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3 Ingredients June 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenzo @ 9:43 pm

Cooking can really be simple. There is no reason to use 100 different ingredients to make dinner . This is probably why I am not a fan of Rachel Ray . Have you ever seen her show 30 minute meals? It takes 20 minutes for her to gather all her ingredients. 10 different spices from the cupboard, 15 items from the fridge , 5 pots … i mean after all that can you even taste the food under all that disguise?  For me good simple cooking  comes down to using only three simple ingredients. What are those 3 ingredients you ask?  Kosher Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil.

I was chatting with one of my co workers today and she was telling me how she takes Kosher salt, pepper and olive oil to season Zucchini before grilling and they come out delicious. That’s really all you need. Just about everything I cook has those three ingredients. One of Matt’s favorite things I make is Roast Chicken.It comes out so tender and with great flavor- only seasoned with Kosher salt, Pepper and Olive oil- I let the natural flavor of the chicken do all the work. When i saute mushrooms I season them with the same 3 ingredients- always remember don’t crowd the mushrooms or they wont brown! Thanks Julia Child!  Same goes for Steak- pat the steak dry and  season with the same three ingredients. Whether you grill it the steak forms a wonderfully delicious salty crust on the outside …yum . With these three ingredients you have a solid base to almost any recipe. To add to the simple 3 ingredient fix I also love garlic and lemon-especially when it comes to seasoning fish and poultry.


Here are a few recipes – well not really recipes more suggestions 🙂


Any vegetable ( Asparagus, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Carrots, Broccoli and the list goes on…)

Season with Kosher salt , Pepper and Olive Oil

Grill , sautee, broil, bake and you have a quick easy delicious side dish to any meal.


Laurenzo’s Roast Chicken ( yes i gave it a name)


1 – 4LB Chicken – I prefer Murrays or Bell and Evans

1 Lemon

1 bunch flat leaf italian parsley

Kosher salt, pepper and Olive oil.


Clean the chicken inside and out with cold water. Pat dry.

Season the cavity with kosher salt. Stuff the cavity with one lemon cut in half and parsley. Rub chicken with olive oil and season with Kosher salt and pepper. Place in broiler pan with 1 inch water in the bottom. Bake at 375 for 1-1 1/2 hours or until the leg moves easily in socket and knife inserted by the thigh runs clear juice. Baste throughout cooking process. Serve with roast vegetable, mashed or roasted potatoes.


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