Mexican Skillet Chicken

IMG_1185Sometimes a recipe is born simply from a suggestion. While being told about a chicken dish that was enjoyed on a recent trip to Vegas, my mind was clicking away, trying to think about how to prepare a similar dish, having never seen the original, with the description more about how good it was, not really about how it was made. Our conversation wandered along several paths, never returning to the chicken dish. Several nights later I played the “what if” game while cooking what turned out to be the first draft of this very fresh, spicy dish of chicken with a light topping of melted cheese, and topped with fresh tomatoes, avocados, tomatillos, & green onion. Theoretically it should feed four. So far, it has only ever fed two, with no leftovers. Continue reading

Tomato Jam

IMG_3868Hot dogs and hamburgers seem to be a part of summer that never changes.  They may have tofu wieners and veggie patties, but they’re still what they are.  A bun cut in half, with a sizzling hot centerpiece smothered in the trimmings of one’s desire.

These trimmings usually define the dog or burger.  The better they are, the yummier the creation.  Our house usually does the ketchup, zesty relish, mustard & mayonnaise thing.  Switching it up with chipotle mayo, salsa & guacamole.  Pickles and caramelized onions are essential, along with crispy lettuce and slices of tomato.  I do not like ketchup.  That being said, I am very open to tomato chutneys, salsas etc.

So, with the summer abundance of tomatoes around the corner, try this very simple tomato jam.  If you want a smooth consistency, process it once it’s cooled a bit, remembering to remove the cinnamon! Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

IMG_1263Ten years or so ago, I came up with the idea of an art auction to raise money for our community hall.  Everyone could donate art that they no longer wanted on their own walls, or something that they had created themselves.  We had some wild pieces, as well as some that were really beautifully done.  We held another art auction in the summer of 2011, as well as one last summer, which did even better.    We wondered if it was something that we could do year after year.  Apparently there’s no shortage of art that people are willing to donate, and to buy!

The original event was held in April and kicked off with a Lasagne dinner & the Art Auction, followed the next day with a Community Breakfast and Walkathon around the island.  We had a couple of large whalers to transfer us from one point to the next, as we don’t have a circuitous road, more like a wishbone.

Here’s the lasagne I came up with for that event.  We did half of them vegetarian, and half with beef.  My favourite was and still is the vegetarian version.  This recipe makes a large roasting pan full, enough for 18 good-sized servings. Continue reading