Recipes

Breakfast Muffin

Since school started our family has less time in the morning, so we’ve stopped eating hearty breakfasts like hot oatmeal that take a lot of time. We’ve been having breakfast muffins instead. These are quick to eat and a great way to use up extra cereal mix that we weren’t using.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Our family has a real sweet tooth; everyday we need at least one sweet thing. I don’t go overboard with sugar, however. I like to make our sweets a bit more healthy than other people might, as I add less sugar and add nuts, fruits, or even veggies.

Pork and Hominy Stew

As the weather gets colder I tend to make a big batches of stew or soups for our family. If you look through my recipe archive you will see I have a lot of soup ideas for you. They preserve well so you can get multiple meals out of them, and are easy to please … Continue reading Pork and Hominy Stew

Blackberry Cobbler

I can’t believe summer is slipping away. This summer we got a lot of fresh blackberries from our garden, courtesy of a wild Himalayan blackberry plant that really took off when I watered the vegetables around it. Picking the berries was tricky because there were lots of thorns, but it was well worth it! I … Continue reading Blackberry Cobbler

Beef Chili

It’s been over a year now since I stopped working. I miss the part about creating recipes, cooking for a big crowd, and getting compliments from my customers. I don’t miss the heavy physical toll on my body, however. I am happy now to cook for you readers!

Yellow Curry Chicken

A few weeks back we got yellow curry from a local Thai restaurant. I was pretty excited about it as I hadn’t had yellow curry for a long time. We used to sell a lot of yellow curry in my old restaurant. To be honest I was a bit disappointed by what we got. It … Continue reading Yellow Curry Chicken

Italian Style Turkey Burger

Sometimes I crave a burger, and over time I’ve learned how to make a lot of different types of them. There are so many choices! You get to make decisions over the type of bun, cheese, condiments, sauce, and type of protein (it doesn’t have to be beef!).

Zucchini Poppy Seed Bread

It’s been really hot where we live, but my garden has been thriving. I’ve been getting a lot of zucchini in particular. Some of them grew too big in fact, and therefore are not very tender. Yet big zucchinis are still great to use for savory or sweet breads. Check out other zucchini-based recipes on … Continue reading Zucchini Poppy Seed Bread

Slow Cooked Pinto Beans

I like to stock up on canned beans whenever I see them on sale. However I have been preferring to buy dry beans and then cooking them up from scratch. I’ve learned that this isn’t much more work, and it’s worth it because the slow-cooked beans are so tasty and inexpensive. You can flavor them … Continue reading Slow Cooked Pinto Beans

Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

Although I love all types of food, curry is closest to my heart. It doesn’t matter what type of curry it is, it’s my ultimate comfort food. If you search the internet you can find many types of curries. I have lots of experience making curries from Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Nepal.

Strawberry Coffee Cake

It’s been wonderful to pick a handful of strawberries every morning from my garden this year. I have been battling birds as they devour the strawberries as soon as they ripen. A solution suggested by friends and from online was to put up a net over the strawberry plants or paint rocks to look like … Continue reading Strawberry Coffee Cake

Egg and Potato Curry

Our chickens have been very productive, giving us three eggs a day. I have been saving some to make my special egg curry which I will be sharing with you today. This curry is so good that my husband prefers it over almost any other curry, even though it’s vegetarian.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Burger

Most of us crave a burger once in a while. I like creating new types of burgers at home. Recently I saw that Bon Appétit magazine is sponsoring a blended burger recipe contest. The rule is to incorporate mushrooms into the patty. This sounded like a delightful challenge to me.

Stir Fry Pork with Cabbage

I usually have some sort of cabbage in my refrigerator. You can do a lot with a head of cabbage, like make crunchy cole slaw, a soup, salad, or a stir-fry. This week I have decided to use the cabbage in a stir-fry.

