NOM-NOM-licious Chicken and Gravy

AN HOUR AND A HALF commute home from work left me cranky and hungry.  I slammed my stuff down on the kitchen table and headed to the fridge, yanked the door open and searched for something quick to make for dinner.  I found a whole chicken I had bought the day before and thought ugh,…

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Good Morning Mr. Phoods (Cilantro Chutney Chicken Curry)

Good morning Mr. Phoods: The dish you are about to take-on requires that you answer the following questions.  Your answers will determine whether you should proceed with this post or not. Do you like cilantro? What does cilantro taste like to you? If you answered NO and it tastes like soap exit NOW by clicking…

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FALL Into One Pot Meals (Instant Pot Korean Beef Stew)

As summer winds down and I head to the back of my closet to pull out my sweaters and jeans. I also start yearning for comfort foods like stews and hearty soups. Over the weekend we head out to make the rounds at our favorite food marts. Just as we find short ribs for a…

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Sunny with a Plate of Meatballs

FB started out as a way to connect with my friends, especially with those that don’t live close by but it has morphed into a way to connect with people with shared interests.  Earlier in the year I stumbled across Food52’s  (awesome website, check it out) Cookbook Club.  My cynical side thought wow, what a…

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TGI Friday: Dinner and A Movie (Picadillo)

Do you remember TBS’s Dinner and A Movie Night on Friday nights?  During each commercial break hosts Paul and Janet and their resident chef would prep and cook a dish that thematically went along with the movie being aired (prime example-Russell’s Mussels for the movie Gladiator).  Silly banter, fun factoids about the movie and cooking…

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A-Looo? Anybody there? It’s Gobi time! (Cauliflower and Potato Curry)

Do you remember Bend It Like Beckham?  A little movie about soccer and following your dreams that launched a couple of careers (Kira Knightly for one) and was a sleeper hit.  Though a certified sports nut I really loved the scenes of the family gatherings and delicious food.  It reminds me of my own crazy…

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Love Letter to Rice (Garlic Rice)

On one of our weekend food treks, hubby and I headed to East San Jose in search of egg rolls and banh mi. Right in front of the entrance to the market was a display of different dried pastas on sale including tiny little pasta shaped like letters. Woohoo!  Haven’t seen pasta letters in ages….

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Bourdain, Cinco de Mayo and Chicken Chile Verde

Friday night, its Cinco de Mayo!  Time to make something yummy, kickback, relax and catch up on one of my favorite TV shows, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.  This episode features the Los Angeles Mexican community thus making my dinner choice easy, Chile Verde.  I am stoked. When I was a kid our Friday night ritual was Swanson’s…

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Instant Pot Adventures-Mushroom Risotto

You can disregard this post if you do not have an Instant Pot. Well, you may want to do a quick read to see if it convinces you to add yet another appliance to your kitchen. After all you can never have too many kitchen gadgets. My first try in the Instant Pot was a Spicy Pork Shoulder…

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Spicy Pulled Pork InstantPot, InstantGratification

I just received an InstantPot pressure cooker for my birthday!  I have previously professed that I am a KITCHEN GADGET FREAK.  I am not exaggerating, I love kitchen appliances.  I am the “what was I thinking, forehead slap” owner of donut hole pans, a strawberry corer, spiralizer, brownie squares pan, sous vide thingy, ebelskiver pan, bread…

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Sheet Pan Magic (Chicken Tikka)

Miss me?  I have been on an extended break from the blogosphere.  Knocked down by the flu during the holidays, my post-election blues (I promise to refrain) and the wet dreary weather kind of got the best of me.  But I’m back!  Ready to tackle 2017.  This year’s theme will be comfort food from soup to…

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Happy Dance in my Mouth-Middle Eastern Herb & Garlic Chicken

It has been a little while since I posted Ottolenghi’s recipe for Turkey Zucchini Burgers.  A flavor packed dish that uses both fresh and dried herbs not usually found in my kitchen.  Tangy sumac, refreshing mint, thyme and parsley,  a welcome addition to my familiar repertoire of flavors.  Now my only problem is… I need more recipes that use…

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