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Cooking With Sin 2014 Calendar – April

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Each month in 2014, I am sharing a calendar page that includes a CWS recipe. Here is April’s!

Click to open up the large version of the calendar page, then right click and save or copy it for yourself. Print it off for your fridge, share it with a friend, post it at your office… etc.

I just ask, if you use it in a document, please use the entire image, so Cooking With Sin gets the credit. Thank you. It is yours to enjoy!

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin Calendar 2014

CWS Calendar 2014-04

Check out the story from the original recipe “Wedding Pudding” Dutch Advokaat.

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Who Let the Dog Out? #3 – Maple Orange Chicken with Mandarin Ketchup

Posted on: March 23rd, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” ~ John Grogan

The 3rd & final in a series of 3 dog “tails” written by Chef Janet Craig of The Satisfied Soul.

When I moved to Belleville, Ontario, I started catering dinner parties at a lot of larger homes in the county that were on the waterfront in very rural areas. One party had this little Sheltie and I was alarmed when my server opened the back door and let him out. This property was 5 acres in the middle of nowhere and I asked, “Did you ask anyone if you can let the dog out? Is the yard fenced? Do they have an invisible fence? OMG! What is the dog’s name?” Quickly, I picked up a lamb chop and waved it outside whistling like a jackass and fortunately, he returned.

While we avoided trouble that time, we may have done some damage later that night. While I was pulling a chocolate soufflé out of the oven, a chunk of it flew out of the pan. Before I could stop him, the dog snapped it out of the air while it was still piping hot. My server and I gave each other that “Oh no!” look. I immediately got him some cold water, but he didn’t even react. He seemed very happy with his illegal treat. :cool:

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin Who Let the Dog Out?

Who Let the Dog Out? #3

Maple Orange Chicken with Mandarin Ketchup

 

Maple Orange Chicken

 4 chicken breasts
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp Noilly Pratt Vermouth
1 tbsp grated orange rind
1 tbsp fresh orange juice

1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place in a resealable freezer bag.

2. Combine maple syrup, Vermouth, orange rind and juice. Pour over chicken in bag and let stand 1 hour in fridge or up to 24 hours.

3. Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade and grill chicken for 6-7 minutes on each side, covered, giving the chicken a quarter turn three minutes into cooking of each side. When chicken is cooked through, and no pink remains, remove from heat,

Mandarin Ketchup

2 cans mandarin oranges, drained (approx. 2 cups)
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
pinch cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Noilly Pratt Vermouth
2 tbsp maple syrup
hot pepper sauce, to taste
garnish – sliced green onions and toasted almonds

 1. While chicken is marinating, combine remaining ingredients except garnishes, in a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a medium saucepan and cook over med-low heat for 40-45 minutes or until reduced by half. (Measures about 1 cup sauce.)

3. Serve warm or cold.

To Serve

Slice the cooked chicken and drizzle with the Mandarin Ketchup. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and toasted almonds to garnish if desired.

Chef Janet’s final thoughts:

Chef Janet Craig Cooking With Sin Maple Orange Chicken 2

I have an older Rottie mix who was a rescue dog and I realized the other day when I let her out on the deck, how old & frizzled she looked (much how I feel some days). She gave herself a shake and smiled at me over her shoulder and I realized like my clients, that dog was everything to me.

So I have had the pleasure of working in some great homes but I think the doggy part of the clientele is still the most fun.

Thank you for letting me share my stories and recipes. Maybe our paths will cross someday.

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Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

“Who Let the Dog Out?” #2 – Beef Ragout

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” ~ Dean Koontz

The 2nd  in a series of 3 dog “tails” written by Chef Janet Craig of The Satisfied Soul.

Another part of my job is cooking for seniors and I am often hired by their “kids” (people like me in the 50’s & 60’s) to ensure their parents are eating properly. A lot of seniors used to be good cooks, but over time, sometimes they are no longer able stand for long periods or they have dietary restrictions. Hiring me gives them the ability to be independent and remain in their own homes.

A woman contacted me and arranged for me to go to her parents’ home – a lovely large Tudor style home. She had said her Mum, Martha, had slight dementia and her Dad, George, was a retired doctor and didn’t cook. When I arrived this couple greeted me at the door, both beautifully dressed, lovely white hair, their cardigans in place. Martha had her full makeup on so my first impression was that they looked healthy and happy.

After I got unpacked and started to work the husband, George came into the kitchen with his newspaper in hand and asked if Martha could sit with me. I realized the poor guy never has time to himself so I said, “Of course. Martha, come sit, watch me cook and I’ll make you some tea.” I kept thinking, “Why are they in this huge house?” Well, you guessed it. They had this dog, a Puli named Sandy, who was a mass of black dreadlocks to the floor. I could not tell his ass end from his front end, but they loved him and they couldn’t give up their home while they had their dog.

