Planned Leftover Grilled Chicken

July 26, 2014


Normally I enjoy cooking, but during the summer months I would rather spend my time outdoors. In order to still have healthy meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen, we grill a lot of chicken. What I like most about chicken (besides how it tastes!) is its versatility. We almost always cook extra to “makeover” into another meal or to take for lunches. Here are my favorite ways to make quick, healthy and easy meals out of leftover chicken (these are also great with rotisserie chicken if you need an even quicker meal solution).

  • BBQ Chicken Sandwich on Whole Grain Rolls or Buns
  • Mix 1/2 cup shredded chicken breast with 1/4 grated carrot (or the packaged matchstick carrots) and 2 tablespoons lower sugar barbecue sauce (I really like Famous Dave’s Natural Heat and the Stubb’s Barbecue Sauces). Heat in the microwave and serve on a whole grain bun. A green salad and fresh fruit pair well with this.
  • Chicken Rice and Black Bean Salad
  • Mix 1/2 cup shredded or diced chicken with 1/2 cup cold brown rice, 1/3 cup black beans, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, and 1 sliced green onion. Toss with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette (to add a Southwest flavor add a little chopped cilantro and jalapeno). Add a little fruit and yogurt for dessert and you have a balanced meal in a short time.
  • Chicken Taco Salad
  • Toss chopped chicken with lettuce greens, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, crushed tortilla chips (look for those made with whole corn), and a small amount of shredded cheddar. For the dressing, mix equal parts non-fat Greek yogurt and your favorite salsa.
  • Fruit and Chicken Green Salad
  • Mix a bagged lettuce blend with cubed chicken, fruit (berries, grapes or peaches are great) and almonds, toss with a raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette.

What is your favorite healthy way to “makeover” grilled chicken?



July 24, 2014


Verlasso salmon is the only farm raised salmon in the world to be recognized by the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a sustainable alternative. 
Join us for an evening of fine dining at Harmons City Creek where we will be introducing Verlasso Salmon, from the cold waters of Patagonia. 
Fish Feast Frenzy 5 Course Dinner
Friday, August 1 @ 7:00 pm

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Gourmet Dutch Oven Recipes

July 23, 2014

On Saturday, July 19, Harmons was very excited to sponsor a Dutch Oven Cookoff with the Storm Mountain Chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS). Six very talented teams competed for prizes–plus, the winner goes to the 2015 IDOS World Championship!

Each team, several of which have won previous world championships, prepared three courses: Dessert, Main Dish, and Bread.

Wow! Each team’s dishes were gorgeous and delicious. Who knew a cake made in a Dutch oven could look like it came from a fancy French bakery? All six teams created impressive, delicious dishes.

And the winning team is…Matt Pelton and Doug Martin!

Special thanks to Mary’s Chicken for donating whole chickens, Farmland for donating pork butts–and a very large thanks to all the wonderful participants for sharing their fantastic recipes below.

And because life is short, we’ll start with desserts first.

*Need some Dutch Oven Basics? Check out Basic Dutch Oven Cooking Items for Beginners from the International Dutch Oven Society.


