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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Showstopper When You InstantPotter Some Cauliflower Soup

Sorry if the title made you groan. But as the weather turns cooler and the days grows shorter all I can think about is soup. My perfect fall meal is a bowl of hearty soup, a chunk of warm crusty bread spread with sweet butter, a bottle of Chianti and some nice fava beans…just KIDDING,…

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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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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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Just Another Meatless Monday… Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

In our effort to eat healthier we have cut back on animal proteins and upped our veggie game.  Don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy a good steak for special occasions and I am not giving up those slices of succulent pork belly in my bowl of ramen-no, not EVER.  Meat is our splurge.  But we…

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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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Thai Curry in a Hurry-Thanks to Instant Pot

Have I convinced you to try an Instant Pot yet?  If not, here is the recipe that may just tip the scales in favor of that new kitchen gadget. I love curries and last week I came home after a long day at work, pulled out my Instant Pot, sliced some chicken, chopped some veggies, threw it…

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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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Rice Rice Baby (Kimchi Fried Rice)

Growing up I remember we had one big pot, well worn, dented and it’s bottom darkened from frequent use.  It was my Dad’s favorite cooking utensil and he used it for everything.  He stir-fried, boiled, simmered, stewed and steamed in that pot and everything that came out of that pot was amazing.  I loved his fried rice.  He…

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Caldo Verde: Post-Election Comfort Food

This week called for a very large helping of comfort and kindness.  Something to soothe our frazzled nerves and temper our anxiety and fear.  I know I could use some.  I have half a mind to jump on a plane and go hug my kids.  I keep reminding myself, they’ll be home in a week,…

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