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Chicken Wings in the Oven - Best Method?

Hey all. I'll be making some chicken wings tomorrow night, without access to a grill. I've heard low and slow in the oven is a good technique, but how about broiling? Time isn't a factor, but I would like crispy skin, rather than greasy, flabby wings. Thanks!

Aug 30, 2009
mcrowleymiano in Home Cooking

Southwestern Cooking - Help Me out please!

Ok, so I was in the mood for something southwestern, and I assembled a bunch of typical ingredients. But those canned chipotles in adobo are kind of expensive, and I wanted to make sure I was gonna get the best use out of them. Here's the ingredients I have - should I go with some kind of country ribs with a black bean dip, chicken with sauce, or southwestern black bean egg rolls with some kind of dip? Where would the best use of the ancho be... the rolls, the chicken, the ribs, or the sauces or dips? I do want some kind of cream sauce for something. I realize this is a little vague, but could you all point me in the direction of some good recipes or combinations? Thanks.

Black Beans
Lime Juice
Sour Cream
Chipotles in Adobo
Cumin, garlic, assorted other spices
Country Style Ribs
Chicken thighs
Canned diced tomatoes
onions, peppers, corn, etc.

And I am more than willing to pick up extra ingredients if necessary - orange juice, avocado, jalapenos, etc.

Aug 09, 2009
mcrowleymiano in Home Cooking

Make Me a Sauce!

I'm going to be cooking a little stir-fry of rice noodles, shrimp, and some vegetables, and I wanted an "Asian"-inspired sauce. Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc. all work to my western palate. Ideally, I want it to be a little thick and viscous. These are the ingredients I have at hand

Soy Sauce
Fish Sauce
Rice Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Sesame Oil
Peanut Oil
Lime Juice
Star Anise
Brown Sugar
Dried Red Peppers

Feel free to mix and match. Any suggestions? It doesn't have to be anything "authentic," but if it tastes good, it tastes good. Thanks!

Aug 04, 2009
mcrowleymiano in Home Cooking

Food Heresy - conventional wisdom says this, you say that.

For all the people who eat well-done steak, put red sauce on their seafood, and eat tomatoes in december... what food "rule" do you break? Mine is simple. Conventional wisdom is that melons taste best at room temperature, but I like them nice and cold. I'm sure people out there have much more flagrant "oh my god, you're not supposed to do that" tastes, so open up!

Jun 13, 2009
mcrowleymiano in General Topics

Cheap eats in San Diego

Going on a 3-day road-trip to san diego with some people. We are looking for good dinners. Nothing too expensive,but seafood, Korean, or Mexican are all welcome. Any suggestion? We are looking for stuff around the beaches and downtown. Thanks.

Jun 12, 2009
mcrowleymiano in San Diego

quick, i have the following ingredients... ideas for dinners?

Boneless center cut loin pork chops
Split chicken breast
Chicken leg
feta cheese
fresh basil
new red potatoes

I have a decently stocked pantry with extras and am willing to buy a few ingredients. I want to do something with the pork and new potatoes - simple is fine... ideas?

Jun 12, 2009
mcrowleymiano in Home Cooking

Best American - Menu suggestions for serving non-american guests.

OKay, so after narrowing down the options. I ended up doing the chicken pot pie, cornbread (southern style,) and a waldorf salad. It was a huge hit. Everyone loved the pot pie, and I had several requests for the cornbread recipe. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

Jun 04, 2009
mcrowleymiano in Home Cooking

Best American - Menu suggestions for serving non-american guests.

Basically, I, an American, will be preparing a meal for roughly a dozen foreigners - several people from Spain, Germany, France, South Korea, and a few other countries, and I want to give a sense of what American food really is... not just the burgers, fries, and twinkies that everyone thinks of.

So what I'm hoping to get is kind of a rundown of the best dishes America has to offer, and feel free to mix and match - it doesn't all need to be Cajun, or soul food, or southwestern tex-mex. Ideally, there will be a main dish, a few side dishes/appetizers/salads, and a dessert. Many of the Europeans have a very low tolerance for even the mildest of spiciness (put a few handfuls of black pepper in a dish and many of them are bright red, sweaty, and guzzling water) so nothing too hot.

What i was thinking for a main dish is either chicken pot pie or a form of New England Boiled Dinner that I make with apples, cider, pork, and various root vegetables. For sides, maybe succotash. As for dessert, everyone already knows apple pie, but a few days ago the Koreans were really enthusiastic about a blueberry cobbler they had, and one of my goals is to introduce new dishes that these people haven't encountered too much of before.

But I turn to you, chowhounds. What else would work? What do you love? Non-Americans, what's your favorite American food?

Hopefully, let's not turn this into a debate about what is and isn't american food, so for the purposes of this thread, focus on things that aren't typically served in continental Europe or Asia. Thanks everyone!

May 30, 2009
mcrowleymiano in Home Cooking