Boiled Eggs, Fried Chicken, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve been on a cooking spree once again (now that I’ve got a fully functioning kitchen and oven) and decided I’d post about some of the stuff I’ve tried recently.

First, boiling eggs.  Something so simple has so many ways to cook them.  After reading through all the recipes I think I’ve found the easiest one that does the job well (and I got it from the LA Times of all places).  The recipe boils down (ha!) to this:

  1. Put the eggs into a pan
  2. cover the eggs with water
  3. place the pan on the stove and put it on high heat
  4. once the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and let sit for 12 minutes

Really, how hard is that?  No adding salt, no adding vinegar, no letting it sit for a minute then back onto the heat.  Just a quick simple process.  Now, you just have to peel the hard boiled eggs.  I suggest trying one of these techniques and see which one works best for you.

Secondly, I’ve been turning into a fan of paleo (and low-carb) cooking (I still love me my bread and booze, but I try and hold it to a minimum since you don’t want to be diagnosed as having orthorexia nervosa).  I tried out a few new recipes recently and have found them to be absolutely awesome.  The first one is, almost-oatmeal-raisin cookies (gotta have dessert first since you never know when you’re gonna die) and the second is paleo fried chicken.

I found the almost oatmeal raisin cookies recipe and thought, you know?  I love oatmeal raisin cookies.  If this recipe can come close to it, I’m all for it.  I made it and even though I didn’t pulse it near as much as I should have, it still turned out really tasty (and not to mention pretty dang hearty and tasty).  My only input to this recipe is when you make it the first time, if you think you’ve pulsed it enough in the food processor — you haven’t.  Do it some more, otherwise it comes out a little more rough and not as cookie like, but I still really love it.

Now, the fried chicken.  I normally don’t get an urge for fried food, but I bought a small fryer a while ago so I could fry things when I did get the urge.  Anyway, I had a nice large bag of chicken tenders, lots of spices, almond flour, regular flour, eggs, and some cooking oil.  So, I googled paleo fried chicken and I got this recipe (same place where I found the cookie recipe).  It’s basically the same as any other chicken tender recipe with the exception of the almond flour in place of normal flour (or some other mixture).  I coated my chicken in a different blend of spices, mine consisted of: paprika, black pepper, sea salt, cinnamon, cardamon, all spice, and coriander.  I also cooked it in a fryer as opposed to a pan or skillet filled with olive oil.  Either way, they turned out great and if you want to kick it up a notch, make a nice salsa to pour on top of it :).

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