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by Chef Alan Zox

THE EASY SANTA FE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Adapted By Chef Alan Zox Yields 6-8 Servings Rosalea Murphy is  the Owner and Chef of the Pink Adobe in Santa Fe New Mexico. Today I am sharing her recipe for “Easy Chocolate Cake”.  I mentioned the Cake last week when I was describing it in some detail. It takes less than an hour to prepare and bake.  It is appropriately known as the Easy Chocolate Cake because it is exceptionally trouble-free with unique ingredients. The cake takes less than an hour to make with 20 additional minutes to cool down.  Making the cake is exceptionally trouble-free and delicious as well. The ingredients include sour cream and flour at the heart of … Continue reading THE EASY SANTA FE CHOCOLATE CAKE

CHICKEN MEZRA WITH RED GLAZE

Adapted from the book: The Pink Adobe, by author Rosalea Murphy The Pink Adobe is a restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico that thrives on culinary diversity and delicious international cuisine from the Southwest, founded by the unique and extraordinary owner, Rosalea Murphy. I enjoyed the special pleasure of eating at the restaurant several times while visiting friends in Santa Fe. In today’s world of culinary diversity, the Pink Adobe, is perhaps less unique but no less special. Thumbing through the restaurant’s cookbook, one discovers an array of dishes that standout, including Mexican, French, Italian and Latin America in origin. I particularly enjoy her New Orleans Oyster Stew, Chicken … Continue reading CHICKEN MEZRA WITH RED GLAZE

Creamy Mustard and Sauté Chicken

Mustard seeds are condiments harvested from mustard plants and shrubs, grown all over the world. Major producers are India, Pakistan, Canada, Nepal, and Myanmar. Seeds are harvested from three types of mustard plant: black mustard, brown mustard and yellow/white mustard. Mustard seeds have been used for condiments for thousands of years. Black mustard is thought to be the seed mentioned by Jesus in the Parable of the Mustard Seed. Black mustard seeds have a pungent spicy aroma and flavor. When fried in oil they produce a sweet and mild nutty taste. White/yellow mustard seeds have a mild flavor and are the most … Continue reading Creamy Mustard and Sauté Chicken

Spicy Mexican Chili

It may be awhile before you can travel to Mexico. Why not bring the taste of Mexico to your table? On Cinco de Mayo we usually go out to a local restaurant to celebrate the tastes of Mexico. This May we are at home. While staying at home, you will enjoy this delicious spicy Mexican chili. It’s not only easy to prepare for dinner, but will provide a tasty leftover lunch. So if you are saving lives, by staying home like we are, make this recipe for seven, and heat up some leftovers anytime and add some grated cheese. Ingredients … Continue reading Spicy Mexican Chili

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations Carol W. of Seattle WA . You are the winner of the 2020 Zox Kitchen Recipe Contest. We want to thank all of you that sent in your favorite recipes and photos. I take great pleasure in notifying you, Carol, that your Banana Bread Recipe is our winner. My Team at Zox Kitchen found your recipe and photo to be among the most attractive submitted. After selecting the finalists and cooking each recipe, your Banana Bread Recipe was determined to be the tastiest. It was also selected as it is so simple and we would like all our readers … Continue reading WE HAVE A WINNER!

Rainforest Cottages in Hawaii

My wife and I found a wonderful retreat on the big island of Hawaii, located about 4 miles from Pāhoa. Puna Rainforest is a magical home away from home covered in fruit trees, avocados, lemons, limes, pineapples, and banana trees among others. Steam vents also fill part of the property with warm and cold swimming plunges for guests. These are created by underground lava flows that heat these plunges. Interestingly the vents and the plunges no longer present a threat from nearby volcanoes. Elijah, an Environmental Engineer and his partner, Jackylynn, a Biologist, jointly own the property. They are constantly … Continue reading Rainforest Cottages in Hawaii

FARMERS MARKETS IN HAWAII

Kim and I had a fascinating day visiting farmers markets on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were amazed at the number of quality products from local farmers as well as local artists. Below are references to those that we found and others in the area that appear online. Anyone living here, or visiting, should take some time to stop in at a number of the local farmer’s markets. I have noted below a nonprofit organization committed to bringing local farmers together with folks who want to buy fresh organic produce. KITCHEN OF CREATION Captain Cook, Hawaii, 96704 808-896-7533 Email: … Continue reading FARMERS MARKETS IN HAWAII

MORE FARMERS’ MARKET VENDORS

During my stay in Hawaii, I have visited many farmers’ markets and interviewed individuals with very interesting products and services. Of course many are food products. My focus has been on finding farmers producing food organically with sustainable farming methods. I have also come across many interesting non-food vendors and listed them with their products and services here in this article. What I have found is that there are many small family businesses here that have a common interest in organic, sustainable products, and they are passionate about quality and serving their customers’ interests while respecting the environment. While many … Continue reading MORE FARMERS’ MARKET VENDORS

