Yearly Archives: 2017

26 posts

Grilled Ribeyes with Compound Butter

Welcome!!! If you’re here because of the recent article in the Jacksonville Daily News, I want to wholeheartedly thank you for taking the time to click on my website. You can also follow my fb page for lots of updates, interaction with other members and to watch and comment on my show when it goes live. Thanks so much for taking the time to be here. I really appreciate it! – Shannon Vavich FB Page:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Flying-Kitchen-266209726375/

Organizer Jen and I Slay the Last of PCS2017

My friend Jen Stark, aka “Organizer Jen” drove down from Pennsylvania last month to help me destroy the last bits of unpacking from our massive move from Okinawa, Japan.  I had already unpacked 11,000 pounds of household goods on my own by the time our shipment from Okinawa arrived.  When the movers set down 6,500 pounds (our entire Okinawa household) in my dining room, it felt like a literal punch in the gut.  If I didn’t know Jen was already on her way, I’m pretty sure I would have cried. Below are the three episodes we live-broadcasted, detailing Jen’s organizing […]

Freezer Cooking Series: Bulk Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Hello again!  Thanks so much for taking part in my FREEZER COOKING series!  We’re stocking our freezers and putting our plans in place to have a great back-to-school season.  I really appreciate you being here!  My first freezer cooking video (baked ziti) has received a lot of views.  I take this as validation that your lives are just as hectic as mine, and that we are all searching for solutions.  Stocking my freezer has been my SECRET WEAPON all these years.  Having a bunch of dinners ready-to-go in my freezer takes my stress down a few notches, opens up more […]

Summer Charcuterie Board

Hello, hello!  It took longer than I expected to post this as I’m still pushing my way through my disaster of a house.  We’ve lived here long enough now to just start trashing the place, apparently.  No worries!  Such is life! Hey, before I list the ingredients and basic process of my Summer Charcuterie Board, lemme just say a huge THANK YOU for all the views of my live cooking feed this week.  This has been my highest-viewed week ever.  I really appreciate it!  Thank you. Below is the full, live-recorded vid of the assembling process of this charcuterie board.  […]

Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Hello and welcome!  If you’re a newcomer, I certainly appreciate you taking the time to click on this recipe.  If you’re a long-time reader/viewer, thank you so much (all the more) for sticking around all this time!  It’s certainly great to be up-and-running after our international move, settling in process, (the broken toe), and all the new changes to my cooking show on Facebook. As soon as my show if finished live-recording, I’ll embed the video right here.  I’ve you’ve clicked on over to view the text recipe of this great little cake, again, thank you so much for taking […]

Irish Cream Bread Puddings…..GAH!!

These are so delicious…I just…I just don’t even know what to say.  Make them and you’ll see what I mean. You can see all the shenanigans on the vid above.  Recipe in print is below: Irish Cream Bread Pudding: Makes four small-ramekin sized bread puddings 4 cups cubed French bread 3 eggs 1/4 cup half n half 1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup melted butter (cooled to almost room temp) 1/4 cup additional melted butter to line the ramekin dishes Chocolate Ganache: Recipe HERE Fresh Whipped Cream:  1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbs sugar.  Whipped at […]

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots. “Fah Gahds SAKE!!”

Okay, THIS is delicious.  For full instructions and shenanigans, including my list of how to live the “Irish Way” watch the vid below. This is another one of my pressure cooker recipes.  I usually make corned beef in the crockpot, but I just got a new pressure cooker and I’m dang excited about it. Instructions/recipe: Put one corned beef, plus the contents of the spice packet in your pressure cooker.  Add 5-6 whole, peeled potatoes and one whole bottle of Guinness beer.  Set to the “chicken/meat” setting and shift time selector to “medium”.  The pressure cooker will heat up for about 10 minutes, then […]

Irish Soda Bread

Easy, frugal and it comes together in a snap:  It’s Irish Soda Bread.  You know those Irish mothers didn’t have time to mess around! Like I say in my live-recorded vid below – real Irish soda bread contains only flour, salt, leavening agents and buttermilk.  Mix it with a spoon, roll the dough around enough to make a nice ball (it will be sticky on the inside), bake it at a high heat to crisp the outside, and you’ll have bread for your family in about 40 minutes total. Recipe: 4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups buttermilk Bake […]

