Spring is here, and while I'm having a hard time letting go of my cold-weather, meat-centric braises, I'll admit a light dinner comprised of low-fat protein with a zingy salad piled on top appeals to me. Which is why my ears perked up last weekend when I heard the goddess of "How good does that look?" and "How easy is that?" sharing her recipe for a Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Arugula Salad on the Food Network channel.Read More
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
While that may very well be true, getting stronger sometimes really sucks. Big time.
Two weeks ago I'd come through about six months of getting stronger - at least I felt I was on the tail end of it. The shady darkness was retreating and I could see glimmering patches of sunlight. What had been most recently "killing me" was easing up a bit, loosening its choke hold somewhat. I felt cautiously optimistic.Read More
I somehow managed to get myself talked into cooking the entrée round of an impromptu progressive dinner this past weekend. I'd be frying sweet and spicy fried chicken for around 16-20 people.Read More
As I "pen" this post, I'm munching on a cold carne asada burrito that I keep jabbing into a small, plastic condiment container filled with a fluorescent red/orange fermented chili sauce I picked up over two weeks ago at Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco. (Do not panic - it rode home from CA to AZ in a cooler filled with ice, it's currently harboring quietly in the fridge, and it's fermented, so ...) I try to dab delicately, as I only have one more of these little containers left, but it's so incredibly tasty and willpower and I don't get along well when I've got tasty chili sauce in front of me.Read More
No sooner had I posted on social media that I was headed to California, then my good friend and fellow colleague, Satoshi Ito, sent me a text to see if I was available for some Japanese dining while I was in LA. I promptly replied, "When and where?"Read More
After sampling the outrageously tasty fried chicken at Blue Ribbon on the west side of Las Vegas, I "walked it off" as best I could, hitting up my favorite Asian markets in Chinatown on Spring Market Road and browsing kitchen supplies over in Henderson. I could only afford one day in Vegas and I wasn't leaving town without sampling even more fried chicken ... this time at Natalie Young's newly opened CHOW.Read More
For a really good piece of fried chicken, I would do just about anything. No really, anne-ee-thingah. First born? You got it. Dispatch and sacrifice baby puppies? Hand me the hatchet. Sell my soul to the devil? Well ... alright, that might be my limit.Read More