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Golden Mountain Sauce

I love making Thai food at home, and I've always prided myself on getting that authentic Thai flavor, but if I’m completely honest, I have to admit it always seemed to be missing a little something.

Well, I have found out what that little something was. It's called Golden Mountain Sauce and it has been called the "secret of Thai cooking" and has been used in Thailand for over 50 years.

Use it as you would soy sauce, but mix it equal parts with fish sauce to get the real Thai flavor. Here is the perfect dish to try it out.

Gai Pad Prik Grapao/Chicken with Hot Chilies and Basil
Thais’ love fresh basil, and use many different types. Most of us are familiar with Sweet Basil, and this is easy to find in any market. However, it’s the “Holy Basil”, known as Bai Grapao, which is the most flavorful and authentic.
This basil has an anise type of flavor and gives this dish an amazing flavor and dimension that just doesn’t taste the same with sweet basil.
You should always use fres…

Tandoori Chicken

I always thought that this dish was made with a brightly colored reddish orange paste that stained the fingers and I was surprised to be told by my Indian friends that they do not use any artificial coloring in their food, as they feel it is not healthy. And all this time, I thought it was the spices that gave it that color.

This is very simple to prepare and is fantastic when marinated overnight and then cooked on the grill or under a very hot broiler.
It will melt in your mouth like butter, and it is a wonderful way to grill most any meat. This can also be used to make the most amazing baby lamp chops.
Ingredients

1 lb. boneless Chicken Breast 1 tsp. crushed fresh Ginger 5 tsp crushed Garlic 1 Tbsp of fresh Coriander, chopped Juice of one Lemon 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp. Turmeric Freshly ground Black Pepper 1 tsp. Dhania Zeera(available at any Indian market) 1 tsp. Garam Masala(available at any Indian market) 2 Tbsp. Heavy Cream 2 Tbsp. Yogurt
Blend all ingredients together, except heav…

Lemon and Clove Cookies and Peach Cobbler

I thought since the Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us, some sweet recipes would be in order.


Lemon and Clove Cookies

I found a version of these cookies in the Chez Panisse Cookbook by Alice Waters. I am always amazed by her ability to take the simplest ingredients and combine them to create something that is a perfect blend of each ingredient. 
While they are lovely just as they are, I did add a bit more lemon zest, and I dust them with a little powdered sugar when they are still warm from the oven

Ingredients

½ lb of Butter softened 2 Tbsp Lemon zest 1 tsp Vanilla extract ¼ tsp of ground Cloves 2 1/3 cups of AP Flour ¾ cups of White Sugar 1 Egg, beaten Pinch of Salt Powdered Sugar for dusting

Sift the dry ingredients together. Cream the butter until whipped and then add the rest of the wet ingredients and then incorporate the dry little by little.
Once it forms a dough, remove the dough from the mixer and split into two equal halves. Roll each half out into a 2 inch roll, wrap in plastic wrap …

Arroz con Pollo

This is one of those dishes that’s a perfect example of comfort food. It is almost a national dish and will instantly remind you of sunny Spain. There are so many variations on this dish, each reflecting the unique regional produce of Spain.

There are a few ingredients here that I feel are indispensable. One is the smoked sweet paprika and the other is the green olives. Both of these ingredients add something that can’t really be substituted.

Ingredients
8 Chicken thighs or one whole roaster cut up 1 link of Chorizo sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces 6 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 cloves of Garlic, sliced One Large Onion, chopped One Red Pepper, chopped 2 cups of medium grain Rice, a Spanish arroz or paella rice is perfect as well. 4 cups of Chicken stock, warmed 2 Bay leaves 1 pinch of Saffron 2 Tbsp of smoked sweet Paprika 2 dried whole Chilies, if desired. Juice of one Lemon, ends cut off and reserved ¼ cup of Madeira 1 small jar of pimento stuffed Manzanilla green Olives
Place the olive oil in a …

Braciole- Italian Meat Parcels

This is a wonderful Sunday meal and tastes just like your Nonna was cooking all day. These little meat parcels are a common dish in Italy, but often go by other names depending on the specific region. It can be made with pork or beef. As an added benefit, the house smells amazing.


Ingredients

Parcels
6 pieces of pork or beef pounded flat, like a scaloppini. About 2 lbs. Aged Provolone Cheese Romano Cheese Parsley Garlic, crushed Prosciutto, sliced thin Salt and Pepper Olive Oil Butchers Twine
Sauce 1 large Onion, finely chopped ½ cup Carrot, finely chopped ½ cup Celery, finely chopped 3 Tbsp Olive Oil ½ cup Marsala Wine 3 28 oz cans of crushed Tomatoes Salt and Pepper
Begin by preparing your sauce. Take a large cast iron or heavy duty pan and heat the olive oil. Then add the onion, carrot, celery and salt and pepper and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until translucent. Then add Marsala wine and cook until alcohol is gone. Then add tomatoes and bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 1 -2 hours. Mo…

Thai Masaman Curry

Thai curries use coconut milk as a base, and while some southern Indian curries also use coconut milk, Thai curries have unique curry paste blends. Thai curries come in different colors and each are unique as to their make up and as to which meats work well with each.
Normally the standard curries are red (chicken,beef or seafood), green (chicken with Thai eggplant), yellow,(chicken, beef or seafood) Penang (beef, chicken or seafood) and Masaman(beef or chicken). I have arranged them in order of spiciness from hottest to mildest.

However, they can be deceiving as all can still be quite spicy, but you can control the heat by cutting down the amount of curry paste or using a milder version.
Ingredients

1 lb of Beef or Chicken, cubed in 2 -3 inch pieces. Boneless short ribs or chicken thighs 2- 3 Tbsp Masaman Curry Paste. Maesri, in the can is a good quility brand. 2 14 oz cans of coconut milk 1 large potato peeled and cubed into 1 inch pieces 1 large onion, cubed into 1 inch pieces 1 medium re…

If you want a wonderful Southern cookbook, look no further.

I have been meaning to write about this wonderful women for some time and finally have gotten around to it. She is Martha Hall Foose and her book "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" is just perfect.


As cookbooks go, it's one of the best I've ever seen, with wonderful recipes and even better tips and stories. It makes her book come alive. You can almost smell the dishes she describes. Give it a look and I can promise you won't be disappointed.


Here is the link.

http://marthafoose.com/home

Enjoy, and she also has just released a new book called, "A Southerly Course" and I can highly recommend it as well.