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Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 3–4-lb. chicken parts (just boneless breasts worked fine)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 qt Peanut oil (for frying)
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Grilled Turkey

Smoked Turkey

Dry brine turkey for at least one day, uncovered, in the fridge. See http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-dry-brine-a-turkey-cooking-lesso... for guidance, we used:

  • Salt (1/4 cup)
  • sugar (1.5 Tbsp)
  • sage
  • ground rosemary
  • thyme
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • smoked salt

Rub all over and under breast skin.

Prepare bird:

1-2 hours before grilling, remove turkey from fridge to bring up towards room temperature
Place pats of butter under skin

Prepare grill:

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Lamb Shawarma

Lamb Shawarma

We took a lamb recipe from Jerusalem: A Cookbook and adapted it with a cooking technique from Cook's Illustrated to create a perfectly tender, medium-rare lamb roast with shawarma spices.

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Goose

Goose

We primarily used this extensive guide at Simply Recipes, with some tips from Bon Appetit and with consultations to the WaPo article, Julia Child, and my vintage Joy of Cooking from the 60s.

1 Goose (8-10 lbs, ours was 8.77)
salt, pepper, thyme and sage for rubbing
1 lemon
1 head of garlic, unpeeled, with the top cut off to expose cloves
1/2 medium onion, peeled and quartered

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Maurine's Orange Peel Bread

Orange Bread

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend together:

  • 1 c. sugar ( a little less if you are using the syrup from the rinds)
  • 2T. butter, melted.

Then add

  • 2 eggs and mix well.

Stir in

  • 3 ¼ c. flour
  • 3 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 c. chopped pecans (or more)
  • 1½ candied orange peels (recipe follows)

Mix well then add

  • 1 c. milk, or milk and syrup to measure 1 c. (no more than half syrup)
  • 1 t. vanilla

If the syrup has become solid, put the jar, uncovered, into the microwave for 30 second intervals until thin. Let cool some before adding to milk.

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Chiles Rellenos

Blistering the peppers

Dad tells the story of his first experience with Chiles Rellenos, with tears running down his face from the heat of the peppers, but loving every bite.  He worked long and hard to re-create that moment, and settled upon this recipe.

  • 12 Anaheim peppers, skin removed (see note)
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 dash salt
  • Queso Chihuahua (or Monterrey Jack) cheese cut in long "fingers"
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Nan's Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

Courtesy of Nan.

I use the recipe that is on Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime container. It can probably be found at the grocery store with the canning good--like jars, lids, etc. You'll need that lime.

Briefly (as can be) I cut them up a tad LESS than 1/4 inch thick into a large non-reactive pot or big bowl--something that will fit in your frig. (with a plate on top you
can put other stuff on top of it).

Mix 1/2 cup lime with a gallon of water and pour over them. If you are doing a huuuuuuge amount in biiiiig bowl you can make more or this. Let this sit in frig overnight.

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Texas Smoked Brisket

Brisket

Brisket (give at least 60 minutes per pound, though thicker or larger non-point cuts might take as much as 90 mins / pound) 4 Pounds is a good base point. You should bring the brisket up to room temperature before anything else

Prepare the spice rub and a mop

Spice rub: Salt (smoked salt better) and coarse ground pepper in a 3:5 ratio, with a few other spices like onion and garlic powder, a dash of cayenne, ground mustard seeds and even a few ground juniper berries to taste.

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Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Beef Short Ribs

We merged a Bon Appetit recipe with a (strikingly) similar recipe from my canning book (which recommends topping the finished product with pickled red onions) and sprinkled it with input from Tom Colicchio.

Makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients

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Classic Red Mole Poblano

Chicken glazed with mole

Having just returned from Mexico, we were craving Mexican food. We decided to take on the ultimate: Mole. We headed up to our local latin-american superstore market to pick up the necessary ingredients. Because we couldn't exactly get everything we needed, here's the record of what we actually did (and how it turned out). Our recipe is basically the ingredients list from Fonda San Miguel, a delicious Mexican restaurant in Austin, with the process taken from Nuevo Mexican guru Rick Bayless.

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