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Land of Plenty – Gong Bao (aka Kung Pao) Chicken

April 27, 2009

Continuing the Land of Plenty series, this weekend I made on of my all time favorites – Kung Pao chicken. There is some interesting historical background on this dish in the book, which you can also read on this website (which also has the Kung Pao recipe). Kung Pao is great because it has significant […]

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Land of Plenty – Dry Fried Green Beans

April 23, 2009

I finally have another Land of Plenty post for you internet loving fools. It’s a quick and simple dish, but dry fried green beans is one of the more famous Sichuan dishes, in part because the preparation does involve the “dry-frying” method of cooking native to Sichuan. We’re all familiar with deep frying, where you […]

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Sichuan Challengers + Pairing Wine & Sichuan

April 14, 2009

We have landed our two Land of Plenty challengers from last time’s post! Sarah E and Ted S, both of Atlanta, are up to the Sichuan challenge and there is a cookbook heading their way. I’m expecting great things from them..no pressure! In just a few weeks I’ve become much more comfortable with Sichuan ingredients […]

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Land of Plenty – Boiled Beef and Cookbook Challenge

April 11, 2009

If you read the last post in the Land of Plenty series, you’ll know that I stopped the post halfway through that meal, and there were promises that this post would be filled with boiled beef, excitement, and grandeur. The Boiled Beef Slices in a Fiery Sauce was damn good indeed, but the excitement part […]

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Sichuan Peanuts, Cucumber Salad, and Bean Curd Noodles

April 8, 2009

This past Sunday was my next foray into the Land of Plenty cookbook, but this time I vowed there would be no more ingredient substitutes! You know what this means…back to Buford Highway! While the Super H  is totally money, Buford Highway is so much closer than Duluth, and I was told that Ranch 99 […]

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Land of Plenty – Zhong Crescent Dumplings

April 3, 2009

Continuing through the Land of Plenty cookbook… Today is just a quick post, but I get to gleefully delve into one of my favorite Chinese snacks, dumplings. There are roughly 22,632 ways you can prepare dumplings, but this preparation just happens to be the “Zhong” Crescent Dumplings. Fuschia says this is a traditional New Year’s dish […]

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Land of Plenty – Xie Laoban’s Dan Dan Noodles

March 31, 2009

Now that I have my pantry stocked and ready to go, I’m ready to rock with the Land of Plenty series. I wanted to start simple, so it makes sense to start at the front of the book in the first recipe section, entitled Noodles, Dumplings, and Other Street Fare. The very first recipe is […]

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Land of Plenty – Sichuan 101 & Ingredients

March 28, 2009

Continuing with my initial post on Land of Plenty, I started off by reading Fuschia Dunlop’s informative introduction to Sichuan cooking. The background info on how Fuschia got involved with all of this, the historical development of Sichuan cuisine, traditions, and technique was very interesting. I won’t go into too much detail for the sake of […]

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