Harvest Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
  1. 1 c. buttermilk
  2. 1 c. water
  3. 2/3 c. oil
  4. 2 c. sugar
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. ½ tsp. salt
  7. ¾ c. cocoa
  1. 2 pkg. 8oz. cream cheese
  2. 2/3 c. canned pumpkin
  3. ½ c. sugar
  4. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 c. flour
  1. ½ c. whipping cream
  2. 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  1. Fresh berries of your choice, whole almonds, fresh orange peel, grapes
  1. Spray 2- 10” Dutch Ovens with Baker’s Joy, line the ovens with parchment paper circles, and spray again. Combine buttermilk, water, oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add flour and cocoa, whisk until smooth. Divide evenly between the 2 Dutch ovens. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until they test done. Cool for about 10 minutes, remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon together until smooth. Place one cooled cake layer on the lid of a Dutch oven, then spread with the filling. Top with the next cooled cake layer. Prepare the glaze by pouring the whipped cream into a 5” Dutch oven. Bring just to boiling, and add the chopped chocolate pieces. Do not stir. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir together. Cool for 15 minutes until it is slightly thickened. Pour over the top of the cake, let some of the glaze drip down the sides if desired. Chill until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. Top as desired with fresh fruit and nuts. Blog
Idaho Sunset Cake
An original recipe from the Iron Maiden
  1. 6.5 oz. butter
  2. 7 oz. sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 7.5 oz. flour
  5. 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  6. 1 pinch salt
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the orange cake
  1. 1 1/3 c. batter
  2. 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  3. ½ orange zest
  4. 1 tsp. orange extract
  5. Orange food coloring, as needed
For the almond cake
  1. 1 c. batter
  2. ¼ tsp. almond extract
For the strawberry cake
  1. ¾ c. batter
  2. 1 tsp. strawberry extract
  3. Red food coloring, as needed
  1. 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 8 oz. Mascarpone cheese, softened
  3. 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 1 c. sugar
  5. 1 ½ tsp. orange extract
  6. 1 tsp. orange zest
  1. Prepare an 8-in Dutch oven by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter until smooth then add the sugar. Add the eggs followed by the flour, salt, and baking powder. Lastly, stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Remove the required amount of batter for each flavor of cake and set aside in separate bowls. For each flavor, mix in the additional ingredients as stated.
  4. Now pour the orange cake first into the Dutch oven followed by the strawberry and almond cake.
  5. Bake the cake at roughly 350F for about 20-30 minutes. (11 coals on the lid / 5 coals underneath).
  6. When done, remove the cake from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, remove the cake from the pan and frost/garnish, as desired.
  7. For frosting, mix the cheeses and butter together until it is smooth and creamy then mix in the sugar. Add the extract and zest. Mix until evenly distributed. Frost the cake, as desired.
Garnishing the Cake
  1. You may garnish this cake any way your heart desires. I like to use combinations of fresh and candied citrus, strawberries and almonds.
Candied Citrus
  1. If you don’t want to use store bought citrus rinds, boil the rinds in a little water for a few minutes and repeat. Then simmer the rinds in simple syrup (1:1 ratio water:sugar) until they are translucent. Remove the rinds and let them dry a bit. Then dust them in sugar, if desired. Blog
Bumbleberry-Apple-Rhubarb Pie
  1. Pie crust dough for a double crust pie
  2. 2 c. thinly sliced tart apples (peeled)
  3. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 ¼ c. fresh strawberries, cut in half
  6. 1 ¼ c. fresh blueberries
  7. 1 ¼ c. fresh raspberries
  8. 1 ¼ c. fresh blackberries
  9. 1 ¼ c. fresh rhubarb (frozen may be used)
  10. 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  11. 1 tsp. ground allspice
  12. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  13. 1 2/3 c. sugar, divided
  14. 3 Tbsp. butter
  15. 1 Tbsp. milk
  1. Prepare dough for a double crust pie. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to fit a deep-dish pie plate. Chill if necessary for easier handling.
  2. For filling, In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla; add berries and rhubarb. Combine the flour, allspice, cinnamon and sugar (reserve 1 tablespoon); add to apple mixture and toss gently until fruit is coated evenly. Spoon into crust; dot with butter.
  3. Roll out remaining pastry for top crust (can use lattice crust, if desired). Trim, seal and flute edges. Brush milk over lattice top. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  4. Bake in dutch oven (16 briquets on top, 8 on bottom) for 15 minutes. Reduce coals to reach a 350 degree temperature and bake 50-60 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
  1. NOTE: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander. Blog
Classic Carrot Cake
  1. 2 c. white sugar
  2. 2 c. flour
  3. 1½ tsp. baking soda
  4. 1½ tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  8. 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 1 c. milk
  11. ¼ c. vegetable oil
  12. 1 ½ c. carrots, shredded
  13. 1 c. boiling water
  14. Cream cheese frosting and food coloring as desired
  1. Mix all dry ingredients well in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and carrots to dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Add boiling water and mix thoroughly. Pour into oiled 10 inch Dutch oven and bake using 10 coals on the bottom and 11 coals on top for 40 – 45 minutes. Do not check on cakes before the time is up or they may fall in the center. Remove the cake from the Dutch oven and allow it to cool before working and decorating. Blog
Coconut Dream Cake
  1. 1 ½ c. sugar
  2. 4 Tbsp. shortening
  3. 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 egg yolks
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  8. 2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 1 c. 2% milk
Frosting /Filling
  1. 1 c. sugar
  2. 8 tsp. water
  3. 4 tsp. light corn syrup
  4. 2 egg whites
  5. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 2 c. cold 2% milk
  8. 1 tsp. coconut extract
  9. 1 c. instant vanilla pudding mix
  10. ¾ c. flaked coconut, divided
  1. In a small bowl, cream the sugar, shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and yolks. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined.
  2. Pour into two #10 Dutch Ovens coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  3. In a double boiler over simmering water, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, egg white and cream of tartar. Beat for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl; add vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Finely chop 1/2 cup coconut; fold into pudding mix.
  5. Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Spread a third of the pudding over one cake layer; repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake. Frost top and sides. Toast remaining coconut; sprinkle over top. Blog
The Best Ever Carrot Cake
  1. 1 lb. finely grated carrots
  2. 1 ¼ c. sugar
  3. 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 1 ¼ c. canola oil
  5. 4 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  6. Finely grated zest of 1 large orange
  7. 2 ¼ c. flour
  8. 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  11. ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  12. ½ tsp. sea salt
  13. ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  14. ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  15. 1 ¼ c. sweetened shredded coconut
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. ½ lb. butter, softened (2 sticks of butter)
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla
  4. ¼ tsp. sea salt
  5. 1/3 c. powder buttermilk
  6. 3 c. powder sugar
  7. 2 c. coconut for the sides of the cake.
  1. Mix the sugars, oil, vanilla and eggs together. Add the grated carrots. Mix in the dry ingredients. Add the coconut. Mix well. Pour into 2 – 10” prepared Dutch ovens. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes. Or until tested with a toothpick it comes out clean.
  1. Mix together all the ingredients until smooth. Frost the cake, and pat the coconut around the sides of the cake. Blog

