Sunday, November 7, 2010


ESSENTIAL SEASONINGS, AND POTATOES

To the best of my knowledge Tones Rosemary Garlic is not available in Brownsville. I use to buy it at Sams, but they no longer carry it.  I now buy it on line.  The first link will provide you recipes.  The second, where you can buy it on line.  I bought three.  It saves on shipping - also eventually you will use the three.

http://www.tones.com/products/display_product.php?product_id=48

http://www.spiceplace.com/tones_rosemary_garlic_seasoning.php

Rosemary Garlic by Tones has several uses.  I use it on chicken and turkey.  One of my favorite meals is roasted chicken thighs.  You clean the fat but leave the skin.  I rub olive oil all over the skin - this turns it brown and crispy.  I then salt and season both sides.  I place the thighs in the oven at 350 for a half hour - skin up.  I remove the thighs from the pan and drain the fat after 30 minutes.  I then put them back in for another 20-30 minutes depending on their size.  This meal never fails.

For the turkey I start the same way - I rub the turkey down with an olive oil white onion mix - this makes it golden brown and crispy.  I dice some white onion and put it in the olive oil before rubbing it on the turkey.  I use about half of a custard bowl - maybe a half cup or so.  Before rubbing on the olive oil I pierce the turkey with a small knife in several spots.  This allows me to push some of the onion pieces and dried garlic down into the turkey.  I then season with salt and the Rosemary Garlic - top and bottom and under the skin.  This gives it an amazing flavor.

The key to a good turkey is to not buy a Butterball.  Buy a fresh turkey never frozen and without chemical injections.  When you roast your turkey do about 1/3rd of time time with the breast down.  This allows all of the back fat to tenderize the breasts.  But do this for no more than 1/3rd of the  time.  You do not want the turkey to fall apart.

EVERSON CALIFORNIA GARLIC MEDLEY

I love this seasoning.  You cannot buy it in stores.  Many years ago I use to buy it from the meat market at Albertsons.  Since living in Brownsville I buy it once a year on line.  They come 6 to a box - so it is a bit pricey - but then you have enough for a year.

http://www.eversonspice.com/california-garlic-medley.html

This is great on roasted potatoes.  Just sprinkle on and put them in the over,  I do recommend that you roll your potatoes around in some olive oil first - or spray them with the Pam olive oil.  Simple salt and put this seasoning on and you will have perfect roasted potatoes.

I also use it on my rice.  As I am stirring it around in the oil I sprinkle this on.  I then add fresh chicken broth, salt, a piece of green pepper - a bit of white onion and you are set to let it simmer for 30 minutes or so.

Two nights ago I made a roast beef.  I just sprinkled it on with some salt and - it comes out awesome.  I also use it on my pork roast.  The uses are endless.

POTATOES

People - stop boiling your potatoes - every home should have a good steamer.  They come in all sizes and range in price from about $25.00 to $100.00. I have two - the larger one is perfect for tamales because it is tall - not wide - and has two large chambers so that I can put one type in the bottom and one on the top.

I mostly use my smaller steamer.  It holds 5 pounds of peeled and sliced potatoes.  Simply slice your potatoes to about a 1/4 inch and then put them in the steamer.  As I layer the potatoes I salt.

WHITE GROUND PEPPER

The only place I know you can buy this is at HEB on Paredes line road.  This does things for your potatoes.  It is really good.

SOUR CREAM AND OAXACAN CHEESE

When we prepare a baked potato we use sour cream.  I do not use milk in my mash potatoes - I use sour cream.  Also why use American cheese - assuming you use cheese.  Try shredding some Oaxacan cheese and use that instead.

So now you have a start on how to plan for the holidays.  You better order your seasonings today.

Next week - blue berry pie, and sweet potato pie.  I may also have a recipe  for stuffed potatoes.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Recipes, that is what you do best, keep on giving us great recipes, stay away from politics it does not suit you.

Anonymous said...

I think you meant sweet not sweat. Sweat doesn't sound very appetizing which you suggestion today do.

BobbyWC said...

thanks for the catch - but if you have seen me cook - you might question the sweat - just kidding - for teh record my house smells awesome - I am making my chili for the game- for about 12 people