General Tso’s Chicken

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I love chicken. I love Chinese food. I love Chinese chicken dishes. I really, really do. It’s a matter of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.  There’s just something about that combination that makes me weak. The heady, nutty scent of toasted sesame oil with the pungent garlic and spicy ginger and the umami…

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Prize Winning Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken

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I did a little something a couple weekends ago. I’ll let the video show you what happened…   That I had a wonderful time is obvious. But I just have to throw in there that Ree, her family, the folks from BlogHer, their production company, Bush’s Beans and Bush’s PR team from Edelman were all…

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Creamy Garlic Lemon and Dill Chicken Pot Pies

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This Creamy Garlic Lemon and Dill Chicken Pot Pie is here to wish you all a very Happy Pi Day*. *In case you don’t also occupy the Nerdosphere, I’ll explain. Today is March 14th. In other words, it’s 3.14… In other other words, it is a calendar representation of the whole number and first two…

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This giveaway is just a little thing, really, but I want to show my appreciation to you all. Scroll down past the recipe for details… I have wanted to make this soup for what seems like forever. I bookmarked it. I went back to it over and over. It just seems like I never had…

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How to Render Duck Fat and Make Duck Cracklins

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“Duck fat!  Hoo ha ha!…*” *Like Shark Bait, Hoo Ha ha! from ‘Finding Nemo’. “crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck. NO GOOSE!”  went the chant from my children who  -just two hours before- were making wet gaggy noises while watching me break down a duck into breasts, leg and thigh portions and…

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Basic Chicken Stock and Asian Chicken Stock

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Let’s talk chicken stock. Do you keep it handy?  Having chicken stock around is like owning a black dress or a pair of red shoes; it’s just something you have to have to have and it makes you feel good. The best chicken stock is made in  your own kitchen.  You can control the final…

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Chicken and Pork Potstickers

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Tradition;  that inexplicable tie that binds across generations. It’s the only reasonable way to explain an entire nation of people roasting turkeys on the fourth Thursday of November and grilling on the fourth day of  July.  Without it we would be hard-pressed to justify hundreds of people gathering annually in a tiny town in Pennsylvania…

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Spicy Chicken and Cheese Calzone

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Déjà Food Pronunciation: \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈfüd\ Function: noun Etymology: Yo Momma. (Actually, my step-momma… but I wanted to say that) 1. Leftovers.  But with a French name, therefore, more sophisticated. Among the catalog of wonderful things my step-mother, Valerie, introduced me to when she and my father married are many now-standards for me: SOB Smoothies (‘Strawberry’, ‘Orange’, and…

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Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Fingers

How hungry do these make you?  Let me assure you that as good as they looked they tasted even better.

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet from this end for the past week.  I have only myself to blame.  The weather has rocketed back and forth between too beautiful to write and too lousy to be inspired.  And when I was inspired in spite of the weather the lighting was…

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