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Girlfriend’s Plum Cake

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

PlumCake 1I love this cake. I think of it as a dessert for a minor event, like when a couple of girlfriends come over for dinner or I’m celebrating an insignificant birthday, say, turning forty-three. (Okay, fine, so that happened a while ago.) Read More

 

Tuesday Pasta

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

 

TuesdayPasta 2This is the sort of recipe that you come up with when you are too lazy to go to the market to buy real ingredients but you have to eat so you make something up based on the limp contents of your fridge. Read More

 

Sassy Sliders

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

SLIDERS1A couple years back i reported to you on a prize-winning, record-setting burger that weighed in at over 210 pounds. Well, apparently that record has been obliterated, shattered, knuckle-dropped, air-popped, heel-stomped and other synonyms for royally busted. Read More

 

Berry Me

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Berries I went to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday and I believe I snapped. I bought so many berries, the berry guy can send his daughter to college on his profits. I bought so many berries I got a flat tire on the way home. I bought so many berries I really have no option but to make several desserts and possibly some jam. Read More

 

Kool Slaw

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

ColeSlawI’m told that coleslaw dates back to the ancient Romans, although it didn’t really kick into gear until mayo was invented in the 18th century. (Can you imagine life before mayo? One more reason to be glad that, in the birth lottery, you got a later century.) Read More

 

Still Crabby: Chicken Teriyaki-ish

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Time to revisit an old CC favorite.ChickTeri

As I have often said, I usually refuse to cook recipes that I can get at a good takeout place. I mean, why bother cooking Chinese food when it’s on your list of tasty takeout options? Why make chicken teriyaki when there’s a Japanese restaurant close by (it happens to be called The Crazy Asian) where they’re willing to make it for you?

I apply this principle to bread, too. Why go to the trouble of yeasting and kneading when there’s fabulous bread to be had at every market these days? The same goes for cupcakes. And pizza? Fuggedabodit.

But occasionally I discover a recipe that’s so easy, I have to relax my attitude. My new feeling is, if it takes less time and stress to cook something than it does to drive somewhere to pick it up, I’ll cook it. This recipe is sort of, kind of Japanesey, but cooking it myself is easier than a trip to The Crazy Asian.

4 chicken thighs

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

(lime and cilantro?)

 1. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl. Mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and pepper, and pour the mixture over the chicken. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least three hours or overnight.

2. About an hour before you want to serve the chicken, preheat the oven to 350º F. Bake the chicken for about 50-60 minutes, basting occasionally. Serve immediately.

 

Serves 4-6.

 

 

Beer Bread (Erin Go Drunk)

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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This is a great bread for St. Patrick’s Day if you are not too drunk to cook due to  all the beer you imbibed at the parade this morning. Read More

 

Kale And Virtue

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

KaleImage 1I love Food52’s Quinoa Pilaf, but I make it with a few adjustments. I use baby kale because I find the adult variety can be as tough to chew as, say, a pine tree. Read More

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

ValentinesCookie

 

Cold Comfort

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Although it’s 43º in NYC today, it was certainly not so balmy last week. After a brisk walk in the 7º weather, I found myself with a serious interest in comfort food.

Now I’m back in LA where it is sickeningly beautiful every day (with temps hovering around 70º) but I still feel the need for the comfort. I think I’m suffering from a sort of cold-weather-related PTSD. Read More

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