173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

The recipe
My cookie baking bonanza got a little bit confused. I made ginger cookies that didn’t taste much like ginger, and these spice cookies, which are gingerbread in disguise. I kept mixing them up when I told people which cookies where which, it seemed pretty obvious that the crispy cookies which tasted like ginger should [...]

16 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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172. Brown Sugar-Ginger Crisps p.665

172. Brown Sugar-Ginger Crisps p.665

The recipe
I made these cookies in the middle of a cookie-baking frenzy, I was buying ingredients for about five different types, with a couple of backup shopping lists in case I couldn’t find all the stuff for the first tier cookies. Somehow the crystallized ginger that this recipe called for never made it into the [...]

14 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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156. Dry-Cooked String Beans p.523

156. Dry-Cooked String Beans p.523

I couldn’t find a recipe for this one online.
I was in a frying mood the night I made these beans and the onion rings. The combination of a fried appetizer, and a fried main course was just a little too much. This stir fry was more than greasy enough all by itself.
In this dish trimmed [...]

9 April 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 7 Comments
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149. Chicken Long Rice p.247

149. Chicken Long Rice p.247

The recipe
The Book is at it again. I’m beginning to understand that when the blurb before the recipe mentions comfort food, I’m in for a boring dinner. This time it’s comfort food, Hawaiian style.
I’ve just started to get to know Hawaiian food through a few of the recipes in The Book. I don’t have a [...]

8 March 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 8 Comments
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139. “La Brea Tar Pit” Chicken Wings p.55

139. "La Brea Tar Pit" Chicken Wings p.55

The recipe
I’m really ambivalent about this recipe. My wings were delicious, but the recipe is horrible. Basically you combine soy, red wine, sugar, and ginger and bring it to a boil, then pour it over chicken wings in a roasting pan and bake at 400 for 45 minutes, flip them, and cook for another hour-ish. [...]

13 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 5 Comments
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110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

The recipe
This was my first experiment with Cornish hens, and I think I’m in love. I watched an episode of Freaks and Geeks the other night. In one scene the mother roasts Cornish hens, and serves them to her skeptical family, who use the hens as puppets for a dance routine, and complain that they [...]

25 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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99. Chinese-Hawaiian “Barbecued” Ribs p.491

99. Chinese-Hawaiian "Barbecued" Ribs p.491

The recipe
I wasn’t sure I was going to like these ribs, but I was pleasantly surprised. These are racks of ribs marinated in soy, sugar, ketchup, sherry, salt, garlic and ginger. They’re then baked at 325 for 1 3/4 hours, basting with the marinade every 20 minutes. Everything about the title is confusing, I get [...]

3 October 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 4 Comments
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96. Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Ginger p.291

96. Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Ginger p.291

The recipe
I rarely make recipes from The Book for lunch, but this was an exception. I happened to be home, and to have a salmon fillet lingering in my fridge, so I decided to go for it. It wasn’t the greatest thing I’d ever tasted, but it certainly wasn’t bad. It’s a simple burger made [...]

28 September 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 4 Comments
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78. Ginger Pound Cake p.704

78. Ginger Pound Cake p.704

no recipe for this one.
I served substantial pieces of this pound cake following our Beef Wellington supper. If that sounds like a ridiculously rich follow-up to one of the heavier items of the British cookbook, you’re absolutely right. I served both the cake and the Wellington to one of The Boys and his lady friend. [...]

21 August 2007 | Cakes, The Book | Comments Off
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70. Chow Fun with Chinese Barbecued Pork and Snow Peas p.249

70. Chow Fun with Chinese Barbecued Pork and Snow Peas p.249

The recipe.
This is the stir fry I mentioned a while back. It called for leftover Char Siu as an ingredient. The stir fry alone is competent, but not exceptional. The char siu is what makes the dish. The stir fry is very restrained in it’s selection of vegetables, just snow peats, scallions, and bean sprouts. [...]

2 August 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 5 Comments
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