Month: June 2018

Herby Pasta Salad

It’s summertime and with July 4th rapidly approaching, it’s outdoor picnic and grilling season everywhere except for here in hotter than hell Florida. Summer is our rainy season, so it rains every single day. It’s not exactly ideal picnic weather down here, and you certainly couldn’t pay me any sum […]

 

Sick Husband Rice Porridge

Do men experience the flu or common cold differently than women? It’s an age old debate and a common meme that has developed into its own illness designation, “man flu”, with thousands of articles referencing the inferiority of man when faced with a seasonal illness. Women really can do it […]

 

Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is an essential cooking element that needs very little instruction to master. Sure, you can run to the grocery store to pick up a box of stock. In a dark hour you could even add bullion to water, even I have been so desperate. But neither will give […]

 

Vichyssoise

My dad always fancied himself a phenomenal cook. He had what I would call a passing interest in food, but in comparison with the rest of his family (before I came along) he was the Jackson family food expert. Each summer his mother, my Nam (sounds like Pam) would throw […]

 

Furikake Chicken

Fargo, North Dakota is the largest city between Minneapolis, MN and Spokane, WA. With a whopping population size of 120,000 its no wonder that every few weeks I needed to get out to a real big city and stretch my legs a bit. My hometown has about 400,000 residents in […]

 

Chicken Brine

Chicken is an affordable and versatile bird, but it lacks a deep flavor profile. I recommend brining your bird bits overnight, or at least for a few hours before setting about to cook. A brine consists of water, salt, sugar and acid and can be manipulated in a variety of […]

 

Kabayaki Sauce

Typically used to grill eel, kabayaki is a sweet reduced soy sauce that can add sweet depth to many other dishes. I use it as a base in my Furikake Chicken. It could also be substituted for teriyaki with picky eaters as it contains no aromatics (ie. ginger and garlic) […]

 

Goodbye, Mr. Bourdain

In 2007 I was lost and listless, without a path or a passion. In a dumpy dimly lit studio in Bradenton, Florida, I sat alone on a goodwill loveseat and watched as a man on tv explored the world and ate food that shaped each community he visited. Before my […]

 

Kimchi Rice Cakes

There is a sushi restaurant in downtown Sarasota that serves something called a “sushi pizza”. Sushi pizza sounds like an abomination, but in fact it is a big sushi rice patty that has been perfectly fried golden topped with fresh fish, kanikama, avocado and fish roe. The fried rice patty […]