Asian Chicken SaladAsian Chicken Salad
September 10, 2014

Fast, delicious, healthy! My new favorite salad that uses up leftover chicken and cabbage, two things that tend to languish in our fridge. I ate this for two lunches and one dinner (just me, the kids had something else) while doing the 2014 Hunger Challenge, but I'll eat it any day!

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Fain-HomesickChicken Fajitas
may 25, 2014

I've used Lisa Fain's Homesick Texan recipe for steak fajitas, so thought I'd try the one she has for chicken in preparation for our Memorial Day camping trip. It's great that she disapproves of the idea of chicken fajitas, in part because the name doesn't make sense (kind of like fava hummus) and also because boneless, skinless chicken breast dries out easily and lacks flavor: I agree. 

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Buy the bookSnap Peas, Spinach, Millet & Chicken
april 29, 2014

This year's first bag of snap peas arrived from our CSA, Eatwell Farm, last Thursday. I've been harvesting them in small quantity out of my garden for weeks, but those have finally run their course. A new supplier is just the thing!

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Shanghai Noodles with Chicken
march 12, 2014

Like I tweeted yesterday, or maybe that was today, I love how Eatwell's newsletter now plans out a week of dinners. Yes! I need that.

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Chicken and Mustard Greens
january 23, 2014

I like to keep chicken thighs in the freezer, they thaw quickly and make a good dinner. Today I'm using my new  carbon steel wok, which my mom bought me for Christmas, from the Wok Shop in San Francisco's Chinatown. I'll tell the story of that later. It works much better than my old, heavy, cast iron wok made by a German company. 

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Zucchini Pancakes & Grilled Chicken
october 1, 2013

The chicken is already made, it joined some swordfish on the grill while I was making dinner Sunday. Cooking two meals at once, both from the new Canal House Cooking Volume 8, was motivation enough for me to fire up the charcoal grill out in the yard. Lighting an actual fire is always more satisfying than pushing the button on our gas grill, even though it takes more time and effort. Plus, the food always tastes better.

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Buy the bookRoasted Chicken Over Potatoes
august 20, 2013

This is now one of my two favorite ways to roast chicken. The lemons and potatoes that cook *under* the chicken add more to the usual crispy golden goodness. Unfortunately, roasting a chicken seems a better weekend than weekday endeavor, once again we didn't eat until after 7 pm, and that is just too late. But the chicken was still delicious.

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Roasted Chicken Over Potatoes
june 18, 2013

I have loved the Canal House Cooking series ever since I encountered the very first issue nearly five years ago, at Omnivore Books . It opened my eyes to beautifully simple dinners made with produce from the garden or grocer and a new style of periodical - precious yet useful, with photos of what seemed to be actual food.

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Chicken Soup - april 19 2013 (click here for just the recipe)

Chicken soup has long been recognized as a balm for troubled tummies, a warm and healthful food for cold, turbulent times and a delicious way to stretch one last meal out of nothing more than the leftovers from a roasted chicken and a few kitchen staples. My kids have loved it unquestioningly since they were babies and I still enjoy it myself. 

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Spicy Asian Slaw - february 26, 2011

In the past couple of weeks we have eaten at least five cabbages. Winter, or spring in some places, is cabbage season. They are beautiful in the garden, gathering dew with dusty hues of plum, pale and bright green. And they are great in salads of all sorts, stir fried and steamed. But sometimes I'm just not sure what to do with them all.

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