Through My Kitchen Window – Your Questions, Your Recipes

Its time! This is the week I answer your food and cooking questions, and share your favorite recipes. Well, its actually a week past time but I was so enamored with sauce last week

Your Questions:

Q. I just got a cast iron grill pan. Can you give me some tips on how to care for it, and a good recipe?

Ellie in West Chester

A. Cast iron is relatively simple to care for, and excellent for indoor grilling! To clean your grill: While still hot from cooking, scrub it with a wet paper towel. Do not immerse it in water or use soap. After its clean, rub it with peanut, coconut, or any other oil that can stand high temperatures. This will season the pan (create a non-stick surface). When grilling always rub your pan with oil after its hot, and before putting food on. Its that simple.

This recipe for teriyaki chicken is amazing. It works on a grill pan or outdoor grill. If your pan is too small to accommodate 10 pieces of chicken, just use fewer pieces. To create restaurant worthy grill marks on your chicken, rotate it once while cooking and try not to move it around too much otherwise.


Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

About 10 pieces of skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts, legs, thighs, or wings


1 cup of black tea, cooled

2 scallions

2-3 cloves fresh garlic

2 Tbs kosher salt

1 Tb brown sugar


Teriyaki Sauce:

1 cup soy sauce

1 Tb sesame oil

1/4 cup mirin rice wine

2 Tbs honey

2 Tbs brown sugar

4 cloves of garlic, sliced

1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced

Juice from 2 lemons

Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Peel and lightly smash garlic. Chop scallions in large pieces. Mix the brine ingredients in a large Ziploc bag and give a good shake to mix. Place the chicken into the bag, and add enough water to cover the chicken. Squeeze the air out of the bag, and double bag or place in a pan to prevent spills. Refrigerate for up to 1 hour (no longer).

Heat the grill pan on medium high to high and rub with an oil soaked paper towel to clean and season. Take the chicken out of the bag and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on your hot grill and brown on both sides ( 4-5 minutes per side). Then lower the heat and continue to cook the chicken through for about 10 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, cook Teriyaki sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Baste both sides of the chicken and continue cooking chicken for another 5-7 minutes basting occasionally. Chicken is done when it is 160 in the middle. Baste again when done or drizzle over plated chicken. Serve the extra sauce on the side for dipping. Serves 5

Q. Ive been hearing a lot about baking gluten-free lately. What flour do you recommend? Whats it made from?

Dorothy in Lancaster

A. I use Bobs Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour and coconut flour. There are many other gluten-free all-purpose brands and types of flour like rice or oat flour, but these are the two Ive used.

Bobs Red Mill GF All-Purpose flour is great for baking and using anywhere all-purpose wheat flour is called for. Its made from garbanzo flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, sorghum flour, and fava flour.

Coconut flour has a wonderfully coconutty aroma. Ive used to make rouxs and bake. It is a very thirsty flour and will require much more moisture than wheat flour. I suggest visiting for recipes using coconut flour.

Your Recipes:

Chicken Egg Drop Soup

From Michael in Honey Brook

Michael enjoyed reading the recent article about chicken soup and thought we might like this recipe. His mother made a similar recipe when he was growing up.

14 oz can fat-free chicken broth

One egg

2 Tbs grated cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl combine the egg and grated cheese. Mix thoroughly. Set aside. In a saucepan bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the egg and cheese mixture to the boiling broth. Continue to cook until the broth comes to a second boil. (Egg should appear scrambled.) Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 large serving. Enjoy!

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