Category Archives: The Cover Cooking Challenge

Cover Cooking Challenge Week 6: Food and Wine’s Simplest Chicken-and-Leek Stew

Apologies for the long gap in posting. I was lucky enough to be cruising Alaska with Celebrity Cruises, seeing whales, hiking glaciers, and eating and drinking myself silly. (Seriously, do you have any idea how much they feed you on … Continue reading

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Cover Cooking Challenge, Week 5: Bon Appetit’s Cleansing Ginger-Chicken Soup

If you live in Astoria, there’s a good chance you know about Yajai Thai‘s vegetable ginger soup. If you don’t, I’m about to change your world. This slightly sweet, slightly spicy, clear broth is swimming with lots of crunchy, fresh … Continue reading

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The Cover Cooking Challenge, Week 4: Food and Wine’s Mole-Spiced Roasted Turkey

I love turkey, but unless it’s Thanksgiving, I usually don’t have the patience to cook it except in ground form. However, the other day, I really wanted to use a protein I don’t normally cook with, just to mix up … Continue reading

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The Cover Cooking Challenge, Week 3: Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is a perfect food: rich filet, earthy mushrooms, and crispy, buttery puff pastry. I really couldn’t ask for anything more in life. However, actually making a Beef Wellington is torturous. I know at the end I’ll be happy, but, … Continue reading

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The Cover Cooking Challenge, Week 2: Bon Appétit’s Short Rib Pot Pie

Walking by the newsstand yesterday morning, I couldn’t help but stop and stare at the gorgeous pot pie on the cover of Bon Appétit. From the flaky, salted crust to the glistening pearl onions, it looked simply delectable. The problem? The … Continue reading

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The Cover Cooking Challenge, Week 1: Food & Wine’s Cider-Brined Pork Tenderloins

Brining a particularly hard technique to do in a tiny kitchen. When meat brines, it sits for a period of time (often at least 24 hours) in a cool space (so a fridge) before it is cooked. This creates a few … Continue reading

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The Apartment Epicurean’s Cooking IQ Quiz!

How much do you know about cooking and food? Put your culinary smarts to the test with this quiz, and then post your scores in the comments. In a week, I’ll pick one of the top scorers as a winner, … Continue reading

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