Make It This Weekend: Chicken Adobo

Have I got a recipe for you! Take the cheapest cuts of chicken, add ordinary and inexpensive condiments that you already have in your kitchen, let it cook for 30-45 minutes without really doing much, and voila! A delicious and super tasty main dish. Add one pot of rice and a salad and you have a fast, easy, and international dinner. Filipino chicken adobo!

Adobo chicken--www.thethreeyearexperiment.com

One of the perks of being an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher is that I have access to students from around the world. They share their favorite parts of their culture with me. One of my6th grade students from the Philippines taught me how to make chicken adobo last year and it’s one of my kids’ favorites. Continue reading “Make It This Weekend: Chicken Adobo”

Make It This Weekend: Empanadas!

One of the ways we keep our spending low around here is to eat the vast majority of our meals at home. We do occasionally eat out, but it’s rare–in part because we’d rather spend on travel and in part because we live in the “country” as we say in the South. That means in the middle of nowhere. The nearest grocery store is 20 minutes away, for reference.

delicious empanadas--www.thethreeyearexperiment.com

Therefore, I’ve become adept at making a lot of food. Since Mr. ThreeYear is Chilean, I occasionally make Chilean food. And my absolute favorite Chilean recipe is the meat empanada.

The Little Meat Pocket That Could

We make empanadas for everything–for dinner guests, to give as gifts, as dinner when we’re in a rush. Whip up a couple of sides and you’ve got a meal.  Freeze them, then pull them out and cook at the last minute (they last up to a year in the freezer). They make fabulous gifts. Continue reading “Make It This Weekend: Empanadas!”

Make It This Weekend: Kuchen!

This past weekend, Mr. ThreeYear’s sweet tooth was activated. Unfortunately, my emergency supply of cake mix was depleted, so we had to resort to Plan B. “I would love some kuchen right about now,” he said.

Kuchen--www.thethreeyearexperiment.com

Kuchen, which originated in Germany, is a delectable cross between a fruit pie and a tart. Let’s start with the pronunciation. I know it’s tempting, but it’s not in fact pronounced like kitchen with a “u”–instead, coo at a hen and you’ve said it correctly. Continue reading “Make It This Weekend: Kuchen!”