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Friday, May 13

Friday Fives

1. How often do you cook at home?


2. How did you learn how to cook?

College. It wasn't so much hating school union food, but a need to express myself creatively. I do that as much through cooking as music or writing.

3. What is a meal that has special meaning to you?

I make this dish called 'Lono chicken' that I pretty much lived off of in college. It goes something like this: boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into cutlets. diced onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Generally a jalepeno or two thrown in. Throw all this in a skillet with some olive oil, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and whatever else is in the fridge that seems good. Salad dressings often work well. Throw this around and towards the end thow in half cup of heavy cream to thicken. Pour this concoction over a plate of rice a roni (broccoli and cheese, for example). Then... top with fresh grated cheese.

I can't tell you how many times in my life I have had this, but it is many. I call it default cooking. As long as I have chicken and onions, pretty much every other ingredient is negotiable depending on what is left in the fridge. That, my friend, is Lono Chicken. Oh, and if you serve that to a girl with a bottle of white wine... you will get laid too. Another reason why it was a college staple. Chick's are amazed when a guy cooks well.

4. What is the last meal you cooked?

that would be last night. We had 'Buffalo chicken'. Since I am from Buffalo, I can tell you. I marinate boness skinless chicken breasts in buffalo wing marinade hot sauce for an hour or two. Then, grill it (frequently basting with fresh buffalo sauce as you go). Important tip: use a different bowl and sauce for marinating the chicken. You can't use the existing marinade the chicken was sitting in. it is a cross contamination issue and raw chicken juice will KILL you. Sanitation is super important when cooking with chicken, I can't stress that enough. Seriously, you should wash your hands just for reading this.

Then, throw the cooked breasts on a hamburger roll and you got yourself a delicious and juicy $8 sammich for about $1.50. Add lettuce and mayo and tomatoe of course.

5. What is your least favorite thing to cook?

I love cooking just about everything. The thing I can't do, and don't do... is bake. It is too precise and boring for me. When I cook, everything is done on the fly and improvised according to mood and resources available. You can't do that with baking. Baking is boring, just like you.


Blogger Grainger said...

Manalive...this web site has become boring...what is this the food network. We went from Bush bashing to commuter traffic reports to cooking with Julia...


2:36 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Ouch. Bring on the outrage, man. The natives are getting restless.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Armus said...

What do you mean the "old Lono"?

Lono IS old.

Seriously. The guy is something like 59. Short, fat, bald and boring. You should be grateful he's not talking about his hernia operation or bowel movements.

Though it's coming.

I think next week it's going to be the state of his lawn, and complaints about the kids in the neighborhood: the way they dress and the dreadful loud music they listen to.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

Lono: Solve a debate for me. You said you were from Buffalo. My husband and I lived in Buffalo for eight years. Buffalo wings were of course a popular staple. People in the Southern Tier of New York think the blue cheese dressing if for dipping the chicken wings in. I keep trying to tell them that the dressing was for the celery sticks that always came with the wings. The issue is not that you "can't" dip the chicken wings in the dressing, but it was never intended for the chicken wings to be dipped in. They argue with me all the time about this. Which way is it?

4:58 PM  
Blogger Lono said...


First I must warn you that anyone west of Chicago probably won't even understand the question. Out West, everyone uses Ranch Dressing for everything. I have dubbed us (Gen X) the Ranch Generation.

As for your question, I side with your husband. If dude wants to dip his wings in the sauce, that is fine. The Blue Cheese was chosen as a stark compliment to the heat of the wings.

Also, though I have been to the original Anchor Bar in Buffalo (birth of the Chicken Wing), it was about 20 years ago. Personally, I dip them in ranch as I eat them.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Lono said...

As for the other comments, I am happy to report that I am much more likely to get the cops called on me for having a party than the other way around.

As for Bush bashing, why bother? Y'all voted him in, and every single day on earth he re-affirms to me why he is the worst president in history, and has NO regard for a single person who works for a living.

Basically, they fact that you all have to live in Bush's world is recenge enough. The true injustice is reasonable people like me who have to live in it too.

11:13 PM  

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