The Official Cookhacker T-Shirt is Here!

Well it’s finally here. Be the envy of all your favorite food lovin’ friends when you wear the official Cookhacker T shirt…now on Amazon. It’s available in five different colors and comes in in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes.  I guarantee if you wear this shirt when preparing one of the great recipes on Cookhacker.com, like our Sous Vide Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, the results will be way tastier than if you just wore a generic shirt while cooking. It’s also a really cool shirt to wear when visiting your favorite restaurants and hangouts. Help spread the word…Cookhacker has the recipes, secrets, tips and tricks to help a good home cook become a great home Chef.

 

Spicy Slow Cooker Asian Pork with Snow Peas, Red Peppers and Soba Noodles

Slow Cooker Asian Pork with Snow Peas and Red Peppers

If you love Asian food like I do, but shy away from making it because you think it’s difficult and time-consuming to prepare, give this delicious slow cooker recipe a try. It’s very simple and comes together really quickly once the pork has cooked low and slow for about 4-7 hours, depending on if you use the low or high setting on your cooker. You can get the pork started in the morning and when dinner time comes around, you just quickly cook the soba noodles, heat everything together in a skillet and in 15-20 minutes, it’s ready to go.

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Instant Pot Spicy Honey Sesame Chicken

Cookhacker's Instant Pot Garlic Honey ChickenI’m becoming obsessed all over again with the Instant Pot  I’m still amazed how efficient this pressure cooker can be and how it can turn out great tasting dishes in a matter of minutes (not including the time it takes to get to pressure) with minimal prep…and clean-up is so easy.

The prep time on the Honey Sesame Chicken was about ten minutes and the actual cooking time was only 3-5 minutes. All-in-all, from start to finish, this was on the table in 30 minutes…and it was as good as any take-out chicken I’ve ever had…just click the Read More below for the printable recipe.

And if you like quick and easy spicy chicken dishes with minimal clean-up, you’ll love my Easy Chicken Fajitas in Foil Packet.

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Delicious One-Pan Chicken, Sausage and Brussels Sprouts

Chicken, Italian Sausage, Brussel Sprouts and Shallots One Skillet DinnerThis amazing recipe from SeriousEats, a fantastic one-skillet dish, is reprinted exactly because there was absolutely no need to change anything…it’s perfect as-is. If it’s not an original recipe I’m writing about, and I get it from someone else, I’ll give them credit and then I’ll usually tweak it, make some changes or substitutions to try and improve it, but I can’t imagine anything that would make this any better than it is.

The prep was easy, the chicken was moist with a crispy caramelized skin, the sausages were spicy (I used hot Italian sausages), the brussel sprouts had a savory, crunchy exterior, the shallots were perfect and clean-up (one pan!) was a breeze. Give this one a try…I can pretty much guarantee it will end up as one of your go-to dishes.

And if you own an Instant Pot you will want to try my Delicious Instant Pot Chicken Adobo…it’s another awesome quick and easy chicken dish.

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Homemade Valentine’s Day Gift of Chocolate Love…Easy, Fun and Very Cool Chocolate Goody Bags

chocolate bags

This is one of the all-time great Valentine’s Day homemade gifts (and it’s not really a recipe…more like a very impressive technique). Although it might look like it’s hard to prepare, it really isn’t…and it’s a lot of fun to make.

Easy, fun and really impressive…the trifecta in homemade gift preparation!

1. Grab a few bulk coffee-bean bags from your grocery store (they are by the bulk coffee..and they’re FREE!). You need bags that are lined with a plastic coating so after being painted with chocolate, you can peel them off easily. Cut the coffee bags so they are about 3-5 inches tall.

2. Then, in a double boiler over low heat, melt 2-3 cups of semisweet chocolate morsels.

3. Lay a bag on its side, and with a pastry brush, start at the bottom and paint the melted chocolate over the entire interior of the bag. Use plenty of chocolate to get a nice thick layer coating the inside of the bag, which will make it less likely for the chocolate to break when peeling off the bag later. Repeat with additional bags.

4. Stand the bags up and place in the refrigerator to harden for at least 30 minutes.

5. When the chocolate is nice and hard, starting in one corner, gently peel away the bag. Use a scissor to cut the paper off as you slowly peel it away…it just makes it easier (if you do get a break, it’s really easy to repair with a little melted chocolate “glue”). Once it’s all peeled, what you have left is beautiful, free-standing solid chocolate, goody bag.Valentine's Day Chocolate strawberries and bags

6. Melt some more chocolate and dip strawberries, sliced bananas and whatever else your significant other loves into the melted chocolate. Lay them down on waxed paper or a silicone baking mat (to prevent sticking) and allow to dry and harden. A very cool added touch is to melt some white chocolate and use that to drizzle designs on the dipped treats.

Then just fill the bags with the chocolate-coated fruity treats and your favorite candies (nonpareils, M&Ms…etc)  and you have an incredibly impressive presentation for your loved one on Valentine’s Day. It sure sealed the deal for me!

