Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

This weekend we decided to take a trip to Oceanside to see our daughter and son-in-law. On Saturday night, I decided to make some Air Fryer Chicken Breasts. Our daughter has an Air Fryer, bit has not quite figured it out yet. It’s a very simple recipe, I start by getting the Baked Potatoes ready – simply rub them with Olive Oil and sprinkle Salt and Pepper on them. Then I put them in a 425 degree oven for 50 minutes.

While they were cooking, I started the preparation on the Chicken Breasts. I first sliced them in half – in thickness – so that the will cook faster.then I prepared a mixture of Flour, Panko Bread Crumbs, a little bit of Cayenne, Salt, Black Pepper, Cumin, And Paprika. I brushed on a like coating of Olive Oil, and dredged the Chicken Breasts in the mixture – then out them – 2 at a time – in the Air Fryer for 10 minutes at 390 degrees for 19 minutes – flipping them after 6 minutes.

Then I made some Whole Kernel corn, Baked Beans, some Bread, and a garden salad. Everyone really enjoyed everything. The thing I like most about the Air Fryer is that the Chicken (or other kind of meat) comes out very tender, but yet, still juicy. The Baked Potatoes were cooked to perfection – very easy to slice, and to eat. This Bread that we got is called “Artisan” Bread – and it is AMAZING! And this come from a guy that is not crazy about Bread.

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Easter Dinner at the Liphart house – 2020

So, today – even with all of the restrictions due to the Coronavirus – I still cooked an Easter dinner – even though it was a bit different than normal. Since we don’t mind leftovers – it was still worth cooking plenty of meat. I cooked 2 Tri-Tips in my smoker, and made some BBQ Chicken, and some Pork Steaks.

That is the Tri-Tip – now for the Chicken – I marinated the Chicken overnight in beer, and my BBQ Sauce starts with a base of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, then added some beer, and a little Chalula Hot Sauce. Then I baste the Chicken several times while cooking.

Then. I cooked some Pork Steaks – which I cut in half before I season and cook them. I put them in the smoker as well – with Apple Wood.

I also made some Baked Potatoes – with an Olive Oil rub, and some Salt and Pepper. Then I cooked them in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. They were cooked to perfection – with some butter and cheese – perfect!

Then we added some Whole Kernel Corn, Bush’s Baked Beans Garlic Bread, Salad – and some amazing desserts that my wife made. It was an absolutely amazing meal.

And, here is my final plate:

I neglected to take pictures of the 3 desserts that my wife made – but, they were amazing. And, here is the miracle in this – I only ate the one plateful – lol.

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Smoked Tri-Tip Sandwiches

I like Tri-Tip – especially when it is cooked properly. I buy my Tri-Tip in bulk, when on sale, season them, and wrap them individually. That way, I never have to pay $4.00/pound (or more) for Tri-Tip. So, with that being said – the other day I took 2 Tri-Tip out of the freezer and I smoked them using Apple Wood.

I use a rub made with Black Pepper, Salt, Onion Powder Garlic Powder, Ground Mustard, Ancho Chili Powder, Cummin, Cayenne Pepper, and Brown Sugar.

First, I get my charcoal hot, and get my Apple Wood Chips soaking in water. The reason I soak the wood chips in water is that makes them less likely to “burn” – they just “smoke.”

Now that the Tri-Tip is on the Smoker, I get out my Charcoal Chimney and start the next batch of Charcoal cooking.

I keep an eye on the Tri-Tip while it cooks, and try to maintain the temperature around 300 degrees. The Brown Sugar helps to get a nice char on the outside of the Tri-Tip as it carmelizes. Also, I cook the Tri-Tip a bit on the rare side – as you will see later.

As soon as I take the Tri-Tip off the Smoker, I cover it with aluminum foil and let it rest. Within an hour, I put the entire pan in the refrigerator to cool. The reason I do that is that is much easier to slice when it is cold. After it is cold, I brought out my electric meat slicer and sliced the Tri-Tip into thin slices (I did this off camera).

