Monday, February 13, 2023

Child of Nature, Friend of Man

When faced with buckets of fresh basil, a normal person would share it but fearing the supply wouldn't last, and subsequently, I was right, it didn't, I looked for new ways to feature it in whatever I was eating.  For this mock Shake n' Bake chicken, I created a yogurt, basil dressing.  The cool freshness of the sauce went well with the hot spicy chicken.   
For the sauce: I whizzed up yogurt, garlic, lemon, jalapeno and basil, s&p and olive oil.  I also added a teaspoon of a Ranch Dressing packet.  That added the perfect umami. 

As taste buds evolve and palettes become more sophisticated, we tolerate and demand more garlic, more herbs, more spice.  Also growing up recipes were like scientific facts, you didn't mess with the equations. You followed instructions to the T.  Today, somehow, we became free to experiment and mix and match assorted elements with less rules and it's opened up tons of possibilities.   

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