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Bone-In, Dinner, Oven Braised Dishes, Vietnamese

Chicken in Fish Sauce Caramel

To the uninitiated , Fish Sauce Caramel sounds like a 10-year old’s gross-out joke. It’s not. This Vietnamese sauce is one of the truly amazing flavor combinations  of the culinary world. Funky, sweet, rich, and satisfying, it has more in common with sweet soy sauce than ice cream toppings. In […]

Bone-In, Mexican, Stove Top

Chicken Tinga Tacos

When I was kid, we ate Mexican food every Friday night. That was sort of unusual for a midwestern family in the 70s and 80’s.  But my dad grew up in southern Arizona, and after they were married, my mom learned to cook the dishes he remembered from home. Mom […]

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Updates and Additions

I’ve been updating and building out the site over the last few days. Check out the Equipment page for new additions – as well as handy links to some of the tools I use and recommend. The Techniques page outlines the basics of some of the techniques used on the […]

Dinner, Southern Cooking

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 […]

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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 […]