Alex and I decided to throw a Super Bowl party for ourselves this year. What does that mean? Basically, we are going to cook a bunch of party food and eat it ourselves. It’s really the best kind of party. There is no need to dress up or put on makeup. We know exactly what we want to eat, how much to cook and we don’t have to worry about someone taking the last chicken wing which we secretly wanted for ourselves.
So what’s first on our menu tonight? Crispy oven “fried” chicken wings. We are HUGE fans of extra crispy deep-fried chicken wings and it’s seldom that I enjoy eating a baked chicken wing. But the fact is, deep frying at home can be messy. So a couple of years ago, I spent quite some time researching the best way to bake a crispy chicken wing and I finally came up with a fool proof method that requires zero oil! I know there are probably a lot of skeptics out there but I promise you these wings will not disappoint. (Alex is a picky wing eater and he loves them – or at least that’s what he tells me).
Last weekend, my friend Moriah invited us over to her house for a Thai cooking party. She was inspired to throw this party after her roommate received the new Pok Pok cookbook for Christmas. A surprising twist? Alex bought me the exact same gift!
I first became interested in Chef Andy Ricker after watching Anthony Bourdain devour his famous fish sauce chicken wings on the final episode of “No Reservations”. Bourdain raved about the food at Pok Pok NY, claiming that it was the best and most authentic Thai food available outside of Thailand.
I’d like to fancy myself as a Thai cook. I mean, I grew up eating Thai food and my mother owns a Thai restaurant! I should pretty much be an expert in the cuisine. But I have to admit that when I first glanced through Ricker’s cookbook at a local bookstore I realized that I still had much to learn. Sure I knew how to make Som Tum, Larb, and Phat Si Ew….but I had never even attempted to make half of the recipes that Ricker (a white guy) had mastered.
The cookbook itself is pretty awesome. Its filled with authentic recipes that are not at all simplified to make cooking easier. In fact, I would even venture to say that they are so authentic that some of the ingredients he mentions are items I’ve never boughten before in my life (sad). To read more about the Pok Pok cookbook, check out this article in Food and Wine: How to Make Real-Deal Thai Food at Home.
I know it has been about a month since my last post but what a busy month it’s been! With Christmas, New Year’s, Alex’s birthday, and the birth of our friends’ first child I just haven’t found the time to sit down and write. But the new year brings new beginnings and I hope to bring a lot of exciting stuff to the blog this year.
To start off the new year, here is the much anticipated recap of our holiday DC trip! Continue reading
Ok first of all, I just want to apologize to all my readers! I didn’t realize that my previous post about Thai comfort food didn’t have any text! I absolutely loathe the WordPress app because it does not properly sync up with the online interface. I had this whole blog post written out but apparently it did not load up on my phone so when I went to upload the pictures and post, it only posted the pictures! Soooo annoying. Anyway…here is the repost (with text).
There is just something so comforting about eating a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup during the winter months. And although medical professionals say that most of the healing benefits of the classic soup are psychosomatic, there is some truth regarding the anti-inflammatory properties of chicken noodle soup which can help relieve the development of cold symptoms. But medical benefits aside, you can’t deny the wholesome “good feeling” you get after having this old-fashioned classic.
Here at Chew Me Blog, we love the classics with twist. We are all about blending together flavors from different cuisines to create something unique and delicious (e.g. Greek Style Greens and Beans). So here I will share my Thai-ed version of Chicken Noodle Soup.
I have been really into Tandoori chicken lately. It all started a few weeks ago when I ordered a “Naanwich” at the Market District (Naan bread, jasmine rice, Tandoori chicken, cucumber salad and cilantro). I was hooked! I ordered another Naanwich a week later. Then I started ordering Tandoori chicken platters, and then Tandoori chicken a la carte. I’ve been adding Tandoori chicken to my salads, over rice, and even buttered noodles! I just love all of the flavors and spices.
So I tried to recreate my Market District favorite at home. How did it turn out? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like Tandoori chicken. But even though it wasn’t exactly what I was shooting for, I decided to post this recipe anyway because you know what? It was still pretty darn good.
On Friday, Alex and I were invited to a blind beer tasting event at our friend Ryan’s apartment. The rules were simple. Each person was to bring two 1 pint bottles of beer wrapped to conceal its identity. Additionally, the beers all had to be within the IPA, Stout or Christmas/Winter genres. The person who brings in the winning beer of each category gets a prize.
Our friend Ryan is no joke when it comes to beer so there was definitely a lot of pressure trying to select something the wouldn’t put us (and our somewhat lackluster knowledge of beer) to shame.
Let the games begin.
Alex and I drive through Philadelphia every year on our annual trip to the Jersey Shore. But aside from the quick pit stop for a late night cheesesteak or Chinese food, it had been ages since I had actually walked the streets and truly experienced all there is to do in Philly. When we told all our family and friends of our upcoming weekend excursion, we were surprised by the number of food/bar suggestions that we received. There was so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat!
Here is a recap of what we were chewing on (please note that not all food items are pictured, to view all of the pictures please visit our twitter page):
When we arrived in Philly late Thursday evening, we checked into our hotel and immediately hit the town. We first stopped at Jon’s Bar and Grille for a couple of IPAs (Alex’s new favorite style of beer) and then went to Lorenzo & Sons for a giant pizza slice! Ok so this isn’t the best picture of Alex, but the shining star here is definitely the pizza. Continue reading