24, May 2007
Hot Shumai and Shiitake over Somen

I was looking to make a quick meal out of what I had in the house, so some noodles with a vegetable stir-fry seemed like just the trick. I had both some shrimp and some chicken shumai in the freezer, and I thought it would be tasty to throw the…

20, May 2007
Garlic-Brined Fried Chicken

I keep experimenting with fried chicken wings, so here’s more. E suggested brining, which turned out to be a really good idea. I also tried chicken breasts as well as the usual wing drumettes.

13, May 2007
Garlic-Brined Pork

I’ve been hunting for recipes for banh mi, specifically how to prepare the meat. I looked at a bunch of recipes and most of them were pretty useless. However, this one for garlic brined pork banh mi sounded good, so I tried the meat part. though I didn’t have any…

13, May 2007
Bacon-Lemon Balm Salsa

I wanted to make a sauteed salsa, as opposed to the fresh “tomato-garlic-cilantro in food processor” thing I usually do, and I decided to use a little bacon to get a nice smoky flavor. This would probably be great with the usual cilantro, but I have too many friends who…

1, May 2007

This is my standard simple brownie recipe. You can find it on the box of at least two different brands of baking chocolate. They’re simple but good, at least if you do it right. Don’t forget my two brownie secrets: (1) underbake them; and (2) use a pizza cutter to…

1, May 2007
Non-Tom Kha Gai with Chicken and Broccoli

I got a good recipe for tom kha gai from Cook’s Illustrated, but the problem is that it contains a lot of coconut milk, which is like the bacon of asian cuisine — delicious but deadly. So I decided to try the same basic approach without the coconut milk, and…