Happy Clam Chowder Day!!! (Feb. 25th) Recipe Courtesy of Dave Lieberman

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 celery stalks (reserve tender leaves) trimmed, quartered lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

2 (10-ounce) cans chopped clams in juice

1 cup heavy cream

2 bay leaves

1 pound Idaho potatoes, cut into 1/2- inch cubes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pan Toasted Croutons:

2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes

3 tablespoons freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Pan Toasted Croutons:

Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and saute until softened, mixing often. Stir in the flour to distribute evenly. Add the stock, juice from 2 cans of chopped clams (reserve clams), cream, bay leaves, and potatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring consistently (the…

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Sesame Chicken Wings

Cooking Up The Pantry

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Madly popular with the boys, these sticky wings are fantastic as nibbles, lunch box fillers and after school treat.

I chop the tips off the wings and then cut them also at the joint to form two pieces.

Ingredients

1kg chicken wings

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce or tamari

5 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Method

Combine all of the ingredients, except sesame seeds, and leave in the fridge to marinade for at least four hours.

Preheat the oven to 200degrees Centigrade, line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Place the chicken on the baking tray, brush with the marinade and sprinkle over the sesame seeds.

Bake for 20mins and then brush again with the marinade and pop back in the oven for ten minutes.

Again, remove from the oven, brush with the marinade and return to the oven.

Bake…

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Harry Bosch Novels – Series Order List

Series Order

Harry Bosch Series:

Harry Bosch Background: Born in 1950 in Los Angeles to Marjorie Phillips Lowe. He was named Hieronymus Bosch after the 15th century Dutch artist and nicknamed “Harry.” He became an orphan at 11 when his mother, a prostitute, was murdered. He grew up living in a youth hall and foster homes. He joined the army and did two tours in Vietnam. Harry returned to Los Angeles and joined the LAPD in 1972. He became a detective after five years in patrol.

Books in published order:
The Black Echo (1992)
The Black Ice (1993)
The Concrete Blonde (1994)
The Last Coyote (1995)
Trunk Music (1997)
Angels Flight (1999)
A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
City Of Bones (2002)
Lost Light (2003)
The Narrows (2004)
The Closers (2005)
Echo Park (2006)
The Overlook  (2007)
The Brass Verdict (2008)
Nine Dragons (2009)
The Reversal (2010)
The Fifth Witness (2011) (one page brief appearance)
The Drop (2011)
The Black Box (2012)
The Gods of Guilt (2013)  (one page brief appearance)
The Burning Room (2014)
The Crossing (November 2015)

List taken from http://www.michaelconnelly.com/extras/series/

Bosch TV Series – Soundtracks for Season 1

Bosch
TV Series – Soundtracks for Season 1

(Compiled from IMDb.com)

Episode 1 – Chapter One: ‘Tis the Season

Lullaby
(uncredited)
Written by George Cables
Performed by Frank Morgan

O Come All Ye Faithful
(uncredited)
Performed by Bill Cunliffe

Green Haze
(uncredited)
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Episode 2 – Chapter Two: Lost Light

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

El
Mago Cardona
(uncredited)
Written by Xocoyotzin Herrera
Performed by Xocoyotzin Herrera

Heavy Dreams
(uncredited)
Written by Lloyd Price
Performed by Lloyd Price

Finger On The Trigger
(uncredited)
Written by Albert King
Performed by Albert King

Episode 3 – Chapter Three: Blue Religion

Song of Bernadotte
(uncredited)
Written by Tom McDermott
Performed by Tom McDermott

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Spark Plug
(uncredited)
Written by Melvin Sparks
Performed by Melvin Sparks

Four Seasons (Spring)
(uncredited)
Writtenby Antonio Vivaldi

Hard Times
(uncredited)
Written by Esmond Edwards
Performed by Mildred Anderson

Episode 4 – Chapter Four: Fugazi

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Cocinando Suave
(uncredited)
Written by Hector Rivera
Performed by Ray Barretto