We have a Cast Aluminum “flat top” that I put onto the Gas Grill – and once it is hot, I start putting the strips of Tri-Tip onto the flat top. This finishes off the cooking process, plus it browns the meat at the same time – it definitely adds to the flavor.

Then I liberally apply butter to both halves of a French Roll, and put it on the griddle to get a nice “toast” on it. This, in my opinion, completes this sandwich.

Then the fun begins – assembling the sandwich. For me, it is pretty simple – some Cheese and some Creamy Chipotle Sauce that a friend of mine, Cliff Smith, made.

I started out eating one of these sandwiches, but had to make myself a second one – they are sooo good. This has definitely become one of my favorite ways to eat Tri-Tip. When it is sliced thin like this – it is so amazingly tender, and easy to chew and eat. We have all had Tri-Tip Sandwiches that were sliced thick – and it was more work to eat it than it was worth – not so with this sandwich.

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Croque Madame Sandwich

About 6 months ago, I saw a sandwich on tv that look very good – and intriguing – so, yesterday I decided to give it a try. It is a classic French sandwich, called a Croque Madame. The Croque Madame starts out with Sourdough Bread, Ham, Gruyere Cheese, covered with a Bechemel Sauce, and topped with a Sunnyside Up Egg. There is also a sandwich called a Croque Monsieur – with the only difference being that a Croque Madame has a Sunnyside Up Egg on top of it. The significance of the Sunnyside Up Egg is the fact that some women wear fancy hats – which is what the egg represents.To start with, I made the Bechemel Sauce – which to me, looks like a fancy gravy – but tastes like a cheese sauce. I put 1/2 pound of Butter in a sauce pan and melted it. Once the Butter was melted, I added 3/4 cup of AP Flour and wisked until it had turned brown and had clumped up. Then I added half an onion, some Salt, Peppercorns, and a Bay Leaf, and added milk and wisked until smooth. I then added the Nutmeg. I let it simmer until the starch had cooked out (or until it no longer tasted like flour) – about 12 minutes.Then I started to build the sandwich. I applied a liberal amount of Butter on one side of each of the pieces of Sourdough bread, then added 3 slices of Deli Ham, then some Shredded Gruyere Cheese, then the other slice of bread. I put it on the griddle at a Medium -High heat, and cooked until golden brown. Then, I strained the Bechemel Sauce, and covered the sandwiches with it.Then I put it in the oven on the Broiler setting until it started to Crisp over, then I removed it from the oven.Then I cooked the Sunnyside Up Egg, and layed it on top of the sandwich. Now, it is time to give it a whirl.

This is an amazing sandwich – well worth the time and effort. You definitely are not going to pick this sandwich up and eat it – it is a knife and fork sandwich, lol.

It was a lot to eat – I probably should have only eaten half of it – but, I couldn’t resist – I ate the whole thing, lol. This is a sandwich that is definitely worth making again. As you bite into it, you get the nuttiness of the Gruyere Cheese, the crispness of the Sourdough Bread – along with the “cheesy” taste of the Bechemel Sauce (even though there is no Cheese in it).

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Stained Concrete Bench

My Sister-in-law gave us this little concrete bench a few years ago, and my wife wanted to stain it. So, that was my project yesterday. Here are some before pictures and videos.

She picked out a “Golden Oak” stain – so I applied it with a brush. The seat portion of the bench seemed to the stain better – presumably due to the fact that it is a “horizontal” surface that takes more abuse from the elements than “vertical” surfaces.

In theses pictures, the seat portion looks much darker – partly because it is in the shade and the pedestals are in the sun. When I put it back in place, it looked pretty good. Here is the final picture and video.

Overall, I like the way it turned out. It definitely looks better than before.

