Author: Drew

Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich

There is something eminently satisfying about a fried chicken sandwich. Properly made, it is soft, crunchy, juicy, sweet, and sour all at once and is perfect for a summer night dinner with a few good friends and cold beers. This recipe brines the chicken in buttermilk, which helps break down […]

General Tso’s Chicken

I love General Tso’s chicken. It’s comfort food. For years it has been my go-to takeout dish. Hot, spicy, crunchy, satisfying perfection – even when the preparation is only mediocre. It simply scratches an itch. Anytime I order takeout I am always torn. I want to try something new, something […]

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

With Mardi gras coming up, it seems like a good time to post a recipe for Gumbo. Like pretty much any other kid who learned to cook in the 1980s, I learned a great deal from watching Cajun cooks like Paul Prudhomme and Justin Wilson on public television. Long before […]

Homemade Chicken Stocks

Home-made stocks have several benefits over store bought varieties: the flavor is better and fresher, you can control the amount of salt in your dish (in fact, each of these is made without salt), and in most cases, they will contain much more collagen – the protein that makes up […]

Asian Style Chicken Stock

Asian-style chicken stocks are flavored with green onions or leeks and ginger. These mild flavorings ensure that other ingredients shine without the interference of strong European-style aromatics. Recipes for European style light and dark chicken stocks can be found here: Light Chicken Stock Dark Chicken Stock

Dark Chicken Stock

Sometimes you want to bring extra flavor to a dish, and while light chicken stock tastes great, and homemade stock even better, it lacks the deep roasty notes that can really help some dishes shine. Dark or roasted chicken stock has a deep flavor of roasted chicken and caramelized vegetables. […]

Chicken Thigh “Cassoulet”

This post comes with apologies. Apologies to my french friends, to purists, and to anyone who’s looking for a “real” Cassoulet. This isn’t that. It’s not french. It’s not authentic. It’s not “real” Cassoulet. On the other hand, this is something you can make at home here in the states, […]

Chicken Thigh Katsu

Katsu is a Japanese fried cutlet preparation – part of a tradition of Japanese cuisine called Yōshoku – essentially western influenced foods. Often made with pork, it appears in a number of preparations: simple served with shredded cabbage and a spicy sauce (similar to a thickened and sweetened worcestershire sauce) […]

Chicken with Onions, Olives, and Vinegar

I make many variations on sweet and sour chicken thighs. The cut holds up well to the flavors, and the naturally high collagen content of the meat helps to bring the high acid and sweet ingredients together with the unctuous fats and stock to make wonderfully rich sauces. This particular […]

Poulet Moutarde (French style mustard chicken)

I’m unapologetic about my love for French food.  Some of it’s simply nostalgia.  I love the time I’ve spent in France, and the kind close friends who live there.  But there’s something else. French cooking – and I mean rustic homestyle french cooking, not the finicky perfection of modern Haute […]