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Forbidden Rice Risotto

comfort food.  that’s what cold weather is all about… but with a HEALTHY TWIST let’s just say that this is NOT your typical “risotto”. i would call it “risotto-like”…but it definitely fits the comfort-food category all the deep rich flavors from the slow cooking and reducing are there, but the black rice has a different texture…almost “al dente-like” to regular rice.  it maintains …

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Thai Coconut Curry Sauce with Fresh Tofu and Konjac Noodles

healthy fresh tofu and clean Konjac noodles in a light flavorful Spicy Thai Coconut Curry Sauce. a delicious alternative to a meat and pasta meal. the sauce is easy and can be made ahead of time.  the tofu…fresh is best if you can find it.  the noodles. however,  are a bit different and unusual.  they are Konjac noodles made from …

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BEST BURGER EVER…Hands down

YES…hands down THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER EATEN TEN SIMPLE STEPS TO THE BEST BURGER 1.  buy some good rib eye. 2.  grind the meat yourself. 3.  don’t pack the patty. 4.  cast iron skillet, searing hot 5.  medium rare is the way to go… 6.  remove from skillet before you think it’s done. 7.  rest the meat! 8. …

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Chicken Curry-Indian style

 a straight up Chicken Curry recipe.  my go-to sauce when i want something rich, warm and spicy.  i don’t know how ‘authentic’ it is, being that Newport Beach is not the mecca of Indian cuisine…and i have not yet been to India, but it does the deal when craving something with a good deep garam masala curry flavor, not that …

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Spicy Sausage Marinara (low carb Pasta)

i’ll bet most home cooks have their own version of an Italian Marinara Sauce in their back pocket. OR…know someone with the best red sauce recipe…OR you have your in-laws’ Italian Grandma’s hand written “gravy” recipe framed on the kitchen wall..well, i do know someone, but i usually just wait for her to have a big family dinner and hope …

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Korean Tacos

Look, I just put Korean and Taco together in the title, so we’ve pretty much taken authenticity off the table, right?  I’ve been reading about these for months – they started out as  street food in Los Angeles and have found their way across the country all the way to New York City, at least if you believe the New York Times, …

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Pepperoni Pan Pizza

New Haven is famous for pizza – not the Chicago kind, or the Domino’s/Little Caesar versions either. The stuff here is really thin, has only a tiny smattering of sauce, and is cooked in brick ovens at temperatures that produce black blisters on the crust and a slight charcoal dust on the bottom of every piece. And when you order …

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All Purpose Peanut Sauce

This recipe was inspired by the sauce for California Pizza Kitchen’s Thai Pizza. It is great for anything that takes well to peanut sauce, including chicken satay, asian lettuce wraps, chinese chicken salad, or a spoon. 1/2 cup peanut butter1/2 cup hoisin sauce1 tablespoon honey2 teaspoons red wine vinegar2 teaspoons minced ginger1 teaspoon sesame oil2 teaspoons soy sauce1 teaspoon chili …

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Black Bean Patties

This recipe is my version of a Cooking Light recipe. I like to serve these over rice (preferably with something interesting in it, like cilantro) and some fresh mango or pineapple salsa. (Let me know if you want the recipes for these.) While especially suited to the vegetarian crowd, all my carnivores like these too. I always make a double …

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I wanted to name this recipe “Humble Pie” because it contains Velveeta, a product I consider to be the bottom of the food chain, but nonetheless absolutely essential to the consistency of the macaroni and cheese. True foodies might scoff at such a plebeian ingredient, but sometimes comfort food requires certain sacrifices. It’s a small price to pay for a …

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