 Main Dishes

Ultimate Fried Chicken
  1. 1 Whole chicken cut up into quarters or 8 pieces
For the marinade
  1. 1 pint buttermilk
  2. 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  3. 1 Tbsp. Texas Pete’s hot sauce
  4. 1 tsp. of brown sugar
For the batter
  1. 1 c. all-purpose flour
  2. ½ c. cornstarch
  3. 4 Tbsp. Mountain Chef brand poultry seasoning
  1. Several hours before cooking time, cut up the chicken and place in a re-sealable plastic bag with the marinade ingredients. Let it sit in a fridge or a cooler until you are ready to cook. Heat up some canola oil in a 10” Dutch oven to 400 degrees. While the oil is heating up, let the chicken sit on a cooling rack and allow the buttermilk to drain off. Mix the batter together and roll each piece of chicken into the batter just before placing it in the oil. As soon as the batter is golden in color all around, remove the chicken and place it on a cooling rack. When all the chicken has been fried and the chicken cooled down, place a trivet in the bottom of a 12” Dutch oven and place the chicken on the trivet. Cover the Dutch oven and place 12 coals around the bottom of the Dutch oven with the coals sticking halfway out of the Dutch oven and 14 coals on the top in a checkerboard pattern. Bake for 20 minutes and check the temperature of the meat. The breasts should be pulled at 165 degrees and the thighs and legs pulled at 180 degrees. Let the chicken relax for several minutes before serving. Blog
Smoked Pork Butt
  1. 2 Tbsp. brown mustard
  2. 1 Tbsp. honey
  1. ¾ c. sugar
  2. ½ c. salt
  3. 1/3 c. black pepper
  4. ½ c. paprika
  5. 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  6. 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  7. 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 Tbsp. celery salt
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 1 tsp. sage
  11. ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  12. Apple or hickory chips for smoking
  1. Rinse the roast, pat dry. Apply the “Glue” then pat the rub on the roast. Place in a square Dutch oven. Using a dome over the top, smoke for about 1 – 2 hours.
  2. Then transfer the roast to a 12” Dutch Oven and cook with apple juice for about 2 more hours, or until tender. Blog
Chicken Saltimbocca ala the Iron Maiden
  1. 1 whole chicken, butchered
  2. 1 Tbsp. salt
  3. 2 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 oz. sage
  5. 6 slices dried and cured ham
  6. 6 slices mild white cheese
  7. ¼ c. oil
  8. ½ medium onion, chopped
  9. 1 clove garlic, minced if desired
  10. ½ c. mushrooms, sliced
  11. ¼ c. dry or sweet white wine
  12. ½ c. chicken stock
  13. ¼ c. cream
  1. Butcher the chicken by removing the breasts, thighs and legs. Debone the thighs and legs. If desired, remove all the skin on the chicken pieces. Butterfly the breasts and pound out the dark meat so it is an even thickness. In this recipe, you can use the dark meat, white meat or both. It’s up to you.
  2. Stuff the chicken with the sage, meat and cheese then season with salt and pepper. Secure the meat together with either toothpicks or butcher’s twine.
  3. Sear the chicken in hot oil until it is nicely browned using a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the heat and set aside. Remove any excess oils from the pan, if any.
  4. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for just a few minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until reduced. Deglaze the pan with some wine. Allow the wine to cook down a bit then add some chicken stock. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, cover, and allow it to simmer until the meat is cooked through to 165F.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the cream and test for flavor. Adjust as necessary.
  6. Serve the chicken with some of the wine mushroom sauce drizzled over it, with a bowl on the side or both.
  7. * All measurements are estimated
Heating the Dutch oven
  1. If using a 12-in Dutch oven, use about 15-20 coals underneath the pot when searing the meat. When it is simmering, transfer about ¼ of the coals from the bottom to the lid then add about 10 more to the lid. You are aiming for about 325-350F. Blog
  1. 2.5-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, cut into 2-inch cubes
  2. 1/2 c. orange juice
  3. 1/4 c. lime juice
  4. 4 cloves garlic, (I used the already chopped and bottled – to save time)
  5. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
Homemade Corn Tortillas
  1. 2 c. Masa Harina
  2. 1/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1 c. Water + a little
  1. Place the pork in a large Dutch Oven. Add the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and enough water to just barely cover the meat. Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for two hours. Don’t touch the meat. (You could put all this in a Crock pot and let simmer for 4 hours on high. Then transfer to the Dutch Oven for the last step.)
