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Buttermilk-Brined Chicken

This is a re-figuring of Smitten Kitchen’s rendition of Nigella Lawson’s buttermilk chicken.  That’s kind of a mouthful, but the chicken is worth the confusion.  This is a simple recipe for succulent and flavorful roast chicken, as long as you are willing to plan things out a bit.  The most difficult step of this dinner is purchasing your ingredients the day before you want to eat.  Sometimes that’s impossible, but I found this to be pretty manageable on a Saturday afternoon, and I was so pleased with my dinner the following night.  When you get home from the grocery store, […]

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Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma

This recipe is a giant, delicious fake-out.  Considering this shawarma has “oven-roasted” in the recipe title, I am not trying to fool anyone; this is definitely a mock version of authentic chicken shawarma, which is a Middle Eastern style of cooking meat on a vertical spit.  Nonetheless, this recipe is a veritable flavor bomb, which happens to be easy to prepare, and fun to eat.  It is simply marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs that are roasted in a very hot oven, and served with various accompaniments. The flavor-packed marinade is the key to success.  I used the recipe from New […]

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Garlicky Chicken with Lemon-Anchovy Sauce

You think you don’t like anchovies, but you’re wrong.  Perhaps you are averse to popping a whole, pungent, furry little fish in your mouth (those are actually tiny edible bones).  That texture isn’t for everyone, but on the other hand, those little suckers will dissolve when cooked in oil, and they can lend an unparalleled depth of flavor to the backbone of a dish.  You can even purchase anchovy paste, and that dissolving work is essentially already complete.  That’s exactly what I used in this dish, and I love the edge of complexity the anchovy paste can add to a […]

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

This is a perfect dish for you to make right now, as it is a wearer of many hats.  It feels indulgent, yet it is much healthier than its namesake.  It is fun and impressive enough for company, yet with a little planning, it’s simple to execute.  You get to boast a little, and say that you made your own salad dressing, but the dressing requires little more of you than measuring and stirring.  Also, it won’t overly heat your kitchen, and this recipe gives you a great excuse to buy a nice chunk of blue cheese. I found this […]

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Spring Chicken Noodle Soup with Miso

Every year, I inevitably come down with some minor spring cold or allergies, and I know I’m not alone.  Regardless of the cause, congestion is a common theme this time of year, and this soup will cure what ails you (or at least make your ailment a bit more palatable).  Garlicky chicken soup is well known for its curative properties, but this soup’s decongestant quotient is bolstered by plenty of fresh ginger.  Also, the addition on some fresh springtime vegetables will give you another boost of antioxidants, and they will also allow you to partake in the joy of springtime […]

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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage and Chicken

  It’s still relatively early in the new year, which brings about the usual healthy eating reboot.  This year, I am noticing a perceptible shift in the annual routine: I can’t ignore the fact that I feel best when I am consuming more roughage, and less rich, heavy food.  Go figure: it turns out that vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains are touted for a reason.   While my taste for huge helpings of pasta will never disappear, I have discovered that the splurges feel much better in moderation, and more importantly, I feel much better.  This realization simultaneously brings me […]

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Salt-Roasted Chicken

Roast chicken is a nostalgic food for me, one that my mom often made while I was growing up.  It made the house smell amazing, like a big food hug was headed my way.  The notion immediately brings me back to our kitchen table, with plenty of roast chicken for dinner, along with plenty of leftovers.  It’s not something that I make frequently because it’s impossible to recapture that moment, yet it’s something that I crave.  I recently came across a Bon Appetit web article with a slew of roast chicken recipes, which appealed to me because it was a […]

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“Deviled” Chicken Legs

I grew up watching my mom prepare dinner every night, but I did not learn how to cook myself until college.  As a junior, I moved out of the dorms, and into a studio apartment with a bare-bones, 1950’s kitchen.  For the first time in two years, I escaped mediocre campus food, and regained control over what I ate by cooking.  Despite my many mistakes, that kitchen illuminated me.  One of the first recipes that I learned to cook was akin to oven fried chicken.  It was perfect for me: inexpensive, simple, and satisfying.  I found the recipe in Family […]

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Grilled Chicken with Warm Chickpeas and Green Salad

Monday was the most glorious spring day in Boulder: mid seventies; sunny with a few clouds, alleviating the direct heat of the sun; foliage greening out before your eyes.  It seemed like the perfect day to lavish my grill with a little love, and I found the perfect recipe in the recent issue of Bon Appétit for the occasion.  It was a simple dish of grilled chicken thighs, accompanied by a salad of baby greens and lightly sautéed chickpeas.  Straight out of the can, chickpeas can be a bit tinny, but when dressed up a bit, they can prove themselves […]

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Spicy Chicken Soup with Greens and Shiitake Mushrooms

This soup has all of the best things in it:  shiitake mushrooms, leafy greens, and enough fresh ginger to kill a small horse.  Allergies and springtime colds seem to be plaguing a lot of people these days, and this soup is quite the sinus clearer, with a multi-faceted heat from copious amounts of fresh ginger and cayenne pepper.  This is a simple and quick-cooking Asian chicken soup that is both light and satisfying.  It is largely flavored with cayenne, fresh ginger, and shiitake mushrooms, which are some of the all time greatest in the history of mushrooms.  My soup is […]

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