Pasta with Chicken, Garlic Scapes, Tomatoes, and Basil

Pasta with Chicken, Garlic Scapes, Tomatoes, and Basil - Andrea Meyers

The garlic only has a few more weeks in the ground, then it will be time to dig it up, and if the flavor of the scapes is any indication, we are in for some spicy garlic this year. We harvested the scapes over the weekend and made three different things with them: pesto, cannellini… 

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Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Snow Peas, and My Thoughts on Carbon Steel Woks

Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Snow Peas - Andrea Meyers

My carbon steel wok is 13 years old and a treasured part of my kitchen gear. I found it for $5 on a clearance table and snapped it up, and that little bargain has proven invaluable over time. It wasn’t my first wok as I had given the nonstick woks a try, but after going… 

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Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken

Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken - Andrea Meyers

Though the days are getting warmer and the summer daylilies have just started to bloom, I still feel the urge to pull out the slow cooker on cool spring mornings. When most of our days are swirling with activity, it gives me a sense of accomplishment to get a meal going in the slow cooker…. 

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Roasted Tomatillo Soup with Chicken (Sopa Verde con Pollo)

Roasted Tomatillo Soup with Chicken (Sopa Verde con Pollo) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We had one last bag of green tomatillos in the freezer, but I didn’t want to use them because it meant there would be no more tomatillos until late summer. After our final harvest, we froze about 12 pounds of tomatillos last fall then over the winter I experimented with soups using those frozen tomatillos,… 

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Moroccan Chicken Soup

Moroccan Chicken Soup Recipe - Andrea Meyers

I had one last butternut squash in the kitchen waiting to be used and this soup had been calling my name for a while. The flavor is warm and inviting, perfect for a cold wintry day, and the soup is easy to put together and easy on the budget using widely available ingredients.  The recipe… 

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The Daring Cooks Make Steamy Kitchen’s Pho Ga

The Daring Cooks Make Steamy Kitchen's Pho Ga Recipe - Andrea Meyers

[NOTE: I made this dish as part of a Daring Cooks challenge. This means it was an experiment that I most likely only made once, maybe twice, before posting here.] The October 2009 Daring Cooks’ challenge was brought to us by Jaden of the blog Steamy Kitchen, and the recipes are from her new cookbook,… 

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Thai Basil Chicken (Kai Kraphao)

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Kai Kraphao) - Andrea Meyers

This dish is the main reason we grow Thai basil in our herb garden. We’ve grown many kinds of basil over the years and seem to have settled into a routine of Genovese, Lemon (Sweet Dani or similar), and Thai (Sweet Thai or Queen of Siam) basil because they cover the spectrum of our uses…. 

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Grilled Adobo Chicken (Pollo Adobado)

Grilled Adobo Chicken (Pollo Adobado) - Andrea Meyers

I recently acquired a copy of Rosa’s New Mexican Table (review) and having heard of the restaurant and the book’s James Beard Award nomination in 2008 I was eager to try out some of the dishes from Chef Roberto Santibañez. One of the first dishes that caught my eye was the adobo marinated chicken with… 

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Quick and Easy Mandarin Orange Chicken

Quick and Easy Mandarin Orange Chicken - Andrea Meyers

Some of my favorite things to order at Chinese restaurants are the dishes I won’t make at home, basically anything battered and fried. I’m not lazy, I just don’t enjoy cleaning up the splattery mess I always seem to make when frying. Orange chicken is one of my favorites, but I always save it for… 

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