Turkey and Pine Nut Meatballs with Cranberry Ancho Chili Topping

Once strictly the revered centerpiece for special winter holidays, turkey now joins table fare year round, especially as ground meat. Low in fat and mild tasting, it fulfills the need for protein without offensive calories or gamy taste. As such, though, it can be perplexing how to make it appealing rather than just bland. Fortunately, turkey … Continue reading Turkey and Pine Nut Meatballs with Cranberry Ancho Chili Topping

Steeped Chicken

The Cantonese  have a technique for cooking a whole chicken by briefly simmering then steeping it awhile to finish the cooking. Translated from the Chinese as “white cut chicken,” it’s quite different from roasting, another favorite method for cooking a whole chicken. Here the fat doesn’t sizzle nor does the skin crisp. It’s also different from poaching, … Continue reading Steeped Chicken

Green Curry Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower, Nettles, and Toasted Rice

Currying, or spicing, meats, fish, and vegetables has a long history in cooking. There is archaeological evidence found in the Indus Valley of pounded spice blends to flavor foods dating from 2600 bce. Today, curries made with coconut milk are popular along the coastal regions of  India and into Asia and Southeast Asia, especially Cambodia, … Continue reading Green Curry Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower, Nettles, and Toasted Rice