Chicken Under A Brick


Print Chicken Under A Brick Author: Chef Donna Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American Serves: 4-6   Be a show-off in the kitchen when you prepare this recipe with your cast iron pan and shiny-covered bricks. The results will turn basic chicken into an amazingly juicy and tender dish with oh-so-tasty crispy skin. Ingredients 1 3-to 4-pound whole chicken (fryer) […]

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Backyard BBQ and California Fusion Article and Recipes

Chef Donna delights readers with her Backyard BBQ and California Fusion recipes. See pages 15, 16, and 27 for recipes. After 23 years of working as a teacher and administrator at a very large school district, I decided to change careers and become a Personal Chef. I wanted to say goodbye to my long-time co-workers […]

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Chef Donna’s California Jambalaya Recipe


My father’s folks moved from New Orleans, Louisiana when he was a child and even though I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I grew up eating file gumbo with blue crabs, collard greens with spicy cha-cha relish, oyster dressing, shrimp balls, and cornmeal-crusted fried fish. But being a Cal Gal, I also […]

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Brining Basics

I get many questions from home cooks about perking up chicken dishes. And a common question is how to keep the chicken, particularly the breasts, from drying out. For whole chickens, brining is an excellent method to yield a moist and flavorful finished bird. Here is an excellent article on brining basics from Cooks… Illustrated: […]

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