Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rum Glaze

Great for grilling in your shorts or parka – it’s really that good

Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rum Glaze
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Ingredients
Rub
  1. 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  2. 1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  3. 1 tsp. coriander
  4. 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  6. 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. allspice
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  10. 8-10 chicken legs, rinsed and patted dry
  11. 1 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  12. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  13. 2 green onions, minced
Pineapple Rum Glaze
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup dark rum
  4. 1/4 cup pineapple juice
Instructions
  1. To make rub: Combine ingredients and set aside.
  2. Place chicken in a 9×13″ pan and drizzle with oil, rubbing over chicken on all sides. Sprinkle rub, garlic and onions on the chicken, patting rub into meat with your fingers. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. To make glaze: combine ingredients in heavy saucepan and simmer 7-10 minutes over medium-high heat.
  4. Oil the grill and heat barbecue to high. Arrange chicken on grill. Brush with glaze and cook, turning frequently, until brown and no longer pink in the middle. Serve drizzled with any remaining glaze
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Beef and Barley Soup

“Oh the weather outside is frightful” but this soup is so delightful

Beef and Barley Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs (750 g) beef round steak, trimmed and cut into 1/2″ cubes
  2. 3/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  4. 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  5. 2 cups finely chopped onion
  6. 1 cup diced carrots
  7. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  8. 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  9. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  10. 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  11. 2 cups beef broth
  12. 2 cups chicken broth
  13. 2 cups water
  14. 1/2 cup pearl or pot barley
  15. 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Place 1 Tbsp. oil in Dutch oven and brown beef until no longer pink. Set aside. Heat remaining oil in same pot and add onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, garlic and thyme, cook 5 minutes more. Add beef and chicken broths with water, barley and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add more water if necessary. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving. Serves 8.
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Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken

A delicious and colorful stir-fry that can be served over rice on a large platter or take the wok right to the table

Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. Sauce
  2. 1/2 cup ketchup
  3. 4 tsp. soy sauce
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  6. 3 Tbsp. sugar
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  8. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  9. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  10. The Rest
  11. 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  12. 1/2 tsp. sugar
  13. 1/4 tsp. salt
  14. 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  15. 1/4 cup oil
  16. 2-3 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  17. 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  18. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  19. 2 red peppers, cut in strips
  20. 2 carrots, thinly sliced on diagonal
  21. 2 cups snow peas
  22. 1 1/2 cups cashews
  23. sprinkling of sesame seeds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Combine sauce ingredients and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add chicken and toss. Heat wok or frying pan to highest heat. Add oil. Heat to hot, not smoking. Add chicken, ginger, garlic and onion. Stir until chicken is opaque (about 1 minute). Add peppers and carrots. Stir 2-3 minutes. Add peas and sauce. Cook until sauce comes to a boil. Add cashews and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
Instructions
  1. Combine sauce ingredients and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add chicken and toss. Heat wok or frying pan to highest heat. Add oil. Heat to hot, not smoking. Add chicken, ginger, garlic and onion. Stir until chicken is opaque (about 1 minute). Add peppers and carrots. Stir 2-3 minutes. Add peas and sauce. Cook until sauce comes to a boil. Add cashews and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
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Jelly Balls

Your next favourite appetizer – rally round the chaffing dish

Jelly Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. (500 g.)lean ground beef
  2. 1 egg, beaten
  3. 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  4. 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  5. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  6. 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. Chili Grape Sauce
  9. 12 oz. (341 ml) bottle chili sauce
  10. 10 oz. (284 ml) jar grape jelly
  11. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  12. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  13. 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix ground beef with egg, bread crumbs, parsley, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Roll into balls 1″ in diameter. Heat chili sauce, jelly, lemon juice, brown sugar and soy sauce in a large pot. Bring to a boil and add uncooked meatballs. Simmer meatballs in sauce for 30 minutes. Serve in a chafing dish. (avec toothpicks!) Makes about 50 balls. Freezes well.
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Chicken in Wine

One of our all-time favourites!

Chicken in Wine
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lb. cut-up chicken pieces
  2. 1/2 cup seasoned flour
  3. 6 Tbsp. oil
  4. 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  5. 1 Tbsp. butter
  6. 1 – 10 oz. can mushroom soup
  7. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  8. 1/2 cup orange juice
  9. 1/2 cup dry white wine (or vermouth)
  10. 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  11. 1/2 tsp. salt
  12. 4 carrots, sliced
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry chicken pieces. Put flour in plastic bag and shake chicken in it. In frying pan, heat oil and brown chicken. Remove chicken to large casserole. Cook mushrooms in butter and add to casserole. Combine remining ingredients; pour over chicken and mushrooms and bake at 350 F. for 1 hour. Serve over rice with a fresh green salad.
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Chicken Artichoke and Wild Rice Casserole

We love serving this with the Avocado and Grapefruit Salad from, “Year of the Best” but any salad will work

Chicken Artichoke and Wild Rice Casserole Serve with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups water
  2. 1 cup wild rice
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1 Tbsp. butter
  5. 1 cup chopped onion
  6. 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  7. 1 cup shredded carrot
  8. 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  9. 2 cups light cream
  10. 1/4 cup flour
  11. 3/4 tsp. salt
  12. 2 Tbsp. sherry
  13. freshly ground pepper
  14. 3 cups cooked, cubed chicken
  15. 14 oz. can artichokes, drained and chopped
  16. 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. In medium-sized saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in rice and salt. Cover and simmer 45-55 minutes or until rice is tender but still chewy. Drain rice in colander.
  2. Melt butter in large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  3. Add stock to veggies in frying pan and bring to a boil.
  4. In bowl, whisk cream and flour until smooth. Gradually whisk into boiling broth. Add salt, sherry and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add rice to sauce.
  5. Add chicken and artichokes to sauce and mix well. Pour mixture into shallow 2 1/2 – 3 qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 F. for 35-40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  6. Sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Book Reference – The Rest of the Best – Vol. 2 (Page: 206), A Year of The Best (Page: 117)
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