Pressure Steamed Salmon and Veg

Why can’t our food be macaroni & cheese and chocolate cake all the time?  Why oh WHY must we spend some days eating things like fish and vegetables? Oh well.  Who knows?  All I know is that if you’re going to impose some kind of “light fare” to your menu, this is the way to do it. The vid is above. Enter: The Pressure Cooker. Look, this is not the same pressure cooker we white-knuckled through ten years ago.  The new ones are electric, they have great timing features, they have stupidity-proof locks and they work damn well. They won’t blow […]

My Son’s Decadent Birthday Cake!

Intensely decadent, over decorated, dripping with chocolate and entombed in a buttercream made of blitzed, pulverized Oreo Cookies:  It’s the perfect birthday cake for a teenager! Cake Schematics: Cake:  My Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake (recipe in video below) Icing:  Oreo Buttercream 1 lb butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups pulverized oreo cookies (Oreo Dust) 1-4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Viewer Jenny suggested using salted butter, and I agree.  That may have taken a bit of the too-sweet sting off of the icing.  You could also use unsalted butter and add a pinch or two. Chocolate Rosettes:  […]

Perfectly Gooey and Delicious Mac and Cheese

A really superb mac and cheese comes together like a symphony. There’s a technique of timing.  Each component needs to be added in at just the right moment. How else could these two ingredients combine to make something so incredible? Of course, there are other ingredients too.  But pasta and cheese are the stars. Meet the cast of characters: 2 lbs pasta (2 boxes) boiled 5  cups grated cheese (separated into a 3 cup batch and a 2 cup batch) 1/4 cup butter 1/4 olive oil 1/4 cup flour 3 cups whole milk 1 tbs salt 1 1/2 tsp mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon […]

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Thighs (Freeze Ahead Recipe)

This assemble-ahead, freeze-ahead recipe is so easy to make and SO delicious, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief.  It takes only minutes to assemble, and is a snap to bake.  It’s a light, springy, fresh-tasting addition to your recipe repertoire, and the slice of lemon a top each chicken thigh will add a bit of civility to a busy weeknight.  These chicken thighs pair well with any number of easy side dishes too, such as steamed rice, egg noodles, a crust of baguette or even angel hair pasta tossed with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese.  You can’t go […]

Split Pea and Ham Soup

This hearty, frugal soup is a mainstay at my house.  It never fails to impress, which always is a surprise to me.  How in the world can such humble ingredients combine to make something so delicious? I suppose that’s the case with every good soup.  I’m a big believer in the powers of a good soup. You can piece together the base of this soup with a few scraps of leftover ham, a humble onion, and a bit of diced carrot.  Add a bag of dried split peas, some chicken broth, water and a little salt, and you’re done! Split Pea and Ham […]

Lemon Tarragon Baked Chicken

If you haven’t discovered tarragon yet, this is a great place to start.  It’s a light, sweet herb, and it’s hard to misuse it when paired with a crispy baked chicken and plenty of fresh lemons. If rosemary is my go-to herb of autumn (rosemary chicken recipe here), then I suppose tarragon would be my go-to herb of early spring.  It has a slight anise (licorice), which makes it perfect as a transitory herb between the Christmas season and the Easter season. I really must create a whole page on this food blog dedicated to the use of lemons.  Lemons are magical, […]

Beef, Black Beans and Rice for a Crowd

This fast, easy, SUPER economical dinner is the one I featured on my show on Feb. 14.  It’s one of the “satellite” recipes I’ve developed off of my Crockpot Braised Beef Master Recipe. Ingredients: One Braised Beef recipe, cooked on low for 11-12 hours, shredded, and chopped 4 cups cooked rice 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed Simply combine the rice and black beans with the braised beef recipe, stir in some olive oil and add a touch of salt, if needed.  A dinner for a crowd under $12. See vid for more information! Thank you […]