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Asian Chicken

Asian Chicken Plated

This easy at-home version of one of my favorite Asian dishes will satisfy any appetite and goes way beyond the takeout container. This full flavored marinade uses basic on-hand ingredients which is a real time-saver here. One of our newest additions to our Signature Seasoning Collection is the Hair Raisin’ Asian Blend. Although the name may indicate “Hot” the flavor profile is light and savory and a lot of spicy! The term Hair Raisin’ is a trait associated with the behavior of the animal in that like a dog, when moose are agitated, the hairs on their backs stand up straight! We like to have fun with our product names. We want you to have fun cooking…So take a culinary trip around Asia right from your very own kitchen!

 Asian Chicken Ingredients

Asian Chicken

Method:

Asian Chicken Marinade

In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, garlic and Hair Raisin’ Asian Seasoning. Mix well.

Marinade in the bag

Place chicken into a large food storage bag. Pour marinade over chicken and seal bag, turning to coat. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours or preferably overnight. Preheat the grill to 350-400 degrees.

Chicken on the Grill

Grill the chicken for 7 minutes on the first side. Turnover and grill for 5 minutes on the second side. For larger portions, you will need to turn and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Asian Chicken Plated

 

Yields: -2-4

Total Time: 25 Min.

Prep Time: 10 Min.

Cook Time: 15 Min.

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Pictsweet Frozen Vegetables

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When you spend some time getting to know the story behind the Pictsweet Company you will appreciate the commitment and hard work forged by this family owned and family run business for 4 generations. J.O. “Tank” Tankersley was the man behind the vision of taking power from hydroelectric dams and significantly reducing the cost of operating “quick freeze” commercial freezers. His innovation to apply this to crops of vegetables would expand the frozen vegetable industry.

And so a family legacy was born. It’s a legacy that evolved out of hard work, perseverance and dedication to growing the best vegetables, picking them at just the right time and using the best practices to get them to people at their peak of flavor. This family tradition of hard work and commitment continues, and it has made Pictsweet one of the best growers and distributors of frozen vegetables in the United States. Since 1945, they have been serving your family the same vegetables they serve to theirs.

Pictsweets All Natural Vegetables include over 80 delicious varieties ranging from regional specialties like cut Okra to America’s all-time favorites like Green Peas. Their website has some tasty recipes to choose from for making soups & salads, appetizers, baked goods, entrées, and side dishes. Here is a link to their website: pictsweet.com

I buy fresh vegetables whenever possible but during those Months when I am unable to get them fresh, I will use Pictsweet’s Deluxe and Natural varieties. They also offer Steam’ables, which are microwavable and convenient for busy families; as well as their New Deluxe Sides. Now you can serve up indulgent dishes that look and taste like gourmet without a lot of time or effort. With Deluxe Sides, you just heat and serve right in their own handy package. I have not personally tried the Steam’ables or Deluxe Sides.

Pictsweet ….From The Farm and To The Table…There’s no better reason to indulge in a tantalizing treat that just happens to be good for you!

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Mom’s Hearty Potato Soup

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Soups On!!! When I think of comforting pleasures nothing quite says it better than an irresistible bowl of homemade potato soup. My ideal version is loaded with big chunks of real potatoes, slow cooked in chicken stock with onions, celery, savory herbs and spices and bacon baby….Then finished with a little cream for extra richness. Yep, you read it correctly….. The Seasoning Blend of choice is none other than our No Moosteak Grill n’ Rub! This one packs in the flavor. There is no cheese in this soup, and you won’t miss it either! Oops…The recipe wasn’t written down the first time we made it. “You will make the soup again, and this time, I’ll be paying attention.” ~from the movie “Ratatouille” ~ Who might the little chef be and whom shall I give credit to for this delightful dish? My mother of course, so it is only fitting that we would call it Mom’s Hearty Potato Soup!

Ingredients

Mom’s Hearty Potato Soup

• 8 large potatoes, peeled and cubed *
• 4 C. Chicken broth (equal to 1 32oz. box)
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• ¼ C. green onion, chopped (equal to 3 green onions)
• ½ C. yellow onion, chopped
• 1 C. celery, diced (equal to 3 ribs)
• 3 T. unsalted butter
• ¼ C. flour
• 2 C. heavy cream or milk, or substitute 1 C. of each
• 1-2 T. Zesty Moose No Moosteak Grill n’ Rub Seasoning
• 3 T. olive oil
• 1 ½ to 1- lb. of bacon 6-8 slices pre-cooked & chopped (optional)

Method:

Pre-Cook The Bacon:

Bacon
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

Bacon on Sheet

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the bacon slices vertically across. Place the bacon into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap in a paper towel to absorb excess fat.

Finished Bacon

Allow to cool, and then chop into bite size pieces.

Celery and Onions

In a heavy duty skillet, add the olive oil and sauté the celery and onion over medium heat until onion is clear.

Add Garlic

Add garlic and continue cooking 1-2 minutes.

Crock Pot

In a large stock pot, add the bacon, celery, onion, garlic and diced potatoes.

Add Stock

Cover with chicken broth and simmer until potatoes are almost done.

Butter and Flour

In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt butter and add flour.

Rue

Gradually add heavy cream or milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened.

Mixture

Pour into the potato mixture and add The Zesty Moose Steak Seasoning. Continue to simmer on low for an hour.

Potatoes

*Potato Tip: Peel and chop potatoes and place directly into a bowl of ice water before cooking to keep them firm and crisp. This also prevents the potatoes from browning and being exposed to the air while prepping remaining ingredients. Pour out water before placing into a stock pot.

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Serves 8

Total Time: 2 Hours
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 1 Hour

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