Just clean and simple ingredients!

Ingredient List:

  • Ground Bison
  • Chili Powder
  • Fire Roasted Tomato
  • Tomato Paste
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Bison Dogs
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Roasted Poblano Pepper
  • Soft White Buns

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Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

My fish tacos were inspired by fresh caught fish from my favorite fish monger. Unfortunately my beautiful cuts of fish stayed a little to long in the freezer.

Since they were frozen longer than I’d hoped, I decided to make California style fish tacos. After all, my fish did come from a California deep sea fishing trip!

I did a quick pickling on some shredded red cabbage and made a tangy white sauce with plain yogurt and mayo to accompany my wild caught fish. I used a thin beer batter (flour, cornstarch, baking powder and light beer) for a light but crunchy coating. Served on a warm corn tortilla…these fish tacos were perfect!

Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

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Clam Chowder and Steamed Artichoke

Another super simple meal… all for my biggest fan and critic! My daughter.
I don’t always get much time to cook for her anymore but when I do I like to whip up some of her favorites! I came up with a simple and less heavy recipe for clam chowder. It was damn good too!

Maia used to love clam chowder when she was younger. But, in her pre-adult life she seems to have lost that once adoration she had for the heavenly comfort of clam chowder. Now, she eats taco b3:/ for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It’s annoying to know she eats this way after raising her on the importance of real food. I’m not worried though. She seems to know and understand all I’ve said and tried to teach her about food over the years. It’s just a phase. I get it. I went through one too. So I won’t lecture.

Maia does happen to still love steamed artichoke! So this menu wasn’t a total loss.

Clam Chowder Ingredients:
good chicken stock, Yukon gold potatoes, celery, shallot, garlic, milk, cornstarch, smoked clams, pancetta or prosciutto hock

Steamed Artichoke
artichoke, lemon, garlic, butter, salt and pepper

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Rainy Day Bolognese

A rainy, cold, SoCal day begs for a big pot of bolognese!
I danced outside the box with this classic comfort food, making it with ground lamb and it was incredible!

My ingredient list:
Yellow onion, garlic, ground lamb, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, red wine, s&p

This is the ensemble of ingredients I had on hand. It was a simple but beautiful collaboration!

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Whole Foods Market Brewing Company

On a recent trip to Houston, Texas for a family wedding, I had an opportunity to visit the newest member of the Whole Foods Market family. I am a loyal Whole Foods Market Venice team member but when I get a chance to visit other stores…especially new ones out of state, I get very excited! I also, am a proud Texan so it was an extra treat to be able to visit Whole Foods Brewing Company. It’s a big one too at 48,000 square feet and located in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas.

In case you couldn’t tell by the name, the new Whole Foods is a brewery as well as a market! A lot of the Whole Foods stores have beer on tap and wine bars (yep…that’s right…you can have a drink at a grocery store) but this one is the first in the family to brew their own beer! Vey exciting! I tasted the four beers they had on tap and I’m happy to report all were delicious. They had a fun and unique “sweet potato” beer that I really liked but could probably only drink one. I’m not a beer snob or connoisseur but I do like trying new things and the sweet potato beer was a tasty spin on beer for the fall season.

Check out my quick little slideshow I put together on my brief walk through Whole Foods Market Brewing Company. Please keep in my mind I took all these photos with an ipod and rather quickly because I had family members with me who were less enthusiastic than I was. 🙂

JJ’s D.I.Y. Elphaba Costume

Halloween is right around the corner! I had so much fun putting together this last minute DIY costume! Circa  Halloween 2012

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I decided last minute to participate this year for Halloween and dress up at my job. I work with food so I wanted something I could cook comfortably in all day and not feel like I was suffocating in some crazy costume. I’m not vey creative either and have no budget for this kind of stuff. It’s the day of Halloween and I have to be at work in a few hours, so I had to find whatever I needed at the drug store down the street. The shelves were pretty empty but I managed to find the most important items for my homemade DIY costume.

The idea for my costume popped in my head the night before Halloween. I guess my muses were whispering to me because I started dreaming of the play Wicked and how much I loved it and how much I loved Elphaba’s character. She is…

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