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Asian Experiment

Today I decided it was time to hit up the Asian Market again…mostly because I was down to the last drop of peanut oil, and there’s no better (read; cheaper) place to get it. We decided to play around in the aisles a bit, picking up a bunch of stuff we’d either never seen…or never [...]

Paella

This was definitely an “everything but the kitchen sink” type dish, inspired by a paella I saw Curtis Stone make on Take Home Chef this afternoon (I admit to watching way too much television) and a need to finish off a bunch of things in the fridge that didn’t add up to any more specific [...]

Vietnamese Spring Rolls w/Dipping Sauce

I was craving the chili-cherry dipping sauce in the fridge, and rather than eat it straight with a spoon, I made some simple spring rolls to back it up. The inside of these consisted of julienned carrots, red bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, rice noodles, green onion, and some grated frozen then defrosted tofu. I stir [...]

Linguine and Beanballs

I’d been eyeing this recipe in V’con for awhile, but was a little scared about making it. I’m sorry, but “beanballs” just does not sound very appetizing to me, not something that makes my mouth water in the grand scheme of food-dom. I was wrong about these…wrong, wrong, wrong. Would I rename them? Probably, although [...]

Potato Rolls and Vegetable Phyllo

The last time I attempted a roll it was also potato…sweet potato in fact, and I was making it for thanksgiving last year. Long story short, it didn’t work, and I ended up with two dozen orange rocks….yum….rocks. It reminds me of a childhood story about stone soup. Almost twelve months later and I finally [...]

Matzo Ball Soup

Confessional time: I hate Passover, and that’s mostly because I hate matzo. The lack of real carbs makes me feel sick, and all the fake ones in matzo and matzo products makes me feel constipated, but then you didn’t need to know that. The one thing I do love about Passover (besides those kosher chocolate [...]

Butternut Squash Soup and a Stir Fry

Since it’s been getting a bit chilly outside, I figured it was finally time to try out some butternut squash soup. I’ve never attempted a squash soup before, but I figured it couldn’t be too difficult…if only I’d gotten my proportions right. I’d picked out a pretty small butternut squash at the farmer’s market, since [...]

Quick Pasta Dinner

There’s nothing simpler than a white wine sauce over pasta, and I was going for simple last night. We also had a bag of green beans and a red bell pepper that were about to kick the bucket, so I used those up as well. Ingredients 1 red bell pepper 3 cloves garlic, minced Approx. [...]

Kale!

Kale is a super food…it’s so packed with nutrition that you can practically do a Popeye style flex after consuming just a few bites. So knowing all this, I must be eating it everyday, right? Weeelllll…maybe not everyday. I’ve had a lot of bad kale experiences…it’s very chewy, it can be a little bitter, the [...]

Buttercup Baked not Ziti

I’m done with my pumpkin experiments for the season, but I still wanted to make the “pumpkin baked ziti” recipe from V’con, since I’d been eying it long before pumpkin season even began. The recipe actually calls for canned pumpkin, which would make my life much easier, but I’m not quite ready to throw in [...]