Archive for October, 2012

Chicken Bog

October 31, 2012 1 comment

Chicken Bog

Continuing with my Southern/lowcountry-inspired dishes, we have chicken bog. What the heck is it? I’d say its kind of like a southern risotto with much, much less stirring. You end up with creamy rice laced with chicken, mushrooms and sausage (or whatever you want) without having to stand over a stove constantly stirring for 45 minutes!

I had never heard of chicken bog and was actually searching for a pilau/perlow recipe (something I actually did eat in Charleston). Both are rice-based dishes but according to this site, bog is a bit creamier whereas pilau would be more of a soupy rice. The pictures made it look very similar to a risotto, so I added mushrooms (I always sneak in veggies when I can) and reduced the amount of butter (a whole stick, Paula Deen?!). I’m boiling a whole chicken and 1 lb of sausage–I think there’s enough fat rendered so you can probably eliminate the butter entirely. Read more…


Smoked Whitefish Dip

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Smoked Trout Dip

I lived in NYC for a summer on the Upper West Side. At that time, I didn’t cook because I had ten short weeks to take in all that the city had to offer. I knew I wouldn’t be moving there long-term, so I had to take advantage of the time I had. One of my favorite snacks in my neighborhood was the whitefish dip from Zabar’s. I could finish the container with some pita chips in one sitting. Costco also sells a 1 lb tub that is a bit much, so when I got the craving today, I figured it out for myself.

You can use any smoked fish for this recipe, but I used trout. I was home alone for the weekend and ended up finishing the entire batch in about 24 hours. Read more…

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Triple Berry Jam w/Ginger

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Triple Berry Jam

Several weeks ago, I bought three baskets of mixed berries for dessert. However, my friend just opened a new storefront for her wedding cake business, Pretty Please Bakeshop, so I stopped in and picked up an assortment of cupcakes, twinks and cookies for dessert instead. Since I’d be traveling for the entire week, I didn’t want the berries to go bad so I made jam!

I’d seen my mom make jam as a kid but I’d never made any myself. It took some time to find a recipe that didn’t require pectin, but a little Googling found a recipe to start from. I was worried about my jam being too sweet, so was very happy to find a recipe that didn’t include any white sugar. Read more…

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Shrimp & Grits Casserole (Dressing?)

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Shrimp & Grits Dressing

Growing up, my mom often made chao (rice porridge) with shrimp or, if she was in a hurry, we’d have farina and shrimp. I can’t remember when I first had shrimp & grits but I always have a soft spot for it in my belly. My love of grits is well documented.

On our visit to Charleston, Hominy Grill was on my must eat list. When we arrived for brunch, a huge storm the night before had damaged the kitchen and we were sadly turned away. Fifteen minutes later, they were able to magically reopen and our friend sent us back for the shrimp and grits…boy was I glad that worked out! Read more…