Spilled Milk, Home Cooking, and Spicy Honey Chicken

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Spilled Milk Podcast

Who knows why it took someone such as me, who is very into food and very into podcasts, so long to start listening to Spilled Milk, but once I did I’ve been snapping up fifteen-minute episodes like Puffy Snacks (see ep. 25). Molly Wizenburg (Orangette, A Homemade Life) and Matthew Amster-Burton (Roots and Grubs, Hungry Monkey) are a charming, knowledgeable, and very funny duo, who basically cook up good food and talk about it. I absolutely love it, but it’s difficult to listen at work because they make me laugh and look stupid and they also make me hungry.

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

I’ve read Laurie Colwin’s second book of food-related essays, More Home Cooking, and just loved it. I can’t explain it, but something about her writing makes me feel both comforted and nostalgic. I picked up Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen at the library this week and am just diving in, but it promises to be another collection of essays that illustrate her life through food, written with honesty and humor.

Spicy Honey Chicken

“What’s for dinner?” Ah, the eternal question with a different answer every day. I often find inspiration in other (better!) food blogs. One of my favorites, Rasa Malaysia, recently featured a guest post by Zurin@Cherry on a Cake, this yummy-looking Spicy Honey Chicken. However, you can’t expect a harried working mother to follow a recipe, so I completely remixed this in a way that would probably make Malaysians cry. Instead of bone-in, skin-on thighs, I used boneless breasts which I sliced. Instead of deep frying on a weeknight, I stir fried. Instead of ketchup, which I have an un-American distaste for, I used tomato paste. I made a little more sauce than specified and thickened it with a little corn starch. Somehow despite all my irreverence, it turned out delicious.

Also, I submitted a recipe to Spicie Foodie’s Your Best Recipe of July, a nice little list!