Chicken Recipes

Breaded Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu

Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu

Let’s set the record straight: The Paris-based cooking school has nothing to do with this dish. The specific origins remain a bit of a mystery, but the original (with veal) is likely a cousin in … [Read More...]

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Recipes & Fundamentals: Using a Whole Chicken

On Wednesday I bought a chicken on sale for 99 cents a pound, and cut it up, shaving off the breasts to reserve the back for stock. It left two hearty chicken breasts nearly 14 ounces each, or about … [Read More...]

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Recipe: Coq au vin (chicken braised in wine)

Go ahead. Impress people. Tell them you're making coq au vin. It's just chicken... braised in wine, thus making it fabulous. Chicken thighs and legs – or the full hind quarter piece with leg and … [Read More...]

Food News & Politics

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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...]

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Would you eat roadkill?

A Michigan relatives once told me in hushed tones this crazy story at a potluck. Years earlier on a drive back from a fishing trip, a car driving in front of them accidentally hit a deer. They stopped … [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...]

Cooking fundamentals

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How to Make an Omelet (video lesson)

One of my chefs at Le Cordon Bleu once said, “If you can make an omelet, you’ll never be hungry.” So true. An omelet is inexpensive, versatile and amazingly quick to prepare. While it’s typically thought of as a breakfast dish, British food writer Elizabeth David wrote about an omelet with a glass of wine […]

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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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How to Outfit a Kitchen on a Budget or 14 Things Every Kitchen Needs

People have been quite successful making a lot of food in the past centuries with little more than a pot, spoon, bowl, knife and cutting surface. I’ve put together a very general guide that I’ve used for events aimed at college students, and you’ll find the list below. A Good Chef’s Knife Don’t waste money […]