  2. After two hours, increase the heat to medium-high and while occasionally stirring and turning the pieces, continue to cook for about 45 minutes, or until all of the liquid has evaporated, leaving only the rendered pork fat. Let it sizzle in this fat long enough to brown at the edges, turning pieces gently (they’ll be eager to fall apart), only as needed.
  3. When pork has browned on both sides, it’s ready. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve on warmed tortillas with fixings. (See below)
  4. Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough. Roll the dough into a 1 ¾” ball, flatten it slightly, place in between 2 pieces of plastic, (I cut apart a gallon Ziploc bag and trimmed to fit the tortilla press- Note if you do not have a press, you can use the bottom of a pie plate or heavy skillet)
  5. Press the dough ball out to a small disc, pressing firmly on the press. Cook the tortilla on a flat griddle (or the lid of a Dutch Oven) with a little oil, until the edges dry up and there are brown spots on both sides. Tortillas will be stiff but will soften as they stand.
  1. Serve with shredded lettuce, cheese, avocado, sautéed onion, and/or salsa. Personally I like the avocado with a little lime juice. Blog
Cordon Bleu Chicken
  1. 1 whole roaster chicken (5-7 lbs.)
  2. 1 quart water
  3. ¼ c. kosher salt
  4. ¼ c. brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  6. 1 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1 tsp. black pepper
  8. ½ tsp. ground sage
  9. ½ tsp. ground thyme
  1. 1/4 lb. Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  2. 1/4 lb. smoked Ham, thinly sliced
Rice Pilaf
  1. 1 ½ c. long grain rice
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. ½ c. minced onion
  4. 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  5. ½ tsp. cumin
  6. ½ tsp. coriander
  7. 4 oz. angel hair pasta, broken up
  8. 3 ¼ c. water
  9. 1 ½ tsp. salt
  10. Black pepper to taste
  11. Fresh parsley
  1. Mix water, salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion powder, black pepper, sage and thyme. Set aside.
  2. Bone out chicken. Discard rib cage. Reserve wings and legs for another use. Flatten chicken meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet.
  3. Set chicken into brine and allow to brine as time allows, up to 4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from brine, season with additional black pepper and garlic powder to taste and stuff with filling ingredients.
  5. Roll chicken around the filling ingredients. There is the possibility of additional loose chicken skin which you can wrap it around the roll as well. Tie with kitchen twine. Sprinkle with black pepper, garlic powder and paprika to taste.
  6. Spray Dutch oven with cooking spray. Sear the meat on all sides. Place breast down in the same Dutch oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Rice Pilaf
  1. Place the rice in a medium bowl and add enough water to cover by 2 inches; using your hands, gently swish grains to release excess starch. Carefully pour off the water, leaving rice in bowl. Repeat four to five times, until water runs almost clear. Using a colander or fine mesh strainer, drain water from rice and set aside. In a Dutch oven, melt the butter. Add the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened but not browned. Add the garlic, cumin and coriander and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the rinsed and drained rice and the broken, uncooked noodles. Cook, stirring, for another 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Stir in the water and salt and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 16-18 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Let the rice stand 10 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired. Blog
Sweet Pulled Pork with Lime Rice
  1. 4-8 lbs. pork roast
  2. 4 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  3. 3 tsp. garlic
  4. 4 tsp. cumin
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. Pepper to taste
  7. 4 c. Dr. Pepper
  8. 3-4 c. brown sugar
  9. 3 Tbsp. molasses
Lime Rice
  1. 2 1/2 c. rice
  2. 4 Tbsp. butter
  3. 4 1/2 c. chicken broth
  4. Zest and juice of 2-3 small limes
  5. 4 Tbsp. cilantro
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  8. A little pepper
  1. Sear meat on all sides. Place in 12" Dutch oven. In separate container, mix all ingredients. Pour over roast and cook to desired tenderness (meat should easily fall apart). Pull pork and remove from remaining sauce to serve. (Note: This can be done in a Crock Pot on slow heat. In a Dutch oven, cook it for about 5 hours. Internal meat temperature should be at least 165F. The number of briquettes varies. I usually start with 14 on top and 8 on the bottom. Heat should be adjusted during cooking to maintain the liquid at a slow simmer.)
Lime Rice
  1. Mix all ingredients and cook until all the liquid is absorbed in a 10" Dutch oven. Or, throw everything in the rice cooker and press start. Blog


