Recipe: Cinnamon Jerk Chicken from Guam

Cinnamon Jerked Chicken
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Summary: Deep rich and delicious flavors to make your chicken a family favorite.

Ingredients

  1. 2 1/2 to 3 Pounds of Skinned Chicken pieces (I normally use skinless breast pieces, but legs and thighs are just as delicious).
  2. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  3. 2 tsp. kosher salt
  4. 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  5. 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  6. 1 large onion (coarsely chopped)
  7. 2 Cups water
  8. 1 Can (6 ounces) tomato paste (Italian seasoning paste, if you can find it. If not, plain tomato paste is good).
  9. 1 Tbsp Italian Herb Seasoning
  10. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  11. 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Take a paper towel and pat dry all of the chicken pieces. Place chicken aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, salt and pepper well.
  3. Rub the cinnamon mixture, with your fingers, into all of the chicken pieces.
  4. Heat Olive Oil in a large nonreactive skillet.
  5. When oil is hot, place the chicken pieces in the skillet to sear (about 4 minutes on each side). If you do not have a skillet large enough, you may need to sear the chicken in two batches. A skillet with 2 or 3″ sides works best.  
  6. When chicken has been seared on both sides, remove from skillet and place aside.
  7. Lower the heat to medium-high and add 3 of the minced garlic cloves and the chopped onion.
  8. Saute the onions and garlic, until the onions become soft and golden brown.
  9. Add 1/2 cup of water to the onions and garlic in the pan. Use a spatula or spoon to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom of the skillet and loosening any particles stuck on the bottom.
  10. When the water has mostly evaporated, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water, tomato paste, Italian herb seasoning and remaining minced garlic cloves. Mix well.
  11. Add the chicken back to the skillet. The tomato liquid should cover about 3/4 of the chicken. Cover the pot and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 – 40 minutes until chicken is tender and fully cooked.
  12. Place chicken mixture on a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Miss Ruby’s Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

A popular expression is, ” as American as apple pie.”  However, if one wants to become more specific about the African American cultural group then it might be fair to say, “as African American as sweet potato pie.”  I have quite a few African American friends who do not like the pie but truthfully most that I know love it.  My family has a multi-generational recipe that I am not allowed to give out or punishable by death by my mother.  Tough luck getting Southerners of the U.S.A to give up family secrets. 

Well, I found this recipe on the site of a fellow Examiner Talli Counsel, Presidential Master Chef.  Do not take the title lightly.  He actually has consulted for three U.S. Presidents.  This pie was served to Bill Clinton while in office. –Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes about a 1/2 pound)
  •  1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  •  3/4 cup sugar (*or to taste)
  •  3/4 cup half & half
  •  3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (*pan toasted)
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 tablespoon dark Jamaican rum
  •  1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch good quality pie shell PREPARING THE PIE

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

 Place the sweet potatoes on a shallow baking pan or pie tin, in the middle of the oven and roast until very tender, about 1 1/4 hours. Cool to room temperature. With a soup spoon, scoop out the sweet potatoes into a bowl and dispose of the skins. Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar. Add the melted butter to the sweet potatoes with the half and half milk and the eggs, and beat with a whisk until smooth. Whisk in the remaining ingredients (the filling will be very liquid). Pour the filling into a docked (fork holes in the pie crust) pie shell. Depending on your oven, and where you live, the middle rack may be a better alternative to place the pie for baking.

Learn more about Talli Counsel at: http://www.examiner.com/x-3156-LA-Sustainable-Chef-Examiner?showbio

Happy Holidays: Kick Off it With “Seasons of Love”

Sure, the classic broadway song Seasons of Love is not your traditional holiday song but the story of Rent takes place during Christmas time and the cast filled with cultural diversity which we love to celebrate at MCCN.  However, aside from culture which is down played in the story in a wonderful way, a recurring theme in Rent is the problem of homelessness.  The holiday season tends to make it easier to supply food to those in need.  Many organizations have can food drives or need help in soup kitchens.  Make this a season of love. 

Check back here for updates of where you can help in your area.

Toronto Will Your Fave Ethnic Restaurants Be Open X-mas Eve/Day?

Take a break from holiday hassles and enjoy lunch or dinner at some of the finest restaurants serving international and ethnic cuisine in Toronto. The following quality establishments are open at various times during the Christmas season.

