I’ve always loved mini-meatballs. Beef, turkey, or Swedish, I could eat them as a meal or snack any day of the week. The first time I had Asian chicken meatballs as part of the dim sum menu in a restaurant, I had to figure out how to make those too. Soy sauce, rice vinegar, and
There’s a lot of prep work involved with this one, but I don’t mind because I like to keep busy while waiting for the water to boil for the pasta. I prefer using a short pasta, like fusilli or penne, but I think this dish would work just as well with long pasta. — H.
If you’re familiar with this blog, you may have already started to notice a pattern between my and my mom’s dishes. She’s more of the chef, making good use of her trusty cast-iron skillet—and I’m more of the baker, (perhaps a little too) obsessed with chai spice. Part of the reason I gravitate toward baking
Karaage [ka-RAH-gay] has become one of my favorite snacks. It’s kind of like popcorn chicken with an Asian twist. This recipe requires marinating to make sure the chicken is well-seasoned–which you can do in an hour or so, but I like to marinate overnight. Karaage is often served in Japanese restaurants as an appetizer with a
When I think of pasta, my mind usually goes to spaghetti and meatballs or cheesy lasagna. But sometimes when I’m craving comfort food and don’t want to end up in a carb coma, I go for something like this. Still comforting but not quite as heavy and sleep-inducing. It’s a good way to use up
Chicken cacciatore is a dish that can be prepared for a large crowd or easily scaled back for an easy dinner for two, and like many tomato-based dishes, it tastes even better the second — or even the third day. Traditional cacciatore features peppers and onions but you can add any other veggies you like
I started making my own soups a couple of years ago and I’m pretty sure I’ll never buy canned soup again. This one is not only warm and tasty, it’s a good way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. Some tortilla soup recipes feature corn or black beans which definitely gives the dish a heartier
I never used to like chicken breasts. They’re too easy to overcook so I generally stuck to cooking only thighs and drumsticks. This recipe completely changed all that. In fact, I often buy chicken breasts just so I can make this recipe! 🙂 I’ve made this several times and these breasts always come out tender,
I use garlic frequently in my recipes and usually buy it dried or minced. I’ve never had the patience to buy whole bulbs, peel them, and separate them into cloves. This recipe has changed all that. That first bite of baked chicken covered in soft, partially melted garlic cloves made this dish a keeper. Serve
Make this a meal by adding some vegetables to roast alongside the chicken in a large sheet pan. I like this with a couple of sliced up bell peppers and a half pound of baby potatoes. You can also switch this up by adding or substituting herbs or spices that complement the side dish. For
I buy chicken legs and thighs whenever they’re on sale because I prefer dark meat and I’m always looking for new ways to use them. This recipe is one of my favorites. You might think it’s too heavy for warmer weather but you’d be wrong. It’s hearty but not heavy, and like most tomato-based dishes,
Chicken piccata is one of those dishes that has been around forever and sounds fancy-shmancy — but it really isn’t. Piccata is a lemon-butter sauce that looks and tastes elegant but you can make it in less than half an hour. By the way, traditional piccata doesn’t include cream but it adds a little extra yumminess.
I grew up in a diverse neighborhood in New York City, and as it happens, many of my friends and relatives are of full or partial Puerto Rican descent. As a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some really delicious Puerto Rican dishes. I’m still learning but I’ve been able to get a few of them down pat.