Chinese Chili and Scallion Noodles – A Quick and Easy Weeknight Treat

Chinese Chili and Scallion NoodlesNot sure where I found this recipe (I believe it was Milk Street)…it’s so quick and easy, you can throw it together in about 30 minutes using ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and it’s just incredibly delicious. I really like it with udon noodles, but you can also use lo mein or spaghetti if that’s what you have. It’s really hard to mess this one up, but just make sure you keep a close watch on the sesame seeds and red pepper flakes as they cook because they can go from golden brown and tasty to burned and bitter in a matter of seconds. As long as you do that, you’ll have the perfect week-night meal.

This is one dish you’ll go back to again and again!

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Delicious Instant Pot Chicken Adobo with Rice

Made this delicious Chicken Adobo again and it was even better the second time. The Instant Pot makes it quick and easy…the whole thing comes together in less than an hour from prep to plate. And as an added bonus, with the Instant Pot, cleanup is a breeze!

This is a based on Filipino adobo (adobo is derived from the Spanish word adobar, which means “marinade” or “pickling sauce”), which is  a cooking process in Filipino cuisine that involves meat, seafood or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and black peppercorns (I added a little Sriracha because, well, I like to add Sriracha to everything), which is then browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade.  It has sometimes been considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines. The Instant Pot has made this dish faster, easier to prepare and much more accessible, without sacrificing any of the flavor.

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Quick & Easy Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and RiceIf you crave New Orleans food, you love Red Beans and Rice. It was traditionally served on Mondays in Louisiana, which was Wash Day, because a pot of beans could sit on the stove and simmer all day long while the women were busy scrubbing clothes. Now, with the invention of the Instant Pot, this delicious dish can be prepared and served in about an hour or two from start to finish (and most of that time is just waiting for the Instant Pot to do its magic). This authentic, yet simple, New Orleans recipe is great for parties and large gatherings and it actually tastes better the next day.

Soaking beans overnight before cooking is recommended to remove some of the indigestible sugars responsible for beans’ infamous flatulence issues, and it’s also said to reduce cooking times. I found that a quick-soak of the dry red beans in the Instant Pot (see directions below) is just as good as an overnight soaking and allows you whip up a delicious pot of red beans on the spot, without having to remember to start soaking them the night before.

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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo on RiceEasy, quick and delicious…three things that make me want to make a recipe again and again (especially the delicious part!). This recipe is a very slight variation on one found on thekitchn.com (thank you!). The chicken thighs are fall-off-the-bone tender and taste like they’ve been marinated for hours and cooked low and slow, but through the magic of one of my absolutely favorite new kitchen tools, the Instant Pot, they’re ready in about 30 minutes.

This is a based on Filipino adobo (adobo is derived from the Spanish word adobar, which means “marinade” or “pickling sauce”), which is  a cooking process in Filipino cuisine that involves meat, seafood or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and black peppercorns (I added a little Sriracha because, well, I like to add Sriracha to everything), which is then browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade.  It has sometimes been considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines. The Instant Pot has made this dish faster, easier to prepare and much more accessible, without sacrificing any of the flavor.

Like most popular ethnic dishes, there are many differing opinions as the right way to make adobo. In my opinion, as long as the results taste great, any recipe is a great recipe. This is my version, it’s incredibly delicious, and I’m sticking to it.

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Easy Chicken Fajita Foil Packets

chicken fajitas in foil
Ready to be sealed
Hot out of the oven
On a deformed homemade tortilla

These healthy, spicy Chicken Fajita Packets are incredibly easy to prepare and serve…and the clean-up is a breeze! All the ingredients are sealed in a foil packet and cooked together in the oven. Serving can be as easy as plating the packet, opening it up and digging in or go the real fajita route and slice the spicy chicken and top with onions, peppers and black beans in a warm tortilla, and garnish with avocado, sour cream and cilantro. For the printable recipe, just click…

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Sourdough Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Suasage, Mushroom, Caramelized Onion Pizza ready for oven
Ready for the Oven

There’s nothing better then homemade pizza and this crust is simple and delicious. If you need sourdough starter, check out my bread post from last week, where you’ll find a link to get FREE sourdough starter. I prefer thin crust pizzas (being from the New York area…where we make REAL pizza), but if you prefer a thicker crust, it’s all here in the printable recipe. This is one of those recipes that appears to be a little vague at first, but once you try it and get the feel for how the dough should come together, it’s simple and quick to replicate whenever you get the urge…which for me, seems to happen about 3-4 times a week lately. And since the recipe makes 3 crusts which freeze incredibly well, you actually don’t have it make it that often. Just take one out of the freezer, and in about 3 hours, it’s ready to roll. The crust is also very versatile and can be used in dozens of different ways. Just the other day, I topped one with just caramelized onions, crumbled goat cheese and drizzled some olive oil on it and it was amazing.

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