Chinese Chicken and Dumplings

I enjoy a warm bowl of North American chicken and dumplings as winter time comfort food, but most versions tend to be bland. I added common Chinese spices to add depth: garlic, ginger, star anise, whole cloves, and a touch of soy sauce. Continue reading Chinese Chicken and Dumplings

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena

I began seeing fresh lemon verbena at the Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market several weeks ago. This powerfully fragrant herb accents some of my favorite hand soaps, I thought at the market, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the herb in the kitchen. Intimidated, I put off experimentation until my friend David Siefker offered me some of this pungent herb from his … Continue reading Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena