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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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Rosemary Vanilla Bean Soda Bread

SODA BREAD…why is it called “soda” bread when it only has 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a whole tablespoon of baking powder…hmmmm, never mind… this has to be the easiest bread to make.  i never thought i could make a descent loaf of bread until i tried soda bread.  with a few staple ingredients and a regular loaf pan, …

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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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Mushroom Soup with Middle Eastern Flavors

creamy, non dairy, warm, comforting, light, yet filling. serve as a starter, side or main.   pureed soups are great for parties or quick family meals because they come together in no time and can always be made ahead.  there’s no meat that will get over cooked or veggies that will get mushy.  it reheats well with no separation when …

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Easy Hock Terrine

what to do with big beautiful UGLY ham hock…? break it down, tear it apart, smash it in to a loaf tin… call it charcuterie !… hi peoples… sorry, “writers block”… ha…how apropos.  a block for a block. maybe that’s why i have 23 drafts with photos and recipes waiting for some fabulous intelligent description…hmmm…intelligent just ain’t gonna happen. SO…this is a …

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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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Cured Pork Belly Roasted with Apple, Onion and Brown Sugar

PORK BELLY WINS AGAIN. i go to the Asian market every few weeks just to pick up some fresh tofu and some chili oil…maybe a few sweets for Dad from the bakery next door… how does that darn pork belly jump into my shopping cart every single time ? ! mmmmm…the pork belly is succulent, the bacon is crispy, the …

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Queso de Puerco…Pig’s Head Cheese

QUESO de PUERCO…or…QUESOS de CABEZAsounds a lot better than the translation…HEAD CHEESE but wait…don’t go…come back… all this talk about nose to tail eating, waste not want not, being green and everything…you can’t tell me you’re gonna shy away from a little head cheese. come on…be the adventurous foodie that you think you are…it’s delicious! i know the picture is …

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Chorizo Tortilla Egg Bake …with a little less guilt

hi folks…it’s almost Cinco de Mayo… so dust off your sombrero and shake out that dusty old poncho… Chorizo Tortilla Egg Bake is a perfect way to start the day…AND if you’re watching your carbs and calories due to the swimsuit season fast approaching…not to worry. believe it or not…this version is low carb, high protein and not as much …

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Chawanmushi. Japanese Steamed Egg Custard

Chawanmushi might sound exotic and look complex, but it’s so simple to make. it’s really just a delicate egg custard filled with delicious little savory nuggets. i’ll be the first to admit that i DO NOT know Asian cooking techniques and terms as well as i would like to, so bear with me.  if you happen to be Asian or …

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