Pico De Gallo

Pico de gallo is a type of salsa. While it may seem similar to regular salsa, they both have their share of differences! Pico de gallo contains less liquid and it’s much more chunky. It’s commonly used in tacos and fajitas. I like to put pico de gallo on lots of things like omelettes, quesadillas, … Continue reading Pico De Gallo

Vegetarian Tex Mex Bowl

I created a wonderful chipotle sauce for a bagel sandwich a few months back. The sauce had such a unique flavor that I thought I should use this for some other application. Rice bowls are really popular with my family and I thought the chipotle sauce will go perfectly with a rice bowl. I love … Continue reading Vegetarian Tex Mex Bowl

Shredded Pork Sandwich

This week I got pork butt from the store for making my favorite shredded pork sandwich recipe. This recipe is easy to put together and doesn’t require many ingredients. Most of the cooking happens in the oven so you are free to do other things.

Creamy Taco Sauce

I’ve eaten tons of tacos. I can’t count how many I’ve had over the years. From fine restaurants to “hole in the wall” type places. Some tacos are bland, flavorless, and dry. Others are really good! I’ve tried numerous attempts at making sauces that enhance the flavor of tacos. After researching many sites and books, … Continue reading Creamy Taco Sauce

Caesar Dressing

One of the most popular salads we sold in my old restaurant was Caesar salad. This is generally made with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons and a Caesar dressing. There’s lots of different ways to make this dressing, but today I want to show you how I like to make it. The main ingredients are … Continue reading Caesar Dressing

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

When I grew up there was a different set of vegetables and fruits for each season. A favorite season of mine was when the cauliflower were ready. We ate it in many different ways. Although cauliflower is probably no one’s favorite vegetable, it can be terrific with the right combination of spices and cooking methods.

Hoisin Grilled Wings

I don’t eat chicken wings very often but I really love them. Today I show how to make hoisin-flavored wings, which will give traditional Buffalo style wings a run for their money. I was inspired to do this by remembering the popular hoisin grilled beef skewers that I used to make for students at the … Continue reading Hoisin Grilled Wings

Curried Asparagus Soup

One of the spring vegetables I really like is asparagus. I also really like curry, which is basically a combination of spices including cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and chili. I’ve been making a lot of soups lately, as my family just really likes that style of meal. It’s also less work quite honestly. … Continue reading Curried Asparagus Soup

Pork Vindaloo

Growing up we didn’t eat much pork. I only got to enjoy it once per year — usually as a special treat for Christmas. My favorite pork dish was always pork vindaloo. Vindaloo is an Indian curry popular in Goa and other parts of South Asia. Although pork is most commonly used for this dish, you … Continue reading Pork Vindaloo

Hearty Vegetable Soup

We recently took an awesome trip to Central Oregon and visited the beautiful High Desert Museum. We stopped for a bite to eat in their café and I discovered an unusual minestrone soup that I really enjoyed. The flavor of the soup was really unique as it contained asparagus, artichoke hearts, and garbanzo beans along … Continue reading Hearty Vegetable Soup

Black Bean Burger

This week I decided to take a break from cooking with meat. I already had some items in my pantry that made this easy. I always stock up on canned beans when I am at the store. I used to make a black bean burger when I worked at my old job. The combination of … Continue reading Black Bean Burger

Dal with Zucchini

Growing up I ate masoor dal (red lentils) virtually every day and loved it for its taste. Now that I’m older I also realize it’s great because it’s affordable and very nutritious as well. Another thing that I love is zucchini, which I never tasted before coming to the U.S. Dal and zucchini are not … Continue reading Dal with Zucchini

Zesty Salmon Patties

Every month I go through my pantry and find things I need to use up. This month it was two cans of salmon, and I decided to use them to make salmon patties. Salmon patties are so versatile — they can be used for salmon burgers, a salad, or in a rice dish with vegetables. … Continue reading Zesty Salmon Patties

Beef Stew

Beef stew has a very special memory in my mind. My mother-in-law introduced beef stew to me when I first moved to United States many years ago. I loved it right away, and still love the combination of tender beef cubes, chunky potatoes, carrots, and celery in a gravy.

Chicken Jalfrezi

Once in awhile I like to pick up a bag of hybrid mini sweet peppers at the grocery store. You can eat them raw, with a dip, stuffed with ground meat or tofu, or put them into a stir fry or curry.

Thai Red Curry Chicken

I often make Thai-style curries at our house because they taste great and are easy to make. You can create many wonderful recipes with just a few ingredients. Using store-bought Thai curry paste is perfectly fine and makes it easy.

Thai Shrimp Fried Rice

Most of the rice dishes that I feature on my blog require fresh-made rice. When I make fresh rice, I usually make much more than necessary so that I have cold leftover rice to use another day. The cold leftover rice works great to make fried rice, which is today’s quick and easy recipe.

Ham Salad Sandwich

If you follow my blog you might have noticed that I like to use ham a lot. I like ham for its taste and because I often find a good deal on it at the grocery store. I typically first make a ham dinner with part of it, and then have lots of leftover ham … Continue reading Ham Salad Sandwich

Thai Panang Curry

I like Thai curries and have already featured a couple on my blog (massaman curry and red curry). Thai curries are easy to make and you can make them vegan, vegetarian, or meat-based depending on your preference.

Stir Fry Chicken with Peanuts

I love making quick and easy stir-fry dishes at home. It doesn’t take too long to make and it doesn’t have to cost much either. You can control the balance of meat or other protein that you use, and what type and how many vegetables you want to include.

Pollo Almendrado Rojo

I have a ton of old cookbooks that I love to read and re-read. One of my favorites is the Better Homes and Gardens Mexican cookbook from 1977. This book tried to introduce traditional Mexican cooking to a broader audience. While the ideas are great, the book doesn’t have pictures for very recipe. Even though … Continue reading Pollo Almendrado Rojo

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I was introduced to broccoli cheese soup at a Panera Bread when I lived in Wisconsin, and grew to really like it. It was perfect to cut the chill of a cold Wisconsin winter. It’s been many years since I’ve had this soup, and so recently I went to our local Panera Bread and ordered … Continue reading Broccoli Cheese Soup

Brownie Cups with Mocha Glaze

My happy place is the kitchen. I can let myself go whenever I’m there. Whatever pops into my head, I can cook. What should I make today? What would be interesting?

Black Bean Pork Stew

We’re currently going through winter and I’ve been craving something hearty like a soup or stew. I checked my pantry and found lots of beans and lentils that I need to use up. The result is the stew you see before you.

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz con pollo means rice with chicken in the Spanish language. This dish is prepared in many different ways in Spain and Latin America. It reminds me a bit of paella. I have had arroz con pollo a few times at a restaurant, but to be honest I thought the flavor was a bit blend. … Continue reading Arroz Con Pollo

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Some time ago a friend gave me a cookbook with recipes written by people from a town in Wisconsin where I used to live. I love this cook book! It’s pretty humble but there are so many great ideas. One of my favorites is this simple yet sophisticated chocolate dessert. With just 6-7 ingredients you … Continue reading Molten Chocolate Cakes

BBQ Pork Ribs

One of the dishes I like to serve for a party is barbecued ribs. Pork ribs are one of my favorites. I like to use the cut called St. Louis style ribs. These are cut from the belly of the hog and much meatier than other ribs. They are flatter than baby back ribs, which makes … Continue reading BBQ Pork Ribs

Egg Malai Curry

One of the fun things we did this past year was to get three chickens. It’s been really fun for our family to see them grow over the the past few months. It took a while, but the three hens are now each producing one egg per day. We are collecting enough that I’ve had … Continue reading Egg Malai Curry

My Favorite Cornbread

I did not grow up with cornbread and did not inherit a legacy of making it. My family, however, really loves cornbread, especially when it is a bit sweet and rich. I have been making cornbread off and on for over 20 years, and have settled on the following recipe as my favorite way to … Continue reading My Favorite Cornbread

Dumpling Soup

I like to keep frozen potstickers in my freezer for an easy appetizer when I don’t feel like cooking too much. I also find that they are a great foundation for an easy yet super-delicious soup.

