Archive | January, 2012

No New Post This Week

25 Jan

Hey Kitchen Studients, I just wanted to let you know that this week there will sadly be no visual recipe, due to a perfect storm of post prevention.

First off, my laptop went to the laptop afterlife last week (I can’t say which afterlife it was sent to, since it kept its personal morals private) and my new computer has yet to arrive. Secondly, the recipe I picked to make last night, a Korean grilled beef dish to continue the Asian food trend I was doing, was plagued by some problems resulting from the language barrier. It was very unspecific and seemed contradictory at times.

Despite these two hurdles, I started cooking as usual, hoping that today would be the day that my computer came in and assuming I’d be able to wing the recipe well enough. Unfortunately, in the midst of my cooking session, the lightbulb to my Kitchen Studio light burnt out, ensuring that I had no way to take quality photographs. It was this final blow that made me give up, for I felt there was nothing I could do.

But don’t fret. I’ll have my new computer within 48 hours, I shall order new lightbulbs, and I will stick to English-language websites for my recipes from now on. I’ll also probably begin making new posts on Thursday every week instead of Wednesday. So, on that note, see you next Thursday, and in the meantime, eat well!

–Chef JAJ

Almond Chicken

18 Jan

Today’s recipe comes from “Quick & Easy Chinese: 70 Everyday Recipes” by Nancie McDermott.

Continuing my theme of Asian food that I started with last week’s red beef curry, today’s dish comes from the more northern and much larger nation of China. When I chose this recipe, I was definitely thinking of a different kind of Almond Chicken – the breaded type you get with a sort of gravy from Chinese take-out restaurants. When I read over the directions, I realized that wasn’t the case, but I went ahead and made it anyway.

Again, I came across an ingredient that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find, with the sliced bamboo shoots. And again, I was pleasantly surprised to find them in the Asian Foods aisle of my local Meijer. Say what you will about supermarkets, but Meijer keeps its food selection stocked as hell, and as an amateur cook, I greatly appreciate it. One more note before we start this 14-ingredient recipe: I doubled everything when I made mine, so if your portions are looking much more meager than the ones in my pictures, that’s why. I did this because buying the ingredients for this recipe proved to be more expensive than usual (what with the dry sherry, and the $4 tube of fresh ginger I got), so I wanted to make the money go further and feed me for a few days. The giant stash of Almond Chicken in my fridge is a testament to this plan’s success.



  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry or Shaoxing rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • ½ cup chopped onion (½-inch chunks)
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper (½-inch chunks)
  • ⅓ cup sliced bamboo shoots
  • ¾ cup dry-roasted, salted almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
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Red Beef Curry

11 Jan

Today’s recipe comes from “The Everything Thai Cookbook” by Jennifer Malott Kotylo.

I had this idea that each month I would do dishes from a different part of the world. I wanted to begin with North Africa and start off with an Algerian dish, but I never came across one that was equal parts appealing and simple to make. I had just about given up hope on fancy foreign dishes when I came across an entire book of Thai recipes. I dove right in and picked one mostly at random.

I really wanted to follow the recipe to make the red curry paste myself, but since I still don’t have a food processor and my grocery store didn’t have the proper chilies, I settled on store-bought. I didn’t really think I’d be able to find it in the store (and I was equally uncertain about locating coconut milk and fish sauce), but luckily it was all found in the Asian Foods aisle of my local Meijer (go figure).



  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Red Curry Paste
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 pound lean beef, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons (roughly) ground peanuts
  • 1-3 tablespoons (to taste) fish sauce
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 green or red sweet pepper, seeded and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • Rice, cooked according to package directions
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Salmon and Black Bean Patties

3 Jan

Today’s recipe comes from

My mother, knowing my culinary leanings, told me about a recipe she saw on Dr. Oz for some delicious-sounding salmon and black bean burgers. I couldn’t find any such recipe on his website, but, my interest piqued, I Googled around until I found a good looking recipe.

I left out the cilantro because I’m not a huge fan, but I included it in the recipe in case you wanted to use it. This was very easy to make, and the 30-minute cool-down period in the fridge gave me enough time to clean up half the mess I had made. Time management!



  • 1 can (7.5 oz) pink salmon, drained
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • egg white
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Pinch of grown red pepper or seafood seasoning mix
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
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