A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

A Very Merri Kitchen

A Very Merri Kitchen

A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

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Slow Cooker Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Mushrooms

I am ambivalent about this recipe. The taste was great, but I don’t really like the soupiness of it. And so while I may try the method  again, what I am thinking of is trying to turn it into a mushroom soup. The recipe is […]

Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake

Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake

I had two peaches and some blueberries to use, and remembered this recipe that I had pinned from Julia’s Album. The things I did differently are minimal, so you really could just go straight to her recipe. Or you could read what I did here, […]

Dad’s Grilled Salmon

Dad’s Grilled Salmon

I grilled salmon today the way my Dad always made it, and realized I had never blogged about it. Partly because there is no real recipe.

Just salmon, butter, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and a bit of salt and pepper.

Start up the grill and let it heat up.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add a few tablespoons of butter and let it melt.

Mince the garlic and chop the parsley  Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice.

Sizzle it all over medium heat. Take a taste to see if you like it and add more of whatever you like until it tastes good to you.

I had placed my salmon fillet on a square of foil, with the edges turned up. Brush the garlic mixture on the salmon.

My grill got a bit hot, so I turned it down to a more reasonable 400 Fahrenheit. I don’t want it to cook too fast. Then place the salmon on the foil directly on the grill and close the lid

This fillet took about ten minutes total. Just check with a fork to see if the fish is flaky and done.

Its a family favorite!

Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon-Updated

Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Bacon-Updated

Every once in a while I make a concentrated effort to use up what’s in the freezer or fridge. Last week, my focus was on a bag of blanched and frozen green beans from the freezer. It seems like a good time for that summer […]

What’s in the Fridge Chorizo and Shrimp Soup

What’s in the Fridge Chorizo and Shrimp Soup

I was home alone for dinner tonight so I looked in the fridge to see what I could make. This chorizo that I had bought at the Tower Grove Farmers Market in St. Louis caught my eye. So I rustled around and started cooking. First, […]

Easy Roast Chicken Updated

Easy Roast Chicken Updated

The roast chicken recipe my sister gave to me has been my go-to for years.  It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s reliable, the skin is crispy and the meat is juicy.

But tonight I removed the wrapper from my chicken and realized I had picked up a whole chicken—but one that was cut up.  So I decided to make it the same way, but just reduce the roasting time.

Now I think I’ll make it this way all the time!  More crispy skin and I don’t have to cut up the chicken when it’s done.

Easy Cast Iron Roast Chicken 

Preheat oven to 450 Fahrenheit. Place 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Pat dry your chicken or chicken parts. Roll the chicken in the olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with your favorite seasoning salt.

This is where my sister and I diverge. She likes Lawry Seasoning and I am addicted to Johnny’s.

Into the oven for 10 minutes at 450, then reduce heat to 325 Fahrenheit.

The whole chicken will take probably 1 and 1/2 hours.  (Check the temperature and don’t let it get above 180).

The chicken parts took 1 hour.

Let it rest 10 minutes before serving

The juices make a great gravy as well.

 

Gimme Some Oven Roasted Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven Roasted Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven is one of my favorite blogs to follow. I had noticed a post on roasted artichokes last spring, and it was at the back of my mind to make. Last week I was at Sprouts and they had gigantic artichokes so on […]

Enchilada Style Chili Rellenos

Enchilada Style Chili Rellenos

I had thawed a container of red chili sauce this week, intending to make something else, but never got around to it. I needed to use the thawed sauce though. I remembered that I had a block of Monterey Jack cheese that was getting rather […]

Vodka Suns aka Adult Capri Suns

Vodka Suns aka Adult Capri Suns

I don’t really get why everything is called a hack these days, but one so-called hack caught my eye last week—Adult Capri Suns. Mix vodka and lemonade, put it in a plastic bag with a straw, and you have your very own Capri sun!

And it was on.

I made lemonade:

I had one opened and one unopened bottle of vodka, and right beside them I had a bottle of limoncello. That sounded promising.

There was about a cup of vodka left in the opened bottle, so I poured it into the lemonade.

Then I poured in a couple of shots of limoncello. Then I poured some in a cordial glass. You know, to taste test.

Next I lined four small glasses with sandwich size plastic bags. This made it easier to fill the bags with the vodka mix.

All filled up and sealed.

And into the freezer they went!  I wanted them to be a slushy-like consistency when it was time to drink them.   The plan was to take them with us when we went golfing the next day.

I got them out that morning and packed them in a freezer bag with some ice packs and stainless steel straws.

As we started the 9th hole, it was time!  They were still a little solid so you had to squish them around a little. And then my golfing partner took a drink.

My other golfing partner also took a drink and declared, ‘This does not suck!’  So I’m thinking we should probably make them again.

Vodka Suns

Lemonade

4 lemons, sliced

3/4 cup sugar

4 cups ice water

Place the lemon slices in a large flat bottom bowl. Pour the sugar over them and let them sit for at least one hour. Take a potato masher or large spoon and mash the lemon to release as much juice as possible. Add four cups of ice water and stir.

Vodka Mix

1 cup vodka

4 cups lemonade

2 shots limoncello

Add the vodka and limoncello to the lemonade. You can add more of either, but it will probably change the frozen consistency.

Assembling the Suns

Place sandwich-sized resealable plastic bags into short glasses. Pour the vodka mix into the glasses, seal, and put them (glasses and all) in the freezer overnight.

When you are ready to drink them, take them out of the freezer a short time before serving. Knead the bag to make them more slushy-like. A stainless steel straw makes it easier to pierce the frozen drink.

 

Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and Peppers

Two weekends ago I went to St. Louis to visit my nephew and meet my new great-niece. While I was there I went to the Tower Grove Farmers Market, and while I was THERE I visited the Salume Beddu stand.  I bought four different types […]