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.

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Aloo Gosht (Pork with Potatoes)

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 in our community who ate pork.

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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 of them — even when they’re a bit brown. Below I make a wonderful banana bread recipe that also has lots of nuts and chocolate goodness.

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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 was able to harvest maybe $100 worth of berries from a plant that it considered a weed by many in our area. We ate most of the berries by themselves, but I had so many that I ended up making lots of blackberry cobbler.

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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 was lacking flavor and somewhat watery. To me, a good Thai curry should be slightly creamy, spicy, tangy, and with a touch of sweetness.

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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!).

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Zucchini and Sausage Chowder

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! After giving many away, they are still coming and so I’ve been creating new recipes by which to use them. Be sure to check out my “zucchini” category on my blog for other recipes.

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