Baby it’s dry outside: Dehydrated Herbs

Herbs that is! Los Angeles is technically supposed to be a desert . None of the vegetation is natural here… We go through droughts. Herbs cost money. Buy them at the market for $1 and dehydrate or air dry. In supermarkets herbs such as rosemary can cost up to $5-$8. Let’s save a few bucks and dehydrate more… here’s what I have so far. More to come!

 

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Why this chicken tastes like a steak?

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Now for the good stuff… substantial food

We apologize to meat eaters for being to vege. I saw for sale at Ralph’s some ground organic chicken, and realized I never used chicken this way before. I had to learn how to manipulate the idea of a lighter ground meat. LOVE me some burgers!

I decided to not take the easy burger path. Instead, I made a BBQ seasoned chicken steak, and I topped it with kiwi sauce drizzled over bacon… MMMM (Remember that BBQ sauce I spruces up? :-0 )

I began by seasoning the patty. Just because there is sauce all over the place does not mean the chicken doesn’t need internal love. Simply mix the following ingredients and make into preferred size patty’s. Then use lighter oil or give into butter. It’s up to you! I recommend skinnier patty’s since it’s chicken. BTW this ground meat needs to be fully cooked. No Salmonella in herr!! Afterward drench it in my BBQ sauce! topped it with pan-fried bacon (turkey OK). Then slide some of that habanero kiwi sauce on top… YUUUUUMMMM!!!

Chicken Patty

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Ingredients

1 lb ground organic chicken
1 cap of liquid smoke
1 tsp cayenne, spanish smoked paprika, herbs de provence
2 tsp ground sage, parsley
Salt and Black Pepper

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AmazeBalls (Coconut bacon topping smoky, mallow stuffed, mashed, sweet potato balls)

I got a little weird and remembered I had the most delicious mashed potato balls at Porto’s  in the Valley. Why not sweet potato balls? Sounds delicious enough… turns out… THEY ARE AMAZEBALLS (pun intended). Just look at that Mallow oozing out!

AmazeBalls Difficulty: Not

Time: 1 1/2 Hrs

Recipe

4 large sweet potatoes

1 small bag marsh mallow

12oz. fresh orange juice

zest of one large orange

1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup (grade A)

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 caps of liquid smoke

3tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tbsp nutmeg

2 cups of coconut

Salt and Pepper

Set coconut to the side. Slice sweet potatoes into 1″ pieces. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon, and bake at 300 F for 20 minutes or tender. Minus a capful of liquid smoke and coconut, mash remainder of ingredients with warm potatoes in separate mixing bowl. Let mixture cool. Insert desired amount of marsh mallow in center of mash, and roll into ball.

To create coconut bacon simply mix a cap of lquid smoke and desired amount of Grade A maple syrup. one mixed, top onto Amazeballs and bake at 300 F for 20 minutes. Coconut will be perfectly brownish when ready.