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A Poem I wrote in 1983

This post is a little different – we are getting ready to move in about a month and a half – and I was going through some stuff in the garage – and I came across a booklet with my poems in it. I especially like this one – let me know what you think.

“’If’ For Boys”

If you can respect yourself as well as others
Be kind as well as strong when necessary
Treat all acquaintances as sister of brother
And help those whose burdens are too large to carry.

If you can dream dreams, with the willingness to pay
Whatever consequences or prices are involved
Or give your best, whether at work or play
And strive to have all troubles resolved.

If you can stand tall, although defeated
And maintain composure when victorious
Or accept criticism without becoming heated;
Knowing when to laugh and when to be serious.

If you are able to treat those you hate
With the same respect and understanding
You give to those you love, or when with your mate
Be not too giving, nor too demanding.

If you can balance weakness with strength
Never giving up, but instead compromising
Or take up the slack in the proper length
And live your life without stereotyping.

If you have the ability to admit you’re wrong;
Not to mention your many inabilities
And keep in mind, you cannot always be strong
Because being a man requires great sensitivity.

If you can be honest with all those that surround you;
And pay no mind to untruths that may affect your mood.
You’ll be a man… And all those around you
Will be the richer for your manhood!!!

Written by Matthew Liphart
November 3, 1983

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Kristy’s Family Restaurant

Yesterday, my granddaughter, Leana, and I went to Ridgecrest – and we stopped at a local restaurant called Kristy’s Family Restaurant. It was a nice place. The portions were substantial (neither of us completely finished our Fries), the food was good, and the service was good, as well.

We started with some Buffalo Wings – which were amazing. They were not super hot – but incredibly tasty.

Then, for the main course, Leana had an Avocado Jack Burger, and I had a Mushroom Swiss Burger. Leana’s Burger had a bunch of Avocado on top of the patty – and Jack Cheese.

My Mushroom Swiss Burger was pretty self explanatory – some Sautéed Mushrooms, with Swiss Cheese – and it was cooked to perfection. The buns were very soft – and had a good flavor to them. The French Fries had a nice “crunch” to them, and not over-cooked.

It was a nice experience – a nice, local restaurant – with good food and service. If in Ridgecrest, I would highly recommend Kristy’s Family Restaurant.

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Chocolate Profiteroles

Well, yesterday, I tried something new again. I saw these Chocolate Profiteroles on TV – and I thought “they look good” – so, I gave it a try. To start with, I gathered my ingredients – AP Flour, Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Butter, 2 Medium Sized Eggs, and Water. I put the Water and the Butter in a saucepan on medium heat until the Butter was melted. While that was on the stove, I combined the dry ingredients. I then added the dry ingredients to the saucepan, and stirred with a wooden spoon until it had all pulled together and away from the edges.

I removed the pan from the stove and let it cool some – not totally cool – but enough that it doesn’t cook the Eggs when added. Then I added this dough to the Stand Mixer, and started the mixer. As it was running, I added in the 2 Eggs and let it mix for a few minutes – until thoroughly mixed.

Then the real fun began – trying to create the little pastries with the pastry bag. I found out that my dough was too thick – and I blew the side out of the bag.

Then, it was time to life them. I was mediocre, at best, in this part of it, lol. Part of the problem was that I blew out the side of the first Pastry Bag – so we had to go get some more. By then, the Profiteroles were a bit harder than they should have been. But, here is my attempt.

First, I made some homemade Whipped Cream with just Heavy Whipping Cream and Sugar. The Whipped Cream was amazing – very smooth, yet full of flavor.


Here is where it gets interesting – the way I saw them made on TV was that they were covered with melted White Chocolate. I’m not a big fan of White Chocolate, so, I decided to cover them with a Glaze – made from Powdered Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla Extract. I thought they were good – but my wife thought the White Chocolate would have been better.

All in all, I would call it a success – but definitely not perfect, lol. I will make some changes next time – like maybe going with some White Chocolate – or maybe some Powdered Sugar – time will tell.

