Pomegranate Cous Cous and Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker was keeping me company in the kitchen as I threw together a quick dinner. It seemed to work out perfectly as I was pairing a unique voice in the music with a unique ingredient to add to my cous cous.. pomegranate seeds! If you have not tried them, please do. They are perfect in the winter time, and add little pops of sweetness to any savory or sweet dish.

What you need:

1 cup Israeli cous cous
chicken stock
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cups kale chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
salt and pepper to taste

This one’s so simple. Ready in a matter of minutes. So press PLAY on the song below and go get started!

Cook cous cous according to directions with chicken stock. Meanwhile, in a pan heat oil over medium. Cook kale for 4-5 minutes or until it reaches desired tenderness. Add 1 tbsp of water at a time if pan becomes too dry. Once cous cous is done, stir it into kale, and add pomegranate seeds. Season to taste.

You can improvise:
Try adding a different fruit to your Cous Cous. (It could even be dried!)

Add different vegetables! (Mushrooms are lovely)

Experiment with different fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme work great!)

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Marinated Skirt Steak, Brussel Sprouts, Apple Pie Filling

Marinated Skirt Steak

Serves 3-4

  • 2 lb skirt steak
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • 2 green onions roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Trim skirt steak of all membrane (this will make it tough when grilling). I recommend visiting your local butcher to get the best cut. In a large ziploc bag, marinate steak with all ingredients in refrigerator for 2-4 hours. Make sure your grill is really hot (600-700 degrees F). Cook for about 3 minutes on each side for med rare, 3.5-4 minutes for med. You can use a meat thermometer if you’d like. RARE: 120°F – 125°F; MED RARE: 125°F – 130°F; MEDIUM 130°F – 135°F. Let sit for at least 10 minutes! With a very sharp knife slice against the grain.

You can improvise:

  • Slice steak and serve in fajitas or tacos (or use the left overs for this!)
  • Try using this marinade on the skirt steak’s cousin, the flank steak
  • If not using a grill use a very hot cast iron pan

 

Brussel Sprouts with dried cranberries and walnuts

Serves 4

  • 1 lb brussel sprouts, core sliced off then sliced lengthwise into 3-4 pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • handful crushed walnuts

In a medium pan heat olive oil over med. Add brussel sprouts. Season generously with salt and pepper. Sauté for 7-8 minutes or until brussel sprouts reach desired tenderness. Add water 1 tbsp at a time if pan becomes too dry. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Serve.

You can improvise:

  • add your favorite kind of nuts (pecans are yummy too!)
  • Try a different dried fruit like blueberries or apricots!

 

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Apple Pie Filling

Yield: 1 pie

3 lb Granny Smith apples peeled and cut into similar size slices
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
2 tbsp brandy
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir all ingredients together. Layer in your favorite pie crust shell/homemade pie crust. Bake!

You can improvise:

  • Try a different type of apple
  • Add your favorite liquor instead of brandy. Experiment!
  • Serve it in an apple crumb or turnover. You aren’t limited to a pie!

 

 

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