Crispy, double-dipped chicken tenders with garlic parmesan sauce! Another recipe I was initially doubtful about, but the results spoke for themselves. Probably the best fried chicken we’ve made so far!
We took an impromptu roadtrip to DC over Memorial Day weekend and although it wasn’t the main purpose behind the trip, we did stuff ourselves full of tasty treats throughout, like fresh handmade pasta at Sfoglina Pasta House, crackling baguette sandwiches from Bread Furst, an icy cold frosé/margarita blend at Tonic and coffee and snacks at Little Red Fox. But by far and away our favorite stop was at Bete for Ethiopian in Silver Springs, MD. It’s something we don’t have easy access to in these here parts and I feel like I am in a constant state of longing for injera and misir wot after leaving my beloved Ethiopian Diamond back in Chicago those many moons ago. Upon our return to the non-Chicago Middle West, I’ve been fermenting a bowl of teff and have ordered a big shiny silver platter to spread my homemade injera on. If all goes well, I’m hoping I’ll have some pictures to share!
Min always encourages me to try new recipes and has been requesting Moroccan for awhile. I kept putting it off, thinking it would take too much time, but the other night, I went for it, and it was easy and delicious. Beef tagine with dates and chickpeas over pearl couscous. Min whipped up a Moroccan coffee to go with it that involved fresh grated nutmeg, lots of ginger, and a healthy dose of cinnamon and sugar. I used a Jamie Oliver recipe that Min deemed “inauthentic,” according to the YouTube cognescenti. But for my first try, I was happy with it. Maybe a tad on the sweet side. Next time I’d reduce the amount of dates and tomatoes and up the spices.
A coffee date with Dr. B at Factory Coffee on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon!
Great bourbon list at a new spot in Kalamazoo, Brick and Brine! Unbeknownst to us, it was restaurant week, so we got to try their fried chicken sandwich for a mere $10 and it was sublime. Hope it stays on the menu! Great bartender there who really knows her stuff and collected a fun, diverse assortment of bottles to try. We didn’t get any of the cocktails on this first go-round, but watching them go out, they looked right up my alley: complex flavors with a bitter/tart edge and not overly sweet. Looking forward to future visits!