How To Stir Fry Pepper Steak

Pepper steak is one of the easiest stir fry dishes you can make. It doesn't require any ingredients you can't find in just about any grocery store -- except for one, maybe, if you're really in the middle of nowhere. And it's fairly non-exotic, compared to some of the things you see on Anthony Bourdain's show, so even the most timid eater (or your kids) shouldn't be afraid to try it. Wait, that's a pretty back-handed compliment ... "it's ordinary and safe." Okay, put it this way: Pepper steak … [Read more...]

How To Make Onion Rings From Scratch

This version has a very simple, very light tempura style batter. It's about the simplest batter possible, and I can guarantee that if you cook at all, you've already got everything you need in the cupboard. UPDATE: I've also done beer batter onion rings. That one's a slightly tastier version, but a bit harder to do. … [Read more...]

How To Cook With Beef Tallow

If you're reading this, you've probably already decided that cooking with animal fat is not the worst thing you can do. So I won't bother going into an explanation of how trans fat from hydrogenated vegetable oil is the real killer. But I will point out that there are several people who will explain it all in great detail. So, now you're interested in how to do it. If you don't already have some frier-ready tallow, rendering your own is cheap and (fairly) easy. … [Read more...]

Pan-fried Chicken in Butter

I've been described as something of a "skin freak" when it comes to chicken and turkey. So it always catches me by surprise when someone says that they prefer skinless chicken breasts. Not as a dietary issue -- which is misguided anyway -- but they actually don't like the skin. Baffling. That doesn't mean I can't still do a fabulous skinless chicken breast. Oh, sure, it's cooked in butter. But as long as it's skinless, people seem to be happy. I can work with that. … [Read more...]

Chili-cheese fries cooked in beef tallow

Fries used to be cooked in beef tallow. They were crispy golden pieces of goodness. Restaurants liked tallow because they could use the same tallow for a month as long as they didn't burn anything and they kept it clean. Then the food police decided frying in beef tallow was bad for us. Ask them for the medical studies proving any connection between animal fats and heart disease and all they have is a study where they force-fed rabbits -- vegetarians without the ability to process animal fats … [Read more...]