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Take Two: Chicken, Leeks and Tomatoes

When the local Harris Teeter restocked after the blizzard, the first thing I went for was chicken thighs. The second was the bunches of leeks that had been waiting patiently in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. 2 T olive oil 2.5 c leeks, chopped (about 5 small-to-medium ones) 2 t anchovy paste 2 t []

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Blizzard Fare: Baked Lamb Shanks

The Tuesday after Snowzilla 2016, the meat shelves had been picked nearly bare. Happily, I found a couple of lamb shanks – not quite large enough for a Roald Dahl story, but sizeable nonetheless. A few variations on this New York Times recipe resulted in a hearty, delicious meal that was perfect for a snowbound []

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Black Beans and Tomatoes v2

Modified this recipe (and seriously lessened the cayenne – and a good thing too, since one full teaspoon would have been inedible for me) to make a quick, easy weekday lunch staple. No need to be super-exact with the recipe, either. 2 T olive oil 1/4 large onion, diced (about 2/3 cup) 5 garlic cloves, []

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Refrigerator Pickled Carrots and Onions

Delicious, inexpensive, quick to make, great as both an accompaniment and a solo snack – what’s not to love about pickled veggies? Adapted a Serious Eats recipe, waited 48 hours (well, more like 72, since we forgot about them for a day), then enjoyed! 1 lb. carrots, sliced to fit jar 1 large onion, about []

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Quick Lunch: Mackerel Fried Rice

One of the pleasures of having a day off is making a quick lunch from things in the fridge and pantry. While I don’t have a wok and was too hungry to brown this more thoroughly, it was still tasty. It was also a welcome reminder of how easy and fulfilling it is to cook. []

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Afritadang Manok 2

Chicken not pictured – this was a meatless helping for breakfast. Based on the contents of our fridge, I refined this afritada recipe, with happy results. Turned out perfectly, with the vegetables cooked through but still firm. And like all good stews, it tasted even better the next day. 3 T vegetable oil 4 chicken []

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Snow Day Treat: Chicken Daikon Soup

First snow day of the winter, and I was craving soup. Fortunately I had most of the makings of this  recipe on hand. My variation, below, turned out really well — rich and chickeny, with just a barely sour tang. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 onion, chopped 2 heaping tablespoons ginger, julienned 1.5 lb. chicken []

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Cooking from Cans: Pasta with Butter, Onions and Caviar

Pasta with Butter, Onions and Caviar, originally uploaded by essgee51. Technically, the caviar – not Beluga, just capelin from the corner store – came out of a jar, but the basic idea of a pantry-only dish applies. This super-easy dish will become a staple, I’m sure – it’s filling, quick and luxurious without being heavy. []

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Pasta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce, originally uploaded by essgee51. [yet another disclaimer about lack of recent posts] The lesson I learned yesterday was that I’d been undercooking my pasta sauces. This time, I waited an extra 10 or so minutes till the sauce was thick and, well, saucy, pretty much all the fluid evaporated []

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Chicken Paprika

Chicken Paprika, originally uploaded by essgee51. Had to use up a cup and a half of sour cream (bought for this New Year’s Eve recipe) – lo and behold, I find this recipe in a text file on my desktop. But that bit of serendipity wasn’t indicative of a completely smooth cooking experience. The version []

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto, originally uploaded by essgee51.Loosely based on this recipe by Dorie Greenspan, this has been dubbed, alternately, “the devil’s pesto” or “dragonbreath pesto.” It’s certainly tangy and garlicky, and it does linger. I love it, but just have to remember not to schedule meetings right after lunch. 10-14 garlic scapes, chopped (I also []

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Chicken Adobo 5: The Saga Continues

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made adobo for myself. But now that my tweaking of the spicy souse soup recipe is almost complete (need to post the modded version soon), I’m taking a break from pig’s ears (much to John’s relief) and moving on to a childhood favorite: chicken gizzards. Though I found []

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Beef Stroganoff à la Bittman

Yes, there was another hiatus (family emergency). Yes, I’m back. Hi! This quick but luxurious recipe was the perfect treat for New Year’s Eve dinner, and went wonderfully with some rice and a glass of dry sparkling wine. I halved Bittman’s recipe, but used the full 8 oz. of mushrooms, which produced enough for 2-3 []

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Quick Chicken Soup, v2

John was feeling poorly and the leeks were on their last legs – time for chicken soup! Sauteeing the aromatics in a couple of tablespoons of butter gave the broth some richness, but not enough to roil an upset tummy. A squeeze of lemon juice at the end made for a nice contrasting sharpness. While []

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The Wonderful Winter Leek

One of the things I love about winter is that it’s prime leek season. The gorgeous specimen pictured above was nearly two feet long, and so wonderfully sweet. This basic recipe went perfectly with a cup of rice and some sardines in tomato sauce. 1 T olive oil 1 large, lovely leek, trimmed, washed and []

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