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Adventures in Team Cooking

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 No comments

I’ve always felt that team cooking is a perfect metaphor for corporate life. The recipe is the same—a plan, time and resource constraints, everyone having an important part to play, and the desire to get results while having some fun.

With Cook the Part, team building has a purpose. Everyone shares equally in the success or failure of the meal (and I’ve never seen a failure). Plus, hosting a Cook the Part event takes the intimidation out of ‘ordinary’ teambuilding activities. You can do this at home—and there’s no corkage fee!

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Top 5 Reasons for hosting a Cook the Part dinner party:

  • Team cooking is fun and a great way to entertain
  • Get to know fellow co-workers better through cooking
  • Together, you can achieve so much more than a single cook can accomplish
  • Prepare great meals at a fraction of the cost of restaurants
  • Great excuse to drink wine and eat delicious food!

We had a fantastic Cook the Part party recently. Check out the photos of the food and fun (big thanks to the Posard Team for hosting!):

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Luncheon Pick: Chicken Salad with Toasted Pecans and Grapes

Monday, April 14th, 2014 2 comments
Chicken salad Luncheon Pick: Chicken Salad with Toasted Pecans and Grapes

Chicken Salad

With Spring in the air, picnics and potlucks are right around the corner. One of my go-to dishes is a chicken salad. Light, creamy, and a little bit sweet, this recipe for Chicken Salad with Toasted Pecans and Grapes has always been a crowd pleaser.

Try this recipe next time you’re invited to a potluck this Spring, or even as a light appetizer for an Easter or Mother’s Day luncheon:

Chicken Salad with Toasted Pecans and Grapes

4 organic skinless, boneless chicken breasts, grilled
1 cup toasted, chopped pecans
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 roasted red bell pepper, skinned and chopped
2 cups seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tarragon, finely chopped
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper

Toss together all ingredients and chill for several hours. Serve with fresh baguette.

 

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Cook The Part: Chicken Under a Brick

Monday, April 7th, 2014 No comments

This is one of our favorite recipes from Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and fun Team Cooking and is the main dish in the Tuscan Farmhouse Dinner. It is the perfect chicken recipe for a BBQ or a summer holiday get-together. The recipe is fun to make and not too time consuming so you can still enjoy the company of your guests. Enjoy!

CHICKEN UNDER A BRICK

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Ingredients:
8 large chicken breast halves, boneless with skin on
12 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
1 ½ cups olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons grill rub
Canola oil spray for grilling
8 bricks wrapped in foil
Rosemary sprigs or basil leaves for garnish

Step 1: Prepare chicken.
Wash and dry chicken. Place breasts, one at a time, into a large sealable plastic bag and, using covered bricks, pound to ½” thickness. Remove from bag and repeat.

Step 2: Make marinade.
Place garlic, oregano, red pepper, rosemary and thyme in a small food processor and gradually add oil while processing.

Step 3: Marinate chicken.
Divide the marinade and prepared chicken equally between 2 large sealable plastic bags and turn until chicken is coated.
Refrigerate in marinade until ready to grill.

Step 4: Preheat grill.
Spray grill rack with canola oil. Preheat grill to medium. Wrap your 8 bricks in foil and place them on the grill to heat. Be sure to use thick gloves or pot holders to handle heated bricks.

Step 5: Grill and serve.
Remove chicken from marinade. Sprinkle with salt and rub. Place chicken skin-side down on grill. Top each breast with a covered brick and grill until skin is brown and crispy, approximately 5 minutes. Turn chicken and grill until done, another 2 minutes or so.

Remove to platter and cover with foil until ready to serve. Garnish with rosemary or basil and serve.

Let us know how you like it!

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Simple and Simply Delicious: Italian Baked Chicken

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 2 comments
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Italian Baked Chicken

 

Happy New Year!
This is my first post for 2014 and I was inspired by our recent week in Park City, Utah, where we always cook for our house guests, but try to keep things simple to allow plenty of ski time and time for other local activities. We decided to prepare this 25-year family favorite, which is still appreciated in 2014 as it was in the 1980′s. A few simple ingredients and easy preparation have made this a standby for so many years.

 

 

 

Italian Baked Chicken
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (preferably organic), washed, dried and cut in half
2 green peppers, seeded, washed and cut into 6 strips
1 red pepper, seeded, washed and cut into 6 strips
1 yellow pepper, seeded, washed and cut into 6 strips
4 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered

Place all ingredients in a large roasting pan (I use a large broiler pan).

Dressing:
2/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4-5 large cloves garlic, crushed

Mix dressing ingredients well.

Drizzle dressing over the chicken and vegetables. Bake uncovered, basting frequently with juices for about 1 hour.
Increase temperature to 400 and bake 15 minutes longer to brown.
Arrange on hot platter.
Serve alone or with spaghetti with a marinara sauce and grated Parmesan.

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