El Toro Bravo-style Roast Chicken

this is the chicken with the spice mix brushed on, on our vertical roaster the better to simulate the rotisserie at Toro Bravo

This is my experimental attempt to duplicate the recipe of my favorite Mexican-style roast chicken restaurant El Toro Bravo on 19th Street in Costa Mesa.

Latest ingredient list as of 2.3.13:

  • juice of one medium lemon, seeds removed
  • 2 tsp. ground garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 2 tsp. pasilla chile powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 3 tsp. Chef Merito Sazonador para Carne
  • 1 tsp. salt

I brushed this on one large chicken and put it in at 350 degrees.

This is the spice paste/sauce that results from mixing all the ingredients.

Completed Chicken

My second attempt. Looking and tasting good. I feel like I need at minimum 3 attempts to get a recipe down.

Daily Grill Turkey Meatloaf – made Healthy by Joy

Preheat Oven to 350° Loaf 1 hour, Mini Loafs 45 minutes 6 Servings

  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. lean ground turkey, lean ground beef, or ½ turkey & ½ buffalo
  • Organic turkey and beef are preferable, buffalo is always organic.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Ezekiel toasted bread crumbs, or Genesis
  • (or 1 cup spinach, chopped, steamed, & drained)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. Celtic salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. (1 tsp.) paprika
  • ½ tsp. (2 tsp.) fennel seeds, ground
  • 1 Tbsp. (2 Tbsp.) Worcestershire sauce


  • 2 Tbsp. toasted seseme seeds, ground
  • 2 Tbsp. flax Seeds, ground

In a coffee grinder, I grind: fennel seeds, seseme seeds, and flax seeds together.

In a large bowl mix vegetables with the meat, and bread crumbs. Add everything together: Best mixed together in blender: eggs, tomato puree, salt, pepper, mustard, paprika, fennel, (other seeds if adding),

Worcestershire sauce. I put on gloves and mix it by hand, much easier to get a good mixture than with a spoon.

Pack into an 8”-9” Loaf pan, or 3-4 mini loaf pans. Great for putting into freezer for future meals.

Serve with tomato sauce, or organic pasta sauce, heated.

6 servings, each contain about: 300 calories, or less, 10 gm. fat,12 gm. carbohydrate, 36 gm. protein, 2 gm. fiber.

Organic Kale Salad

Harvest Sensations from Mother’s Market
With the refrigerated salad greens

It already has the kale, red cabbage and carrots in the package

It comes in 8 oz. or 1 lb. packages

Follow recipe on back

Options I used: 3-6 Stevia drops, instead of sugar

Both black and white sesame seeds

¼ – 1/2 cup  Toasted slivered almonds
(depending on size of package you are using)

Directions that aren’t in the recipe: cut the kale in smaller pieces with kitchen shears, add the almonds and sesame seeds in the kale while hot, it helps the kale absorb the dressing better. Do this before adding the dressing.

Mix the olive oil, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil (use the chinese kind),
Stevia (or sugar),  and pepper.

If using seasoned rice wine vinegar, don’t add any salt until you get the dressing mixed, then be very light on salt, or none.

Making the salad a few hours, or a day ahead, is even better.

Options by: Joy Sloan

Red Cabbage Slaw

  • 1 small head red cabbage or half a large head, finely sliced
  • 1/2 of a red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coursely ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly toasted and ground corriander seeds

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Let the slaw sit for at least an hour, it gets better with time.

Valerie’s Fabulous Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


16 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 sticks butter, room temp
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Melt chocolate chips and let stand until cooled but not firm (2-3 hours)
  2. In large mixing bowl, cream butter with electric mixer on medium for 5 mins until creamy and light-colored.
  3. Add the sugar in 3 parts mixing on medium speed for 3 mins after each addition.
  4. Add the cooled, melted chocolate in 3 parts mixing in the same way.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. Frost your cake and enjoy! (After sampling, of course … just to make sure it’s edible.)

Eggless Mayan Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour cake pans.

Wisk together:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 Tbsp baking cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Add then mix with electric mixer on medium speed for 3 mins:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar

Pour immediately into prepared cake pans and bake:

  • 2 8×2″ round cake pans – 30-40 mins
  • 3 8×1.5″ round cake pans – 25-35 mins
  • 18 cupcakes – 25-30 mins

Frost with Valerie’s Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Indian Spice Rub for Chicken

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1-1/2 lbs. fresh chicken, rinsed and dried
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • I wash and dry the chicken so that it is room temperature and the skin is not too wet.
  • I double the recipe because we almost always make more chicken for future meals and it reheats very nicely
  • ***Note: original recipe calls for 1 tsp. cayenne. That amount of cayenne/chili will be WAY TOO MUCH. I use a solid 1/4 tsp. when I double the recipe and DJ can still eat it and he is only just getting used to spicy food.
  • I add a small amount of sugar, like half the amount of a single spice so if you’re double the recipe I would add 1 tsp. of sugar. It makes the spice rub become a little like a glaze and its not too sweet.
  • I start the oven at 400 degrees and then at 20 minutes I turn it down to 350 for the last 10 minutes. I don’t know what I’m doing, actually, but I tell myself that I’m, at first, searing/sealing in the juices and, secondly, then not drying it out by cooking too long.
  • We like to use this recipe on chicken wings: they are cheap and yummy. Enjoy yourselves!

The original recipe/instructions came from here: http://www.indiasnacks.com/recipe/811/Tandoori-Spice-Rub.php

Transylvanian Goulash or Szekely Gulyas

1” chunks of pork shoulder
brown in bacon fat a few at a time so that they fry and not steam
place cooked pieces in another dish
saute onions, bell peppers, add garlic last
add the meat back in, cover with paprika
add a can of sauerkraut with half the liquid drained out
add ½” of water to bottom of the pan
add 2 bay leaves, pepper corns, pinch caraway (not too much) and dill weed and salt
simmer, place in oven at 350 degrees until meat is tender then it is done
serve with boiled potatoes and a dash of sour cream