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Lemongrass-Scented Roasted Chicken with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Lemongrass-Scented Roasted Chicken with Spicy Dipping Sauce by SheSimmers.com
If the first quarter is any indication, 2015 is slated to be the year I roast more chickens than any of the previous years of my life. I don’t have an explanation for this, and if there was one, I’m sure you’d find it earthshatteringly boring. But if I had to guess, I’d say laziness would be the most likely culprit.

Roasting a chicken is easy. The bird requires little babysitting as it cooks. The juices at the bottom of the pan become the sauce, requiring no further effort on your part to embellish it. The whole process also leaves you with only one or two containers to wash. All you have to do is put a whole chicken in front of you, stare at it for a while, look through the herbs and spices in your cupboard and refrigerator, return your gaze to the chicken, nod to yourself reassuringly, and assign a flavor theme to it. Your theme du jour can be anything that you like or can create with the spices and aromatics you have on hand.

Well, one day, I had a lot of fresh lemongrass on hand. Continue Reading →

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Lemongrass Baked Chicken Wings (ปีกไก่อบตะไคร้)

Thai Baked Chicken Wings with Dried Chili Dipping Sauce by SheSimmers.com
This post is brought to you by excitement at the level that is so unreasonable it’s awkward. I just made these wings less than a couple of hours ago. The kitchen and my clothes still smell like them as I’m sitting here, writing.

(Whispering, because the wings are within earshot) These wings would have been much better grilled, in my opinion. But where I am, the weather is not yet warm enough to grill outside. So I went for the next best option: baking. Continue Reading →

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Mike Sula and Spicy Thai Lao Egg Rolls from Spicy Thai Lao Restaurant, Chicago

An Interview with Chicago Reader Restaurant Critic, Mike Sula, and an Egg Roll Recipe from Spicy Thai Lao Restaurant in Chicago
James Beard Award-winning journalist Mike Sula has been writing for the Chicago Reader for 20 years, covering various topics in various formats and styles from short blog posts to long-form features. One of the city’s most respected restaurant reviewers, Sula scours the nooks and crannies of Chicagoland in search of stories to tell you. Sure, he has a reputation for both being difficult to impress and being very capable of vividly articulating why certain things don’t impress him. But if you have followed his work for several years, you will know that Sula is actually impressed with a lot of things.

Sula is also a writer whom I deeply admire. He has always been generous with his help and advice whenever I, a relatively new writer, ask him for it. I have always felt grateful for that. And I would like to dedicate this post to him.

But, first, I asked Sula a few questions. Continue Reading →

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