Sesame Beef

Sesame beef is a Korean dish that is loaded with flavor but is very easy to make at home. You just need a few standard ingredients and a bit of preparation ahead of time so that the beef can marinate. This is a bit healthier than you might find in an Asian restaurant because it … Continue reading Sesame Beef

Chipotle Turkey Sandwich

I have been going a bit crazy over bagels recently after a good experience that I had. A great bagel shop opened up in our town recently called the Kinetic Bagel Institute. Last week we stopped by and got a dozen bagels of different varieties. Every single bagel was fresh and delicious, and the prices … Continue reading Chipotle Turkey Sandwich

Chipotle Chili Pepper Sauce

My family likes to eat sandwiches and salads that are both healthy and flavorful. We don’t really get excited by standard salad dressings from the store. My son and I like to come up with a sauce or salad dressing according to what other ingredients we happen to be using on a given day. For … Continue reading Chipotle Chili Pepper Sauce

Potato Medley with Honey Sauce

The inspiration for this dish came from the Covid-19 pandemic. As it started people panicked and hoarded so many things. When people had a chance to buy vegetables, they tried to get something with a long shelf life. I myself did this and stocked up on things like potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. … Continue reading Potato Medley with Honey Sauce

Vanilla Yogurt Coffee Cake

Ah…cinnamon and sugar. Such a delightful combination. I didn’t grow up with it, but after years spent in the United States I now love it. A sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on many types of food can make them just delicious. One of my favorite things is to get an elephant ear or funnel cake made … Continue reading Vanilla Yogurt Coffee Cake

Turkey Kofta Kebab

One of the most popular dishes in the world is kofta, a type of meatball or meatloaf made with lots of spices. Usually made with onions, garlic, allspice, cardamon, and cinnamon, kofta packs a unique and flavorful punch!

Shasta Bowl

It’s Monday! Another day to bring you a Meatless Monday recipe. I love creating meals like this for my family. It’s packed with nutrients and flavor! The fun thing about this dish is the amount of customization. You can let your kids or family members pick their favorite veggies and toppings.

Caribbean Banana Bread

When I get up in the morning I like to have some kind of light and sweet bread or muffin with my coffee. One of my favorites is banana bread. This is something that I’ve made dozens if not hundreds of times and is a great way to use up extra bananas when you have … Continue reading Caribbean Banana Bread

Easy Guacamole

I don’t remember the first time I ever had guacamole, but it’s not something that I grew up with. It’s one of those things that I discovered as an adult and really love to eat any chance I get. Today I have an easy guacamole recipe for you to make. It uses fresh avocados, onions, … Continue reading Easy Guacamole

Begun Bhaji (Fried Eggplant)

I love eggplant for its delicious taste and smooth and velvety texture. It doesn’t hurt that it’s healthy too. Growing up, my Mom used eggplant in many dishes. She would either deep fry it in a chick pea flour batter, stir fry it, or pan fry it in a skillet. The pan-fried version of this … Continue reading Begun Bhaji (Fried Eggplant)

Saag Bhaji (Spinach fry)

Saag bhaji is a spinach dish widely eaten all over Bangladesh. This is probably the easiest Bengali dish you’ll ever make. If you don’t have any spinach, you can substitute in other greens like mustard, swiss chard, beet greens. The taste may differ from regular spinach, as spinach has a very mild flavor. I like … Continue reading Saag Bhaji (Spinach fry)

Pork Chops with Apple Sauce

I have a lot of fun creating dishes that pair with wine. Where we live we have some incredible wineries. We are fortunate enough that we get to visit many local wineries and sample wines. One of my favorites is Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV). I have been experimenting with their wine recently.

Kale Pesto Sandwich

I love kale but not everybody does. One trick to getting others to enjoy it is to make pesto with it! If you garden or get a CSA (community supported agriculture) box, you might be getting lots of kale right now. If you don’t have kale, you can make pesto with another type of fresh … Continue reading Kale Pesto Sandwich

Bengali-Style Potato Cakes

When many people think of “cake” they think of some kind of sweet cake like you might have for a birthday or for dessert. Yet there is a whole other world of cakes that are savory, such as crab cakes or shrimp cakes. Today I want to show you how to make another kind of … Continue reading Bengali-Style Potato Cakes