EVEN MORE VENDORS AT FARMERS’ MARKETS

NAIKELA BOTANICALS Chance Naikela -Eat It * Drink it * Love it – 808-426-6514 https://www.naikela.com/ Over the holidays I am spending time in Hawaii. During my visits to the North Shore to watch surfers surf the spectacular 20-30 foot waves I stopped by food trucks for lunch. The interesting thing about food trucks is they use fresh food, unlike restaurants or cafes that may be using frozen ingredients. The three I stopped at all used fresh ingredients and served marvelous food at very reasonable prices. I also stopped by Naikela Botanicals. They grow, produce and sell superfood teas containing a … Continue reading EVEN MORE VENDORS AT FARMERS’ MARKETS

Grilling and Smoking -A Close Look at the Joys of BBQ

Most of us enjoy the very idea let alone the practice of eating a meal by the fireplace. We might prefer the charcoal pit or eating alongside a wood-fired meal. In days past, eating over wood-fired grills was as thrilling as it was practical. We used to do this at home when my Dad was in town. Food seemed to taste better and more appealing when he was around. We grilled at high temperature or when our meal was smoked, we cooked at low temperature- either was a delight to experience. And it brought family together. We heard about southern … Continue reading Grilling and Smoking -A Close Look at the Joys of BBQ

Hawaii and Eating Hawaiian Seafood

Visiting Hawaii has been an extraordinary experience for me and my partner. Living here is a bit expensive, but it seems to me that the lifestyle is worth the effort. People live all over several different islands – 137 to be exact. But there are four major islands- Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii known as the big island. Each has its own special qualities and other characteristics that cut across virtually everyone who lives there. For example, the range of different types of people in the Hawaiian region is reflected by significant numbers of Japanese, Filipino, Native Hawaiian, White, Chinese, … Continue reading Hawaii and Eating Hawaiian Seafood

Osso Buco – Italian Braised Veal

Here’s a meal that is ideal and unique for cool winter nights. Italians know the dish well while other ethnic groups may be less familiar while no less appreciative. Called Osso Buco it is festive and flavorful when browned in the oven followed by braising at temperatures that are low and slow. The method relies on breaking down connective tissue that binds together tough muscle fiber. This approach is most often used when cooking any tough, unpalatable cut of chicken, as in Coq au Vin; fibrous vegetables, like artichoke; or Sweet & Sour Pot au Feu for Winter dishes. See … Continue reading Osso Buco – Italian Braised Veal

The North Shore Culture of Oahu: Highlights Winter Surfing & Delicious Shrimp

The Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii has become a culture of big waves and big eaters especially shrimp during the winter months of November to March. Growing numbers of surfing competitors and fans have created excitement and enthusiasm that grows larger and larger each year.  Surfers follow the Winter Trade Winds by watching and surfing enormous waves that burst along the reef-lined shore where waves can reach upwards of 30 to 40 feet a run. One of the original heroes of the surfing world is Eddie Aikau, the first lifeguard of Waikiki. Eddie saved countless surfers in … Continue reading The North Shore Culture of Oahu: Highlights Winter Surfing & Delicious Shrimp

A Vegetable Harvest Medley—Italian Style

Harvest season has arrived. But it’s not a happy time for everyone. In fact some of us find this time of year too unsettling and off putting. Is it the end of warm weather and sunshine that depresses us? Certainly, it’s a time of change that leaves some people feeling blue and off balance. Nonetheless, I for one enjoy the Fall and all that it brings us…with or without constant sunshine. I love eating the multiplicity of produce and vegetables that are virtually countless and wonderful tasting. Each Fall season I am happiest when I discover new ways to prepare … Continue reading A Vegetable Harvest Medley—Italian Style

Enjoy Sous Vide—The New Home Cooking Method

Sous vide ovens have been around for more than 45 years, primarily in France and Europe. Only in the last couple of years have home versions become available.   Sous vide immersion cookers available by Sancere. Other versions are also available online by Sous Vide Supreme. They are selling like hotcakes. I found a new “demi” version on Amazon.com that was no bigger than a small microwave oven, with a discount that was remarkable. Ideally you will also need to purchase a vacuum bag sealer, which can also be found online. What are we talking about here? Sous vide in … Continue reading Enjoy Sous Vide—The New Home Cooking Method

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

20  min to make 4-6 servings Sauces serve to make average dishes more flavorful and special.  Yet sometimes meals with sauces are too time consuming and overly caloric. Still it’s nice to have a few sauces in your Grab Bag of flavor enhancers. Virtually every culture has its favorites. I have several I enjoy with the seasons of the year. Here’s a few others to consider besides today’s recipe of Chimichurri.    French sauces specialize in six basic “mother sauces” including Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, Tomato, Hollandaise and Mayonnaise Sauce. Their popularity is only exceeded by the many dishes they complement. Italian … Continue reading Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

