Cleaning Out The Icebox

Last Tuesday night it was just Aidan and I.  Being a poor Chef at Muffuletta in Park I decided to make dinner with what I had on hand and product from my patio garden.

 

 

I had one package of chicken thighs, some old green onions, mushrooms, garlic, half a red onion, and an old open bottle of white wine.  Lets get started.  First thing first turn on some music and pour a drink.  I had a couple glasses a wine during this adventure.

 

I took all the ingredients above and cut them into medium dice.  I then placed them into a oven safe baking dish.  There is some fresh basil from my garden on top as well.

 

 

 

 

 

I seared the chicken thighs in a pan with some oil until they where golden brown on the skin side.  I then placed them in the baking dish with white wine and chicken stock.  The thighs braised in the oven for 2 hours at 320 degrees.

While the chicken was cooking I made a salad of greens and cherry tomatoes from the garden.  I made a quick dressing with oil and vinegar.

Below is the finished dish!!  Off to work.  I am thinking of seared miso salmon with bacon-shrimp broth for the weekend. We will see!!

Morel Madness

Morel discovery

I found these morels under the dead elm tree in my backyard.  The total haul was around 8 pounds. Not bad. These retail for $40/lbs. and are only available during late April and Early May. No one has figured out how to cultivate these yet. They can be found by dead elms and usually like wet areas.  Make sure the mushrooms you pick are indeed morels. Here is a website to help you identify the real thing.

Also, make sure you clean your morels immediately after they are picked. I snoozed on this and found some maggots eating away at mine within 5 days.  Unfortunately, this meant that I had toss a couple hundred bucks worth of morels. I still chopped a few of them up, sauteed them in garlic butter, and threw them over a steak, even after the maggot attack. Nothing like a little extra protein on your steak.