Quick Bites: Curried Pulled Chicken

Sometimes, you just have to have Indian food. You need something filling, simple, and with just the right amount of heat. Well, I do, anyway.

I don’t have a tremendous repertoire of Indian food that I cook, but I can make Vindaloo and Tiki Masala, and I get how Indian flavors work, more or less.

I’ve been into this pulled chicken thing for a while now. Basically, I take the weekly chicken that my wife uses for her Shabbat soup, and pull the breast apart along the muscle lines. What you can do with it once it’s pulled is relatively endless, and since it’s already cooked, whatever you want to make won’t take that long.
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Q & A: Meat with Bones

I order meat from my son-in-law’s chavruta. He gets the meat from South America and it is usually very good. One of the items on the brochure is called Spare Rib Fingers and it is listed as #9. However, with the exception of one time, it is never available. He asked why and they said something about it being illegal because of the meat being too close to the bone (???). Do you have any idea about what this situation is?

Well, illegal it isn’t, but impractical it very much is.
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Liquid Smoke Demystified

Smoke as a flavor profile element has already made its comeback; chefs who appreciate the nuances that smoke brings to a dish use it in all sorts of inventive ways. It touches a primeval cooking memory when foods were slow roasted and the smoky intensity from the cooking fire permeated into the dishes. Nowadays, there are little hand-smokers that you can use per-plate. But what if you don’t want your kitchen to look like a dive bar, and you don’t have a backyard smoker [yet]? Well, for those of us who want the flavor without the fuss, there’s liquid smoke.

There’s a little bit of confusion about what liquid smoke really is. Now that I see it more or less regularly on the shelves here in Israel, I think it’s time to clear things up, and show you a cool trick on how to use it.

And no, it is not a cheat.

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And The Award Goes To…

For my Level 2 cooking class, we’ve started a points-based competition. The kids asked me if they could get medals at the end of the year. It sounded reasonable enough, so I started to do some research on eBay to see what was out there.

What I ended up with exceeded every expectation. If you are ever in the market for awards, start with these folks.

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