Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and sour dishes can be found throughout Asia, with the protein being anything from seafood to poultry, beef, and pork. I find that chicken is more tender, so today’s recipe consists of poultry. Sweet and sour chicken dates back to 18th century China, with many provinces claiming its first creation. My recipe is a…

Devilled Cornish Hen

Do you have a non-mustard lover in your life? I do. My husband has never been fond of that sour, tangy, slightly spicy yellow mush one squeezes out of a yellow bottle. I admit my fondness of mustard only goes as far as adding a bit of it to homemade tuna salad. However, I discovered…

Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls

When it comes to gift-giving over the holidays, many of us think of chocolates, gingerbread men, fruit cakes, and hard candy. But why not give a savory rather than a sweet? As a sign of love and appreciation, my mother always made egg rolls for friends and family. This year I’ve decided to do the…

Chicken Pho with Pork Meatballs

With the cold setting in, and the temperatures dropping to the low double-digits (and soon the one-digits), my husband requested Pho. This popular rice noodle soup, with its aromatic broth, is mostly associated with Vietnamese cuisine, but it can be found at any street food stall in South-East Asia. The name pho is thought to…

Holiday Roast Duck

This holiday season, why not enjoy a roast duck instead of turkey? This bird not only has a lot more dark meat, but it’s also very tender and moist, and it does not require any brining. Roasting duck can be traced back to 1206 B.C., during the Yuan Dynasty in China. It was considered a…

Fish and Chips

One advice I give myself is to not watch cooking shows at night, and yet I do. This causes me to crave that particular food I’m watching. For instance, the other night I decided to watch Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets and instantly wanted a slice of French silk pie; last night while watching Testing the…

Onigirazu (Cabinet Cookery)

Onigirazu is a rice ball that one does not need to roll in their hands, or touch the filling, as it is wrapped in seaweed wrap. The end result is a sandwich-like onigiri, or rice ball. The making of this is very recent, having first appeared in 1990 in the manga “Cooking Papa”. Like many…

Beef Fried Steak and Gravy

I’ve written about Fried Chicken and how that came to be, and one would think the [Chicken] Fried Steak would have appeared around the same time period; however, the Fried Steak happens to be younger by two centuries. It’s believed to have been brought to the American South by the Germans in the 19th century….

Venison Fajitas–Easy (Cabinet Cookery)

Venison is deer meat. Once the animal is no longer wandering the the woods, and is served up on the table, its name–oddly–changes to venison. The word venison comes from the medieval French word venesoun, describing the meat of any large animal, not just a deer. Venison, to me, is a luxury. I can’t just…

Roasted Cornish Hen (Cabinet Cookery)

The worst times of the day to watch a cooking show is in the morning and the evening. Why? Because it makes me hungry. Having decided to watch both Nigella Lawson and the Barefoot Contessa in the morning, I started craving some roasted meat. So for dinner, I did some Cabinet Cookery by going into…