Well, hello again! I've been missing in action since last weekend. Sorry! At last, it's Friday and can try to post some recipes for you. The weather across the United States has been all over the place. While my girlfriend, in Rhode Island has been telling tales of miserable heat and humidity, and extreme weather changes to rain-- well, we folks on the Central Coast of California hadn't seen sun in weeks. Suddenly, we had a heat weave that hit triple digits for two days. My tomatoes were happy little campers!
Just the week before, I had all kinds of little green tomatoes...
Roasted tomatoes, are one of my favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes. I turned the oven on to 375F and sliced a Vidalia onion-- my last one, in fact. I sliced 2 cloves of fresh garlic and heated some olive oil in my beloved cast iron skillet...
VERDICT: Amazing! My taste buds said "sweet", "savory", "mildly garlicky" and "dee-licious! I so will make this again, as a pasta.
About that chicken that I mentioned was roasting in the oven-- I was contacted by Susan Eriksen, "AKA Mrs. Char Crust". Susan offered to send a few of her special rub blends for me to try. As promised, I received an three different Char Crust blends to try.
Savory roasted garlic and fresh cracked peppercorns make music in your mouth. With added lilt of worcestershire and lavender, this symphonic sensation creates a crescendo of flavor with steak, lamb, fish (especially salmon), and roasted potatoes.
Then I let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes. Now, for the moment of truth...
I was losing natural light, so these photos aren't as detailed as I'd like. I can tell you that the chicken was very juicy. I give credit to a few things. Using chicken that is bone-in, I am convinced,decreases the chances of ending up with dried out chicken breast meat. It was cooked just the right amount of time, too, by watching the temperature and then letting it rest. The trademark claim on Char Crust products is "Seals in the Juices", and I have to agree!
VERDICT: There are a lot of flavors working in harmony with this delicious rub seasoning. At first, I thought I tasted sage. I read the ingredient label, and I was wrong. Maybe it's the combo of Worcestershire and soy, herbs, garlic and other spices-- who knows? We both liked the chicken very much. Thank you, Char Crust for letting me try this product. I have made a few other recipes, which I will try to share throughout the coming week. This product is a great way to make plain chicken come to life with flavor and lots of juiciness! Oh, I will also be announcing a giveaway where you can receive Char Crust samples to try for yourself. Soon... very soon!
Pictured: Char Crust Roasted Chicken Breasts, Tomato Compote and Hasselback Potatoes.
The next recipe I'll be sharing with you involves figs. Wow, was this dessert great with this very dinner I just shared with you. Coming up this weekend (I hope)!
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend with perfect weather!