Scarborough Fair Rolls
  1. 2 c. warm water (90 °-100 °F)
  2. 2 Tbsp. dry yeast
  3. 2 tsp. salt
  4. 1 tsp. dried sage (or fresh)
  5. 1 tsp. dried rosemary (or fresh)
  6. 1 tsp. dried thyme (or fresh)
  7. 3 Tbsp. dried parsley (or fresh)
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2/3 c. nonfat dry milk powder (instant or non-instant)
  10. 1/4 c. sugar
  11. 1/3 c. butter or 1/3 c. shortening
  12. 5 -5 1/2 c. bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
  1. Combine water and milk powder until dissolved. Add yeast, sugar, salt, butter, egg, herbs and 2 cups bread flour. Mix until ingredients are wet. Add 2 cups more flour until mixed (dough will be getting stiff). Add additional flour as needed to acquire desired consistency. Dough should be soft, not overly sticky or stiff.
  2. Cover dough and allow to rise in warm place until double in size. After dough has risen, sprinkle surface with flour and place dough on floured surface. Roll out and cut rolls or shape as desired.
  3. Place shaped rolls in Dutch oven and butter. After rolls have raised, brush rolls with melted butter again.
  4. Place desired amount of coals on top and bottom of Dutch oven and cook until rolls are a deep golden brown on top.
  5. Brush with melted butter while hot. Blog
Peasant Bread
  1. 1 ½ c. sourdough starter
  2. 1 c. warm water (115 degrees)
  3. ¼ c. white sugar
  4. 1 Tbsp. dry yeast
  5. 1 c. white flour
  6. 2 tsp. salt
  7. 5 c. white flour (use only what you need)
  1. Begin by mixing the water, starter, sugar, yeast, and 1 cup of flour together well. Let it sit covered for 30-45 minutes until the yeast and gluten have developed well (the batter should be stringy and smell of yeast). Stir in 2 cups of flour and the 2 teaspoons of salt. The batter should be hard to stir. Turn the batter out onto a floured board and begin to work the dough adding flour a little at a time. The dough should be very sticky . After the dough has been worked for about 20 minutes it should bit be as sticky and it should be very stretchy . Only add what flour is necessary to work the dough. Fold the dough into itself and form a ball with the seam side tucked in well (it should be as a balloon when the dough rises expanding up, not out). Lay the dough ball onto a well-floured muslin or linen cloth and place inside of a 9” bowl to rise. When the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto double layered parchment paper and set inside of a pre-heated 14” Dutch oven with 16 coals around the bottom edge and 20 coals on the top. Slash the top of the dough to allow for expansion and spray the loaf with water. Set the parchment and the dough inside of the Dutch oven and pour ½ cup of water under the parchment paper. Cover the Dutch oven immediately and remove half of the coals from the bottom. Bake the bread for 40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it. Blog
Cracked Wheat Raisin Rolls
  1. 1 ½ c. uncooked cracked wheat
  2. 1 c. raisins
  3. ½ c. packed brown sugar
  4. 2 tsp. salt
  5. 3 Tbsp. butter
  6. 2 c. BOILING water
  7. 2 pkg. active dry yeast
  8. 2/3 c. warm water
  9. 5-6 c. flour
  10. 1 egg, beaten
  1. In large bowl, mix cracked wheat, raisins, brown sugar, salt, butter and boiling water. Cool to 105-115 degrees. In another bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add dissolved yeast and 2 c of flour to the cracked wheat mixture. Mix until moistened, scraping bowl frequently. With spoon, stir in 2 ½-3 c of flour until dough pulls cleanly from side of bowl. On floured work surface, knead in remaining ½-1 c flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Grease large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, cover loosely with towel. Let rise in warm place for 45-60 minutes or until light and doubled in size. Punch down to deflate. Roll into balls. Place balls of dough in 12 inch Dutch oven. Let rise until double in size, 45-60 minutes. Brush with beaten egg. Bake 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees until golden.
  1. 1 12 inch oven = 25 coals: 17 top, 8 bottom. Serves approx. 14 Blog
Multigrain Bread Weave
  1. 1 ¼ c. 9 –grain hot cereal mix
  2. 2 ½ c. boiling water
  3. 3 c. flour
  4. 1 ½ c. fresh ground whole wheat flour
  5. ¼ c. honey
  6. 4 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  7. 2 ½ tsp. instant yeast
  8. 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  9. ½ c. cut rolled oats (to sprinkle on the top)
  1. Place cereal in a bowl with the boiling water, let it stand, stirring occasionally until the mixture cools to 100 degrees, and looks like hot cereal. Mix the flours together in a different bowl.
  2. When the hot cereal has cooled, add honey, butter and yeast and mix it up until combined. Add the flour mixture, ½ cup at a time, and knead until it starts to form, for a couple of minutes. Then cover the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes. Add the salt and continue to knead it until it pulls away from the side of the bowl. Adding a little more flour if needed. (The dough will be sticky). Cover and let it rise until double, about 45-60 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into ropes, and weave the bread. Put into the prepared 12” Dutch Oven. Sprinkle with the rolled oats. Let rise for about 30 more minutes. And bake at 375 for about 35-40 minutes. Or until the bread reaches 200 degrees.
  4. (This will make 2 loaves of bread) Blog
Italian Cheese Bread
  1. 5-6 c. flour
  2. 3 Tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 c. water
  4. 2 tsp. salt
  5. 1 ½ Tbsp. yeast
  6. ¼ c. oil
  1. 2 Tbsp. flour
  2. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  3. 1 tsp. dehydrated onion
  4. 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  5. 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  6. 3 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  7. ½ c. shredded Asiago cheese
  8. 1 egg white
  9. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Heat water and oil until very warm (120°-130°). Add to flour mixture. Stir in an additional 2 ½ - 3 cups flour until mixture forms a ball. Knead in an additional ½ to 1 cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double (about 1 hour). Punch down. Knead filling into dough until evenly distributed.
  1. Combine flour, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, parsley, parmesan cheese and Asiago cheese in a small bowl. Knead into dough as listed above. Shape dough as desired. Mix egg white and Italian seasoning. Brush all over bread. Bake for 25-35 minutes at 400F or until golden. Blog
Classic Dinner Rolls
  1. 2 c. warm water (110 to 115F)
  2. 2/3 c. nonfat dry milk
  3. 2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  4. 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  5. 2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/3 c. butter, shortening, or margarine
  7. 1 egg
  8. 5 to 5 1/2 c. all-purpose flour or bread flour
  9. 1/2 c. butter, melted
  1. In large bowl, combine water and dry milk powder, stirring until milk dissolves. Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix until ingredients are wet. Mix vigorously for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups flour and mix until ingredients are wet, then for 2 more minutes. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix again until dough is soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. (It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour.)
  2. Scrape dough off sides of bowl and pour about one tablespoon of vegetable oil; work oil all around sides of bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so it is covered with oil. (This helps prevent dough from drying out.) Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Sprinkle cutting board or counter with flour and place dough on floured board. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a greased or parchment-lined 12” Dutch oven. Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until rolls are doubled in size. Bake at 375° F by placing 12 coals around the bottom edge and 16 coals on the top in a checkerboard pattern for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted butter while hot. Serve with honey butter. Blog

