lemon garlic veggies

This isn't so much a recipe as it is a technique for cooking any green vegetable. It is a two-stage method that serves to set the bright green color of fresh vegetables and then infuse them with a huge punch of flavor.Fill a 4 qt pot about 3/4 full and add 1 TB table salt and bring to a boil. Once the water is at a full, rolling boil add the vegetable of your choice (broccoli, string beans, asparagus, etc.) and set a timer for 4 minutes.While the vegetables are cooking, finely chop 2 cloves of garlic Read more [...]

ginger glazed carrots

These are sweet and spicy -- perfect as a side with roast beef, chicken, or turkey.1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced on a bias12 oz can ginger ale (preferably a Jamaican brand -- stronger ginger flavor)1 TB unsalted butter1/2 tsp salt3 TB brown sugar3 TB dark rumIn a large skillet, combine the carrots, ginger ale, butter, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the liquid is almost fully evaporated and slightly syrupy (8-10 minutes).Turn Read more [...]

tropical chicken

This is inspired by Pollo Tropical's grilled chicken breasts. My wife asked me to come up with something similar. The mayo in the marinade is uncommon, but it helps to emulsify/thicken the mixture and better adhere to the chicken fillets. The finished dish is good served with yellow rice and black beans or, alternatively, chopped and served over a salad.2 chicken breasts, filleted (4 fillets total)juice of one lemon (about 1/4 c.)1/4 c. olive oil1 T mayonnaise1 garlic clove, chopped fine1 1/2 Read more [...]

a little about me

I'm 27 years old, hold an undergraduate degree in music and a master's degree in educational leadership/administration (both from Florida State University). I currently teach elementary music and aspire to enter the fiery cauldron we call public school administration.I learned to cook at my parents' and grandmother's knees. My dad would smile and choke down whatever I served him for breakfast on Saturday mornings -- even the horrible egg concoction that I made with every spice in the house. It Read more [...]

welcome to the zen kitchen

I don't know what this is yet -- or what it might become, but the name of the site kind of struck me one day as I was cooking. People do all sorts of things to relax, to become one with the world, to enter a state of zen-like meditation -- essentially to reach their personal form of enlightenment. For me, it is being in the kitchen.The kitchen provides the perfect opportunity to use many facets of human potential -- creativity, experimentation, introspection, and love among others. The energy cultivated Read more [...]