Channeling My Inner Homer Simpson

“Mmmmmmmm……doughnuts.” – Homer Simpson

A man of few (intelligent) words, but a sage, never less. I either channel Homer too often (my wife’s view) or not enough (my view).

Cleveland is a doughnut battleground. While there have been a few local chains, many of the doughnut shops are small and have only one or a few locations. In the 17 years we have lived in our house, we’ve seen many of the shops come and go. A few survive (Spudnuts, Jack Frost) but many don’t. One of the main reasons for this turn-over is that we have our share of Dunkin Doughnuts invading from the northeast. As more of those have popped up, I see fewer and fewer of the local shops surviving. One other import came to the Cleveland area a number of years ago and is located within a mile of my house: Krispy Kreme. Their expansion seemed to stop with the one store, but I am really glad they are around.

Most of their doughnuts are pretty good, but there is just nothing like driving by and seeing the big red light on in the store window indicating that hot, fresh glazed doughnuts are being made and ready to go. Walking in, the largest feature of the store is the conveyor belt of glazed doughnuts just starting to cool. You order a couple (come on, we all know you can’t have just one) and they pick them right off of the belt.

The doughnut is so light and airy and melts in your mouth that I swear it is hollow inside. Just glazed air.

When I see “glazed” in a description, I cannot but help think of the Krispy Kreme doughnut.

This recipe is really easy and pretty good.

I really thought I had scallions, but must have them used them up, so I threw in some shallots. Both are in the onion family and start with S, so should be OK, right?

The glaze is in the dish.

And the chicken. Make sure you baste it as indicated in the recipe. By doing so, you build up this nice glaze (mmmmmm doughnuts) on the chicken and it really enhances the flavor.

The cabbage salad has a nice tang to it.

Lime and Soy-Glazed Chicken With Cabbage Slaw

Prep Time: 15m | Cook Time: 35m | Makes: 4


  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, thinly sliced (4 cups)
  • 2 large carrots, coarsely grated
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper


1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, stir together the sugar, soy sauce, and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice; add the chicken and turn to coat. Roast, skin-side down, until the sauce is simmering, about 10 minutes. Turn the chicken skin-side up and roast, basting occasionally, until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes more.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the cabbage, carrots, scallions, and mint with the ginger, canola oil, sesame oil, the remaining 3 tablespoons of lime juice, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the chicken.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 474 Fat 23g Sat Fat 5g Cholesterol 138mg Sodium 867mg Protein 45g Carbohydrate 21g Sugar 14g Fiber 3g Iron 3mg Calcium 93mg


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Feb 26th is National Chili Day

In honor of today’s food holiday, please revisit the following recipes that use or feature this ingredient:

Boilermaker Tailgate Chili, Just Cry for Joy Chili, Texas Style Chili, Churkey Chili, White-Bean Chili

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15 Comments on “Channeling My Inner Homer Simpson”

  1. February 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Easy and looks good!


  2. Lori McCarthy
    February 26, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I did drive right past Krispy Kreme this morning, even though the hot sign was on, and I did NOT take a donut at my morning meeting (easier to pass up, just from Giant Eagle) but now that I’ve heard the word “donut” for the third time this morning, I think the powers that be are trying to tell me something. I just may have to stop later today, but only if the “Hot” sign is illuminated.


    • February 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Lori – I found that Krispy Kreme has a smart phone app that will alert you when your local on has the hot light on!


  3. February 26, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Then this should be one of my favourite days, I love chilli! The glaze looks fab, I suppose this would only work with poultry though? I can’t imagine it with beef or fish… correct me if I’m wrong.


  4. February 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    You went from doughnuts to lime and soy glazed chicken?? I love it. OMG I remember the one time I had a Krispy Kreme treat. Your description of it as glazed air is just perfect.
    We have a new doughnut place that makes “artisan” doughnuts like maple and bacon here in Boulder Colorado. I have not gone……I am avoiding this huge looming dietary pitfall.


  5. February 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I have been meaning to comment for a while now! I subscribe to your blog and so receive the post updates via email. Everyday recently I have had something interesting and enthusiastic to read. You tell a good tale (loved the one about the dog). I really enjoy the recipes too and the food experiences you share. Thank you.


  6. February 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I’m not sure how we morphed immediately from doughnuts to chicken … but you had me at Spudnuts. When I was in college %* years ago (don’t ask), there was a Spudnut shop on a handy corner. And then it rather unceremoniously disappeared. Woe and gnashing of teeth! Those were the most heavenly treats in this world and I’ve pined for them ever since. I could weep, I tell you!


  7. February 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Looks amazing!


  8. February 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Mmmmmmm…. Chili donuts!


  9. February 27, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I knew a fighter pilot named “Skip” that could eat a dozen Krispy Kremes in 24 bites. He retired and became a cop. True story, don’t have to use the 10% rule even.


  10. NoisyInternets
    February 28, 2013 at 12:52 am #



  11. February 28, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Donuts are pretty much the absolute worst food you can possibly eat: heavy carb bread, fried in terrible oil, then coated in pure sugar.

    But Krispy Kreme is definitely the best at being the worst! Drool.


  12. March 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I have made a similar dish like this one before & loved it too! Yours looks like a real winner too! 🙂 Yummmm!


  13. Suzette
    March 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    I don’t particularly like donuts–I know, that’s just not normal–but I’ll bet I’d like that tasty-looking glazed chicken and the cabbage salad (mmm, love sesame oil!).



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