Bourbon Chicken

Billed as Cajun-Chinese fusion, we found this recipe to fit more with Chinese than the American south.  But, tasty either way.




  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
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    Sushi Bake

    Who knew we'd been eating sushi wrong all this time? Apparently Filipinos and Hawaiians.

    I used this website for guidance and accompanied it with this cucumber salad.

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    January 2021 Menus (Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Chinese,

    Menu for the week of Jan 1: Back to Reality


    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (w/ Ham)

    This is a delightfully easy and delicious rendition of a creamy (vice baked casserole style) macaroni and cheese. I will admit that it is reminiscent of boxed mac n' cheese, but it is one of the few hot dishes our toddler will share with us. And although I have included ham here, it is entirely optional (and frankly just a great way to use up leftover Christmas ham). A tweaked version of this Southern Living recipe.

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    Small Batch Eggnog

    Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.

    1 large egg, ideally pasteurized [see Note]
    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    6 tablespoons rum, brandy, whiskey, or a combination thereof
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
    4 to 6 tablespoons milk
    4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
    Freshly grated nutmeg

    Separate your egg, placing the yolk in one bowl or jar and the white in another.

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    Salmon Burger

    Jon was very skeptical due to lingering dislike of salmon patties from his youth, but he admitted these were actually quite good. Courtesy of Bon Appetit. Serves 4.

    1½ pounds boneless, skinless center-cut salmon, patted dry
    5 scallions, green parts finely chopped, white parts thinly sliced
    1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
    1 garlic clove, finely grated
    2 tablespoons plus ⅔ cup mayonnaise
    Kosher salt

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

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    This can work with berries or stone fruit. Adapted from

    • 1 double pie crust
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch (see notes)
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 4 cups blackberries
    • juice of ½ lemon (if needed to add tartness)
    • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • coarse sugar for topping


    Prepare a double crust pie pastry and refrigerate until needed. (See link in notes)
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    Creamy Corn Pasta

    A tasty summer pasta recipe, courtesy of The New York Times.

    Fine sea salt
    12 ounces dry orecchiette or farfalle
    1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    1 bunch scallions (about 8), trimmed and thinly sliced (keep the whites and greens separate)
    2 large ears corn, shucked and kernels removed (2 cups kernels)
    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, more for serving
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, more to taste
    ⅓ cup torn basil or mint, more for garnish

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    Easy Shrimp Scampi

    Based on this New York Times recipe, this dish was a snap. Use peeled frozen shrimp for an even easier dish that can be made almost entirely of pantry staples.

    Serves 2

    2 tablespoons butter
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    ½ cup dry white wine or broth
    ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
    ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
    Freshly ground black pepper
    3/4 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled
    ⅓ cup chopped parsley
    Freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon

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    Tomato-centric Panzanella Salad

    Modified from

    • 2 cups packed, torn pieces sourdough bread, including crusts (into small bite-sized pieces)
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • 3 medium ripe heirloom tomatoes, hulled and cut into bite-size wedges
    • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus more as needed
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1 minced shallot
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    • Freshly cracked black pepper
    • 10 fresh basil leaves, cut into very thin slices
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