Beer-Brined Sous Vide Cornish Hens with Rosemary and Garlic

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Brining”. When I was researching this recipe, I kept finding Turkey recipes but I was trying to not make a Turkey and I love Cornish Hens so this was easy to pick. Also, I have been looking for more excuses to use my sous vide.

The combination of the brining and the sous vide made these hens almost fall off the bone tender and absolutely delicious. This recipe will definitely be made again.

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Stir Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Spicy”. Kind of a boring theme because I am a spice head and most of my dishes have some sort of heat but I was really craving peanut sauce and I needed to use up some of the peanut butter I made so I stop eating it with a spoon. These bowls were really good and a good way to raid my freezer for chicken and pork that I have been meaning to use. Just looking at it makes me want to eat it again. Also, I hate chopping up peanuts when my food processor is in use. Can you tell?

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St. Louis Style Spicy BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “American Midwest”. While I usually do not go for chicken when cooking, I have always had a soft spot for wings, drumsticks, and thighs. Also, the fact that these were cooked “St. Louis” style intrigued me because I want to go to St. Louis just for the food. Hell, I have traveled for worse reasons before.

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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “5 Ingredients or Less”. I kind of cheated and did not count the salt and pepper because most food has salt and pepper in it. Normally, I do not like “healthier” substitutions but this was really delicious. I’m not sure if this is better than normal chicken enchiladas but I am glad I made this.

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Paella

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “One Pot”. I have never cooked with mussels before but have always really liked theme so I thought this would be a perfect time. Also, my friend made paella recently and it looked really good and I wanted to try my hand at it.

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Chicken Enchilada Quinoa

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “tex-mex”. Well I was trying to do something that I have not made before and I really like quinoa. While this is definitely not an enchilada but more of a quinoa casserole, I still really liked it so I do not care.

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Chicken Tikka Masala Ravioli

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “screw ups”. Well I still do not own a pasta maker or ravioli stamp so I attempted to make it using just a rolling pin. I think I finally got it! The trick is to make sure you cover everything in your house in flour! That being said, these were absolutely delicious. I would make these any day and honestly, were not too hard. Plus, I made enough to freeze that I do not have to make it that often.

Next time, I definitely will make it a bit more spicy though. I ended up running out of Flour so I substituted whole wheat flour and it turned out fine. Also, you can make the Chicken Tikka, Paneer, Cilantro Mint Chutney, Ginger Garlic Paste, and Curry Powder before time.

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