This is what it looks like when you don't burn the chicken, Jim

Munch Madness 2015: Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken

Jim Behymer of Sandwich Tribunal takes us on a journey through the process of copycatting Popeye’s spicy chicken, a recipe popularized on Pinterest by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes (which appears to have been published via Meg’s Everyday Indulgence, but originally developed by From Away). [divider] Man I love me some fried chicken. And when that fried chicken jones hits me, Popeye’s spicy …

Chicken stock in liquid and solid form

Stock talk

Picture it. You’ve just enjoyed a spectacular roast chicken dinner. You sit back, your eyes glassy with contentment, and gaze at the derelict carcass before you. Soon, you’ll heave yourself up from the table and scrape the platter into the trash with the satisfaction of a chicken well enjoyed. “There’s certainly nothing else I can make out of this,” you think. …

Roasting a chicken is so easy!

Roasting a chicken

I used to think that if you were “tightening your belt,” it meant you were making a decision to be more frugal from now on. I thought that somehow, the act of belt-tightening signified how strict you intended to be about sacrificing luxuries, the minute discomfort around your waist acting as a constant reminder of your thrifty new lifestyle. For …

Healthy Chicken Salad on Toasted French Bread

The one and only chicken salad

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for chicken salad that I’ve been making for years, but have never gotten around to putting down as a recipe. Now, before you say, “Isn’t chicken salad just code for tuna-free tuna salad that serves only as an excuse to eat shameful quantities of crackers?” let me tell you about my one and only chicken …

Jambalaya

Sneaky eggplant jambalaya

Lately, the threat of crippling sniffles has kept me mostly indoors. That trapped feeling has helped me finally remember to pack a lunch before work. I’ve even started thinking about weekday lunches when I’m preparing dinner! (Like when I got some extra wonton soup, pictured, from the Chinese delivery place over the weekend. What? Ordering counts as preparing.) Jambalaya makes …

Martha Stewart’s Friend’s Thai Chicken Soup

One day at the gym last year, I forgot my headphones and got stuck on the elliptical machine with nothing but the YMCA’s slim collection of discarded magazines to entertain me. I had two hundred parenting magazines and a Martha Stewart Living to choose from. So. First, Martha taught me about tomato gardening. It’s not a particular interest of mine …

Buffalo Cheez-It Pizza

For about a month, I’ve been perfecting a bread machine recipe that has a crust that tastes dead on like spicy Cheez-Its. No kidding. It’s part of a medium-secret sandwich project I’ve been working on. Naturally, the remarkable Cheez-It resemblance was begging to be developed into something besides a loaf of sandwich bread. Maybe something with a greater crust surface …

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie: no longer a full-time job!

Making stuff yourself is better than using the prepared variety from the store. I think we can all agree on that. It’s great to cook from scratch, for the sake of nutrition and frugality and pride and self-sufficiency. Of course, we all have our limits. Me, I draw the line at puff pastry. I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart …

The Four Alarm Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s, we know you don’t want us to have this. We know you’re trying to protect us from ourselves. But your attempt at setting boundaries has led us to defy you. Some sandwiches are too important to be limited by your authoritarian whim, and besides, you have to let us make our own mistakes. To assemble a homemade imitation of …