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I’m not sure what first attracted me to a spicy soup recipe during the hot summer drought we’re experiencing on our part of the rock but for some reason I wanted to try this one the moment I saw it. Perhaps it was that I like most things that include the words ‘spicy’ and ‘chicken’ or maybe it was the eclectic ingredients list but for whatever reason it ‘spoke to me’ right off the bat. The original recipe has you boiling and shredding chicken for an hour, the …

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Sometimes the food we fix has a great story. This one doesn’t.

I mean I’m sure it does for some folks but for me my grandma never made it when I was a kid, I never lived in Cajun country and I never found a lost recipe for it in an old family cookbook that I parlayed into Uncle Chowhound’s Famous Homemade Long Lost Original Classic Family HomeStyle Red Beans and Sausage (available at grocery stores near you!).
Pretty cool how I can get a whole paragraph out of ‘ no …

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When the fledgling Kitchen Warrior first begins the transition from the freezer to the pantry often the biggest ‘gotcha’ is that a little more time and planning is required. Folks don’t always appreciate this and just assume we’re always ready to whip something up even in THEIR kitchen regardless of what ingredients they have on hand. I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me ‘Hey you’re a good cook have a cooking blog’ can’t you just MAKE something?
To that end its definitely a good …

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As you know here at Kitchen Warfare we’re a big believer in quality ingredients and there just isn’t anything fresher, tastier and healthier than what you can grow in your own garden.
Or as our indigenous rural neighbors say, ‘Food for the Table’.
You may not think you have the space to make growing your own food worthwhile and while more is definitely better you don’t need a lot of space to get something you can use and really appreciate. Even on a window sill or apartment balcony you can generally grow …

Breakfast, Cooking, News & Commentary »

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There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for breakfast any more. I don’t mean your daily high fiber whole wheat muffin and slice of mango. I mean a good down home traditional American breakfast. The breakfast meals of our my youth were high calorie high fat affairs that would drown a kitchen in oil, grease and batter before the sun was even up. Eventually however my mother joined the workforce and by the time I was in high school like everyone else I was …

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The Warfare Scramble is sort of a breakfast stir fry of potatoes, eggs, bacon or sausage, and cheese. Or swap the meat for your favorite veggies. Or add everything you can think of. Good stuff.
Note: The method we use here for our potatoes is an easy and healthy way to fry potatoes ANYTIME.

The Warfare Scramble
Serves 2
Time to prepare: 25-30 minutes

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One obstacle you may encounter when scratch cooking for other folks is the time quality food prep can and often takes. Consider that in a mind powered by a starving stomach you and your raw ingredients, sharp cutlery and expensive cookware are up against a 1500 watt microwave and a box of frozen Stouffer’s (NO of COURSE I can’t make a Lasagna from scratch in 3 minutes and 20 seconds!). Now I can’t say I know for sure that the people I cook for wouldn’t rather eat frozen …

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This pizza is referenced (with picture) in the article ‘Outstanding Pizza From Scratch In 50 minutes’
The motivation for this pie was to see how quickly I could prepare a pizza from scratch. What started as an Iron Chef sort of effort ended up as an excellent pizza I’ll make again and again.

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The nice thing about Lasagna other than its lure to commit deadly sin #2 is that its very easy to make an outstanding dish of it, you just need a good recipe.
Here’s why.
Generally speaking a successful effort in the kitchen requires 3 things-

A good plan (recipe, imagination, etc)
Using the best ingredients you can reasonably/affordably obtain
Proper execution

So assuming you have a good recipe (we do) and you get good quality ingredients it comes down to execution and if you can brown meat, cut vegetables and beat an egg you can make …

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I’ve always loved making President Kennedy’s waffles. First and foremost JFK knew a good waffle when he ate one, it’s a really good recipe. And secondly if you messed them up and anyone complained . . .
‘I didn’t realize JFK liked his waffles ‘blackened’.
you always had the perfect out . . .
‘Shut your pie hole, if they were good enough for President Kennedy, they’re good enough for you’.
To be fair I doubt President Kennedy’s chef had to use the same waffle iron my Dad gave me as a gift in …