Pho and Phriends

I love pho, especially when I get to share it with friends. I think I first enjoyed this flavorful Vietnamese soup when I was living in Paris, and the many places that serve it in DC continue to keep me satisfied. My favorite pho truck even stops by my office every week, so I can slurp up rice noodles and bean sprouts on the regular. I usually opt for beef pho, but when my friends and I saw a recipe … Continue reading

Crispy-Skinned Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas and Lemony Kale

I have no idea why I decided to photograph the piece of chicken that has a burnt onion stuck to it. Now that my perplexion is out of the way, let me tell you about this recipe. It is fabulous! The chicken is pan seared and then roasted on top of a delicious concoction of chickpeas and harissa broth. Harissa seems to be the hot (literally) new ingredient- it is a spicy Moroccan pepper sauce or paste that adds a … Continue reading

Chicken, Spatchcocked (Flattened) and Roasted

I don’t think it’s possible to fall out of love with roasted chicken, but sometimes I forget about it. I neglect it. I forget to pray at its altar with regularity, knife and fork in hand. And then I remember, and I am rewarded. This chicken is spatchcocked- it’s spine is removed and it is flattened. This preparation allows the chicken to roast faster, and it maximizes cost savings because whole chickens are usually less expensive than cut-up ones. Deeeeelicious! … Continue reading