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Bacon, Avocado, & Apple Croissant Sandwiches

Being only 5 days into the New Year, I realized every single day, I have consumed Bacon in one way shape or form. Whether it was on New Year’s Day with my Bacon Jam spread on crackers with brie cheese, or making Quesadillas the next few days after that with said bacon jam…I have literally eaten bacon for 5 days straight….and I plan to continue with this delicious and palate-pleasing streak tonight as well! I first had a sandwich like this at a bridal shower 4 years ago….the shower was set during the time of day of brunch (and in NYC, brunching is like an Olympic event). Brunch, as defined by me, is classified by greasy, delicious breakfast/lunch food, and drowned in copious amounts of booze (which we justify as appropriate at 11am by throwing a tablespoon of orange juice in and calling a Mimosa and not just champagne). All ...

Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

I am going to preface this blog post with the fact that I NEVER, EVER am one to buy premade anything….but for this sandwich, I have broken my rule….and with my hubby’s help, created this AWESOME sandwich. We discovered Tyson’s Crispy Chicken when we became members of the magical land of Costco. We moved from New York City to Princeton, NJ and I figured, since I was embracing suburb life fully, the next step was a Premium Costco Membership… and it has been 100% worth it from many standpoints, but mostly because this 3-pound bag of Crispy Chicken has rocked my world in terms of taste and convenience. In addition to pre-made chicken (I am almost embarrassed to write it), I also got premade Salsa Verde (you can just shun me as a chef now…I am not worthy). I do have a Salsa Verde recipe from culinary school, but I ...

Chicken Salad

More often than not, my weeknight dinner game is more about getting something easy on the table than something chef-y. Running around after a toddler who needs your attention 24/7 doesn’t exactly lend itself to slow braising beautiful fall off the bone short ribs with a red wine reduction sauce…in fact, we’ve been big on the sandwich dinners lately because they’re quick, tasty, and I could come up with 500 sandwich ideas off the top of my head. Last night, I decided to make a chicken salad because I had some fresh tarragon in the house, and for some reason, whenever I see tarragon I immediately think: Chicken Salad (a Chef’s mind is always a curious thing). This is a super super simple recipe, and so incredibly flavorful! The combo of fresh tarragon, black pepper and rice wine vinegar really elevates what could be a pretty bland and boring meal. ...

Prosciutto, Gruyere & Bacon Jam Quesadillas

Yesterday I posted my recipe for my Bacon Jam, and got such a great response from my readers that I wanted to share one of the ways in which I use this amazing condiment. I experimented with my Bacon Jam a lot in the past week, pairing it with various cheeses, meats, breads, and other condiments, and this combo that I am sharing now was by far my favorite. I love a quesadilla (to me a quesadilla is anything made in a flour tortilla which has been folded in half and then grilled to crunchy tortilla perfection). Classically, it’s a Mexican dish, with Mexican fillings, but today my quesadilla took a little trip to France and Italy where it met up with some shredded Gruyere Cheese and some paper thin sliced Prosciutto San Daniele…..and of course was rounded out with my Bacon Jam. Let me just say that this might ...

Bacon Jam

Happy New Year Urban Cookery readers! Like most people, I am entering the New Year with some resolutions…I have a few personal ones like trying to be less OCD (no one hold your breath) and a few professional ones like blogging more! I admit, in 2017 I was pretty lazy with the blog posts, but being a full time stay at home mom really doesn’t lend itself to much free time…but I am done making excuses and ready to get back to the blog world… and with that, I am kicking off 2018 with a KILLER recipe. Bacon, in my opinion, is one of the major food groups one should be eating every single day. I know the New Year for some is a time to start a new diet regiment, but I am from the school of the anti-diet. I would rather enjoy everything I eat and just go ...

Tuna Sashimi with Ponzu Sauce

Lately I have been really into working with Japanese ingredients and raw fish. Sushi/Sashimi in the hot summer months is one of my favorite things to eat because it isn’t heavy, but it’s filling…and the Japanese flavors in various sauces is something I crave because of their complex flavor profiles. In this dish, I made (for the first time ever), Homemade Ponzu Sauce. Ponzu sauce is a citrus based brown sauce that can be served with anything from Beef to Chicken to Sashimi. Typically it can be made with a combination of lime and lemon juice, but for this recipe I focused just on lemon juice. You will also note in my recipe below that this Ponzu sauce calls for Dashi (basically the Japanese version of a classic broth). I made my own, but you can also use powdered Dashi, in which you just combine with some water to make. ...

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