30-minute chicken, mushrooms and peas dinner


When the typhoons came one after the other over the past several weeks, we stocked up on canned goods. That's really the only time of the year when that happens. Before and after the monsoon season, we rarely have more than a few pieces of canned goods in the pantry. But, as the Boy Scout motto goes, "Be prepared." … »

Chicken Namban (Fried Chicken Marinated in Sweet Vinegar) with Tartar Sauce


There is a Japanese channel on satellite TV called NHK World where the shows are a mixture of news, cultural documentaries and cooking. Because no one in the family speaks Japanese, we rely on the subtitles. This dish is from a recipe in one of NHK World's shows, Dining With The Chef. It was Speedy who saw it, he enumerated … »

Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce


It starts with the marinade — a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked through, at this point, but just shocked in very … »

Chili-honey fried chicken


Yesterday, just before midnight, I started craving. I wanted fried chicken. Speedy had already turned off the TV in the room so I knew he was in NREM stage 1 -- that state of sleep where the person still hovers between sleep and wakefulness. If I was going to get fried chicken, I had to get him up before NREM stage 2 where … »

Spaghetti with chicken, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and feta


Leftover boiled chicken recycled into a quick pasta dish that is as aromatic as it is tasty. The sauce is simple and light -- extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, roughly chopped fresh sweet basil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and lemon juice. But it is the feta that really makes this dish so delightful. The next time you … »

Chicken rice


Alton Brown's corned beef recipe has intrigued me for a long time. I finally decided to try it. I made the brine, poured it over two large slabs of beef and the meat is now marinating in the fridge where it will stay for the next ten days. But I made too much brine for the two slabs of beef that I had. Instead of throwing … »

Chicken and vegetables braised in yogurt


I've cooked chicken with yogurt in a number of ways, including marinating chicken in yogurt before frying. That and the chicken and mangoes in yogurt are my absolute favorites. Now, I add a third favorite.This dish starts with browning the chicken in plenty of oil. It is then scooped out and drained, and the oil poured … »

Baked herbed 2-citrus chicken


Father’s Day in our house just means Speedy is exempt from chores. On Mother’s Day, I am exempt from chores. At least, it was like that for many years but not since we’ve been without live-in househelp. These days, no one gets exempt from chores. This year, however, it looks like there’s going to be … »

Soda can roast chicken. Perfectly cooked. Beautifully browned.


Finally, the roast chicken that figured prominently in the two previous posts -- the honey cider vinegar I used for the salad dressing that accompanied the chicken and the free range chicken experiment -- takes center stage. Yes, that is free range chicken and if you want to learn more about our experiment, click the link … »

Herbed chicken soup with assorted beans


I've noticed that many readers simply wait for updates via Facebook, Twitter, RSS or newsletter to view the latest recipes in the blog. What they don't realize is that there's so much more in the archives. This is a ten-year-old web site, after all. Which reminds me -- the web site turned ten years old a week ago and the … »