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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Honey Soy Chicken recipe for Rosh Hashanah from author Cleo Coyle




If you blink, you'll miss one of our favorite local takeout joints in Queens. The tiny shop, under the rumbling Number 7 train, consists of nothing more than a few wooden tables, a loud kitchen, and an ordering counter, but the place has a delightfully diverse menu inspired by dishes from Chinese and Thai cuisines.

One of the dishes that Marc and I consistently order is a whole chicken roasted with honey and soy. They cook the birds on a busy bank of rotisseries. This is our copycat version. We don't have a rotisserie (and, hey, you probably don't, either), so we adapted it for the oven; and we used chicken parts so you can easily adjust the recipe amounts up or down, depending on how many people you're serving.






Because this is also the week of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish celebration that uses honey and apples to symbolize a sweet New Year, we swapped in some delicious raw apple cider vinegar for the usual Shaoxing wine. (You can also use rice vinegar.)

By the way, we love using raw, local honey, and we recommend you try a local brand, as well. The difference between good-quality raw honey and processed is huge. Raw honey is ambrosia, and a fantastic start to a delectable recipe, as well as a sweet New Year!






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Honey Soy Chicken



Marc and I love this sweet and tangy honey-soy glazed chicken, inspired by a little take-out Chinese/Thai joint where we live in Queens, New York. It makes an impressive presentation yet it's very easy to make. Just marinate, pop it in the oven, and... eat with honey-sweet joy!

~ Cleo




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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Five Minute Honey-Cinnamon Peach Sopapillas from Tortillas by Cleo Coyle



Summer fruits make the best desserts, don't they? 

I know this is a recipe blog, but for ease, health, and pleasure it's hard to top a simple bowl of strawberries with whipped cream, or a juicy slice of watermelon with the tiniest bit of salt, or....


A single fresh, ripe peach.



Well, here's an idea for an easy way
to dress up that summer peach and
serve it as an elegant dessert.

It's easy, healthy and
absolute ambrosia to eat...




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Honey-Cinnamon Peach
Sopapillas from Tortillas



Traditionally sopapillas are little pillows of fried dough. They can be served with savory ingredients but also as a dessert with honey and cinnamon.

You can certainly make them from scratch, but I'm happy to show you a quick, easy, lighter way to make them using flour tortillas. While I didn't invent this idea, I'm happy to share the way I put together the basic ingredients and method, including tips I've learned along the way...

Makes 1 serving (or you can share)

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 six-inch flour tortilla

- 2-3 teaspoons shortening (my favorite: cold-pressed extra virgin
coconut oil, but you can also use olive oil, or your favorite oil,
butter, lard, or vegetable shortening - see my note below)

- Raw honey for drizzling (Health and flavor note: Raw honey is far, far better tasting than heat-processed honeys. It's truly worth the price and makes a huge difference in flavor. If you can find local raw honey, that's an even better benefit for your immune system. Read more here.)

- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon mixed with - 2 teaspoons sugar

- 1 ripe, fresh peach

DIRECTIONS: Place a skillet on medium-high heat and add your choice of shortening (oil, butter, lard, etc). You must use some kind of shortening and enough of it or the tortilla will not properly bubble up. 

When the oil is hot (or the butter melted), place the tortilla in the pan. Allow it to heat up (15 to 20 seconds), then flip it and wait patiently for the tortilla to bubble up. (See my photos below.) If it does not bubble up, you need to increase the heat and keep waiting. Then flip it one more time to finish cooking and remove it from the pan. Slip it on the plate, drizzle it with raw honey, and sprinkle it generously with cinnamon sugar. Use a pizza cutter to slice it into sections.

To serve, slice up a fresh peach and arrange the slices on the center of a plate as shown in my photos. Drizzle with raw honey and cinnamon sugar. Place the sopapilla slices around the plate, top the center of the peach slices with whipped cream or ice cream and eat with joy!

Chocolate Ricotta Muffins,
recipe here.
My shortening note: My very favorite shortening for this recipe is cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil. This is a healthy, delicious oil, and of all the shortenings I tested with this recipe, coconut oil gave the absolute best results. It doesn't brown the way butter does at a high temperature; it brings a lovely, slightly nutty flavor to the tortilla; and it creates a nice, crisp texture in the tortilla as it cools. 

To learn more about it and tips on which kind to buy, click here for my past recipe post on Chocolate Ricotta Muffins that includes the subject of coconut oil. 




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