Island Chicken Drumsticks

July28

The kids are on vacation but, hey, guess what? You’re not!

Big and little people still need to be fed, so why not make something quick and easy that can be thrown on the grill or in the oven like these Island Chicken Drumsticks?

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Buy one of those 12-packs of chicken legs (or more if you’re feeling particularly ambitious).
  2. Prepare the dry rub from spices you probably already have in your pantry. You don’t need to follow my recipe… use what you have!
  3. Heat up the grill or oven and in 20 minutes dinner will be ready.

If you DO make extra drummies, you’ll have something to feed the hungry horde for lunch tomorrow or a picnic dinner the day AFTER tomorrow. Perfect. Easy. Just like summer should be!



What’s The Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream?

July24

Blanca asks: “If a recipe asks for coconut milk can I use coconut cream instead?”

If you’re talking about that amazing stuff you use to make those deliciously boozy Piña Coladas that we all love… then the answer is no. Absolutely not. You’ll end up with something way too sweet.

Let’s start at the beginning. Coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water and cream of coconut are used in tons of recipes in Latin American and Asian cuisines. Sometimes they can be used interchangeably, but you need to carefully read the label. (We’ll assume you’re not making fresh coconut milk from whole coconuts, right?)Coconut Milk-Mama's High Strung

Speaking of fresh coconuts, I know a woman from the Philippines who can open a coconut like she’s opening a peanut. But that’s not you and me, Blanca, like most people, we have to rely on cans or cartons, so here we go:

Coconut milk is a little bit thicker and creamier than cow’s milk. It’s made by pouring equal parts of boiling hot water over the freshly grated meat of a brown coconut. The mixture is pressed to release as much liquid as possible, then cooled and strained. Coconut milk is gently fruity and rich because of the high oil content. Most of the fat is saturated fat. It’s has a very subtle sweetness, although canned varieties may have added sugar and preservatives. Coconut milk is often used in savory dishes in Coconut Cream-Mama's High Strungplace of tomato sauce and as a broth in sauces and soups. Always shake the can before using.

Coconut cream has a paste-like density because it contains less water. It’s made the same way as coconut milk, but the ratio of grated coconut meat to water is higher, about four parts coconut to one part water. After it is strained, refrigerated and allowed to set, the smooth coconut cream is skimmed off the top of the coconut milk. There is barely any sweetness with coconut cream, but the coconut flavor is marvelous. Think of it this way: Coconut cream is to coconut milk what condensed milk is to regular milk… thicker and richer. It’s also sold in wax-like blocks.Coconut Water - Mama's High Strung

Coconut water comes from the liquid inside green coconuts. It’s an excellent thirst quencher. A great source of potassium, coconut water has become the darling of the sports world. It’s packed with naturally occurring minerals and essential electrolytes. It’s not sweet, but is amazingly delicious. Coconut water, straight from a real coconut is tremendously popular in the tropics as an on-the-go drink. Here’s a video from an open market in Grenada:

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Finally, cream of coconut is coconut milk that contains sweeteners, emulsifiers and thickeners. It’s used in sweet fruity drinks and desserts. I wouldn’t use this when making savory dishes, but you definitely CAN use it to make a fun cocktail to serve with those savory dishes!

So you see, there is a big difference between coconut milk and coconut cream (as well as coconut water and cream of coconut!). Thanks for asking, Blanca!

If you love coconut as much as I do, check out these recipes:

Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops

Glorious Morning Glory Bread

Holiday Rice Pudding

Dream Cookie Bars


The Kitchen Think: This Week’s Most Interesting Food News

December11

The week isn’t nearly over, but there’s a lot of interesting food news out there!

Sriracha hot sauce is one of my passions, as you know from a post I wrote  earlier this year. Now, for all of you who share my passion, there’s A Sriracha documentary available online. Here’s a preview:

 

 

When my kids were little I used to swaddle them tightly so they looked like burritos. I’d call them my little burrito babies. Well, now there’s an official burrito baby blanket that looks exactly like a tortilla. Want one for Christmas? Order it here.

 

Interesting food news: Baby Burrito Blanket

 

Fast food workers nationwide protested a few days ago over low wages. They’re asking for $15 an hour. Fast food owners say that’s too much, and it would force them to use robots and automation. That reminded me of this video:

Are you following “TipsforJesus” on Instagram? Apparently there’s a mystery good Samaritan going around the country (and Mexico!) leaving outrageous tips for the wait staff. Who are the mysterious tippers? Valley Wag says former PayPal VP Jack Selby is one of them.

Interesting food news: TipsforJesus

I’d love to have enough money to be that generous… wouldn’t you?

Finally, if you are a visual learner, here’s the perfect cookbook for you, Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions on how to make your favorite comfort food recipes. Have a peek:

 

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October6

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com