poultry

Up here in Scotland we’re in the middle of what one friend calls “the tunnel”. Back in November I bumped into him on the street in St. Andrews. He said, “We’ve entered the tunnel. We won’t come out until February.” Northern living is challenging at this time of year. The mornings are dark – pitch dark, bump-into-walls-while-making-coffee dark. The afternoons are even darker. Light seeps into the sky around 8:45 and starts to drain out again by 3:30. I’ve never been so acutely aware of the winter solstice. We actually count the days we achieved since December 21st. The good […]

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We all have comfort foods we crave again and again. Maybe it’s your mother’s roast chicken, or noodle soup, or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm and gooey from the oven. I could go on, but I’ll cut to the chase here. One of my top comfort foods is chicken salad. I like it classic, with mayo and celery, or shredded into a Cobb salad. I’ll eat it with a garlicky tahini dressing. I daydream about trying exotic chicken salads, like this one with curry and mango. And I love it combined with another fave comfort food: peanut butter, […]

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Adobo Chicken

April 3, 2012

in Entrees,Recipes

By Riki Shore I came across this recipe for Filipino-flavored chicken drumsticks one night back in December, when I had bought a “family pack” of drumsticks from Whole Foods with no plan or idea of how to cook them. I almost always buy a whole bird so that I get the benefit of the bones and organs to use for stock. But I had been to a friend’s house and she was cooking drumsticks. They looked so cute and cheerful. And easy. Before I knew it, they were in my cart. Once home, I looked at the drumsticks, perplexed, like […]

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By Riki Shore Tahini is not one of my pantry staples. I don’t know why. I like the flavor of it – kind of earthy and tangy with a luxuriant mouth feel from the fat in the sesame seeds. It pairs so well with lemon and garlic that it brightens up almost any dish. Last week I bought a tub of tahini to make a kale salad I had read about. It was great on the kale – definitely try that one. But once the kale was eaten, I still had nearly a cup of tahini dressing to contend with. […]

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By Riki Shore Earlier this month marked the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit the Tohoku region of Japan. Mass evacuations and ruined homes disrupted lives and created support communities across Japan and abroad. Tens of thousands of people remain refugees, living in encampments that no doubt stopped seeming temporary long ago. Some will never return home. People across the world strained to offer help in any way they could. In her Tokyo apartment, cookbook author and educator Elizabeth Andoh, born in the US but making Japan her home for more than 40 years, resolved […]

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Today Kristen of It’s a Lifestyle, LLC contributes a great recipe for a winter weekend. This chicken soup is an easy-to-make, one-pot dinner. Take it away, Kristen!  This easy-to-make chicken soup is inexpensive and provides leftovers that can be individually frozen for future meals. This is not your grandmother’s chicken soup. Yes, the basics are there, but with added twists. Sometimes when I make this, I use whatever I have in the fridge. You can substitute according to your own tastes, adding eggplant, tricolor peppers, and other veggies you might have around. small-medium whole chicken (should fit into your crockpot) […]

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By Riki Shore Last week we upped and moved from LA to North Carolina. There are so many positives: trees other than palms, birds other than wild parrots, weather other than hot and dry, to name a few. But there are downsides also. Almost all of my cookbooks are in storage. Actually, almost all of my belongings are in storage. Because we’re moving to St. Andrews, Scotland, in July, we chose to rent a furnished home and store most of our things. In theory, this will make shipping them via a container ship easier this summer. Right now, I wish […]

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Classic Chicken Salad

January 21, 2012

in Entrees,Recipes

By Riki Shore Sometimes you need some comfort food. Like maybe after a cross-country move? When you’re still jet-lagged, not used to the new house or the cold weather? For me, chicken salad has always been a comforting lunch. Yesterday I roasted a couple of chicken breasts while unpacking some boxes. Then I mixed up a very simple, classic chicken salad. This was partially because I hadn’t unpacked any spices yet, and partially because I was craving simplicity. I dressed a bed of greens with mustard vinaigrette and topped it with chicken salad. This afternoon I topped the whole shebang with dried cranberries […]

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Tortilla Soup

December 2, 2011

in Recipes,Soup

By Riki Shore Here in LA, we started the week with temps in the 80s, then last night we endured hours and hours of wind gusts up to 60 mph with the temperature bottoming out in the high 40s. One thing is for sure: this week calls for comfort food. I had some homemade chicken stock on hand that needed to be used. I don’t prefer thick or creamy soups, but I wanted something that could be a meal in a bowl. After scouring numerous cookbooks, I decided on tortilla soup. The broth is fortified with chipotle peppers in adobo […]

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By Riki Shore Now that Fall’s here, I like to prepare hearty salads for lunch. They’re a great way to use leftover meats, and if you have the vinaigrette already on hand, they come together in a snap. I’ve written this recipe to use roasted chicken, but this salad combines just as well with leftover lamb or beef. Puy lentils are also called French green lentils. They’re slightly smaller than other lentils, and although they take a little longer to prepare, they hold their shape well during cooking. The mustard vinaigrette here makes a great all-purpose salad dressing. Feel free […]

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