Stir-fried Cumin Chicken (Ayam Goreng Berjintan)

Does your cookbook and magazine shelf look like this?

Our Cookbook and Magazine Shelf with Tabs for Saved Recipes

Our Cookbook and Magazine Shelf with Tabs for Saved Recipes


Braised Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

I love food magazines! I love drooling over recipes and pictures and reading about other people’s experiences at restaurants or eating in a different country. Two of my absolutely favorite food mags are “Fine Cooking” and “Saveur.” They are both quite different but appeal to me for their beautiful pictures, content and recipes.

Having said that, I’m sorry to say that I’m no longer subscribed to either. No, it’s not because I don’t like the magazines, it’s mainly because I have many back issues as I’ve been subscribed for many years and I don’t cook enough with the ones I already own (yeah, I’m one of those who can’t get rid of old issues).

Fine Cooking Magazines on Bookshelf

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Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

Good Thai food is quite hard to find here in San Jose. The Thai restaurants around here tend to over sweeten their dishes and what we end up with is an unbalanced amount of sweetness that doesn’t satisfy. The only place that we consider somewhat decent is Krung Thai. (If you know of other restaurants that serve good Thai food in this area, would you let us know?)

So for the most part, I cook Thai at home. Thankfully, while I was living in the graduate dorm in Hawaii, I had many friends from Thailand who were fellow students. They taught me several Thai dishes that I can now cook from home with some ease.


WSM Smoked Turkey

Do you have a lurking turkey? You know, the spare one you bought on sale around Thanksgiving time ’cause it was dirt cheap, and you figured you could use it “sometime later”. But of course, you forgot all about it sitting there behind the two dozen other things you’ve stuffed in the freezer since then.

Yeah, I had one of those. Two of ‘em, actually. (We have a big freezer in the garage.) I needed to make some space in the freezer, so I decided to smoke one of the turkeys.

(And dang, did that sucker make a huge blunt!)

Just kidding. By smoking, I mean instead of heating up the kitchen with a hot oven, I would cook the turkey outside using my Weber Smokey Mountain water smoker. So I defrosted one of the turkeys and then spatchcocked it. “Spatchcocked”? Ooh, sounds naughty!

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