Chinese Takeout, Without the Takeout

I'll keep it short. Super busy day? Want Chinese? Skip the calories of takeout and make this super healthy rendition of sesame chicken. It's a Martha recipe I have been feeding the kids for years. We're a mostly brown rice family, but white works as well. I even splurge on skinless, boneless white meat (sometimes).Continue reading “Chinese Takeout, Without the Takeout”

“Retro” Chicken

I always considered Chicken Marbella from The Silver Palate lexicon to be “company” chicken. Silly, really because it's just a well marinated chicken, dolled up with pantry staples like capers, olives and prunes. I guess I served it to company first and the premise always stuck. Or it could be that the original recipe isContinue reading ““Retro” Chicken”

Chicken & Dumplings: The Return of Comfort Food

There’s nothing left to say but this…it was going to snow…in March…just days before spring. So I had to make chicken and dumplings. Plus my biggest guy was already sick, meaning I’d already put together chicken soup (possibly my best ever! I used a pre-brined organic chicken. OMG delicious. Thanks Trader Joe’s – you’ve redeemedContinue reading “Chicken & Dumplings: The Return of Comfort Food”

Old Bones, New Soup

I will never be confused with Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert, but then again I never claimed to be a restaurant. I will tell you I can make chicken soup with one hand tied behind my back, and so can you! Here is a no fail “recipe”. Stock 2 roasted chicken carcasses, or the equivalent inContinue reading “Old Bones, New Soup”

It’s A Wrap Chicken

I wanted to make my guy a romantic dinner for two. Turns out it was more like twelve, what with the pile of kids in the basement for movie night (thank you Trader Joe's frozen pizza!), but we try. Anyway I've been thinking about making this chicken for a bit. I can't exactly tell youContinue reading “It’s A Wrap Chicken”

Chicken Kabobs

About a million years ago, when I was a whole different person who cooked a lot less but loved to eat, I met my best friend in Turkey. Back then we specialized in confounding parents and traveling as far away as possible. I can't remember why we even picked Turkey except neither of us hadContinue reading “Chicken Kabobs”

TV dinner (& dumplings)

  My cast iron skillet hadn't seen the light of day in…well, in so long I can't date it. Talking to Julie Hearne on SiriusXM 110 (The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook) shamed me into trying something other than fried chicken or corn bread – seriously, the only reasons I bought it. She said make chickenContinue reading “TV dinner (& dumplings)”

A Mostly Meat Free Monday

Let’s preface this by saying, I really did not feel like cooking tonight. I didn’t want to make the planned stir fry. I didn’t want to celebrate meatless Monday. I didn’t want to leave the sofa or the bodice ripper that got delivered to the office among the cookbooks. That said, I got up andContinue reading “A Mostly Meat Free Monday”

“Asian” Noodle Bowl!

  Dinner tonight! Let's just say I sometimes know how to get the kids to eat their veggies. By calling the soup “Asian” I had their full attention and palates. I do sometimes wonder though if they think the country of “Asian” includes that entire side of the Pacific rim, minus Japan, the holy grailContinue reading ““Asian” Noodle Bowl!”