Madras Beef Curry

Last week I was looking through my old cook book of curries from around the world. One of the beef recipes caught my eye. It is called Madras beef curry made with chunky potatoes and peas. This curry sounded very delicious, easy, and simple as it uses ready-made curry paste. I thought I can make … Continue reading Madras Beef Curry

Clam Chowder

We are pretty lucky to live close to the ocean. By car it’s only one hour away. One of our favorite things to do is eat lunch at an oceanside restaurant and order a bowl of clam chowder. Sometimes you can get it in a bread bowl. The taste of the chowder can vary quite … Continue reading Clam Chowder

Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Sauce

It’s been a while since I cooked something fancy. I miss working in the restaurant industry. The things I miss the most are cooking nice cuts of meat and making an interesting sauce with wine. I also miss hosting nice sit-down dinners for special occasions, which hasn’t been possible because of the pandemic.

Vegan Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of those dishes that you can make in no time if you have some leftover rice in your refrigerator. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. I don’t know about you but I like to eat rice pretty much every day, maybe because I grew up … Continue reading Vegan Fried Rice

Ham and Potato Cakes

Christmas is a special holiday that l look forward to each year. Often after a big holiday meal I have leftovers such as cooked ham and mashed potatoes. I found myself in this circumstance this year and so wanted something creative to make with them. Yes I could have served the leftovers as is — … Continue reading Ham and Potato Cakes

Beef Bolognese

Once winter is here and the days grow short and cold, I crave comfort foods like a bowl of hearty soup, spicy curry, or a big bowl of pasta. Pasta dishes are especially easy to make and are liked by everyone in the family.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is dish I like to make often. It’s flavorful, filling, and very popular with everyone in our family. I can make a big batch and freeze a portion to be used later on. Gumbo is a popular soup in the south, especially in the state of Louisiana. Gumbo is made of flavored stock from … Continue reading Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Massaman Curry with Beef

I like all things curry, but I have a special love for curries from Thailand. I’ve only visited that country once, but I’ve come to know its cuisine fairly well because I’ve spent so much time trying their recipes. Thai curries have a sophisticated yet friendly and approachable combination of flavors. Today I will show … Continue reading Massaman Curry with Beef

Thai Green Curry Chicken

This week I was craving Thai green curry. I love all things curry but there is something extra special about the combination of sweet, salty, and sour flavors found in Thai curries. Thai green curry is made with the protein of your choice, green curry paste, coconut milk, and veggies. It’s a very easy, one-pot … Continue reading Thai Green Curry Chicken

Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice were introduced to me by a close friend who used to live in New Orleans some years ago. She served this dish to us a number of years back but I still get a craving for it now and then. I like any dish that goes over rice, but this one … Continue reading Red Beans and Rice

Cauliflower Cakes

I am a big fan of cauliflower. I grew up eating this vegetable in Bangladesh where it is grown locally and eaten when in season in the fall. During the cauliflower season my mother would make sautéed cauliflower with a bit of turmeric. Cauliflower was also commonly used in fish curry. Cauliflower may seem like … Continue reading Cauliflower Cakes

Apple Tart

Once a year some of my lady friends and I get together for a Christmas outing. Each year we try to do something fun and new. Last Christmas we went to a cooking class hosted by the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, Oregon. Since this was pre-Covid we got an awesome hands-on cooking class and … Continue reading Apple Tart

Parmesan Thyme Popovers

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and I hope you had a good holiday if you celebrated. This year there were just three of us but I kept very busy in the kitchen like usual. I made a lot of traditional American dishes like baked ham, stuffing, potato gratin, and pies. Like usual I also served bread. … Continue reading Parmesan Thyme Popovers

Pecan Cheese Cake Pie

Do you have pies on your mind, like I do? I think about pies and other baked goods in the weeks before any holiday. Even though I try to think of something very new, I often end up making the same stand-bys again and again. There is nothing wrong with making an old favorite, but … Continue reading Pecan Cheese Cake Pie

Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving is coming up and I decided this is a great time to make a couple of pies. I asked my son what he wanted and to my surprise he suggested a pecan pie. This pie is made from pecan nuts, of course, and has a sticky delicious filling made with corn syrup, sugar, and … Continue reading Pecan Pie

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