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 (although next time I would leave out the hondashi).

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

    Menu for the week of Jan 1: Back to Reality


    Spicy Shrimp Salad

    A very tasty and very easy recipe from The New York Times. Especially easy if you use peeled and deveined shrimp.

    3 ounces lime juice (from about 3 limes)
    3 tablespoons fish sauce
    1 ½ tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons nam prik pao (Thai chile paste in oil -- we used our supermarket's sweet thai chili sauce)
    2 finely chopped Thai bird chiles, or to taste
    1 pound large shrimp
    2 stalks lemongrass, outer layers removed and white parts finely sliced
    1 large shallot, thinly sliced

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    Menu for the week of Mar 8

    Mon: Indian takeout
    Tue: Tamarind Steak w/ white rice, bok choi
    Wed: Lao Crispy Rice Salad w/ chinese sausage
    Thus: Herb Salad w/ beef
    Fri: potstickers w/ all the leftovers...

    Crispy Rice Lao Salad

    Menu for the week of Jan 2 / Jan 6: Asian

    Thus: Sushi
    Fri: Quiche and green salad [marinate steak]
    Sat: Spicy Tamarind Hanger Steak [double to use in grain bowls] with rice and Mango and Cucumber Chow
    Sun: [make soup, spicy tofu crumbles]
    Mon: Chicken and Rice Soup with Green Chiles and Ginger Recipe
    Tue: Herb Salad with Thai Beef or Chinese Sweet Sausage with leftover tamarind steak

    Menu for the week of Feb 24: Pan-Asian

    Sat: sushi rice, fish, seaweed, avocado, cucumber; grainbowl/pickling/prep; marinate steak
    Sun:(sunny, 65) x2 (rain) w/ veg, white rice-- make
    Mon: frozen stuff w/ veg and maybe fried rice (carrots, peas, scallion, stir fry cans, egg)
    Tue: Order in / maketto
    Wed: -- steak, pickled stuff, cucumbers, fresh peppers, herbs, ficelli?

    Sunomono-ish Cucumbers

    Although not strictly necessary, the smashing of the cucumbers in this Bon Appetit recipe does yield a nice texture and, as Bon Appetit says, creates nooks and crannies for the marinade.

    1 pound Persian or English hothouse cucumbers
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
    3 scallions, sliced
    4 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
    Red chili flakes

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    Broiled Salmon with Sesame Seeds and Scallions

    Tasty and easy Bon Appetit recipe, tweaked only ever so slightly.

    Serve with steamed white rice and a vegetable side such as sunomono-style cucumbers or stir-fried broccoli.

    2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 teaspoons honey
    1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

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