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The ABCs of Michigan almond boneless chicken

The acronym ABC usually stands for “American-born Chinese.” But if it’s shorthand for your favorite Chinese dish, chances are you’re from Michigan. “It’s a Michigan thing,” restaurant owner Margaret Yee says about almond boneless chicken, #7 on her menu at Kim’s in Troy, and the restaurant’s best-selling item. Far from one of the symbolic dishes …

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Community Kitchen: Pineapple tarts for Chinese New Year

I was leaving to spend the 2013 Chinese New Year with my mother, my brother and his family in Edmonton, Alberta. One of the last things I threw into my suitcase in Milwaukee was the only pineapple tart mold I could hurriedly find in my unruly miscellaneous baking drawer.  This mold, with a serrated copper …

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Hakka cuisine a mystery even to its heirs

It took Althea Chang a while to realize that jerk chicken was not a traditional Chinese dish. But Chang isn’t alone. Her ancestors were Hakka, a community of people whose cuisine and traditions moved around the world, picking up influences along the way. Her father’s side of the family grew up in Jamaica, where rice …

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My Italian Wok

I’m squarely an Italian cook. I crave puttanesca, dream of ribollita and would have carried a bouquet of zucchini flowers when I walked down the aisle last month if they were in season. Yet the pot I use most, the one that never leaves the range, is a $12 wok that I bought it in …

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