Category Archives: Meat

Curried Turkey Tacos

Curried Turkey Tacos

Did you know Wikipedia is nearing completion? There’s already 4.1 million articles, and if you spend more than 15 minutes poking around, you see how ridiculously thorough they are. My friend Brian and I spent nearly two hours exploring the depths of obscure music genres on Wikipedia, learning more than we ever thought we could about  science fantasy folk music circles, what genre Aqua and Vengaboys really are (Bubblegum Dance), and that there are over 200 subgenres of electronic music. Yeah.

So, will there be a point at which Wikipedia ceases to have anything new added? Besides, of course, current events. It makes me think of recipes– will there be a point at which there are no new combinations of ingredients? Is it possible that everything that could be cooked, is? Chefs who specialize in molecular gastronomy certainly hope not.

I ponder this because I took a chance with a recipe today. Normally, when the spark of a recipe idea starts in my head, I go directly to Google to see what other people have done to make it. There were no satisfactory results (at least within the first three pages; who goes farther?) for curried turkey tacos using shredded turkey. I have leftovers, I don’t want to go out and buy ground turkey for these! What’s left to do? Invent.

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On Thanksgiving Leftovers

I am the photo editor for a little online publication at Northwestern called NU Intel. It’s a lifestyle/culture publication that recently decided to add a food blog to the regular rotation! Sometimes I photograph for it, sometimes I cook for it.

Head on over to NU Intel to check out my post today on Thanksgiving Leftovers!

You’ll find recipes for:

  • Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Grilled Cheese
  • Turkey Nachos
  • Turkey Rice Soup
  • Thanksgiving Pie Milkshakes

Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend with family and friends. Make something delicious.

Chicken in Almond Sauce

Pollo en salsa de almendras — that is how I discovered this dish at Taberna Coloniales on Calle Fernández y González in Seville. It was the first place I took my parents for lunch when they visited me in November of last year. Yeah, that sounds interesting, I guess. Mom likes almonds. Sure. That one.

Life changing.

My favorite dish in Spain.

Okay, life changing may be an exaggeration, but there was never a trip to Los Coloniales that did not include pollo con almendras. Mom repeated several times, “I have to figure out a way to make this when I get home!” Eleven months later and I have the answer.

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Miso Ginger Chicken

The kitchen is on lockdown. When there’s two consecutive BBQs at your house over the weekend and your house has just been cleaned, your mom does not appreciate a bag of flour exploding on the countertop and some sticky fruit thing messing up the new tablecloth. So I cannot cook until Monday, meaning it will be over a week before I can get a new recipe up here.

I’m excited to do some experimentation with alternative flours this coming week. Last weekend I made an incredible banana coconut lime bread, and I have been challenged to make a paleo version of the baked good. That means almond flour instead of traditional flour and agave nectar instead of sugar, plus a few other modifications. I’m hopeful I can make it work!

Miso-Ginger Chicken

Until then, I will be spending the weekend at a jazz festival. I’ve been dreaming of the gumbo I had there two years ago when I was a volunteer. I’d never had gumbo or jambalaya before, but after watching nonstop customers line up and wait 45+ minutes over two days of the festival, I knew I had to have whatever they were serving. And it did not disappoint. Have you ever had a moment where you assumed everyone else just knew something you didn’t, so you followed the masses? It doesn’t always disappoint.

So until next week’s flour adventure, I’ll leave you with a recipe I did a couple months ago for school. It’s simple, but packs a punch of flavor. Just make sure to leave time for the marinade.

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