Homemade granola bars

I’ve been trying to use up different things in my pantry that I bought when I was feeling kind of adventurous in my food choices. Many of these things are alternative grains like farro, black rice, and quinoa. I like granola bars a lot and thought it would be cool to use some of these …

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Vietnamese Table Fish Sauce

I first encountered Vietnamese food when I moved here to Houston 11 years go. I really loved the Vietnamese vermicelli noodle salad dishes with their grilled meat. I realized this was something I could fairly easily make at home. We’ll mostly. I wasn’t able to get the fish sauce component of the dish right. Because …

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Taco Salad

Some nights I just want something relatively easy to make for dinner because I’m tired or because I have to take el nino (aka my son) to swimming lesson. Last night was one of those nights. The previous evening I’d planned on grilling steak but the weather didn’t cooperate. As a result I had a …

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Easy Pork Chile Verde

I’ve made Pork Chile Verde before when I have the time to make the green sauce from scratch. However, sometimes I’m too busy or lazy to make the sauce and I really really want this dish. That prompted me to see if I could make a simple easy version of this. The answer is yes, …

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Coconut curry short ribs

My family really likes it when I make braised meat for them. My pork verde is always a huge hit when we visit one another. This time while I was home, I agreed to make a curried short rib dish for them. I used as the basis a recipe from Evil Shenanigans but made some …

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Tasty Chicken Satay

One of my favorite things to get when we go our for Thai food is satay. I don’t know if its the spices the chicken or beef are marinated in or the peanut dipping sauce which just tickle my taste buds. Typically I’m not a big fan of chicken but it is something I have …

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Lamb kibbeh patties

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned several times before that I’m a super big fan of lamb. One thing that often seems to be in the marked down meat bin at the grocery store is ground lamb. I guess most people don’t know what to do with it. For me there are so many delicious options …

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Cucumber Tomato Tabbouleh

Summertime always means lots of fresh vegetables and at my parents place especially lots of cucumbers. I also get lots of cucumbers in my CSA box so I’m always trying to think of ways to use them. Pair this with the fact I really really like bulgur and the flavors or tabbouleh but don’t really …

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Korean spicy dipping sauce goodness

Most people know that I’m a big fan of spicy food. Stuff with some kick but not enough to incinerate your tasty buds hot. (You won’t catch me eating ghost chile anything) I like having something to spicy up my sandwiches, wraps and stir fry on hand. However finding something that fits this bill is …

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