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Chicken Lady Chicken

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Happy Friday! The first week of summer break has officially come and gone. Around here things are much improved from the beginning of the week. My daughter is feeling MUCH better, and we are looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday and going for a swim this weekend.

I love the name of this week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe: Chicken Lady Chicken. The recipe is inspired by the rotisserie chicken David Lebovitz would buy from the “chicken lady” at a Paris farmer’s market.

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There are several important elements to this recipe.  Butterflying (or spatchcocking) the chicken is important because it allows more of the skin to get nice and crispy, and it also helps the chicken cook faster.

Another important element is weighing down the chicken as it cooks. This also helps ensure crispy skin. I grilled my chicken and weighed it down with my cast iron pan. Unfortunately, those flames you see in the photo below caused my chicken’s skin to get charred a bit. I pulled it off the flame before the skin became inedible, but it would have been better less charred.

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The final important (maybe the most important?) element to this recipe is the marinade. It combines garlic, salt, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine, soy sauce, Sriracha, Dijon mustard, and honey. The chicken is best when it rests in the marinade for at least 24 hours, so plan ahead!

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This chicken was good! It was very moist and flavorful. The marinade was truly delicious and I will use it again for sure. This recipe really was reminiscent of a store-bought rotisserie chicken, but way better!

If you would like to try Chicken Lady Chicken, I found the recipe on Serious Eats. Or you could purchase a copy of David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

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The Perfect Grass-Fed Beef Burger

Happy Fourth of July to my American readers!  I hope your day is filled with family fun and good food.  What’s more American than hamburgers on the grill?

We purchase grass-fed beef (a quarter cow at a time) from a local family-run farm.  Not only do we love the nutritional value of grass-fed beef, but we also love supporting a local family farm.  Alas, our farmer is no longer able to sell his beef so we will have to find a new supplier.

Cooking with grass-fed beef is a little different than cooking with grain-fed.  Grass-fed beef has less fat, so it cooks more quickly and can be dry and tough if overcooked.  It has taken me some trial and error, but I am finally getting the hang of cooking with it.  In general, you need to cook grass-fed beef at a lower temperature.  When browning ground beef, I put the stove on medium and add some olive oil to the pan.  To grill steaks, I sear both sides directly over the coals, then move the steaks to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking.  Grass-fed steaks are juicier and more flavorful if served rare to medium rare (this is something my husband is still getting used to as he grew up on well done meat).

If you are interesting in learning more about cooking with grass-fed beef, I found this web site helpful:  AmericanGrassFedBeef.com.  Another great resource is The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook by Shannon Hayes.

Now, back to those hamburgers!  Home-grilled burgers are so easy and so delicious, I wonder why I don’t make them more often.  This time I added grilled onions – yum!  I use a charcoal grill, so my instructions only address charcoal grills.  If you use a gas grill, adjust as appropriate.

Perfect Grass-Fed Beef Burgers

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  • 1 pound ground grass-fed beef
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½-inch thick onion slices (sweet onions would be great; optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • Hamburger buns
  • Burger fixin’s

Place the ground beef in a bowl.  Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and salt and pepper.  Toss lightly with two forks until well combined.

Form the meat mixture into patties.  I generally do 6 ounce patties for my husband and I and a 4 ounce patty for my daughter.  Divide it however you like.  After forming the patties, press down lightly in the center to make a depression.  This helps the burgers cook evenly.

Press down the center of the patties a bit

If you are using the onion slices, brush them with olive oil on both sides.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stick a wooden skewer through each onion slice so they do not fall apart while cooking.

Onion Slices

Split the hamburger buns.  I like to spray each cut side with a little olive oil spray to help them brown.

When the coals are ready, spread them out over half the grill.  Place the onions and hamburger patties on a clean grill over the hot charcoals.  Do not put the cover on the grill.  Cook the burgers for two minutes and then flip the patties.  Cook another two minutes.  Continue cooking for two minutes a side until they are done to your liking.  Last time I cooked these I ended up doing 4 minutes total per side.  Turn the onion slices over periodically.

When the burgers are cooked to your liking move them to the cooler side of the grill.  If the onions are not cooked completely, leave them over the hot coals.  Place the cheddar slices on the patties.  Put the hamburger buns cut-side down over the hot coals.  Cover the grill and cook until the buns are browned, only a minute or two.

To serve, remove the skewers from the onion slices, and place the onions on top of the hamburger patties.  Add your favorite fixin’s and enjoy!

Serves 3 – 4

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Grilled Teriyaki Steak

When I decided to fire up the grill for the first time this season to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, I had no idea I’d be shivering and grilling in the rain.  It didn’t even hit 50°F yesterday!  Saturday night there was snow falling!  This just doesn’t happen in late May in Reno.

To inaugurate grilling season I chose to use my Dad’s stand-by Teriyaki marinade with some steak.  I have memories of my Dad mixing this up and letting t-bone steaks marinate in it all day.  It has always been a favorite of mine.

I believe the recipe for the marinade came from an old edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  I have a newer edition (relatively; it’s copyright 1989) and the recipe is not in there.  I’m also pretty sure my Dad changed it a bit.

This time I used a piece of beef labeled “London Broil”.  Research leads me to believe it is actually a top round steak. Use your favorite cut of beef.  T-bone and rib eye steaks both work well with this marinade.

It let my steak marinate for four hours, flipping it several times.  With the thickness of my steak, I wish I had it in the marinade a little longer, but it was still delicious.

Steak with Rice and Sesame Asparagus

Grilled Teriyaki Steak

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  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • steaks (t-bone, rib eye, flank, etc.)

Combine soy sauce, vegetable oil, molasses, ginger, mustard and garlic in a glass dish.  Mix well.  Add meat and turn to coat.  Marinate steak at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.

Remove steak from marinade.  Grill the steaks to taste.  If using flank or top round steak, let the steak rest for about 5 minutes and then slice thinly across the grain.

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