Author: Drew

Chicken Thigh Cabbage Rolls

Growing up in this part of the American “Midwest” – the belt that stretches from, let’s say Buffalo along the great lakes to Minnesota and encompassing most of the old industrial core of the country, I was exposed to a lot of food that was called “Eastern European” or “Slavic” […]

Easy Chicken Thigh Massaman Curry

Normally I wait until the light is just right to photograph dishes in my tiny kitchen studio – and usually because I’m making dinner – that’s in the afternoon. Today though, the light was just so nice that I shot this one in the full sun.  It’s a different look. […]

Chicken and Biscuits

It’s cold and raining here today.  It’s been cold and raining a lot recently.  When it’s cold and raining I crave a certain kind of comfort food, the kind that sticks to your ribs, that’s satisfying in almost a visceral way. You have eaten. You know you have eaten.  You […]

Crispy Lemon Pepper Fried Chicken

Lemon Pepper is a classic combination.  That’s perhaps because you can almost pretend it’s spicy, while not scaring off your friends, neighbors or family who are scared of spicy.  Call it spicy, with a little s.   The thing is, black pepper can be aggressively spicy when it’s used raw, or […]

Chicken Thigh Kapama

My mother used to serve us a dish she simply called “Greek Stew” – a tomato rich braised beef with a touch of ground cinnamon.  Like Cincinnati’s “greek chili” the dish she served us’s origins may or may not actually be Greek. It was essentially Kapama, a slow cooked preparation […]

Chicken Thigh War Su Gai

One of the more interesting aspects of American Chinese cuisine is that like the cuisines that shaped influenced it – China’s diverse fabric of techniques, ingredients, and traditions – it has developed its own regional specialties.  New England has its Chop Suey.  The upper Midwest has  – of all things […]

Chicken Thighs Roasted with Ramps and Mushrooms

I developed this recipe for my other food project “The Weekly Menu” after coming back from the farmers market with a. pile of delicious, sort of rare, and very seasonal ramps. If you’re not from a swath of states bordering the Appalachian Mountains (or you’re not a huge food nerd) […]

Chicken Thighs a l’Orange

Duck a l’Orange is fancy.  Really fancy. Like, classy old movie, white tablecloth restaurant, waiter with a fake French accent, and Humphrey Bogart yelling “Garcon!” fancy.  Chicken a l’Orange is also fancy. Just not quite as fancy.  Maybe more like a nice evening at home with candles left from last […]