This is the recipe we use at the restaurant. The coconut milk helps keep the chicken moist and it makes a rich sauce. We serve this with Mushroom and Bamboo Shoot Rice (recipe follows) and sautéed mustard greens or bok choy. There are countless variations of chicken adobo; Mary "Inday" Gancayco serves a memorable mixture of chicken and pork adobo coated with mashed chicken livers and topped with fried garlic. Get the full recipe.
On a glorious trip to Venice over a decade ago, I discovered the extraordinary affinity spring vegetables like baby artichokes, feathery wild asparagus, peas, leeks, and tiny onions have for each other, how their flavors can link and complement. Get the full recipe.
If I could take you to one of my favorite Brussels pubs, this is the typical local lunch we'd have along with a cool glass of Belgian white or wheat beer (see Stephen Beaumont's picks on the Web site). A tartine is an open-faced sandwich, usually made with coarse country bread spread with fresh cheese and topped with fresh vegetables or herbs. Get the full recipe.
Jane and Michael Stern: Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
As the name says, Prince's is all about fried chicken. But not fried chicken as usual. Here it's all about heat and lots of it. You might want to start with the mild (it still packs a punch) and work your way up to extra-hot if you dare. The chicken is marinated before it's fried so the flavor goes all the way through the meat. Jane says there should be a 12-step program for this chickenit's that addictive.
Prince's is a very casual place. Everything is cooked to order and comes out in a brown paper bag. There are tables inside, but the place is busy and often so crowded that folks pick up their order at the window to take away or eat outside on the sidewalk.
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack 123 Ewing Drive Nashville, TN 615-226-9442 No credit cards
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