Extra-crispy grilled chicken thighs are bathed in a lush Parsley & Olive Salsa, rich with olives, fresh chili and lemon-another Little Jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen.
The real key to this recipe is cooking the chicken until the skin really crispy and brown, this helps the chicken hold up to this rich salsa.
PARSLEY & OLIVE SALSA
The definition for salsa is “A spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment”. That seems to ring true for this lively sauce. I saw the sauce here and wanted to try it, but of course you need to be a member to see the recipes, it’s that way all over-no more free online. In fact, I too had to move to a Membership Collection for my 500+ recipes, the website costs have really sky-rocked.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE
This is such a great start to the New Year, cleaning out the refrigerator/freezer! A no waste tactic to use what I already have on hand-a lesson from my favorite book “An Everlasting Meal” by Tamar Parker. I use her wonderful way with on-hand vegetables, as in my Autumn Roasted Vegetable Salad Recipe No. 245. Worth a look.
For this recipe I reworked my favorite raw olive sauce recipe, and my FIRST ever post on the website, Summer Tomato Sauce which I still use on regular meal rotation. I created this current sauce as close to the one I wanted. The jalapeño is what keeps this in the spicy salsa family!
Crispy chicken is bathed in the Parsley & Olive Salsa and served family style on a platter. I add to this with a simple green salad and a scoop of chocolate gelato for dessert. Simple.
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Does the world really need another Arrabiata Sauce recipe? I asked myself that question then tried this Really Rich Arrabiatta Sauce plant-based recipe, it now adds to the Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen.
My love for my cultural family recipes, most of which are either French, Italian, or Homestyle Nebraska cooking, prompted me to try yet another version of Arrabitta Sauce. I shared so many Italian recipes on my Bijouxs website, I have lost count. Some favorites you might like to try include my break the website Lemon Tiramisu and Garlicy Italian White Beans for starters.
BEAUTIFUL FOOD BY DESIGN
I share over 500 recipes on my website with ad-free access and a printable recipe card–I think my site is a winner. I designed the site over 10 years ago using a clean, black & white design. My food photgraphy has remained lush, but uses only real food from cooking the recipes. I do not employ any foood stylist tricks, what you see is what you get.My photography has been featured in many publications. Did I mention I also have 3 cookbooks, those are available digital or print right here. Yup, I designed those too.
REALLY RICH ARRABIATA SAUCE
This sauce is really rich, yet is remains a healthy vegan recipe. I enjoy cooking plant-based dishes for many of my meals. In Italy the focus is on simple and this sauce is a perfect example.The combination of fresh tomatoes PLUS a rich Italian tomato paste create a sauce dense with flavor. The addition of red chili pepper flakes and a little balsamic vinegar finish the sauce.I use a organic ancient grain spaghetti to keep the healthy thing going.
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Delicate Japanese soba noodles infused with green matcha create the base of this recipe. Don’t worry if you can’t find matcha soba noodles, plain noodles will work well. The simple curry sauce is the combination of using classic Japanese Curry spice block, (you may have seen in the supers) along with a fragrant Red Thai Curry paste which adds depth to the sauce. This is an almost ready-made curry, the sauce goes together simply, using water and a bit of broth, that’s it.
Onions and carrots, along with fresh shrimp are sautéed and from there the curry sauce takes shape. Once the sauce comes together the cooked noodles are gently tossed in. Serving the noodles in bowls makes slurping them up much easier. Toppings of green onions and cilantro leaves, along with the crunch of mung bean sprouts add freshness to the noodles.
Of course please substitute chicken or tofu as you wish in place of the shrimp. Enjoy a bowl of Matcha Noodle Curry w/ Shrimp.
Fresh Fennel is a little jewel to include in your garden. The fragrant green fronds create a rich green pesto, another little jewel from the Bijouxs kitchen.
FENNEL IN THE GARDEN
I have always included fennel in my gardens, even now in my tiny garden at my bungalow up the Central Coast. I was gifted a large fennel plant from a neighbor’s garden. Fennel bulbs multiple, so my neighbors dug up a large clump of bulbs to share. Turns out fennel is fussy about a transplant, there is a long tap root and you really have to keep if watered during its adjustment time. I cut back the fronds and planted in rich planting mix, after a few months my fennel is thriving.
FENNEL IN THE KITCHEN
I have used the bulbs in a variety of recipes, cooked and raw in salads. Fennel has a mild anise/licorice taste. You will see many times fennel a part of Italian cuisine. The bulbs can be braised, with cream and cheese, also roasted and put into salads and pasta. One of my favorites is this Blood Orange, Fennel & Radicchio Salad. Thinly sliced fennel adds the crisp crunch to the beautiful salad made colorful with rich hues from Blood Oranges.
So, what to do with all the luxuriant fronds that accompany the fennel plant? What came to mind was a pesto, which I have made with greens other than basil. After a checking the internet I discovered that you can basically just substitute fennel fronds in place of the basil-so simple. Many times, if I do not have pine nuts, I swap out walnuts in my pesto, as I did in this recipe. I used the basic ratios of my original basil pesto recipe.
There are of course many ways to use the pesto, just as you would use basil pesto. I liked this pesto as a dip for a steamed artichoke or spread on a sandwich or tossed with pasta. Fennel a little garden jewel.
Craving salty sweet caramel but not all the sugar? This Salted Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce checks all the boxes–sweet, golden and creamy sauce. I used it to top vanilla bean gelato, for a special treat. Let’s make it. Continue reading Salted Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce