I planted some winter greens last fall, and now (May) I have a lot of kale which needs to be eaten before I plant spring veggies. Kale is very hardy and can easily handle the moderately cold winters here in Oregon. I like to use kale many different ways but my favorite use is in … Continue reading Ham and Tortellini Soup →
This breakfast casserole is easy and made with store-bought shredded hash brown potatoes, eggs, cheese, pork sausage and a few other ingredients. Prep time is minimal so you get more time to enjoy it.
A friend of mine recently gave me a mystery food basket that include a wide variety of items. She wanted to see how I could use the items in the basket. I was able to use most of the items but somehow had a single can of French onion soup left over at the end. … Continue reading Salisbury Steak →
This bread is one of the easiest and tastiest treats I’ve ever made or eaten. I’ve been making this bread for the past 20 years and don’t recall where I learned it.
One of my favorite things about going out to a Chinese restaurant is getting piping-hot egg drop soup to start out the meal. You need few ingredients to make this but the taste is amazing when it’s done right.
In 2004 I was living in Wisconsin and one day was eating lunch at work with a co-worker who grew up in Denmark. She had a very delicious-smelling soup that I had never seen before. She offered me a taste and said it was called Vichyssoise.
We celebrated my husband’s birthday this week with lots of friends at our house that we’ve known for a long time. I decided to make the group some of our favorite Mexican dishes like pork carnitas and chicken tinga. It was hard for me to calculate how much food to buy and I ended up … Continue reading Chicken Enchiladas →
My pantry is full of spices and spice mixes from all over the world. Many of them were given to me by friends who know how much I love to cook and experiment with new flavors. Some of the best mixes come from Penzeys Spices and today I feature their Ozark Style Seasoning. It is … Continue reading One Pan Sausage and Vegetable Dinner →
This week while I was cruising down the meat isle I saw a lot of pork riblet packages with prices that were reasonably low. I couldn’t resist picking up a package to try out, even though I don’t normally buy pork riblets. I’m so glad I did though. Pork riblets are trimmed pieces from spare … Continue reading Pork Riblet Curry →
Chow mein is a Chinese noodle dish that is very popular around the world. You might find this dish combined with meat, tofu, or just stir-fry veggies. Whichever way you try it, this dish is very delicious — especially since you customize it to your liking.
Cuban sandwiches are famous for their unique flavors. They typically have pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese, yellow mustard, pickles, and a Cuban-style baguette. This is then grilled with a press until the cheese melts. Today I am going to try something different — making a Cuban burger that has a lot of the same flavorings.
Many years ago we often went out to a Thai restaurant and got a big bowl of Thai chicken noodle soup. It was just $3.95, which tells you how many years ago that must have been. The soup was cheap, spicy, delicious, and very filling.
I love Thai food, especially the curries. I have made red, green, tofu, and massaman beef curries many times and have the recipes here for you to try. Out of all the curries I think massaman curry is my favorite. It is relatively easy to make as there are not-too-many ingredients. I start with a … Continue reading Massaman Chicken Curry →
Who doesn’t like a good Chinese-style chicken and broccoli stir-fry? Tender bright-green broccoli and juicy chicken strips in slightly sweet and salty sauce. You might be amazed how fast you can make this at home with not that much fuss.
This week I picked up a rotisserie chicken to make my Chicken Tinga recipe. After that, I had some leftovers of the rotisserie chicken. I decided to use it to make white chicken chili.
A while back a friend of mine gave me a jar of orange curd. I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first, so I had to think about it and do some research. I tried mixing it with cream cheese to spread on toast. I also tried mixing it with whipped cream. Either … Continue reading Orange Tart →
We tend to have a lot of bananas on our hands. If we don’t eat them fast enough, I end up with lots of ripe bananas. This is not necessarily a problem, as I can put them into smoothies or bake some sort of bread or muffins.
I was looking through some old cook books recently and found a chicken recipe called “bang bang” chicken. The book said it is sold by street vendors in China who summon customers by banging two sticks together (bang bang!).
Several months ago a friend of ours served chicken pot pie at a get together. It came from a local shop and was pretty good! Since then I checked out many recipes on the Internet for inspiration, and developed an easy and flavorful way to make a pot pie in under an hour.
I have been thinking about making this recipe for a long time but haven’t had the time to buckle down and test out the recipe until now.
Cilantro chutney or bhorta is one of my favorite condiments to serve with Bengali dishes. It’s easy, fast, and packs a delicious punch.
As the weather gets colder in the evenings, I like using my oven a lot. Mainly, you don’t have to hover over the stove stop as much while cooking. It also makes the house warm, which is kind of nice in the winter. Also, there’s usually an amazing aroma that spreads nicely through the house.
Over Christmas break I bought a few bags of cranberries to use for our holiday meal. My in-laws love cranberry relish this time of year. I bought more than I needed for the relish so I decided to make cranberry coffee cake with the extra cranberries.
A while back my son saw a cooking video made by Joshua Weissman that featured the In-N-Out burger. He wanted me to try making the burger. I watched the video and thought it would take me pretty much all day to make it, but I was game!
I was introduced to tater tot casserole by my mother-in-law a long time ago when I first came to the States. I remember liking the dish a lot but didn’t make it at home that often.
My husband and son love a good pasta dish with tomato sauce. Recently I went to our local grocery store and saw refrigerated cheese tortellini on sale, so I picked up a couple of packages. What made me excited is that this takes only 3 minutes to cook.
About a month ago I celebrated my birthday with some of my dear friends. One of the gifts I received that day was a whole salmon. It was pretty big and I was thrilled, as I like salmon.