After being asked the umpteenth time what my name was, Martha announced Sandy had to go out. So I took the dog and let him out the glass doors onto the patio. It was the middle of January and the patio door was stuck with snow, so I ended up outside as well trying to get the dog out. Then Martha slammed the glass door shut and locked it, with me outside!

I tried my best to convince her to let me in. I could hear her calling out, “George, there is a strange lady in white on our patio.”

“Jeez!” I thought, “Do you think he’s heard that before?” Then I had a brainwave. I picked up Sandy and smiled at her. She opened the door happily saying, “Oh! You found Sandy!”

Chef Janet Craig Cooking With Sin Beef Ragout Who Let the Dog Out?

“Who Let the Dog Out?” #2

Beef Ragout

 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crumbled
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked peppercorns
2 pounds stewing beef, trimmed, cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted, ground
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup red wine
1 540 ml can diced tomatoes, including juice
2 bay leaves
2 roasted red peppers, thinly sliced, cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/2 cup pitted green olives, sliced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
 

 1.In a resealable plastic bag, combine flour, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Add beef and toss until evenly coated.

2. Set meat aside, shaking off any excess flour; reserve flour.

3. In a heavy frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Brown beef in batches, turning and adding more oil, if necessary, for about four minutes per batch.

4. Transfer beef to slow cooker’s stoneware insert. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions and garlic, stirring, until softened, about three minutes. Sprinkle with cumin and the flour mixture and cook, stirring, for a minute. Add beef stock, wine, tomatoes with juice, and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about two minutes.

5. Add to slow cooker, stirring well. Cover and cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours, until mixture is bubbly and beef is tender.

6. Stir in roasted peppers, olives and parsley. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes, until peppers are heated through. Discard bay leaves and serve.

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Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Oven Braised Rosemary Sweet Vermouth Pork Blade

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. ~ Dean Martin

It started when I shared this hilarious image on my Facebook page.

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Sinatra Martin photo

For the record, I take no credit for the above images. They are so popular on the Internet that it is impossible to find the original.

My friend Connie Campbell, of Growing, Cooking, Sharing is a consummate, always-inspiring culinary artist and when she saw the image, her creative mind started spinning out recipe ideas. It lead to this. She says you should feel free to adjust the amounts according to your palate.

Cheers!

Oven Braised Rosemary Sweet Vermouth Pork Blade

Serves 4-6

1 cup dry vermouth or more, depending on thickness of steak
2 small – med red onions or 3 medium shallots
4 or 5 pork blade pork steaks (1/2 inch thick) bone in or boneless
salt and pepper
2 tbsp. dried rosemary
coconut oil
 

1. Season pork

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add coconut oil

3. Cook onions until soft

4. Remove and set aside, add pork to skillet, brown both sides, then remove and place in large roaster

5. Add vermouth to skillet to loosen any brown bits. Add rosemary and onions.

6. Heat through, then pour over steaks, ensuring the steaks are almost covered.

7. Cover and bake in a 325 oven for approx. 1.5 hours or until tender.

8. Alternatively, add pork back to skillet and braise on stove top on low ensuring that the liquid is maintained. Add more sweet vermouth or water as needed. Braise for same length testing for tenderness.

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Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Barefoot Wine Little Sips Cupcakes

Posted on: February 1st, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Carla Johnson Cooking with Sin Barefoot Wine Bubbly

For the past three years I have been involved in “Best Bites: Taste of the Region” fundraiser here in Cambridge, Ontario. As the beverage contact on the organizing committee for the event I contact and invite the wineries, breweries & distilleries to the event. As you can imagine, I have the best job! This is the 6th in a series of “Thank You” posts featuring the beverage participants who have been such an important part of helping make Best Bites such a resounding success each year.
 

Barefoot Wine bottles

Barefoot Wine and Bubbly

 

Little Sips

Best Bites Barefoot Wine Moscato bottle

Cupcakes:
190g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
200g granulated sugar
113g butter
2 large eggs
50ml Barefoot Moscato
50ml milk
 
Icing:
250g tub of mascarpone cheese, softened
2 tbsp Barefoot Moscato
1 500g pack of icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Shaved chocolate for garnish
 

Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl with electric mixer on medium-high, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, Barefoot Moscato and milk until just combined.

2. Add dry ingredients; mix until smooth and fluffy. Divide batter evenly into 24 mini cupcake tins. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan: remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Icing

1. In small bowl with electric mixer on high, beat mascarpone cheese and Barefoot Moscato wine just until smooth.

2. Gradually beat in icing sugar and vanilla until blended. Ice each cupcake with a small amount of icing and garnish with chocolate curls with a sprinkle of icing sugar.

Barefoot Wine Little Sips Cupcake IcingAll photos credit of Barefoot Wine and Bubbly.

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