Thursday, March 6, 2014

Michael's Famous Chicken Wings

There are a few dishes that my husband makes that I just adore and this is by far my favourite. He originally got the recipe from his brother, who is a Chef by trade, and has since tweaked it to make it his own.  He now makes the best chicken wings I have ever had.  I can honestly say that I dream about them.  I crave them. I love them!  Anyone that has ever had these chicken wings can attest to just how scrumptious they are.  


2 lbs. chicken wings, split
1/2 cup soy sauce 
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2" fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped plus 2 tablespoons for garnish


In a large bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and 1/3 cup of cilantro.  Mix until combined.  Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. 

Add chicken wings to the bowl.  Toss the chicken wings in the marinade, making sure they are covered evenly.  Cover the bowl and allow to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, over night is ideal.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Heat bbq to medium heat.  Grill chicken wings for 15 minutes, flipping twice.  The oil causes the wings to smoke quite a bit, so don't be alarmed, just make sure to flip often enough that they do not burn. 

Place the chicken wings on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

Place the 1 cup of the marinade that you set aside in a small sauce pan.  Heat on low while you are preparing the wings.  This will be a dipping sauce for the side.

Once chicken wings are cooked, remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro.

Serve with a small bowl of dipping sauce.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Homemade Granola

Granola is something that is super easy to make!  It is quite expensive when you purchase it premade at the grocery store.  If you are able to pick up the ingredients in bulk and make it yourself you will be very pleased with the results.  You can use just about any nut, grain or dried fruit you would like.  You can really get creative with unique ingredients or just use what you have on hand.  


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup rolled rye flakes
1 cup rolled kamut flakes
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup cashews pieces (or roughly chopped whole)
1/2 cup almond pieces (or roughly chopped whole)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon coarse salt
dash of freshly grated nutmeg


Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a frying pan over medium high heat toast cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Once lightly toasted place into a large bowl.

Add oats, rye, kamut, raisins, flax seeds, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.  Set aside.

In a small sauce pan heat honey and maple syrup over medium heat.  Once liquid becomes runny add to the bowl and toss with all ingredients.  

Place granola on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake granola in preheated oven for about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.