Adventures in Cooking: Pineapple-Coconut Chicken.

Took some chicken breast strips, some coconut milk, a small can of pineapple chunks in milk, a little soy sauce and a spoonful or two of sugar, sesame, combined them, and am now cooking them for a half hour at 350 degrees.  How will it turn out? I have no idea.  It smells OK at the moment, but we’ll see when the timer goes off how well it went. Or whether it went, at all.

Moe Lane

PS: Probably going to put it over lettuce, actually.  My wife’s been looking for something light and salad-like this week.  But you could put it over rice, sure.

A cooking deboning bleg.

I deboned some chicken thighs for a stew that I was making today, and I left far too much meat on the bones. Is this the optimal method for doing it, or should I be trying to partially cook the chicken first? I mean, I understand why you’d want to debone like this if you’re trying to get the meat to look like it wasn’t shredded, but this was chicken and rice stew.  It was going to always end up being blobs of meat.


[UPDATE: To clarify, I care about efficient and fast, not aesthetics.]

So, yeah, I cooked two chicken breasts up using a whole stick of butter.

…What?  Dude, it tasted great. I watched over those chicken breasts like, hah!, a mother hen; and they came out perfectly. Not too dry, not too moist, just the right internal temperature: and, again, cooked in a whole stick of butter (and a little flour, and a little pepper, and a dash each of lemon and lime juice). It takes real skill to mess up something like that, and I did not*.

Problem is, I still have a bunch of the mixed butter/chicken juice liquid in the pan. Seems a shame to toss that; my immediate inclination is to dump it in Tupperware, freeze it, and pull it out when I’m making chicken soup from scratch or something. Anybody got a better idea?

Moe Lane

*The broccoli was disappointing, though.

Adventure Group seed: (C.H.I.C.K.E.N.)

Inspired by this.

Committee for Heuristic Investigation of Conspiratological Kernings/Engram Neutralization

Please.  Laugh at the name. Many taxpayer dollars were spent in coming up with a stupid name that nobody would take seriously.  That’s what the whole thing is about, really.

Have you ever noticed that the world abruptly stopped being, well, weird, some time in the 1950s?  Everything odd went away. Cryptozoological entities got steadily debunked, all the really good conspiracy theories suddenly sprouted far too many socially unpleasant corollaries, and of course we never got our flying cars and food pills and orbital factories.  This was all deliberate.  The US government – all of the governments of the world, really – started hammering down on all of the things that made the world unusual in that time period, and every oddity in the world that still exists today has been given the memetic and conceptual equivalent of a steam-cleaning, cross-indexed with a thoroughgoing metaphysical pasteurization.  And C.H.I.C.K.E.N. was the hammer that the US government used to hammer down all of those nails. Continue reading Adventure Group seed: (C.H.I.C.K.E.N.)

Does @Ted_Strickland support changing the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali?

I ask because Ohioan legislators are ‘fuming‘ over this:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement on his Facebook account that he was similarly “disappointed” in the decision to rename the [Alaska] mountain long named after “a proud Ohioan.”

“The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years. This decision by the Administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress,” Portman said.

“I now urge the Administration to work with me to find alternative ways to preserve McKinley’s legacy somewhere else in the national park that once bore his name,” Portman added.

President McKinley was from Ohio, you see. So politicians from Ohio are going to be just a little bit touchy on the subject. Well. Certain politicians. Apparently Ted Strickland doesn’t actually care about his own state’s history…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: If you think that this is a silly issue, then obviously the easiest way for Ted Strickland to prove that he’s not ducking said issue is to come out and forthrightly say that Barack Obama was perfectly justified in unilaterally changing the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali. I’m not joking. Ohio Republicans aren’t afraid to be publicly upset about this (and, by definition: if the Speaker of the House thinks something is relevant, it automatically becomes so); why can’t Ted Strickland show a little gumption and come our swinging on President Obama’s behalf? – Unless, of course, Strickland’s kind of against the name change, too, but doesn’t want to look like he disagrees with Obama. Which is, admittedly, pretty much how state Democrats cringe and fawn these days every time they’re in a dispute with the national party…

A surprisingly tasty chicken thigh recipe.

I’m not fond of dark meat, but this recipe worked out pretty well:

  • Get out a cast iron skillet or dutch oven. Put in enough oil to cover: set the burner to medium and let it heat up, uncovered.
  • Take your chicken.  Salt and pepper both sides liberally.
  • When the oil is hot enough that water droplets pop and sizzle, drop in the chicken, skin down.
  • Go away for 15 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken.
  • Go away for 15 minutes.
  • Check the chicken; if cooked, serve it.

Dead easy.