Thu Dec 14, 2006
coq au basque
a chicken recipe to make you enjoy cooked chicken
Coq au Basque
A hybrid coq au vin and basque-style chicken.
1 whole chicken - the butcher will probably cut it up for you!
8 or so pearl onions, quartered
3-4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
6 or so sweet italian peppers (or red pepper/bell pepper mix)
8-10 mushrooms (brown are best)
chopped fresh parsley
bottle of cheep white wine
1/4-1/2 lb of ham, cut into strips (1/4" thick or so)
bacon fat or a couple slices of bacon
flour mixed with salt, pepper and few dashes cayenne pepper (maybe 1 cup or so, total)
Cut up the chicken, remove excess fat. Render the fat in the cast iron pot while you are cutting. Add some bacon fat or minced bacon. Olive oil is a reasonable substitute for either of these.
Lightly salt and pepper the chicken, then dredge the chicken parts in the flour.
Get the grease in the pot pretty hot, and brown all chicken parts (you'll probably need to do this in batches). Put browned chicken aside on a plate.
Add onions and cook them for a bit, then gradually add peppers, mushrooms, garlic, ham, and parsley.
Get that stuff all *nice, then start gradually adding wine (don't add all at once, else the pot will cool down too fast) - empty the bottle over the course of maybe 5-6 pours.
Generously dash the browned chicken with tabasco while adding the wine. When all the wine is in and simmering nicely, add the chicken.
Put lid on the cast iron pot, and put in 375 oven. Cook for around an hour or so - better to cook it bit more than less.
And on the side...
Cut up a potato or two (yukon gold is good variety) into 1/2 inch chunks. Dress with some chopped parsley, a couple cloves of finely minced or pressed garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spread onto a cookie sheet or baking pan. Put in oven with chicken and roast 'em up for about 45 min or so. Be sure to visit them every once in awhile to turn them.
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Thu Dec 16, 2004
Fight consumerism at home
make your own damn mcdonalds! I recently found this on a, uh, website. Yeah, website. Anyway, it's recipies for approximating mcdonalds "food" at home. Pretty damn funny. It even tells you how to wrap them for proper "aging." Get 'em here Read more...
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Tue Nov 02, 2004
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Mon Aug 23, 2004
Meat garnished cocktail is reality
After months of searching, a unique cocktail with a flesh-based garnish can be properly enjoyed
2 oz tequila (reposado or añejo)
1/2 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz lime
2-3 dashes habeñero hot sauce
Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cube of poached or grilled chicken and a lima bean on a toothpick. Sprinkle black pepper and paprika on surface of drink.
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Wed Jun 16, 2004
ghost of reagan
Are burgers next?
Feds classify french fries as fresh veggies
WASHINGTON · Anyone trying to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet may have just gotten an unlikely assist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Based on a little-noticed change to obscure federal rules, the USDA defines frozen french fries as "fresh vegetables."
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Wed May 19, 2004
Good article on diet/obesity/etc.
From Harvard Magazine
for those who are interested, this is a really good article from Harvard Magazine about modern lifestyles/diets, etc. it brings together a lot of things that are discussed in the myriad pieces produced on the subject as of late and will proabably tell you something you don't know.
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Sat May 15, 2004
have cocktail names, need recipes
the name is always hard, but what to do when you have names and no recipes?
the triumph (must taste like a d. fisher game winner)
the patriot act (a red-white-and-blue layered drink)
the three-peat (some sort of variation on the long-island ice tea?)
out to lunch
the sheldon (requires chartreuse)
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give 2 reasons why NOT to name a cocktail after a fallen leader?
1 1/2 rum
3/4 dry vermouth
shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. garnish with orange wheel.
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