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Belinda's Jammin' Kitchen

Nov 15, 2016 -- 1:05pm

Bourbon Chicken!  I love it, but two Chinese joints aren't serving it anymore. Wonder why not??  Well, I wanted it, so now we're going to learn how to make it ourselves.  Since it orginated in New Orleans and not China - wait - maybe that's the reason.  Maybe because it isn't Chinese.  (But it was on the menu! - oh well.)  Anyway, from New Orleans, Louisiana comes this recipe for Bourbon Chicken.  YUM!




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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" bite size pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium is best)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniel's or Southern Comfort
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tbsp corn starch


Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom pot (I use a dutch oven). Add the chicken pieces and brown until lightly golden on all sides. This will take about ten minutes. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. It will not be fully cooked yet.

In the now empty pot, add the water, sugar, chicken broth, soy sauce, ketchup, Jack Daniel's, apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Bring to a boil, and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.

Add the chicken pieces back into the pan with the sauce, along with any accumulated juice on the plate. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, and the sauce has started to thicken.

In a small bowl, whisk together the apple juice and corn starch. Stir into the pot with a wooden spoon, then turn up the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, to thicken up the sauce.

Serve while hot, and remember, this goes great with rice and corn (and a glass of bourbon).


Slow Cooker Directions: Whisk together everything except for the chicken, apple juice, and corn starch. Pour into the bowl of your slow cooker. Add the chicken pieces, toss with a wooden spoon to coat, then cook over low for 6-7 hours, or high for 3 hours. Stir in the apple juice and cornstarch mixture at the very end to thicken up the sauce more if needed.

Cheese and Jalapeno Peppers are Happiness in a Pan!

Oct 28, 2013 -- 10:32am
Everything is better with cheese and jalapeno peppers. This past weekend's brunch item was this:
Three eggs, splash of milk, and a small splash of Worchestershire sauce, beaten
sliced jalapeno peppers
aged cheddar cheese
diced onions
bacon, cut into bits
half a fresh tomato, diced
some garlic
splash of worchestershire sauce
Cook the bacon and onion until the bacon is crispy and onion is caramelized.  Add tomatoe, garlic, jalapeno pepper slices. Deglaze the pan with a bit of water until all the good brown bits are lifted and mixed with everything.  Remove from heat. 
Butter a pie pan, pour in egg mixture, add cheese, and pan goodies, bake in the oven at 300 degrees about 20 minutes or until set.  
Here is a great site on deglazing a pan. If you are not deglazing, you're missing some serious flavor.  :)

Chalkboard Fridge!

May 15, 2013 -- 10:48am

Turning your refrigerator into a giant kitchen chalkboard is super easy.  Not only is it fun to have in the kitchen, you can write reminders on it, grocery lists, let the kids know what's in there for left overs, what needs to be replaced, write the weather on it, the next few days' schedule, draw pictures, the possibilities are endless.  The house we just moved into didn't have a refrigerator, so we had to use the one we had in the garage.  It was a mess of rust and scratches and mysterious contents.  After a good cleaning and lots of sanding, it is reborn as a loved item in our new home.  Here's what you do:

1.  Sand the entire surface of yoru fridge
2.  Lay newspaper on the floor around it.
3.  Get a small 4 or 5 inch foam roller and small tray
4.  One small can of black chalkboard paint.  I found some at the hardware place for about $15.00
5.  Tape off the handles, and apply 3 coats with your roller, leaving a couple of hours drying time in between.  That first coat will be thin and scary looking, the second coat a little better, but the 3rd coat does the trick! 
6.  MOST IMPORTANT STEP:  Once it's dry, get a big piece of chalk and run it on its side all over the fridge,
covering it all with a layer of chalk, THEN wipe it all off with your choice of a dry "eraser".  This will condition your fridge to be a chalkboard and won't leave hard to wipe off ghosting of your first scribblings on it.

Here's mine:

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