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Erika Lipe Recipe: Chicken Skewers with Lemon Cucumber Salsa

22 Apr

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A great recipe for backyard grilling this summer, Erika Lipe from Lenora’s made Chicken Skewers with Lemon Cucumber Salsa on Saturday at this weekend’s Oxford Craft Beer Festival and paired them with Velvet Rooster, a Belgian-style tripel, from Tall Grass Brewing Co.
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Chicken Skewers with Lemon Cucumber Salsa from Erika Lipe at Lenora’s

  • 4 lemons
  • 2 Cuties oranges
  • 1 English cucumber, finely diced
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 fresh cayenne pepper, seeded and minced (may substitute garlic chili sambal)
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1” cubes
  • ¼ c. plain Greek yogurt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. cracked coriander seeds

Salsa:
Cut away all peel and white pith from lemons. Slice segments between membranes with a sharp knife, releasing them into a mixing bowl. Peel Cuties and chop, adding them to the bowl with lemon segments. Combine cucumber, green onions, cayenne pepper, and season with salt and sugar. Add a tablespoon of your chopped cilantro.

Chicken:
Place cubed chicken in a large mixing bowl. In a blender, add cilantro, yogurt, black pepper, vegetable oil, garlic and coriander. Process until smooth and pour over chicken, tossing to coat. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes, or as much as 24 hours (refrigerated) ahead of time. To cook chicken, thread 4 pieces onto a skewer and lay on lined baking sheet. Broil, turning halfway through, until chicken is cooked through and browned on all sides. Alternatively, you can grill the skewers. Serve topped with lemon cucumber salsa.

 

The Oxford Beer Fest’s VIP Chef/Beer Pairing area was organized by EatingOxford.com. If you’d like information on how to hold a similar event at your venue, contact Liz@EatingOxford.com.

Official Food Preview for Oxford Craft Beer Festival

19 Apr

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Hot off the press! The official food lineup for this weekend’s Oxford Craft Beer Festival is here!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

VIP Area (food included in VIP ticket price)

1:30 p.m.: Sean Adams from Honey Bee Bakery is demonstrating Beer Cheese Soup using Back Forty Kudzu porter

2:30 p.m.: Erika Lipe from Lenora’s is demonstrating Chicken Skewers with Lemon Cucumber Salsa and pairing it with Tall Grass Velvet Rooster

3:30 p.m.: Sam Thamutok from Rice & Spice is demonstrating Hmok Pla (fish wrapped in banana leaf) and pairing it with Diamond Bear Southern Blonde

4:30 p.m.: Rob Ray from McEwen’s is demonstrating BBQ Sliders and pairing them with Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde as well as Oatmeal Stout Cookies using Lucky Town Oatmeal Stout

General Admission Area Food Vendors (VIP ticket holders will receive a meal ticket)

Jambalaya from Louisiana

Gyros from Petra Cafe

Crawfish

Bratwurst, Nachos and Hot Dogs from K&B Catering

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

VIP Area (food included in VIP ticket price)

1:30 p.m.: Erika Lipe from Lenora’s is demonstrating Betta Chedda Dip with accompaniments and pairing with Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager

2:30 p.m.: Tim Woodard from Little Easy Express Lunches and Catering is demonstrating Smothered Chicken and Grits and pairing with Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA

3:30 p.m.: Jon Myrick from Proud Larry’s is demonstrating Steamed Mussels with leeks and tomatoes and pairing with Crooked Letter Stabello

General Admission Area

On Sunday, Colonel’s Quarters will offer the following menu items for purchase for general admission (VIP ticket holders will receive a meal ticket)

Caesar Salad (with or without chicken)

Pimento Cheese Fritters

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Fried Green Beans

Oysters on the Half Shell

Castle Hill Burger with home fries or sweet potato fries

Buffalo Chicken Tender Po-Boy with home fries or sweet potato fries

Fried Catfish Po-Boy with home fries or sweet potato fries

Chicken & Waffle

Shrimp & Grits

Fried Catfish with home fries or sweet potato fries

 

Find more event information and tickets on the Beer Fest site here.

 

Lenora’s

28 Aug

Lenora’s has only been open for a few days, but I wanted to see what replaced my beloved L&M on the Oxford Square, so I paid them a visit. First of all, they get big time brownie points for customer service. Everyone from the hostess to the beverage server to our waitress to a personal visit from one of the owners was pleasant and attentive. The decor is super cute with mismatched chairs and tablecloths giving it a cozy feel. The nonalcoholic drinks come in fun mason jars and a tasty iced green tea is available alongside typical tea varieties. They also get kudos for serving bread before the meal as this is always a big plus in my book.
Lenora’s offers a nice variety of menu items. However, I’m afraid I would not be able to take any of my vegetarian friends to dine here, as there are no main entrees that come sans meat–perhaps that’s something that may change with the next menu revision.
Looking forward to seeing more of Lenora’s–a nice addition to Oxford.

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