Quick veggies… I’m back

Friends,  The last couple years have sucked.  I have my health, my kids are good.  Check!  But, dang.  The drama in my marriage- many sources– had worn me down and robbed me of gusto, self esteem, courage… in short, the Daph Master Flash.   

But, with the help of dear friends, white wine and some alone time I woke up the other day with a “hell yeah, let’s do this”.  I had don’t have a crew or pay, but gosh dang it I want to express myself!!  I miss cooking with a camera on me.   So, here is the product of my first attempt at my one woman food network.  Enjoy

 

The no plan protein

The  game I have with myself right now is protein roulette.  I buy the protein I’m going to cook and then challenge myself to use whatever is on hand.  The purpose is twofold:  to make me a more creative cook, and 2) get rid of that stuff that’s been sitting on my shelves for too long.

Rex is basically a vegetarian, but he does like chicken legs.  I’ve made then 20 different ways.  I went out on a limb and did thighs this night.  I did two different versions.  This one worked out the best.

Homemade ceasar dressing from a few days previous, chopped onions ( half chopped, sitting in plastic wrap) chicken broth and hot pepper jelly.   It turned out great. The crispy skin was a hit. Marinated over night and cooked long and low in the oven.

I made another wing it batch with broth, onions, paprika, cumin, but it cooked a tad too long and wasn’t as fun. The skin was still popular though.

I know, it might not look fab, but it’s pretty tasty.  Hey, you don’t have to be a chef to make food. Since I do more of the cooking than my home chef I have figured this out. So many people eat food out of a box or a freezer.  Don’t be afraid to cook.