Chicken Recipes

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Recipe: Chicken braised in mustard

Inexpensive and easy, this is arguably the most popular recipe from The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. You can make this dish with a whole cut-up chicken, but it’s well suited to bone-in … [Read More...]

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Recipe: My Uncle Clarence’s Corn Flake Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken

My Uncle Clarence debuted a deep-fried recipe that became so popular in my parents' Italian restaurant in the 1950s that they had to put it on the regular menu. After their restaurant went out of … [Read More...]

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Fearless Holidays: Turkey FAQ

That's me, age four, stuffing a turkey. I've been doing this holiday dinner thing a long time. So much information exists on the humble turkey, a curiously popular bird. Here are simple answers to … [Read More...]

Food News & Politics

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Ramen for the Recession

A Reuters story today notes that a recession is a great time for instant noodle makers since people perceive the likes of instant ramen as a good value that doubles as comfort food. I like the guilty … [Read More...]

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Shameless marketing directed to gullible parents

While doing research for the next book, I stumbled across a story in today's Brandweek magazine about a clever new campaign by Chef Boyardee. They claim that by adding a small amount of whole wheat … [Read More...]

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Has food on a stick gone too far?

I used to think there were not enough foods offered on a stick. After reading this story in the Chicago Tribune today, I'm revisiting that position. The practical issues with getting Irish Stew to … [Read More...]

Cooking fundamentals

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Cooking in Parchment (video lesson)

Cooking en papillote (French for “parchment”) is a wildly overlooked method of cooking in America. It’s an easy method for a quick weeknight dinner that’s also elegant enough for guests. The smell that escapes when the package is reason enough to try it. This works well for salmon and mild-flavored white fish such as snapper, cod and so […]

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A “Cheat Sheet” to Flavor Profiles

What makes something taste Italian or Cajun or Moroccan? Whether crafting vinaigrette, seasoning chicken, or developing a soup, understanding the flavors of ingredients that help to define various cuisines can be deeply useful. Every cuisine has its regional variations; Basque cuisine is vastly different from the classic dishes from Provence, but they’re both French. So […]

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Spices & Herbs: A Quick Lesson

As this terrific video by Consumer Reports shows, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy spices. However, the key element is when spices get old. Ground herbs and spices are more exposed to air, and thus they lose their potency more quickly. Spices vs. Herbs First, its important to know the […]

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Vinaigrette Basics [video lesson]

Do you have so many bottles of vinaigrette in your fridge that when you open the door it sounds like wind chimes? Vinaigrette is one of the first things that any home cook should master for a couple of reasons. One, it’s expensive to buy and tends to be loaded with ingredients. I did a […]