Mar. 19th, 2017
When the weather is getting chilly like now, there’s nothing better than this dish with a shot of soju for dinner. It warms you right up! This dish is full of everything tasty, big chunky juicy dark meat chicken, soft potatoes and deep, rich and spicy juice that tastes so yummy when eaten with rice. Soju is a korean liquor made with mainly potatos. It tastes somewhere between japanese sake and vodka. It’s used in Korean cooking a lot, especially in cooking meat. When heated with meat, the alcohol evaporates and takes away the gamey smell of the meat with it. So even if you are not into drinking this liquor, it’s good to keep a bottle for cooking purposes. And they are super cheap at Korean grocery shops, usually less then $7 a bottle. It is the most popular drink in Korea and there are many different brands but most of them come in green bottles. You can use any brand for cooking. If you can’t find soju near you, no worries. You can substitute soju with sake or vodka. You can use many different types of chicken as long as it’s dark meat: bone-in chicken thighs, wings, and drumsticks…etc. Just make sure they are not too big, and you might need to cook them a bit longer in order for the chicken to cook through. I like to use boneless chicken thighs the best because they take less time to cook and also less messy to eat.
Oh my gosh, I absolutely need to make this. Even if Dan is allergic to garlic – I’ll make him cheeseburger on the side or something 🙂
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Chicago 1982 is a goldmine for the construction industry, and Eric and his two business partners are thriving. Once nothing more than orphans in a Catholic boys’ home, they’ve overcome poverty and abuse to obtain success. Now living the lives they once only dreamed of, they’re sure of one thing: they will never look back.
Then the past returns, by way of a cheap polyester suit and a smile Eric has never forgotten-and all the dark memories come crashing back. Lucky for him, Jimmy has no idea who Eric is, or who Eric used to be…
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
The overall story arc of “We Three Kings” could be told in a few short sentences, but sometimes the beauty of a story is in the telling. What I liked about this story the most was that Henley relied heavily on “showing not telling” – that is, the backstory of the characters and how they came to be the people that they are is shown, not laid out in clumsy exposition. The history is sketched in piece by piece as they novella progresses. We actually never do get the entire picture and that’s OK. The reader has enough solid information to understand what has happened and how this influences the characters and can sketch in the rest as needed.
Eric is a deeply conflicted, troubled man who desperately wants to atone for past transgressions but isn’t sure he has it within himself to do so. He and Jimmy are clearly a great match, but he has a mountain of baggage to deal with before this could ever happen. Interestingly, I’m not sure Eric is a 100% likeable guy, but he is who he is and he doesn’t apologize for that.
My only complaint with the story is that the character of Jimmy isn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked, though in the context of the story it’s understandable why. Also, when primary plot conflicts can just be settled by the characters just TALK to each other plainly, I get frustrated as a reader. Of course, seeing the big picture that’s easy for me to say – to someone actually living the story and dealing with the doubts and insecurities, it’s probably not so easy.
This is another very enjoyable story from A.F. Henley, and I am happy to heartily recommend it!
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