Sesame Chicken Wings

Ok so those are not wings, sue me

Ok so those are not wings, sue me

This is a really simple quick way to use up all those chicken wings that may be around after butchering a bunch of chickens. What, you buy chickens already cut up without the bones and pre made chicken stock from a store.

Stop that.

Sesame Chicken Wings

  • 12-16 chicken wings segmented skin on
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 stp salt
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions diced fine

Mash garlic to a paste and mix with everything else but seeds and onion. Add meat and stir to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes then arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet in one layer coating with remaining sauce. Bake at 425 degrees until chicken is done, about 30 minutes.

 

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Snow Geese “Pastrami”

Guess what phone took this photo

Guess what phone took this photo

Our hunting friend asked if we had any use for snow geese since he had a bunch. He made sure to warn us that it is a really gamey hard to cook meat. The only response to free fresh meat is and should always be yes.

Oh and snow geese is delectable.

This recipe requires brining and smoking.

Snow Geese Pastrami

  • 6-8 snow geese breasts still on the bone skin removed

for brine

  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/2 onion roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 dried chili de arbols

for spice rub

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Wash breasts and pat dry. Place all brine ingredients in a stock pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Add breasts to solution, submerge and brine in refrigerator for 1 hour per total pounds up to four hours. Remove from brine, shake excess off and place on a drying rack back in refrigerator for 24 hours. Grind spice mix and rub generously into meat. Start smoker and smoke with apple or pecan wood. Remove when done and slice from breast bone, then slice into thin strips. serve with a horseradish cream sauce.

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Tomatillo and Chili Pepper Stewed Venison Shoulder

That is a meaty taco

That is a meaty taco

This is a great way to use a venison shoulder. The meat can be used as filling for tacos, burritos, tamales or on top of a sandwich.

Venison Shoulder in a Tomatillo Chili Pepper Sauce

  • 2-3 lb venison shoulder
  • 2 dried ancho chilis stems removed
  • 4 dried chili de arbols stems removed
  • 28 ounce can tomatillos drained
  • 1 lime
  • 1 large onion diced fine
  • 1 green pepper diced medium
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tbsp bacon fat

Soak dried peppers in 2 cups boiling water until soft. In a blender place 1/2 the cilantro, tomatillos, lime juice, lime zest, peppers and water and blend until smooth. In a large stock pot heat fat until sizzling and sear shoulder on all sides. Remove meat to a plate and add onion to pan. Turn heat to low and saute until golden then add green pepper and saute until soft. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium and de glaze pan. Add tomatillo sauce and bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer, add meat and cook on low partially covered until meat falls off bone, about 2 hours. Remove pan from heat. Remove meat and shred by hand then add back to sauce and bring back to a simmer. Cook until thick and season with salt, pepper and more cilantro.

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Sweet Potato Tatties

I know they are not authentic tatties

I know they are not authentic tatties

So this is what happens when you forget to buy potatoes but have a mess of sweet potatoes still around from last year’s harvest. The final result was actually very good and the sweeter flavor of the yams and molasses went very well with the rest of a traditional Irish breakfast. For the standard tattie recipe go here.

We’re still having fun trying out our new camera phone. To read a more thorough review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge go here.

Sweet Potato Tatties

  • 1 lb sweet potato baked
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4-1 cup flour

Remove skins from cooked potatoes and mash with butter, molasses and cinnamon. Slowly add flour until a rough dough forms. Heavily flour the counter and roll dough out to 1/8″ thick. Cut into squares and fry in butter until browned on both sides. Serve hot. Cooked tatties will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week and in the freezer for ever. Toss them in a toaster to rewarm them.

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The Irish Flag

Yeah this is another shot from the S7 I am feeling a little blatant.

Yeah this is another shot from the S7 I am feeling a little blatant.

So we missed St. Patricks Day this year and as punishment forced ourselves to drink one of these. Then we forced ourselves to do three more.

We’re still having fun trying out our new camera phone. To read a more thorough review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge go here.

Irish Flag Shot

Equal parts Creme de Menthe, Irish Cream, and Grand Marnier layered in that order carefully in a 2 ounce shot glass. Pour each liquor slowly over the back of a spoon to keep the liquors from mixing.

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Duck in Marsala Quick Sauce

Another shot with the Galaxy S7 far far away.

Another shot with the Galaxy S7 far far away. By the way that looks and tastes better than steak.

This is a great way to use up some marsala and amazing freshly shot wild duck. Use the freshest meat and cook until just rare. For this to really sing serve it with polenta.

We’re still having fun trying out our new camera phone. To read a more thorough review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge go here.

Wild Duck Breasts with Quick Marsala Sauce

  • 6-8 wild duck breasts
  • 1/2 onion diced very fine
  • 1 cup marsala
  • Salt/pepper
  • 4 tbsp butter

Wash off breasts and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter over medium heat until it begins to foam. Add duck breasts and sear on both sides until rare in center. Remove to a plate and add onion to pan. Cook over low until onion begins to caramelize stirring often, about 15 minutes. Add wine and deglaze pan. Bring to a simmer over medium and reduce by half. Add duck and any juices on plate back to pan. Stir to coat and sauce thickens. Serve sliced thin.

