Author: Jim Pachence

Vietnamese Marinated Pork Chops with Spicy Sauce

We’re proud of all of our sauces, but especially our Vietnamese sauce.  It has that magical combination of sweet, sour, and umami that goes well with almost any meat or fish.  Even though many of our stores have empty shelves and meat cases, we came across these wonderful pork chops along with some fresh vegetables.  For this dish, we are going completely keto diet, using a parsnip puree instead of rice (parsnip puree will be posted separately).  The sweetness of the parsnip balances well with the flavors of pork and the salad. Print Recipe Vietnamese Marinated Pork Chops with Spicy Sauce There is a separate post for the pureed parsnip recipe. This recipe also works with rice. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Cuisine Asian Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Passive Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 2 pork chops Bone-in is preferable, at least 3/4 inch thick1 jar Serious Foodie Vietnamese Sauce Purchase on-line1/2 cup water1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup rice vinegar1 jar Serious Foodie Sambal Purchase on-line. Other Asian hot sauces can be substituted. For the Asian Salad 1/2 cup shredded cabbage Standard or Napa1/2 cup grated carrot2 radishes cut into slices, […]

Rigatoni with Broccoflower, Tuna, and Lemon Ragout

We were inspired by a recipe printed in the Wall Street Journal (issue 3/1/20) by Chef Philip Krajeck (Rolf and Daughters and Folk, Nashville TN visited by Serious Foodie Nov 2019) who uses a bunch of simple, easily obtainable ingredients to make an elegant healthy dish. Rigatoni with Cauliflower, Tuna, and Lemon Ragout Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe This easy recipe uses easy to get ingredients, and simple techniques to create a truly outstanding, delicious healthy-ish meal. CuisineItalian Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Rigatoni with Cauliflower, Tuna, and Lemon Ragout Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe This easy recipe uses easy to get ingredients, and simple techniques to create a truly outstanding, delicious healthy-ish meal. CuisineItalian Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Ingredients 1 head broccoflower florets and tender stalks cut into 1/2 inch pieces 5 cloves garlic thinly slice 3 cloves, peel the other 2 1/2 cup olive oil 2 pieces bread, toasted Tear or cut into […]

Asian Lychee Martini

Try out this slightly exotic, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly savory cocktail – and be wowed with the results of this change of attitude martini. Print Recipe Asian Lychee Martini The key is finding the canned lychee nuts – try you local specialty grocery store, such as Whole Foods. 6 ounces 4 ounces lychee juice Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Prep Time 10 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 6 ounces vodka4 ounces lychee juice from the can1 tablespoon fresh lime juice1 lychee2-3 sprigs fresh cilantro1 tablespoon fresh ginger large chunks1 Thai bird chili or any hot pepper – a slice of jalapeno would do Prep Time 10 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 6 ounces vodka4 ounces lychee juice from the can1 tablespoon fresh lime juice1 lychee2-3 sprigs fresh cilantro1 tablespoon fresh ginger large chunks1 Thai bird chili or any hot pepper – a slice of jalapeno would do Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Instructions Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker and muddle the ingredients together. Fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass Garnish with any or all the ingredients – lime, lychee nut, chili, cilantro sprig

Artisan Cocktails – Made Easy

We love the artisan cocktail movement - and if you've followed our social media feeds, you know that we've tried quite a few at many places in our travels.  But now that we're staying put, what about upping your game at home? As we are finding with other pantry items like pickles, spice rubs, and gourmet sauces, there is an increasing number of artisan producers of excellent (and fun) cocktail mixers, bitters, and other additives (like vinegar - see our report on artisan vinegars.  Click HERE). We were particularly inspired to write this blog when we came across an outstanding product at a local food gathering - the cocktail mixers from Bungalow 23 (www.B23Mixers.com).   Each of their offerings - Pear Ginger Martini, Prickly Pear Margarita, and Blueberry Lemon Drop - start with fresh ingredients, and are prepared in a way that would make the best mixologist jealous.  We mixed the Pear Ginger with our favorite premium bourbon (Bulleit), and fell in love. At the same gathering, we also tasted an outstanding artisan pickle from Nutpop Pickle Company (www.NutpopPickles.com).  We made ourselves a dry martini (using our favorite hand-crafted potato vodka, Boyd and Blair), and substituted spicy pickled curry chips instead [...]

Turkish Pomegranate, Eggplant, and Lentils

This is a great, simple, tasty recipe from Turkey that takes a little bit of time to cook, but is well worth the time – full of flavor, satisfying, and vegan.  To keep the textures and flavors of the vegetables distinct, it’s important that you layer the eggplant in a pot with tomatoes, lentils, chopped onions and garlic, then slowly cooks it, covered, without stirring. This dish is best when made ahead and allowed to mellow for at least a few hours. Print Recipe Turkish Pomegranate, Eggplant, and Lentils 1/4 teaspoon Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion finely diced4 cloves garlic medium sized, finely minced2 medium tomatoes chopped2 medium green peppers, such as Anaheims stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Optional1/2 cup Serious Foodie Pomegranate Grill SauceSeeds from 1 pomegranate Optional Course Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion finely diced4 cloves garlic medium […]

TexMex Fried Chicken Sandwich

We love fried chicken, especially those fully-flavored extra crispy versions.  There are plenty of fast food restaurants that specialize in fried chicken, but why not perfect you own version?  Here we provide a simple, fast recipe to make a great version at home – or worthy to take along to your next party. There are two simple tricks to this recipe: buttermilk, and the Serious Foodie TexMex Rub, with our special applewood smoked sea salt.   Print Recipe TexMex Fried Chicken Sandwich Make sure you leave enough time for the chicken to marinate in the buttermilk mixture. We use boneless chicken thighs all the time because of their deeper flavor and natural moisture, but feel free to use chicken breasts – which need overnight marinating. Votes: 1 Rating: 5 You: Rate this recipe! Prep Time 2 hours Cook Time 10 minutes Passive Time 2-12 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 4 chicken thighs skinless, boneless4-5 tablespoons Serious Foodie TexMex Rub1 cup buttermilk1/3 cup flour, seasoned with TexMex Rub Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of spice rub into the flour right before using.2 fresh eggs whisked1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs Regular breadcrumbs are OK – panko gives extra crispy crustsSalt and Pepper To […]

Spiced Nigerian Rib Eye

Photo courtesy of Wall Street Journal, Kitty Greenwald Oct. 10, 2019 We were so excited to see this article in the Wall Street Journal about chef Kwame Onwauchi, who has West African roots (article by Kitty Greenwald, Oct 10, 2019.  Click HERE to see original article, subscription necessary).  Chef Onwuachi spent a couple years in Nigeria, where he learned about native cooking, particularly suya. “It’s a street food in Nigeria,” Mr. Onwuachi explained, consisting of thinly sliced grilled meat seasoned with a potent, peanutty spice mix. Chef Onwuachi serves his own take on African and Caribbean cuisines at his restaurant Kith/Kin in Washington DC. We've learned so much about West African cooking over the last years, so we're always excited to see new chefs, and new recipes, showing up in the media. We have our own take on suya, which can easily be done at home using the Serious Foodie West African spice blend (check it out HERE), and a bit of a commonly found ingredient: peanuts. Spiced Rib Eye with Charred-Tomato Sauce and Crisp Potatoes The peanutty Nigerian-style spice mix, using the Serious Foodie West African rub  as a base, gives a big umami boost to seared rib-eye. The [...]

Kentucky Bourbon Fajitas!

Fajitas are that fun entree to order out at your favorite Mexican restaurant. The drama of the sizzling pan coming to your table. The smell of the onions & peppers wofting your way. We all know that feeling of a build your own experience. Why not have it at home with the smoky flavor of Bourbon added to the mix? Serious Foodie loves to switch things up a bit, and since our Kentucky Bourbon Spice Rub goes so well on any grilled protein, we decided fajitas would be a great plaform to put a twist on the traditional dish and spice it up a bit. There are a few tricks we will share with you, too!   Spice up your sour cream!   To add some serious flavor, whisk together sour cream and about 2 tbsp. of the Kentucky Bourbon Spice Rub. This makes sure that the bourbon flavor is not only in the base of the tortilla but on the top when you first bite into the fajita.   Marinate your chicken! After a generous amount of Kentucky Bourbon Spice Rub is sprinkled onto each side of the chicken breats, wrap the meat in plastic wrap for at least […]

Kentucky Bourbon Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Fajitas are that fun entree to order out at your favorite Mexican restaurant. The drama of the sizzling pan coming to your table. The smell of the onions & peppers wafting your way. We all know that feeling of building your own fajitas. While we’re stuck at home, why not try your hand at creating your own fajitas legend?  Fajitas are simple to make, and easy to create your own version.  Our recipe uses the smoky flavor of the Serious Foodie Kentucky Bourbon Spice Rub, which goes so well on any grilled meat or fish. We also offer a few tips that will help bring this healthy-ish dish up a notch! Tip 1:  Spice up your sour cream! To add some serious flavor to one of the important fajitas condiments, whisk together sour cream and about 2 tbsp. of the Kentucky Bourbon Spice Rub. This makes sure that the bourbon flavor is not only in the base of the tortilla but on the top when you first bite into the fajita. Tip 2: Pre-marinate your protein Sprinkle a generous amount of Kentucky Bourbon Spice Rub onto each side of the chicken, meat, or fish.  Wrap the meat or fish in […]

Fig Bourbon Compote

Print Recipe Fig Bourbon Compote If you are working with dried figs instead of fresh, add an additional 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 8 ounces Fresh figs, cleaned & diced any variety will do.1/4 cup sugar do not use sugar substitutes1/4 cup bourbon1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar traditional balsamic will also work1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juicezest from 1 orangepinch of salt Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 8 ounces Fresh figs, cleaned & diced any variety will do.1/4 cup sugar do not use sugar substitutes1/4 cup bourbon1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar traditional balsamic will also work1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juicezest from 1 orangepinch of salt Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Instructions Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until liquid is reduced by one half, and mixture is thick (about 30 minutes). Cool before serving.