Off to Somewhere…

Monday, April 7, 2008 10comments No tags Permalink 0

…for something nice to drink, but before I dash into spring, a couple of odds and ends.

I. Check out my Spam Musubi post over at Serious Eats. Recently I’ve been hovering between musubis and Korean fried chicken cravings. Thank god it is no longer banana or bread pudding, or any sweet for that matter – my teeth are eternally thankful.

II. Sunday night supper once again confirmed that Don must be the best cook on the planet. In but a few hours, he pulled together a fantastic dinner for Shann and I: butternut squash risotto with roasted chicken, artichokes, and maitake mushrooms, shallots and rosemary to round it out. First time I’ve had fresh artichokes in my life, the world is crazy. You see what I mean when I say I no longer have any desire to eat out when he cooks? :)

III. I had my first taste of Korean Fried Chicken last weekend with much thanks to Don. Paired with nori and rice (crispy bottom included ^_^) and a double dose of Law & Order, it was the beginning of a dangerous addiction. The craving hit again this morning, and I met up with Robyn, Tina, and Helen at the BBQ Chicken restaurant for an afternoon feast. Thighs, legs, wings and breasts, we took it down with biscuits, along with very strange and unusual sides of “spicy creamed corn” and “pepper muchers” which bore no evidence of peppers but were in fact breaded and fried sticks of potatoes and cheese. But oh god, did the chicken satisfy, hot enough to burn with a crackly crust and steaming sweet tender innards. Robyn can surely tell you more about Korean fried chicken. I was completely content for three whole hours following lunch, and now I’m craving it for dinner again.

IV. Why has it taken me 21 years to discover the glories of maple candy?! Don pointed to four glass jars at the Greenmarket on Saturday, “maple candy” he said. Pale brown and mildly sweet, the appearance led me to believe it was a hard candy. But nope, I was far off. A bite in and the little brick crumbled oh-so-gently, dissolved and melted away into pocket puddles of maple glory.

Hope the week is going well for all!

BBQ Chicken & Beer
232 7th Ave
NY, NY 10011
(917) 606-1415

  • K & S
    April 8, 2008

    mmm, spam musubi! please tell me how you use the li hing mui? Do you sprinkle it on the rice or as you saute the spam?

  • SicklyBug & Cassaendra
    April 8, 2008

    Hi Kathy!Puts a new spin on “KFC.” I must try it! Glad the week is going awesome for you thus far! Great post on Spam musubi! =)- Cassaendra

  • spring flowers
    April 8, 2008

    what does Don do for a living? Does he just love to cook as a hobby? Amazing what dishes he produces! I need a friend like Don. After his cooking I wouldn’t eat out anymore either. Welcome spring!

  • anonymous
    April 9, 2008

    Hey there! Congrats on the write-up on SE! Might this be a preview for a change in jobs? I’ve never been an avid fan of Spam, but I suppose it has to do with childhood memories of watching it slip out of the can surrounded by that unappetizing gel-like substance. Ick! But this looks quite tasty and refined…enough for me to give it a try! Speaking of fried chicken, I haven’t tried any of the Korean places that have been popping up everywhere for the last several years around Flushing, where I live. But after I read about it in the Times a while back, I’ve been meaning to devote an entire day to trying out each korean fried chicken spot I can find. Well, enjoy the great NYC weather! ;)

  • anonymous
    April 9, 2008

    said it before and will say it again, you and don eat the best dinners ever! come on kathy, some recipes please!!

  • NinerNiner
    April 9, 2008

    Kathy, I LOVE maple candy! The place at the Greenmarket charges by the pound, too, so you can pick just the size pieces you want… mmmmmmm… Wish I had some right now!

  • Janet
    April 10, 2008

    mmm, I love both spam musubi and maple candy!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 10, 2008

    Hey Kat!We just sprinkle it on top of the Spam as we layer it in :)Hey Cassaendra!Haha, oh man, Korean fried chicken is AMAZING!Hey Spring Flowers!Don is prettttty darn amazing – I’ve yet to name a dish he cannot cook! :)Hey Cheryl!Oooo I’m still craving fried chicken, almost a week later. I’ve heard about all the places in Flushing, but have yet to find the time to make it there. Must hit all the Korean fried chicken places eventuallY! :)Hey Danny!I definitely eat better (not to mention more balanced!) meals when Don cooks! He goes by eye more than recipes, though I’d be happy to ask him for details of any certain dish you wanted to try! ^_^Hey Ninerniner!You bet I’ll be returning for more candy this weekend :Hey Janet!hahah! musubis + maple candy = best combo EVER!

  • K & S
    April 10, 2008

    thanks gotta try it :)

  • shann
    April 13, 2008

    mmm, that was probably the best meal i’m going to have in a long time….but can he do instant miso soup in the microondas with rice in a measuring cup as well? it would probably not be the same. ;o)

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