Find out about the Chinese, French, Indian, Korean Thai and More Restaurants open during the holidays visit: http://www.examiner.com/x-29478-Toronto-Ethnic-Restaurants-Examiner~y2009m11d26-Some-of-Torontos-best-ethnic-and-international-restaurants-are-open-over-the-Christmas-season

Find more information at restaurants Toronto

Article by Heather Zorzini- Toronto Ethnic Restaurant Examiner

Today at www.Multiculturalcooking.net (11/27)

Today at http://multiculturalcooking.net :

  • Restaurant Reviews for Portland( German and Vietnamese Restaurants) and Chicago(Mexican Restaurant)
  • Fine Dining in Morocco and the star-studded opening of the Mazagan resort
  • Spotlight Recipes Section: Princess and the Frog Cook book
  • Food History: What do they eat in Antartica
  • Food History/Europe: The history of mulled wine

Dinner and Movie: The Princess and the Frog

The Dinner:  The story of The Princess and the Frog takes you to New Orleans where beignets, Po’Boys and Jambalaya are local faves.

The Movie: The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog hit s theaters nationwide on December 11th.  It is a long-awaited return to classic animation  and Disney’s first African-American animated princess.  The story centers around Tiana, a working class woman from New Orleans with hopes of opening her own restaurant.  The Disney films drives home the point of having a good work ethic.

Tiana is voiced by Tony award winner Anika Noni Rose, more widely recognized as one of the Dreamgirls from the movie Dreamgirls.  Who is the dashing Prince turned frog?  Brazilian actor Bruno Campos (Nip/Tuck, Jesse) plays Prince Naveen of Maldonia.  The prince consumes the fruits of life without knowing what it is to labor for it until he meets Tiana.  Other celebrities voicing characters in the film include Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard.

Among the highlights of the film is the music and the characters.  There are catchy tunes sprinkled throughout the film.   The characters resonate to a point in which you know they will become a common to everyone as Pinocchio or Simba.  When a dialogue is written well and acted superbly it amounts to a winning combination.

Also this film is a treat to foodies because it not only showcases New Orleans food;moreover, it drives the point of how preparing food can be a loving act.

Give Thanks. Be Generous. Generosity Water

Generosity Water recently built a well in Mai Gundi, Ethiopia–a village desperate for clean water. Check out http://GenerosityWater.com for more stories of how communities are being transformed by clean water.

See the Public Service Announcement with Chyler Leigh of Grey Anatomy at the Multi Cultural Cooking Network: http://www.multiculturalcooking.net/en2/index.php?option=com_jomtube&view=video&id=22

Ninja Assassin Rick Yune Tells MCCN What He Likes to Slice Into

The strikingly good looking DC Native of Korean descent Rick Yune is one of  stars of Ninja Assassins, maybe more notably the original bad guy from Fast and the Furious and least recognizable while starring in the James Bond Film Die Another day as Zao.  MCCN caught up with Yune on the red carpet at the USA Today Hollywood Hero Awards, the actor shared with MCCN about his favorite food.  He shares,  “I love a good slice of pumpkin pie” and food from Roscoes Chicken and Waffles is his other indulgence.

With his martial arts background, he can afford a slice a pie.  He is bound to work it off.  Yune practices many forms of martial arts, having reached Olympic standard in Taekwondo and being a serious contender for the US team when he was 19.   However, you went on to pursue an MBA at the prestigious Wharton School of Business.   While studying at Wharton School of Business, Rick Yune worked as an intern on Wall Street trading stocks during summer 1992. During that time, he was “discovered” by a modeling agent and soon became the first Asian-American featured in advertisements forVersace and Ralph Lauren‘s Polo.  In 2002 he was voted as one of People Magazine “sexiest people.”


Restaurants open in Harlem for Thanksgiving

Whether you can’t cook or don’t want to cook if you are looking for a place to eat in Harlem on Thanksgiving.  The following restaurants will be open.

Melba’s

300 West 114th Street

212-284-7777

Will have a three course prefix Menu for $45

Website: http://www.melbasrestaurant.com/

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Amy Ruth’s

113 West 116th Street

212-280-8779

On the Menu: Prefix Meal for Thanksgiving, in additon to the regular authentic southern cuisine menu items

Website: http://www.amyruthsharlem.com/

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Billie’s Black

271 West 119th Street

212-280-2248

On the Menu: Upscale Gourmet Soul food

Website: http://www.billiesblack.com/

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Red Rooster

Prefix Menu for $55

Website:  http://redroosterharlem.com/

For more info about Harlem visit uptown flavor at: http://uptownflavor.com/