Saturday, August 5, 2017

Uptown Chicken | GMA $5.00 Dinner Challenge | Chef Marcus Samuelsson

 GMA was hosting a $5.00 dinner challenge.

Chef were asked to provide nutritious, well-balanced and tasty meals for two that were under $5.00.. These chef were also allowed to use food items normally found in most family pantries. 

Chef: Marcus Sameulson from Red Rooster in Harlem....  He quoted, "Affordable doesn't mean that it's not going to taste good". 

Ingredients he purchased with the $5.00
Drumsticks ($2.20)
Couscous ($0.79)  I've never seen it this low.
Kale ($0.64)

Total cost: $3.62

From The Pantry

Cayenne pepper
Soy Sauce
Olive oil
Apple cider vinegar

* I did have all of these in my pantry except for the peanuts, scallions & crushed tomatoes.......however, I think with the remaining $1.38 I could buy the peanuts. The local convenience store sells them for $0.50 a bag,
 I would substitute an onion for the scallions, because I do have that in my pantry. I have fresh garden tomatoes I would use in place of the canned tomatoes. I do find this recipe is realistic and can be done for under $5.00.


  • For the Chicken and Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic

  • For the Kale:
  • ½ head of kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Roasted garlic (from chicken)

  • For the Couscous:
  • 1/2 box of couscous
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger, grated
  • Dried oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh scallions
  • For the Smothering Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Drippings from chicken
    1. Cooking Directions

      For the Chicken and Marinade:
      Whisk together the first nine ingredients until well-incorporated. Place chicken in the marinade and allow to marinate for at least two hours or overnight.
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove most of the marinade from the chicken and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.
      Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet. Add garlic and chicken breasts, skin side down and sear on all sides, approximately 8 minutes.
      Transfer chicken to the oven and roast for 10 more minutes until cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan. Reserve the drippings and roasted garlic.
      For the Kale:
      Massage the kale with a little bit of olive oil and salt until bright green.
      Sauté in one tablespoon of olive oil with the chopped peanuts and the thinly sliced garlic cloves. Add the apple cider vinegar, water, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until the kale is well sautéed and cooked down. Stir in the peanut butter and maple syrup.
      Squeeze the roasted garlic from the chicken into the kale.
      For the Couscous:
      Sautee the garlic, ginger, and chopped peanuts in olive oil until browned, about three minutes. Add in the couscous, chopped tomatoes, water and seasonings and simmer for five minutes.
      Remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for another ten minutes. Return the lid and fluff with a fork. Stir in the fresh scallions.
      For the Smothering Sauce:
      Whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce until well-incorporated.
      To serve, smother the cooked chicken legs in the sauce. Serve over the couscous with the kale on the side.
      Bonus: Marcus’ Tips for Cooking On a Budget!
      1. Learn how to cook so that you can use your leftovers efficiently. Every item of produce can make at least one to two dishes!
      2. Buying meats whole means more meals! For example, if you buy a whole chicken you can steam the breasts, make a stock out of the carcass, roast the drum sticks like in my recipe for uptown smothered chicken legs, and fry the thighs.
      3. Plan out your week and utilize the freezer efficiently. Keep bones, vegetable scraps, and carcasses in the freezer for stocks and don’t be afraid to freeze leftovers in portioned containers.
      4. Learn how to pickle and jar! It’s a fun way to add flavor and enhance your cooking, plus you can prolong the life of your vegetables.
      Recipe created for "Good Morning America" by Marcus Samuelsson.
      Recipe styled by Karen Pickus, chef/food stylist, "Good Morning America.” 

    I found the recipe here

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Breakfast Ideas For Losing Weight

    Overnight Oatmeal

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    How to Clean Shoes

    This video is targeting re-sellers (like myself) who are looking to up their profit margins by offering a nicer looking pre-owned item.

    How To Take The Written Price Off Of The Soles
    (I.e. purchasing a used pair from a thrift store)
    He uses the Easy Cleaner, Just apply some to a rag and scrub vigorously until its gone.

    How To Clean Sneakers & Athletic Shoes
    Once again, use Easy Cleaner to scrub the dirt and grime off of the soiled areas. See the above instructions.

    How To Use Edge Dressing
    The Edge Dressing comes with its own built-in applicator. You literally will be "painting" in on. Make sure you try to make the applicator as dry as possible, scrap the excess off on the side of the bottle. He put two coats on it. Great for men's dress shoes.

    How To Repair Leather Shoes With Scuff Marks 
    This is where the Doc Martins Wonder Balm is used. Apply some to a rag and thoroughly rub it into the shoe.

    How To Remove Strings Sticking Up On A Shoe
    Use a lighter to remove the strings.

    How to Remove Scraps Off Of Buckskin Shoes
    Apply Doc Martin Wonder Balm to a rag and rub it in really good.

    How To Repair A Shoe That Is Losing It's Color Or Is Scuffed Up
    This is an easy fix, Use Shoe Polish Cream,. A little bit goes a long way, so apply a small amount to a rag and work it into the leather.The soft leather is very porous.Be careful with the stitching, try no to go over it. On the lighter spots, use more creme and allow it to sit for a bit. While it is sitting, go to another area and work it in. Now use the horsehair brush to blend it in.

    Recommended Cleaners
    1. Saddle Soap (Makes a mess, best to do it outside if possible)
    2. Leather Honey (mix w/ water and put in a spray bottle)
    3. Doc Martin's Wonder's Balsam
    4. Easy Cleaner (Gets used a lot)
    5. Express Shine Brushes (Black, neutral color)
    6. Edge Dressing (Uses a lot - He uses one of these per month)
    7. Horsehair brush (Kiwi brand)
    8. Creme based shoe polish... It comes in Black, Dark Brown, Med Brown, Light Brown
    9. Lighter (Uses to burn off any strings)
    10. Shoe Goo

    * The above links have my affiliate links, so that when I need to restock, I make a little money purchasing it. If you click on them, I also make a bit of money.

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