two skinny jenkins


090414 – chocolate dipped apricots
090414, 9:32 pm
Filed under: DESSERT | Tags: ,

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yum.  i had seen this in a couple places before, but not taken the initiative to make it happen.  it just so happened that after making granola this afternoon, i had a few almonds left over, 6 apricots left in the package, and a hankering for chocolate.  it was insanely easy to make (and kinda fun) and tasted SOOOO good.

ingredients:

  • 6 dried apricots
  • 3 T melted dark chocolate (or semi-sweet)
  • 6 almonds, chopped (i had seen the recipe done with pistachios)

directions:

  1. dip the apricot in melted chocolate, sprinkle with chopped nuts, and place on plate in the freezer or refrigerator for chocolate to harden.


090414 – 40 clove chicken
090414, 9:22 pm
Filed under: DINNER | Tags: ,

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this chicken recipe is tried and tried and tried and true.  i don’t think this could come out poorly if i tried. it was great over brown rice and a side of asparagus.  i seasoned the asparagus with salt and pepper then baked it for 12 minutes.  i made a simple sauce of 2 T melted butter, 1 T balsamic vinegar, and 1 T soy sauce.  it was great!

ingredients:

  • 4 small chicken breasts
  • 40 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 8 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • 1/4 C lemon juice

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 375°.
  2. place chicken in baking dish with garlic, celery, spices, salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with juice.
  3. bake for 1 hour covered with aluminum foil, then 30 minutes uncovered.


094014 – great granola
090414, 9:01 pm
Filed under: SNACK | Tags: , ,

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i tried making a different recipe one time but this was so easy and good that i am back.  I have learned that the trick to good granola is to 1) really bake it long enough and 2) don’t be too afraid of oil.  i have always loved the clumpy parts in granola and the only way to produce good clumps is OIL.  the batch i made this afternoon i used slightly less oil than the original recipe calls for.  I think i might try to make granola bars out of this… stay posted!

ingredients:

  • 2 C oats
  • 1/2 C toasted almonds
  • 1/2 C peanuts
  • 1/4 C toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C ground fiber one (instead of wheat germ)
  • 1/4 C sesame seeds
  • 1/4 C flax seeds
  • 1/2 C coconut flakes (i used sweetened)
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 2/3 C honey
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1/4 C flax seed oil
  • 1/2 C raisins
  • 1/4 C dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 C dried cherries

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 300°
  2. mix dry ingredients except for fruit in a large bowl.  drizzle with oil and then honey (the oil helps the honey pour from the cup)
  3. spread the mixture out onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven, turning every 10 minutes, so that the whole batch acquires golden brown color.
  4. when the granola has finished cooking, add fruit to the mix.  as it cools and dries, the granola will clump up nicely.



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