Recipes for National Hot Dog Day!

July 23, 2014


It’s National Hot Dog Day today… and let’s be “frank,” the best way to celebrate is with our amazing recipes! Bob and Randy Harmon and Chef Johnny McAdams went to ABC 4′s Good Morning Utah this morning to show them how to make a “Chicago Dog” and a “Bacon Wrapped Dog.”

Click HERE if you want to watch the segment or simply check out the recipes below!

Chicago Dogs & Bacon Wrapped Chili Dogs
Chicago Dog Ingredients
  1. 8 all beef hot dog
  2. 8 hot dog buns
  3. ½ C. yellow mustard
  4. ½ C. sweet green pickle relish
  5. ½ C. chopped onion
  6. 32 tomato wedges
  7. 8 dill pickle spear
  8. 16 banana peppers
  9. 1 dash celery salt per dog
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, place hot dog in water, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove hot dog and place in bun. Add toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sweet banana peppers and celery salt.
Bacon Wrapped Chili Dog Ingredients
  1. 12 all beef hot dogs
  2. 1 lbs. bacon
  3. 1 lbs. ground beef
  4. 1 lbs. ground pork
  5. ½ C. chili powder
  6. 2 Tbs. garlic powder
  7. 2 Tbs. onion powder
  8. ¼ C. brown sugar
  9. 3 C. chicken stock
  10. 1 C. ketchup
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 4 C. shredded cheese
  13. 12 buns
  1. In a large pot, brown the ground meats and spices together. Add the brown sugar, chicken stock and ketchup. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat down and reduce. Salt and pepper to taste. Wrap the hot dogs with a slice of bacon, use a tooth pick to secure the bacon to the hot dogs. Cook at 375º F for 13 to 15 minutes or until the bacon has reached your desired crispness. Allow the dogs to cool for 5 to 6 minutes then place in a bun and cover with chili and cheese. Blog

Recipe: Australian Pavlova

July 21, 2014

Ever tried making Australian Pavlova? Why not try it out by using this recipe from Chef Kimberly Larsen. You can also watch her make this recipe on ABC 4′s Good Things Utah by clicking HERE.

Australian Pavlova
  1. 8 egg whites, at room temperature
  2. 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  4. 12-15 strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  5. 1 passion fruit, cut into large cubes or slices
  6. 3 kiwis, peeled and med diced
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly brush with oil.
  3. 3. In stand mixer, with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tarter on medium-high speed until medium peaks form.
  4. 4. Continue whisking while slowly adding the granulated sugar.
  5. 5. Beat for another 8-10minutes. Sugar will dissolve and egg whites will become shiny and firm.
  6. 6. Scoop mixture into a circle shape on to the middle of cookie sheet.
  7. 7. Use a small spatula to create a decorative design .
  8. 8. Carefully place in oven.
  9. 9. Bake for 1 ½ hours, or until firm to the touch.
  10. 10. Turn off the oven and prop the oven door.
  11. 11. Allow the Pavlova to cool completely in the oven.
  12. 12. When ready to serve place on decorative plate and carefully decorate with fresh fruit.
  13. 13. If desired, Pavlova may be served with fresh whipped cream. Spoon into the center of Pavlova, then decorate with fresh fruit. Blog

Recipe: Chimichurri Patagonia Salmon

July 10, 2014

Chef Aaron Ballard shared a Chimichurri Patagonia Salmon recipe with KUTV to celebrate the fact that Harmons is bringing the only sustainable salmon to Utah. See it all by clicking HERE.