Hawaiian Poke: Featuring Ahi Tuna with Herbs & Asian Spices

By: Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D November 20, 2019 Poke (pronounced poh-Kay) is a salad of cubed raw fish marinated in delicious Asian style sauces.  It’s easy to eat with rice, noodles or vegetables.  Poke dishes are popular nationwide especially in Hawaii, California, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, and New York City and is growing in popularity. The dish is simple to prepare at home and delightful to make for parties as well. Children and Adults of all ages love the healthy nature of Poke and the refreshing nature of the low-fat dish. Ingredients Sushi-grade ahi tuna, cut into 3/4-inch cubes  Arborio rice: … Continue reading Hawaiian Poke: Featuring Ahi Tuna with Herbs & Asian Spices

Street Food Mexican Style

 Street food has become a favorite way to satisfy one’s hunger for special types of cuisine. It’s been documented in a recent film called Chef that tells the story of the gourmet chef who cooks across the country from Miami to L.A. in a food truck. This interest in food trucks and mobile food delivery has been around a while, but seems to be growing in neighborhoods across the U.S.   In fact, exotic food of all kinds has become accessible to the public thirst to taste something different and delicious. Food celebrities who cook for us on TV have … Continue reading Street Food Mexican Style

Brunch by the Sea

In 1896 Punch magazine wrote that the term “brunch” was coined in Britain in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers”. The term has evolved to mean the wonderful meal we enjoy today between breakfast and lunch. It might be bacon and eggs, omelets and vegetables, or any number of lunch time dishes reflecting where the meal is taking place. On Cape Cod or Montauk, LA,  San Francisco, Miami or Houston.  for example, seafood brunches are common in part because of the daily bounty of seafood readily available.  Of course any combination of complementary dishes work well for … Continue reading Brunch by the Sea

Creamy Cold Cauliflower Soup with Curry & Greek Yogurt

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa has left indelible memories. Warm weather reminds me of detasseling corn, tomatoes you can only dream about eating, fields of watermelon, summer baseball, swimming in sand pits with cold springs which made warm summer days bearable, drive-in movies and eating Eastern European specialties. It wasn’t Brooklyn but it wasn’t merely cornbread and BBQ either—dishes I also came to adore. Friends are often surprised about this biographical fact of my background suggesting I have changed since moving away from the cornfields of Iowa. Perhaps, but these memories can be warm and comforting as well. Of … Continue reading Creamy Cold Cauliflower Soup with Curry & Greek Yogurt

Eating Well Regardless Of Your Age

When eating is a burden as opposed to a pleasure, it becomes painful to return home at the end of the day to prepare a healthy, nutritious meal. While some of us see this as a wonderful and creative opportunity, others see the opposite. They turn to fast food, pizza or high sodium frozen meals. Managing one’s hunger and feeding the kids or one’s spouse are burdens to overcome quickly. Serving cheese, crackers, pretzels and soda, or a quick and filling burrito become the simple way to fill one’s stomach. Achieving flavor can become a hardship. College or high school … Continue reading Eating Well Regardless Of Your Age

Seafood Paella for Father’s Day

Eating with my father was often an enjoyable process.  Sunday night we would charcoal steaks on our grill. Weekend breakfasts often included waffles or sometimes kippers and herring with sautéed onions. And the local delicatessen sold delicious corned beef sandwiches on bagels with mustard that we all enjoyed. When I got older my dad often invited me to join him on business trips that often included memorable meals. Years later when I began to travel on business my father joined me as I did with him. One of our favorite trips was to Barcelona, located along the Mediterranean Sea, and … Continue reading Seafood Paella for Father’s Day

Eating Well While Enjoying what we Eat

It’s difficult to say what is healthy and unhealthy food today. Organically grown food for example, appears to be good for us while growing in popularity. But It also continues to be more expensive than ever leading to some resistance to buying it. Nutritional studies are helping explain that we are what we eat. Yet even though these studies are becoming more and more common there is still much more to know about the effect of each and every supplement available at GNC or at your local CVS. No question that the definition of healthy food has gone through a … Continue reading Eating Well While Enjoying what we Eat

Comfort Food of Mexico – Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is the chicken soup south of the border. The name implies an Aztec origin, but it owes much more to the Tarascan people from the Michoacán area of Mexico. I enjoy eating it in all its variations whatever its origin. It’s also easy to serve vegetarian style, or with shredded chicken thighs. Breast meat I have found is a bit too bland. Mexico is known for its soups especially when chili peppers are used like in the case of Tortilla soup which are called chipotle chilies when roasted and Jalapeño when fresh. All Mexican chili peppers have such … Continue reading Comfort Food of Mexico – Tortilla Soup

The Amazing Dover Sole

Dover Sole is now available in East Coast Fish markets.. It’s delicious, nutritious, and has not been overfished either. Further, the National Marine Fisheries Service which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the American Heart Association (AHA) tell us that a 3 ounce portion of sole is said to have one of the highest concentrations of Omega 3 in fish (which is very healthy for us), and are low in mercury. Yet there is confusion about Dover Sole but not about the flavor. First off there are at least two types of sole. The most … Continue reading The Amazing Dover Sole

Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D cooks, writes and teaches about healthy, flavorful food.