Theme for Ernie
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Lacey
Performed by John Coltrane

Homefulness
(uncredited)
Written by Madigan Shive
Performed by Bonfire Madigan

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Wesley
Performed by Jason Gedrick

Episode 5 – Chapter Five: Mama’s Boy

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Episode 6 – Chapter Six: Donkey’s Years

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Written by Joel Wachbrit and Richard Levinson
Performed by The Last Nighters

I Had A Dream
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Witherspoon
Performed by Jimmy Witherspoon

River Edge
(uncredited)
Performed by David Torkanowsky

Variations on Greensleeves
(uncredited)
Performed by Seattle Symphony

Episode 7 – Chapter Seven: Lost Boys

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Davenport’s Tippin’
(uncredited)
Written by David Torkanowsky
Performed by David Torkanowsky

The Best Thing
(uncredited)
Written by Sharlotte Gibson and Freddy Scott
Performed by Sharlotte Gibson

O Little Town of Bethlehem
(uncredited)
Written by Phillips Brooks
Performed by Creative Studies

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performed by International Children’s Choir

Lantern Day
(uncredited)
Written by Matt Hirt and Haoyue Kuang
Performed by Matt Hirt and Haoyue Kuang

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Lord Pierpont
Performed by Rick Riso and Ed Smith

Episode 8 – Chapter Eight: High Low

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Silk ‘n’ Satin
(uncredited)
Written by Sonny Rollins
Performed by Sonny Rollins

Holla Back
(uncredited)
Performed by St. John

Hilario Romero
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Zuniga Frias
Performed by El Polvo Norteno

Episode 9 – Chapter Nine: The Magic Castle

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Pachanga Suavecito
(uncredited)
Written by Hector Rivera
Performed by Ray Barretto

My Rope
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Otten
Performed by Paul Otten

You Better Stop
(uncredited)
Written by Sonny Rhodes
Performed by Sonny Rhodes

Piano Trio Blues
(uncredited)
Written by David Torkanowsky
Performed by David Torkanowsky

Episode 10 – Chapter Ten: Us and Them

Can’t Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Jesse Nolan
Performed by Caught A Ghost

Night Hawk
(uncredited)
Written by Coleman Hawkins
Performed by Coleman Hawkins

Patricia
(uncredited)
Written by Art Pepper
Performed by Art Pepper

Surf Monsters
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Mair and Joel Wachbrit
Performed by The Dickies

Wicked Rain
(uncredited)
Written by Cesar Rosas
Performed by Los Lobos

Tuna and Cannellini Bean Patties

Cooking Up The Pantry

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These are a store cupboard pattie, I seem to always have the basic ingredients in the pantry and the beans make a nice change to a potato based fishcake. I also like the fact that I’m sneaking beans into the boys!

Makes 8.

Ingredients

100g finely diced onion

200g grated cheese

2 x 425g tins cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

425g tin tuna, drained well

75g gluten free breadcrumbs

1 jalapeño chilli, finely diced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 egg, beaten

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, lightly mash the beans with a fork, add the remaining ingredients and, using your hands, combine well and form into patties.

Pop the patties onto the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 mins.

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Cajun vs Creole

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

I admit it. I use them interchangeably, and I am sorry. Cajun. Creole. Aren’t they the same thing? Apparently not.

In an article on the Huffington Post back in 2012, Jay Ducote walks us through the differences that seem subtle to an outsider, but may seem large to a true Louisianan. Here are some of the keys to understanding the differences:

  • Geneology – Cajuns are descendants from French settlers in the Acadia region in northeast Canada. They often were from the “lower classes” and became outdoorsmen, such as fur trappers. The Creole are descendants front he French and Spanish merchant and upper classes that settled in Louisiana.
  • Location – Creole = city. Cajun = country. Creole is the French Quarter. Cajun is deep in the bayou.
  • Ingredients – Cajun uses anything, and everything that could be found wild. All parts of animals are used and only local vegetables. Creole cooking…

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