Chimichurri Patagonia Salmon
Chimichurri Patagonia Salmon Ingredients
  1. 4 Six ounce Salmon Filets
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
  4. 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  5. 3 tablespoon fresh oregano
  6. 2 cloves garlic
  7. 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  1. 1.) Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Marinate fish for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. 2.) Preheat oven to 350F
  3. 3.) Heat a large saute pan or rondeau with canola or avocado oil until hot. 4.) Place marinated salmon presentation side down in pan and sear until a nice crust has formed. Flip and continue to cook on high heat for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. 5.) Place pan into heated oven and bake until it reaches an internal temp of 135F- it shouldn't take more than five to ten minutes depending on how many you have in the pan.
Avocado Mousse Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe avocados
  2. 1/4 cup cubed unripe mango
  3. 2 Tbsp cream
  4. 2 Tbsp cumin
  5. Juice of one lime
  6. 1 cup whipping cream (unsweetened)
  7. Salt to taste
  1. 1.) Cut and pit avocados and dice into large chunks or quarters. Dice mango into large dice. Add avocado, mango, cumin 2Tbsp cream, lime juice and salt to a food processor and blend until silky smooth.
  2. 2.) In a separate bowl whip cream to stiff peaks and fold into avocado puree.
  3. 3.) Serve with Chimichurri Salmon as a dollop or smear on the plate. Works great as a dip or on nachos!!! Blog

National Sugar Cookie Day

July 9, 2014

July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day! Today we’re honoring this sweet, delicious and simple treat by learning how to make this popular recipe. Chef Johnny McAdams showed Good Morning Utah how to make classic sugar cookies. To watch this, click HERE.




Classic Sugar Cookies
Classic Sugar Cookie Ingredients
  1. 2 ¾ C. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. ½ tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 C. butter, softened
  5. 1 ½ C. sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  8. ½ tsp. almond extract
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. 4. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond.
  5. 5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  6. 6. Roll rounded tsp. of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. 7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
  8. 8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
  9. 9. Decorate with butter cream frosting, candies, sprinkles and more! This is a great summertime activity for your kids.
Decadent Butter Cream Ingredients
  1. 3 C. powder sugar
  2. 1 C. butter
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 1 tsp. almond extract
  5. 1 to 2 Tbs. whipping cream
  6. 1 pinch salt
  1. 1. In a mixer with a whisk, combine sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended.
  2. 2. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Add vanilla, almond, salt and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency
  4. 4. Use buttercream to decorate your sugar cookies for a classic treat.
  5. If you don’t have time to bake and are looking for some of the best sugar cookies in town, visit your local Harmons Grocery Store! Harmons sugar cookies are baked from scratch every morning, and you can even custom order colors, decorations, monograms and more for your next special occasion. Visit for a complete list of store locations. Blog

Recipes Kids Will Love to Prepare

July 7, 2014

SalmonSticksLooking for some fun activities for your kids this summer? How about signing them up for a Gourmet Youth Cooking Class at Harmons? With several class options at Harmons Bangerter Crossing or Station Park this July and August, we have a class for every budget and taste.

Log on to our website HERE to see a full list of classes and to sign up.

Chef Kimberly shared some of the recipes that kids will like to prepare themselves. Watch her prepare these on ABC 4′s News Midday by clicking HERE.


Recipes Kids Will Love to Prepare
Salmon Sticks With Red Pepper Dipping Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb. salmon
  2. 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  3. ½ cup flour
  4. ½ cup panko bread crumbs, whole wheat
  5. Salt and pepper
  1. 1. Use standard breading procedure to bread the salmon.
  2. 2. Drag fish strips through flour, covering lightly.
  3. 3. Place in eggs, then put in panko breadcrumbs.
  4. 4. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. This allows the breadcrumbs to stick to salmon.
  5. 5. Lay fish on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  6. 6. Serve with roasted red pepper coulis and lemon wedge
Roasted Red Pepper Coulis Ingredients
  1. 2 red peppers, roasted, peeled seeded
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. ½ lemon, juice
  4. 1 Tbsp parsley leaves
  1. 1. Puree ingredients together.
  2. 2. Season lightly with salt.
Raspberry Kiss Parfait Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  2. ½ cup raspberries
  3. ¼ cup Harmon's granola
  4. 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chunk
  1. 1. Layer cup with a scoop of vanilla yogurt.
  2. 2. Top with 3-5 raspberries.
  3. 3. Sprinkle with a few chocolate chunk pieces Blog

Recipe: Red, White & Blue Burger

July 1, 2014

Red, White & Blue BurgerFood lovers go all out during the 4th of July weekend! Check out this Red, White & Blue Burger recipe if you are looking to celebrate with great food this weekend. Watch Chef Aaron Ballard prepare this recipe on KUTV by clicking HERE.

