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Fresh-Herb Chicken Meatballs

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 700 grams (1.5lbs, roughly) ground dark-meat chicken, with skin (preferably home-ground); 70 grams plain, unseasoned bread crumbs; 35 grams grated parmasan cheese; 7 grams salt; 7 grams freshly chopped parsley; 1 large egg; 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil; Combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set aside (refrigerate) forContinue reading “Fresh-Herb Chicken Meatballs”

Classic Pesto

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 2 hand-fulls of fresh basil (home grown preferable); 1 hand-full of fresh flat-leaf parsley (home grown preferable); 3 large garlic cloves; 1/4 cup pine nuts; 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese; 2/3 cup olive oil; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Method: Combine the herbs, garlic, pine nuts, and half of theContinue reading “Classic Pesto”

Back to the Woodpile

When things feel awful and out of control, I typically default to some combination of exercise and organization an attempt to remind myself that I do, in fact, have the ability to effect change and progress, if even symbolically. In my days as a trial attorney, this typically meant something as simple as cleaning myContinue reading “Back to the Woodpile”

Fennel-Brined Chicken with Lemon and Black Pepper Glaze

#RecipeUpTop: 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (home butchered preferred); For the brine: 50 to 100 grams salt 50 to 100 grams sugar Fennel seed (to taste) Coriander seed (to taste) For the glaze: 1 lemon (juice and zest) 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup water 2 TBS sugar Fresh cracked black pepper (to taste) SaltContinue reading “Fennel-Brined Chicken with Lemon and Black Pepper Glaze”

A Sauce of One’s Own

If there’s one grocery store item I deeply despise, it’s pre-canned tomato sauce. Actually, there are a lot of grocery store items I despise, but they almost always follow the same pattern: simple, basic things that have been over-processed, over-priced, and sold as completely impossible or impractical to make at home. And, frankly, the worstContinue reading “A Sauce of One’s Own”

Mutiny of the Bounty

Spring is quickly sliding into summer here on the mountain, and the explosion of verdance is both refreshing and frustrating, particularly as we look around our garden. In my youth, the family garden was something of a novelty at best, and a weed-ridden albatross at worst. The early morning rays of March sunlight seemed toContinue reading “Mutiny of the Bounty”

Rustic Guacamole

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 3 Ripe Avocados; 1 large lime; 1 jalapeno pepper; Salt (to taste); Method: Zest and juice the lime into a large mixing bowl. Remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno, mince fine, and add to the bowl. Split and pit the avocados, and add to the bowl, season with salt, andContinue reading “Rustic Guacamole”

The Pull of Pork

My first serious food obsession was authentic BBQ. And, for someone who (at the time) could barely open a can or boil water, it was a hell of a place to jump into cooking. In baking, a novice can be guided by precise measurements, controlled temperatures in an oven, and any other number of quantifiableContinue reading “The Pull of Pork”

The Classic

No #RecipeUpTop for this one because, well, it’s a cheeseburger. It’s not that complicated, and it’s not really a recipe. It’s more akin to our discussion about steak; some tips and tricks, some things to avoid, and some personal pet peeves. As I’ve mentioned before, we generally only buy two cuts of beef: whole ribeyeContinue reading “The Classic”

Split Pea Soup

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 ham bone or smoked ham hock; 1 bag of dried split peas (16oz); 1 yellow onion; 1 celery rib; 1 large carrot; Water (to cover); Salt (to taste); Pepper (to taste); Method: Dice the mirepoix, and add to a large soup pot with the ham bone and split peas, then coverContinue reading “Split Pea Soup”

10 Chickens Pot Pie

#RecipeUpTop (Details below): 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) 2 cups of whole milk (have more on hand) 4 stalks of celery 2 large carrots 1 medium sweet potato (or 1 russet potato) 1/2 of a large yellow onion 1/2 bag of frozen peas 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour Salt (to taste) Pepper (toContinue reading “10 Chickens Pot Pie”

Pizza Night

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): For the dough: 1,000 grams bread flour; 700 grams water; 100 grams olive oil; 100 grams sugar; 20 grams salt; 10 grams yeast; Combine all ingredients and knead until they pass the window-pane test. Allow to rise until doubled in size (3 to 4 hours), then divide into four (4) equalContinue reading “Pizza Night”

Chicken Gyro Burgers with Peppercorn Ranch and French Bread Buns

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): For they gyro-style chicken: 500 grams ground chicken (dark meat, with skin, preferably home-ground); 1 egg; 1/4 cup bread crumbs; 10 grams salt; Rosemary (to taste); Thyme (to taste); Black pepper (freshly cracked) (to taste); Fennel seed (to taste) (optional); Method: combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, cooking aContinue reading “Chicken Gyro Burgers with Peppercorn Ranch and French Bread Buns”

Crispy Tuna Cake Po’Boy

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): For the crispy tuna cakes: 2 cans tuna, of your preference; 2 cups bread crumbs (unseasoned); 1 egg; 1/4 cup diced yellow onion; 2 tablespoons mayo; 1 tablespoon dijon or stone-ground mustard; 1 teaspoon celery seed; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Hot sauce (to taste); Cayenne pepper (to taste);Continue reading “Crispy Tuna Cake Po’Boy”

New Orleans French Bread

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 1,000 grams bread flour; 700 grams warm water; 100 grams butter (or lard, or vegetable shortening); 20 grams salt; 10 grams yeast; Method: Combine all ingredients and thoroughly knead until it passes the window pane test. Form into a ball and allow to rise until doubled in size (2-3 hours). DivideContinue reading “New Orleans French Bread”

Steamed Chicken Dumplings

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 1/2 pound ground chicken thighs (home-ground preferable); 300 grams all-purpose flour; 200 grams warm water; 8 grams salt; 2 tablespoons soy sauce; 1 tablespoon chopped ginger; 1 tablespoon chopped green onion or shallot; 2 teaspoons chopped garlic; Cabbage leaves (optional); Schmaltz (optional); Dipping sauce (optional); Method: Sweat the aromatics in theContinue reading “Steamed Chicken Dumplings”

The Pot of Gold

As we’ve alluded in our posts on staples, and stretching a chicken, we try to focus our consumption in a way that allows us maximum value and maximum quality. Here at Fort 10Chickens, we have two adults, two kids, and two dogs to feed, so we operate this place like a restaurant for six. WeContinue reading “The Pot of Gold”

Corn Tortillas

This one took a while to come to fruition, and was maybe the most frustrating culinary puzzle I’ve ever tackled. These are so simple, which I think is part of the problem, but they’re also SO worth it. They’ve completely replaced store-bought flour tortillas for us, and are a completely different food from the brittle,Continue reading “Corn Tortillas”

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