Tag Archives: Chicken Teriyaki

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5 Jun

Considering I am a little over 30 days away from 30 (Duh duh duhhhhh! Geesh, I sincerely hope the world doesn’t implode on July 8th) I have decided to write love letters (or hate letters in some cases) to each of my goals as a way to reflect on this crazy year.

So here I go…

Dear Learn How To Cook,

I only put you on the list because I realized that, sadly, I couldn’t eat at the Whole Foods prepared section for the rest of my life. That, and I thought it would be nice to be able to cook dinner for my future kids- those little imaginary bundles of joy deserve a mom who makes homemade dinners, right? So for those two reasons, I put “learn how to cook” on my “365 til 30″ list and tried to forget about my earlier bad experiences attempting you – hey, people can change, right?

After fearing you for so long, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to tackle you at first. How does one learn to cook? Should I teach myself a new recipe each week? Learn a whole book of recipes a la Julie and Julia? Maybe take cooking classes? I was stuck….but then I had an idea! What if I asked people in my life to teach me their favorite dishes- they would most likely be patient with me as well!!

I have to give myself a pat on the back for this brilliant idea because not only did I learn how to cook this year, but I formed surprising new bonds and strengthened old friendships and connections in the process.

Learning how to cook brought me closer to everyone in my life.

I fell in love with the process of gathering in the kitchen to cook with friends…conversation, laughter and good wine flowing in the process. I also fell in love with that warm feeling I got in my heart when I prepared a meal for somebody else…there is something so nurturing about it. In addition to that warm feeling I got in my heart, my ego also wanted to scream with delight…I. Made. This. For. You! Aren’t you in awe as well??! Where is my applause?!

Some of my favorite memories this year happened attempting to master you. I laughed A LOT, cried once (ok maybe twice), got over my aversion to handling raw chicken, learned the famous chicken & dumplings dish my pops ate as a kid, learned the art of cooking with ski googles and almost chopped my finger off only once. I’d say this whole adventure in the kitchen was a success!
So thanks, cooking. Thanks for making my life come alive. Thanks for helping me see what I want my kitchen to look like moving into my 30’s. Now I know that I want to be the kind of woman who has her friends over for Sunday night dinners, makes breakfast in bed for Brian, whips up delicious soups on rainy afternoons and bakes pies with her kids.

You helped me become a better woman.

I have decided that I will be keeping you on my goal list for next year because I plan on doing lots and lots more of you during my 30th year. This is only the beginning for us.
Love, Kate


A trip down memory lane…

-learning Aunt Paule’s famous Kugle recipe-

- Learning Mary’s Peach Pie-

- Learning Pamela and my Dad’s lemon squares-

- the night I handled raw chicken and almost killed people by serving a raw bird-

- learning how to make pizza from scratch-

- Moroccan chicken with Alex-

- the night I realized I was comfortable in the kitchen-

- The night I tried to go all Julia Child-

-the night I wore ski goggles to cook-

- learning my grandma’s chicken & dumplings-

 – learning Aunt Michelle’s apple cake-

Many more to come….

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“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet Van Horne

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25 Aug

LESSON 3 : LEARN HOW TO COOK

Cooking Teacher: Papa Irv

Location: Irv’s kitchen

Dish : His famous Teriyaki Chicken

Papa Irv is my dear, sweet and funny step father who also happens to be one of my favorite chefs. He is a pro in the kitchen. He thinks about every detail and nothing is done haphazardly. Papa Irv is the kinda man who has a special knife for cutting tomatoes, a special pan to make eggs in, a special something for everything really. I knew going into this lesson I was going to have to take it up a notch, keep my game face on. Papa Irv is a great teacher; he didn’t just teach me how to make his famous Teriyaki Chicken but taught me the basics of the kitchen. The knives I should be using, how to sharpen them, how to cut excess fat from the chicken, what salt to use, what olive oil…the list goes on and on. But most importantly he taught me how to be a confident chef. So confident in fact that I cooked this meal all by myself a few night later for Brian, with no help (yes I handled raw chicken) and it was delicious!! I guess cooking is in the details.

The funniest part of the evening was when Irv finally allowed me tackle a task all by myself. He handed me a bag of rice and a measuring cup and instructed me to pour 1 cup, then he turned to my mother to talk. I took my big bag of rice and little measuring cup and did just what he asked but I did it without setting the cup on a surface. Here’s a tip everyone; when pouring rice out of a bag, hold the bag with two hands because the weight in the bag shifts very quickly. So quickly in fact that I poured rice all over the kitchen. To which they both turned around quickly and my mom said “Omg what happened?!” Irv just looked at me and said  “I turned around for one second…”.

But in the end we made a delicious meal! My mom, Irv, my brother Nik and I sat by the pool and had a perfect summer meal. I was really starting to like this cooking thing.

Chicken Teriyaki Ingredients (serves 4) :

3 chicken breasts

Garlic cloves (to taste)

Shallots (to taste)

1 bottle of Soy Vay

1 bag of jasmine rice

Kosher salt

Chicken Teriyaki Directions :

- cut off all fatty parts of chicken breasts then cut into 1 inch cubes.

- Place chicken cubes in casserole dish.

- Mince garlic and shallots then sprinkle on chicken.

- Pour say vay marinade on chicken to liking.

-Cover with plastic and place in fridge for a 1/2 an hour.

- Use this time to make rice!

- 2/1 ratio water/rice

- In a large saucepan pour olive oil and place cubes of chicken in saucepan and pour some more Soy Vay on top.

- cook chicken till white

Salad Ingredients :

heirloom tomatoes

Avocados

Red Onion

Basil

Olive Oil

balsamic vinaigrette

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