The Crazy Suburban Mom: Teriyaki Chicken, Pepperoni Bread, Random Space Age Polymers and Rocket Science...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Teriyaki Chicken, Pepperoni Bread, Random Space Age Polymers and Rocket Science...

My family knows me.

For Mother's Day they got me a brandy, new, never before opened, Overlook Hospital Auxiliary Community cookbook. Not one of the old ones where every other recipe has Cream of Mushroom soup as an ingredient (including desserts), but a new one with some big city flavor profiles (as they say on the Food Network). I made the Pepperoni Bread today.


But first the results of this mornings Teriyaki Chicken (Recipe is here)

teriyaki chicken

This was very good and was easy to put together. Besides marinating time (a few hours) the prep was quick and it took about 40 minutes at 375 degrees to cook.

This has a nice savory soy flavor with a hit of lemon. Maybe it could use a bit more sugar...but maybe not. It was really quite good and I would make it again. The kitchen smells wonderful while it's cooking, too. And the chicken turned a beautiful appetizing golden brown with no basting.

Now on to the Pepperoni Bread.

I know I already made chicken today but I never know how those kinds of recipes (with lots of, ya know, flavors) will go over with my boy. Some days he will eat that kind of thing and say, That was great. And some days he says, I never eat that.

Most days my answer to either scenario is, Fine.

Today he has to go to work and I like to be more flexible on those days. Plus, I want to try this pepperoni bread recipe.


And how 'bout that pansit recipe? Honestly, I don't get it at all. I thought pansit/pancit was a Filipino noodle dish like Pad Thai. I've never seen a recipe calling for 3 cups of Swiss cheese and Miracle Whip refer to itself as pansit before.

Actually I don't think I've ever seen a recipe where the main ingredients are cheese and miracle whip (which is not really a food as much as it is a space-age polymer)...

It's so bizarre. I totally want to make it.

Anyway.... I've digressed, painfully...

I thought the boy would like the Pepperoni Bread but it's so hard to tell. The pickiness I deal is very frustrating. I do my best but... Honestly, dealing with it all is like rocket science.

Only way, way harder.

Regarding pepperoni, my son told me he likes it on pizza because it's 'well-done'. And if it's not well-done it's 'gross and tastes like baloney'. And what is that mystical and nebulous point between well-done and baloney?

Who knows?

Like I said, rocket science. Might as well ask me to calculate the thrust of a rocket...

If you're wondering how to do that....

Go for it...

It's certainly easier than finding a whole meal that everyone will eat with no complaints.

So I decided to shoot for the moon and make the Pepperoni Bread even though the actual Pepperoni is inside a crust and the chance of getting it well-done were low.

So what did it look like?

pepperoni bread done :)

Pretty darn good!

And the verdict?

You know, this was good. And my son liked it too. And so did the friend he brought home from school (who said, it was like a lot of tongue -tingling flavors all over her mouth. Yeah she really said that).

His only issue was, Next time use less pepperoni. And the weird thing was, I thought the original recipe called for much too much. A quarter pound of pepperoni is inches of pepperoni and I used half that... And I thought it needed even less than I added, too. It also needed at least 6 minutes longer in the oven... But I would make this again. For sure.

P.S. I didn't add the parsley or basil. I'm sure it adds something delicious but I don't have the strength for the question, What's that green stuff? today.


Christa 5/11/09, 6:07 PM  

ok so if you liked the way your teriyaki chicken smelled you should come smell my house when I cook filipino food.

tracy 5/11/09, 6:13 PM  

Oh! Christa! I haven't had filipino food in....oh man. I don't know how long. sigh.


Charmaine 5/11/09, 6:32 PM  

I my goodness! That looks so good, I am definitely going to try it!

elohssanatahw 5/11/09, 7:32 PM  

That bread was grinning at me!

tracy 5/12/09, 6:12 AM  

Charmaine - Both were good :)

elos- I thought it was sticking it's tongue out at me!

shelley 5/12/09, 8:56 AM  

hey there,
that chicken looked great! and my daughter actually has had surgery in overlook hospital, not that we live any where near summit,(dc area!) but that is where dr nuzzo operates from! anyhow, i'm following from mbc under 100 club. stop by and say "hi" anytime!

tracy 5/12/09, 9:03 AM  

Shelly, its a small world. Dr. Nuzzo took care of my son's broken arm!... I'm going to go right now and check out your blog :)

Katy 5/13/09, 11:17 AM mouth is watering!

Well, my mouth is always watering, it's really a problem. But, looks dee-licious!

tracy 5/13/09, 11:34 AM  

katy - you and me both! That pepperoni bread was so easy - much better than I tought and Im having people over this week end and I think I might make it again... i might even make a few versions

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