Everyone knows Brian Boitano from winning the 1988 Olympics in men's figure skating, and some may even know him from his cooking show, What Would Brian Boitano Make? But very few people know how each of those things began. In this episode of My Food Thing, Brian revisits his childhood with a long-lost recipe for barbecue sauce and recalls the start of his successful skating career.
This stew is based on the savory rice porridge congee, which has roots in Chinese, Thai, and Korean cuisines. Though the dish uses some classic Asian ingredients—such as fish sauce, ginger, and bok choy—the flavors are not aggressively Asian.
Think of this as a lighter, fresher take on chicken Parmesan: We ditch the breading on the poultry and let juicy cherry tomatoes stand in for jarred pasta sauce. A little grated carrot adds just enough sweetness to round out the acidity.
This incredibly easy seafood dinner uses fresh pineapple and a teriyaki-style sauce for the classic sweet-and-tangy profile of Hawaiian shrimp. The pineapple also concentrates as it bakes and helps keep the rice mixture from becoming too dry.