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Old 04-14-2012, 09:18 PM   #11
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We went out for Five Guys tonight.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:27 PM   #12
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I found a recipe for Spicy Basil Chicken in Cooking Light magazine and I have all the ingredients so I am going to try it out tonight
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:45 PM   #13
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I'm cooking my developmental Kung Pao recipe again tonight, with chicken this time. This is iteration now about #15-#20 and ingredients and proportions are beginning to stabilize. My model/icon is the same dish served by one of the best Chinese restaurants in my local area. My recipe will be good enough to post if I can get it even half as good as theirs. I have a few twists of my own so I'm not trying to exactly copy their dish.

I have one procedure here that is particularly relevant to Asian stir fried dishes, what I call "residue analysis." This is where I look at my plate after dinner is done and eaten, and examine what ingredients are left. This is particularly relevant to Asian stir fry dishes where you eat them with chopsticks, and pick and choose which bites to eat.

I presume the diner will eat first what they like best, and they will leave behind the less desirable ingredients or those that have been furnished out of proportion. It is my job as chef to proportion the recipe so that the ancillary ingredients will be eaten and run out at exactly the same time as the main ingredient is totally consumed (the chicken, shrimp, pork or beef).

It is my experience with Asian cooking that the chef has to anticipate which ingredients in the stir fry are most desirable, which are accents, and particularly the chef has to cater to serving the best mix all the ingredients. It can be seen in what's left which ingredients were supplied too plentifully.

My Kung Pao is still in the area where I'm trying to please myself (as both chef and audience) but I'm nearing the point where I will experiment on test animals (otherwise known as my family and friends) and hopefully within a few weeks or months my Kung Pao recipe will be ready to publish.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:50 PM   #14
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Hi! I am new here. I had pork chops, baked sweet potato, brussel sprouts and cottage cheese. Baked cookies today peanut butter choclate chip and will probably eat 6 before the night is over. LOL
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:58 PM   #15
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I found a recipe for Spicy Basil Chicken in Cooking Light magazine and I have all the ingredients so I am going to try it out tonight
Looking at your source recipe it looks like a typical Pad Krapow "stir fry with Holy basil." I usually make mine moo (pork) which is the traditional form of this recipe made from ground pork, although as with all Asian recipes you can translate into chicken, pork , beef, shrimp, ground or whole pieces, etc. This is one of the things that I love about Asian cooking, that you can switch so freely between different protein groups or within groups between various forms (ground, whole, fillets, skinless, skin on and bone in, etc.).

A tip: (1) fry an egg per serving and serve the egg right over the top, and (2) squeeze about half a lime over each serving. Yep, right over the egg!

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And try to use Thai basil, Holy basil, whatever instead of Western sweet basil. That adds a whole new but subtle dimension.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:47 PM   #16
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Had a nice nap this afternoon. Got up and made Fried chicken dinner with all the works. Not one word to my Cardio Dr!
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Had a nice nap this afternoon. Got up and made Fried chicken dinner with all the works. Not one word to my Cardio Dr!
As long as you don't tell my Cardio what I've been eating...
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Hi! I am new here. I had pork chops, baked sweet potato, brussel sprouts and cottage cheese. Baked cookies today peanut butter choclate chip and will probably eat 6 before the night is over. LOL
Hello, Schazz, welcome to DC! Please feel free to introduce yourself in our Introductions forum, and tell us a bit about yourself!
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As long as you don't tell my Cardio what I've been eating...
Oh no, never would I ever break that oath..
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We went out for Five Guys tonight.
I've been meaning to try them, never been to one, just noticed they have one near me. Are they okay or really good?
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