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Monday, January 21, 2013

Recipe Reveiw from 1/14/2013

A slow week on Barn construction. Temperatures ranged from a high of 9* to 27* and back to 5*.  The contractor finished framing the upstairs, put chipboard on the outside and started wrapping it.  It's now enclosed and I suspect the man-door, garage door, and windows will be the next emphasis. Windows are here and ready to go.

Temps are 25*F (4*C) with 20 mph winds.

Man-door and stairs to loft.

Loft looking East.  Window will go in upper center square.

West side of loft.  Window will go in upper right corner.

We also fit in a concert on Friday night: Low was playing at St. Scholastica and it was a night that worked for us.  I had not heard of them before and the Husband had, so a 'new to me' group.  Hmm, how to describe?  Dark, edgy, hints of frustration, sublime in the simplicity and wonderful harmonics which were a bit drowned out by the guitar...not a band you want to listen to if your feeling depressed, or, maybe a good band to listen to if your feeling depressed.  I guess it depends on what kind of depressed you are feeling. See, hard to describe. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill pop/rock style band.  Indie, alternative. 

This was the flyer info: 
Bravo! Performances:  Low is an American indie rock group formed in Duluth in 1993 and now tours worldwide. Its striking vocal harmonies represent perhaps the group's most distinctive element; critic Denise Sullivan writes that their shared vocals are "as chilling as anything Gram and Emmylou ever conspired on -- though that's not to say it's country-tinged, just straight from the heart."

And, a couple new recipes:

Pressed Cuban-Style Sandwiches   (Ckng Lght Jan/Feb 2013)
I love a good Cuban style sandwich.  I think it's the pickle...  For this recipe I used leftover slow cooked chicken from the previous week and shredded.  The ham was 1/2 lb deli-style ham as I didn't want to buy a lot for just a couple sandwiches. I baked for ease of prep since I had the oven on anyway.   Quick, easy, served with some tatertots along side (I LOVE tater tots!).    

  • 8 ounces Cuban bread  (I used a baguette - seriously, where the heck am I going to find "Cuban" bread in Northern MN?) 
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound chicken cutlets
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 ounce shredded Havarti cheese (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce lower-sodium sliced ham
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spicy kosher dill pickle
  • Cooking spray
  1. Cut bread in half horizontally.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Sauté 3 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 10 minutes. Slice chicken; toss with garlic.
  3. Spread spicy brown mustard over bottom half of bread; top with Havarti cheese, ham, and chicken. Sprinkle chicken with chopped pickle; cover with top half of bread. Return pan to medium heat; coat with cooking spray. Add sandwich to pan; top with another heavy skillet to weigh down. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until toasted. Cut sandwich crosswise into 4 equal portions.

1 comment:

Karl A. said...

I do believe that was the most diverse post ever. New construction, concert review and recipes. Very cool...

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