Monday, July 1, 2013

I Love Cilantro !


Good morning !
This is my first year growing cilantro .. all of a sudden we are addicted to anything with cilantro in  it !
I have 3 pots of it growing ,so my daughter and I found some wonderful recipes to use it.
First , is a salad dressing we found on pinterest ..here.

For the Cilantro Lime  dressing , I add all the ingredients to my little food processor

you need :
 the juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
3 TBSP honey
at least a cup of cilantro leaves and small stems are ok. ( I fill the bowl of my small processor.)
3/4 cup of canola oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Just process all the ingredients except the oil until finely chopped then add the oil. I keep mine in a mason jar in the refrigerator

 Then you need to make this chicken from Mel's Kitchen café ... I love this chicken on top of romaine leaves with the cilantro lime dressing . So good
 For the chicken.. I use boneless skinless breasts, sliced in thin pieces so they grill fast and you get a lot of the marinade on each piece.

The Spicy chipotle marinade

1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP minced fresh cilantro
1 chipolte chili
2tsp adobo sauce ( I buy the chipoltes in adobo sauce so I don't have to buy 2 separate things)
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper

I just put this and the pieces of chicken breast in a big Ziploc in the refrigerator  for about an hour. Then grill them . I like to snip a little fresh cilantro on them after grilling too.
 I have made the dipping sauce recipe that accompanies this and its very good also .

I have done some more patriotic stitching.. I love the word plays from With Thy Needle and Thread. I want to find a really different way to frame these so I can do them for each month and just change out the stitching.

Finally I entered the world of the big stitchers by not using Aida cloth ! ( and its hard to stitch on the 28 count fabric) but not as hard as I thought ! Every once in a while I need to shake my head to make my eyes focus ..Just kidding ! I love this Prairie Schooler July design. Hope I can finish it before July is over :)
 I don't know why I didn't try using the higher count fabrics sooner . The stitching looks so much better on it !

In my garden my zucchini plants are actually blooming ! I hope the bees in our neighborhood are ready to pollinate like crazy !
This little guy is 15 months old now .. Could he be any cuter ? Love his Osh Kosh overalls !
 
I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July !
Thanks as always for your visits and comments !
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8 comments:

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

I too love cilantro....have for many years. I just made a cilantro/lime dressing last night for a chicken taco salad..so yummy! I grow a couple of pots of it every year too. It's just so good! And that little fella is super adorable :)

Catherine said...

Ooohh.....those recipes sound so good ~ thanks for sharing!
Love the PS and a your Wordplay ~ woot on stitching on something besides Aida, and different counts.
Love the little guy ~ overalls were always a favorite of mine for my boys!

Kris said...

Hi "P"! We love cilantro here too. I grow it in stages so that I always have some ready to pick. It bolts really fast though. I love to make pesto with it too, instead of basil.
I will have to try that recipe for the dressing. Fresh & Easy has one that we really like too.
That little grandson of yours is just precious! I LOVED my kids in Osh Kosh overalls. They all wore them!
: ) Kris

Kris said...

Hi "P"! We love cilantro here too. I grow it in stages so that I always have some ready to pick. It bolts really fast though. I love to make pesto with it too, instead of basil.
I will have to try that recipe for the dressing. Fresh & Easy has one that we really like too.
That little grandson of yours is just precious! I LOVED my kids in Osh Kosh overalls. They all wore them!
: ) Kris

Carol said...

Your recipe sounds great, Priscilla. I'm not a huge lover of cilantro, but I might try it out on my sons for a Sunday night dinner. I know they would love it!

Lovely stitching--I, too, have that gorgeous PS July Sampler, but haven't started it... I think that may be my favorite of the PS monthly samplers...Maybe next year! And welcome to the wonderful world of higher count fabrics. You'll get used to them in no time :)

Your little guy in his Oskosh overalls brought back great memories--my sons lived in those things!

Barb said...

What a cute little guy! We are working on the same project, July Word Play!

Ellya Brill said...

Love Cilantro. Definitely will do this tomorrow. Thank you so much.

Ellya

Astri said...

He has broken the cute thermometer! I will be making that dressing. we love cilantro too.