I definitely learned that it takes a bit to get used to using a Piping Bag – but, I will work on it.

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Family Get-together

This past Saturday, July 6th, we had a nice family Get-together – our Son Robby, Daughter-in-law Salina, and Grandson Malachi, were here from Montana – so, we all got together. We made some BBQ Chicken, Pork Chops, Corn on the Cob, Baked Potatoes, Green Salad, and French Bread.

I started by Marinating the Chicken Thighs in Beer, and putting my own rub on the Pork Chops and putting them in the refrigerator.

Then, we removed all of the husks from the Corn on the Cob and wrapped them in aluminum foil, and rubbed the Potatoes with Olive Oil, and sprinkled them with Salt and Black Pepper.

I put 2 Tri-Tips in the smoker, with Apple, Hickory, and Oak wood. I by those in bulk (when on sale), season them (with Montreal Steak Seasoning, Seasoning Salt, and Cayenne Pepper) – wrap them individually, and freeze them. I smoked them for about 2 hours.

I put the Baked Potatoes in the oven at 425 degrees for about an hour – and they were absolutely perfect – fully cooked, tender, and add a little Butter, Bacon Bits, and Cheese – amazing!

I put the Corn on the Cob on the top shelf of the Smoker (what wouldn’t fit, I put on the top shelf of the Gas grill) for about an hour. That was some of the best Corn on the Cob that I have ever eaten.

Our son, Robby, is one of the best Chefs/Cooks that I have ever known – and he said the Tri-Tip was excellent – that it had great flavor, tender, with the right amount of smoke. Coming from him – that was a huge compliment.

The BBQ Sauce that I put on the Chicken starts with a base of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, then I add some Beer, and some Chalula Hot Sauce – and I baste the Chicken several times while it is cooking.

The Pork Chops were seasoned with Black Pepper, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Thyme, Ancho Chili Powder, and Ground Mustard. I got busy, and forgot to take a picture of the Pork Chops on the grill, lol.

But, here is the picture of my plate as I sat down to eat.

We had approximately 25 pieces of Chicken, 2 Tri-Tips, and approximately 12 Pork Chops – and there was not much left after dinner – which is a sign that everyone liked the food.

Overall, it was a great dinner, and we had a nice visit with the family. They will be here for a few more days – so we will be able to see them some more.

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Peanut Butter Pie

I made this “Peanut Butter Pie” – and before making it, my wife asked I I thought we should make 2 of them. I said that I wanted to make sure that we liked it first, lol. As it turned out, it was very good – but, extremely rich – and 1 pie was plenty.

I started by putting 25 Nutter Butter cookies in the food processor – This is the base for the crust. I added some Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, and Melted Butter – I mixed it all together, and pressed it into a glass pie pan – then baked it at 350 for 10 minutes.

Now, I started on the filling for the pie. The filling is done in 2 parts, then folded together. I made the first part in the Stand Mixer, with Creamy Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese (softened), Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, and Honey – I mixed these until smooth.

Then, I added 1/4 cup of chopped Peanuts and 12 Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups – and folded those into the Peanut Butter mixture.

Then, in a separate bowl, I put 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream and beat it with a mixer on high until the consistency of Whipped Cream – then I folded that into the Peanut Butter mixture.

Then I put this mixture in the cooled crust that I had made earlier, covered with plastic wrap, and put in the refrigerator for several hours. Then I took another cup of Heavy Whipping Cream, and added 1/2 cup of sugar, and whipped it like before, and spread it on the top of the chilled pie. Then, I added some additional Chopped Peanuts on of the Whipped Cream.

This pie was absolutely “Crazy good” – but super rich. We cut it into 12 pieces, because a small piece is all you need. You definitely need to like Peanut Butter to eat something like this – with the Peanut Butter, Nutter Butter cookies, Peanuts, and the Reese Peanut Butter Cups – it is very “Peanut Buttery.”

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