Jalapeño Fried Chicken

Jalapeño fried chicken! Boneless chicken marinated in pickled jalapeño brine, breaded with masa harina and fried crispy

I had the idea to marinate chicken in straight-up pickled jalapeños (see this copycat Chick-Fil-Gay for a pickle brine recipe!) and once that got started, it wasn’t a far leap to a Tex-Mex style fried chicken … and that means corn. To me, anyway. I took my standard super-crispy fried chicken recipe and changed it…

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Kalua Pork Sliders

Kalua Pork sliders - a crowd-pleasing, simple party food! Make the shredded pork in your slowcooker or oven

As you may well know, kalua is a traditional Hawaiian method of cooking that involves cooking food in an underground sort of oven called an imu. It’s a slow cooking method that lends itself well to big hunks of meat, often pork or turkey. I’d guess kalua pig — or kalua pork as it’s typically…

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup! Made with simple homemade egg noodles to cure your every ailment.

It’s chicken noodle soup with homemade egg noodles! If you’ve never made pasta before, egg noodles are a great place to start. These homemade egg noodles are the easiest pasta I’ve ever made and it’s only my butt-vanity that keeps me from making (and eating) them every damn day. I provided a recipe for the…

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Daube de Boeuf

Daube de Boeuf - a dead-simple French beef stew with carrots, mushrooms, cooked down with vermouth and gin. Sounds weird as hell, but your guests will love it

This is quite a step away from my usual offerings. I think I can count the number of French recipes on this site on one hand. Or less. Let’s see . . . Gougeres, quiche Lorraine, mushroom quiche. That’s it. And now, this daube de boeuf which is an absolutely fantastic cold-weather recipe that’s very easy…

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Turkey Burger Stacks

Healthy, low-carb, grain-free turkey burger "stacks" with a layer of fried sweet potato, spiced turkey patty and creamy green chile sauce

Ahh, the good ol’ turkey burger. Popularized during the low-fat 90s and then coldly abandoned, along with Snackwells cookies and Lay’s WOW! chips. Or so I thought. Turns out, turkey burgers have not lost their place in California. They’re still on restaurant menus, like, a lot. And not in the “substitute turkey patty” kind of…

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Soba Noodle Bowl with Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms

Heathy soba noodle salad bowl with pickled shiitake mushrooms, kale and a soy-ginger vinaigrette. Use chicken or tofu to make it vegan

I got kind of fancy today! Really I just put some stuff in a bowl but I thought about it while I did it, instead of throwing it all in willy-nilly as usual. It’s called “being mindful”, you guys, and everyone is talking about it. Soba noodles are the best kind of noodles to use…

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Honey Habanero Chicken

Honey habanero baked chicken drumsticks! Honey, lime, garlic and habanero marinade for easy baked drumsticks

Seems like a weird thing to be eating (and sharing) since I’ve been doing so much vegetarian or near-vegetarian cooking lately, and chicken drumsticks are definitely the exact opposite of that. But last week I saw a pack of organic fancy chicken drumsticks on sale for two dollars because they needed to be eaten, like, yesterday, so…

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Easy Coconut Curry

Easy coconut curry, Thai style, made with chicken or tofu and a few easy-to-find ingredients

This is a basic Thai coconut curry and it’s a good recipe to know because it’s very accepting of most vegetables, even the ones that no one likes. I like carrots and snow peas and bell peppers but maybe you like broccoli and eggplant and green beans. Someone else might like mushrooms and bamboo shoots…

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Chorizo Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Chorizo spiced pork tenderloin - the flavors of chorizo sausage put into a marinade for a lean pork tenderloin. This is easy enough for a weeknight meal and fancy enough for company

Based on my chorizo recipe from The Breakfast Taco Book, this chorizo spiced pork tenderloin is marinated in chiles, vinegar, garlic and spices. The trick to a good pork tenderloin is not to over cook it. I know it’s tempting to roast it until it’s fully gray inside, but don’t! Leave it a little pink…

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