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Testing a Camera and Sorghum Brussels Sprouts

This was a cell phone camera exposed with the stove light

This was a cell phone camera exposed with the stove light

The above photo and all the photos in this post were taken with the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  To truly test the camera I used it in pro mode adjusting the exposure, focus, and white balance manually and also in the automatic mode which it defaults to on each opening. A quick note: Our good friend who works at a local PR firm loaned us and some other local bloggers the new phone to try out. In other words this is a paid promotion, but more on that below.

I tried to mimic situations people would find themselves in when out showing off their current food choices to anyone who is interested such as low light, candlelight, outdoor shade, sunlight and indoor situations. I will break down the results for each photo but all in all the camera is quite exceptional for most peoples needs in a cell phone camera. Its auto exposure and color corrections are very accurate and the full image size can be printed up to 11×14 with excellent results. Of course the selfie has to be a really good one to justify a shrine that large. It allows an SD card for additional memory and can be directly connected to a computer to download with some work sneaking past the annoying operating system.

In the Brussels sprouts photo the image was taken in pro mode and exposed with the stove light. I manually set the exposure and focus and as you can see the result is fairly crisp. I did notice a bit of focus loss around the back of the pile, but the depth of field is actually quite good for the low light. Below is the recipe. For those who want to continue looking at photographs from the phone continue below.

This is a quick and healthy way to cook Brussels sprouts.

Sorghum Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts ends cut off and sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp sorghum
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter

In a large frying pan melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cayenne pepper and fry for a minute then add Brussels sprouts and stir to coat. Flip all sprouts cut side down and saute until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Flip over and saute on other side for a minute more then add sorghum and stir well. Continue to cook until sorghum begins to caramelize, about 2 minutes, remove from heat and serve.

Yeah this is another shot from the S7 I am feeling a little blatant.

Yeah this is another shot from the S7 I am feeling a little blatant.

This shot (the shot and the photo!) was exposed with a flashlight to mimic the harsh bar lighting situation some millennial would experience when they need to brag about wherever they happen to be at 3 in the morning. I again shot this in pro mode and though I was able to get the different colors and a fairly decent mid-tone exposure, the phone sensor could not handle holding the highlight detail and the toe detail at the same time. It did capture a lot more detail than I was expecting.

Another shot with the Galaxy S7 far far away.

Another shot with the Galaxy S7 far far away.

This shot was exposed with late setting evening light through a window. The type of light that would be around when you go out for a fancy dinner and want to make all your friends jealous of how great your life is.  Again there is a slight loss of depth of field but the color is quite exceptional. More amazing is it was shot using the automatic color balance instead of manually setting it. The red and yellows are well balanced and though the white plate is a bit yellow it is still very good for an automatic correction.

A healthy breakfast filled with all sorts of things fried in butter

A healthy breakfast filled with all sorts of things fried in butter

The breakfast shot was done in direct morning light using the automatic setting around the time all those healthy people are finishing their morning jog to buy Starbucks and talk about how much the new exercise fad is changing their lives. The sensor did an excellent job of maintaining the shadow detail without blowing out the highlight and the color is quite good. I was surprised that the focus did not hold in the foreground since the lighting was quite bright but that is what happens when there is not an adjustable aperture.

Auto

Auto

In these two shots I used fully automatic and then pro to adjust the color temperature. Although the auto did fairly well with the white point it did cool down the photo a bit. The pro adjustment did allow me to play with my color meter, something I have not played with in a long time and I do like how the warmer tone helps the sweet potatoes look extra tasty and the stone tile is closer to its actual tone.

I know they are not authentic tatties

I know they are not authentic tatties

We’ll post recipes for the duck, tatties and drink soon.

All in all I would say this cell phone camera is pretty amazing. The built in flash has an auto and manual setting. Like all built ins it is fairly over powering and ugly. There are also many different effects and a whole selfie mode to enhance any teenage girl’s narcissism. The video camera is for a whole different post.

A note from Katherine: A big thanks to our friend LW for letting us try out the new phone. The best part of the experience (and perhaps the worst too) was watching Greg’s reaction at the Verizon store. He’s not a fan of smart phones and is more accustomed, as a pro himself, to using a Nikon with multiple lens, settings and more. Looking at all the bells and whistles on the camera phone, he said: ‘I’m gonna be out of a job soon.’ For now I’m enjoying his new toy just as much as he is. (He normally uses a flip phone and I can’t text him photos.) The phone itself is sleek and fun to use. Those of you due for an upgrade can receive up to $300 when you trade in your previous working condition smartphone and upgrade or add a line and activate a DROID Turbo, Turbo 2, Maxx 2, Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on device payment for a limited time. Those who switch to Verizon can also receive up to $650 to pay off their old phone or contract. There are a few other offers available to. Your local Verizon dealer will be able to tell you more. I need to go text Greg a selfie while I still can.

 

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