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.
When I was growing up, my family only ate pork on special occasions like Christmas and Easter. It was a big deal! My uncle would buy a whole hog from far away, bring it himself, and then we butchered it ourselves. It was too much for one family, so we sold the extra to others … Continue reading Aloo Gosht (Pork with Potatoes) →
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.
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 →
I have been buying too many bananas for the past few weeks. Maybe it’s because school finally started for us and I thought I’ll need a lot of things to put in school lunch bags. The great thing about bananas is that even if you overbuy, there’s lots of cool recipes that can make use … Continue reading Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips →
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 →
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!
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 →
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!).
If you’re thinking of starting or expanding a garden, one of these easiest and nicest things to grow is zucchini. They produce a lot in a short amount of time and are great tasting vegetables that can be used in many different foods. Like last year, I planted too many in my garden this year! … Continue reading Zucchini and Sausage Chowder →
If you have been following me for awhile, you already know I like curries. Of course a lot of people do too, but we don’t always have time to plan and put together a curry from scratch. Today I have solved that problem by sharing a curry recipe that is much easier and faster to … Continue reading Curried Honey Baked Chicken →
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 →
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 →
We recently got back from a week’s vacation to Illinois to visit wonderful family there. While we were gone I was worried my garden wouldn’t survive the dry hot weather that Oregon gets this time of year. To my surprise my garden did well except for some strawberry plants. Nonetheless I was able to harvest … Continue reading Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake →
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.
I wish asparagus season would be longer, as I like eating dishes containing fresh asparagus. When asparagus is in season it’s inexpensive and tastes delicious. You can use asparagus in many applications like soups, salads, sides, quiche, and in stir fries. I try to eat as much as I can in the spring when asparagus … Continue reading Stir fry Chicken with Asparagus →
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 →
Growing up we ate lentils pretty much every day as they were nutritious, cheap, and filling. I didn’t appreciate lentils as much back then but now crave it often and miss my Mom’s cooking. My Mom tried to change things up so we didn’t get too bored with the lentils. She would find different kinds … Continue reading Lentils with Butternut Squash →
There are some nights all I want to eat for dinner is a bowl of rice with some sort of Asian stir-fry. With stir-fry dishes you can pretty much use any veggies you have on your hand — I get mine from my veggie garden during spring time like it is now. Today I will … Continue reading Thai Inspired Chicken and Broccoli →
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.
I am so excited for this recipe because I think I’ve hit upon something truly new. Although I love to cook from scratch, sometimes it pays to “cheat” a little and use a premade ingredient from the store. The secret ingredient of these awesome cookies is Hersey’s hot fudge topping. This comes only in a … Continue reading Fudge-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies →
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.
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.
I have been in the mood for stir-fry noodles. Sometimes I get them by going out to a restaurant or grocery store, but they are not always fresh and tasty. It can be hit or miss depending on who was cooking that day, and how long they’ve been sitting out. Since I had the time … Continue reading Stir fry Noodles with Chicken →
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 →
It is hard to come up with interesting and tasty recipes sometimes. It’s like hitting writer’s block. In that case I ask my teenage son what type of recipe would be interesting. He likes things with sauces and so we have been trying to perfect a truffle honey mustard sauce recipe he saw. There wasn’t … Continue reading Chicken Fries with Honey Mustard Sauce →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
I have been trying to incorporate more beans, lentils, and vegetables into our daily meals. With the right combination of spices, you can turn boring canned beans into something really spectacular. In my university job I was tasked with creating new and exciting vegan and vegetarian recipes for college students. One of the dishes that … Continue reading Awesome Chili That Happens To Be Vegan →
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.
We like bananas at our house but the thing is they get soft and mushy too fast, and I’m often left with a lot of over-ripe bananas. I could freeze them but usually I don’t have enough freezer space. I recently had too many ripe bananas and also too much cream cheese in my refrigerator. … Continue reading Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting →
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.
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.
Over the past year, Popeyes restaurants have grown tremendously in popularity due to their fried chicken sandwich. Now they’ve launched a Cajun fish sandwich, and I knew I had to go and try it. I really like the simplicity of a fried fish sandwich, and Popeyes was indeed pretty good, especially given that it’s not … Continue reading Popeyes-Inspired Cajun Fish Sandwich →
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
“Lau murgi” means chicken with bottle gourd and is something that I grew up with in Bangladesh. This dish was served at weddings in Christian communities. When made for a wedding, it’s made in vast quantities and there are a team of people that work together. Community elders will come to the house with the … Continue reading Lau Murgi (Chicken with Bottle Gourd) →
My house has a pretty decent sized pantry. It’s both a curse and a blessing. I buy lots of stuff and usually forget about them. I’ve decided to organize it once a month. I don’t want things to expire on me! Since it was that time of the month, I was rummaging around my pantry … Continue reading Brownie Bites with Peanut Frosting →
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?
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 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 →
Once in awhile my husband and I get a craving for a big, juicy, delicious burger. He is of the sort that would be happy to go out and by one from a restaurant. I, on the other hand, love to make great burgers from scratch. It’s not something I do all the time so … Continue reading Simple Brioche Hamburger Buns →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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!
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.
I love cooking but even I like to go out to eat sometimes, or just to get takeout. One of our standby places to go is a local Korean food cart. The last time we went I ordered a spicy pork dish and then ate it at a local park. Many locals rave about this … Continue reading Spicy Pork with Cabbage →
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 →
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 →
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 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) →
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