Red, White & Blue Burgers
Celebrate with Great Food!
Red, White & Blue Burger Ingredients
  1. 6 Bob's Blue Burger
  2. 2 cups Red Bell Pepper strips pickled in Ginger vinegar (also called a shrub)
  3. 2 cups Red Cabbage slaw
  4. 12 slices Boars Head horseradish white cheddar
  5. 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  6. Spicy ketchup (you can make your own by adding Sriracha to ketchup)
  7. 6 egg buns or brioche buns
  1. 1.) Cook burgers until they reach an internal temp of 165F. You can speed this up on the grill by capping your burgers with a small metal bowl. Be sure to handle it with care as it will be hot.
  2. 2.) Lather both sides of your bun with mayo as it will help create a barrier that will keep the bun from getting soggy.
  3. 3.) Place burger on bun and assemble in this order; bun, burger, two slices of cheese, a few pinches of slaw, pickled peppers, a dollop of ketchup and finally the top bun.
  4. 4.) Respectfully salute your burger and devour.
Pickled Red Bell Pepper Strips Ingredients
  1. 4 Washed organic Red Bell Peppers
  2. 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. About 4" of peeled and minced fresh ginger
  1. 1.) Combine vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan. Do not stir! Bring the two to a boil.
  2. 2.) Add the ginger and allow to boil for 1 minute.
  3. 3.) Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. 4.) Place in refrigerator for a few days up to a week to allow for the ginger flavor to develop. If you would like to skip this step you can purchase Pok Pok Som Ginger drinking vinegar from your local Harmons seafood department.
  5. 5.) When you are ready to make your pickles, slice planks off of your red bell peppers and cut them into small strips.
  6. 6.) Place peppers into pickling liquid and make sure they are covered - you can add a bit of water to make sure they are covered.
  7. 7.) Place in refrigerator for a few hours to overnight. Use within seven days.
Blue Cabbage Slaw Ingredients
  1. 1 head Red Cabbage washed
  2. Kosher salt
  3. Sugar
  4. Baking Soda
  1. 1.) Cut cabbage in half and remove core.
  2. 2.) Shred the cabbage as thin as possible (half a cabbage will be enough for this recipe wrap the other half and store).
  3. 3.) Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with about half a teaspoon of baking soda.
  4. 4.) Toss gently to incorporate and allow to sit until cabbage has developed a deep blue color along the cut edges. This is caused by the acids in the cabbage reacting with the baking soda.
  5. 5.) Once a nice blue color has been achieved lightly sprinkle a few pinches of salt and sugar on the cabbage and mix to incorporate.
  6. 6.) Continue to add sugar or salt to taste.
  7. 7.) Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes to macerate and soften. Blog

Recipes: Healthy Fuel for Your Workouts

June 25, 2014

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Chef Kimberly shows us how to fuel your next workout with healthy food.  See her prepare these recipes on KUTV’s Fresh Living, by clicking HERE!

Power Ball Bites & Sweet Potato Cherry Pancakes
Power Ball Bites Ingredients
  1. 1 cup nut butter of choice
  2. 1 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 banana
  4. 1/2 cup honey
  5. 1/3 cup dried whole milk powder or favorite protein powder
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  1. 1. In large bowl, smash banana. Add in rolled oats. Stir in remaining ingredients and choice of mix-ins.
  2. 2. Combined ingredients completely. This is easiest using a wooden spoon or your hands.
  3. 3. Using a cookie scoop, make 18-24 equal size balls.
  4. 4. Roll between palms of hands to shape.
  5. 5. Roll in ground nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  6. 6. Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Store in refrigerator.
Mix in Options
  1. 1 tablespoon flax, chia, or other seeds
  2. 1/4 cup coconut, toasted or untoasted, unsweetened is best
  3. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  4. 1/2 cup diced dried fruits
Sweet Potato Cherry Pancakes Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup oats
  3. 3/4 cup sweet potato purée
  4. 2 tablespoon honey
  5. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon ginger
  7. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  8. 3/4-1 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
  1. 1. In medium bowl combined the flour oats, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder.
  2. 2. In separate bowl Whisk the sweet potato purée, honey, eggs and buttermilk.
  3. 3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. For thinner pancake add more buttermilk.
  4. 4. Heat nonstick pan over medium high heat.
  5. 5. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into pan.
  6. 6. Cook until bubbles start appearing and popping.
  7. 7. Place fresh cherries on top and flip over.
  8. 8. Cook for another minute.
  9. 9. Remove pancakes from heat.
  10. 10. Spread desired filling over one pancake then place second pancake on top. Filling options: nut butters, jam, jelly or preserve, fruit compote. Blog