Beef Meatloaf

Recently I was asking my family what they wanted for dinner. My husband said meatloaf because he had heard someone talking about it recently and used to eat it a lot as a child. To be honest I haven’t eaten or made homemade meatloaf for a long time. My mother in-law used to make beef meatloaf for us when I first came to the USA in 1997. I remember liking it and remembered that she served it with mashed potatoes.

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Mushroom Burger with House Sauce

It seems like there is no end to possible burger recipes, and I wouldn’t bother you with another except this one is pretty unique. My house sauce is probably like nothing you’ve tasted, as it has hints of sriracha and cinnamon as well as other more standard ingredients. As you can tell from the name, this burger has mushrooms, but this is a “blended burger” meaning that the mushrooms get into the burger in a creative way.

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Stir Fried Pepper Steak

If you go to the food court of any big shopping mall you will almost always find a Chinese restaurant of some sort. A long time ago when I worked in a mall, I would often eat lunch at that mall’s Chinese restaurant with my co-worker. My favorite thing to order was Chinese Pepper Steak. Unlike many restaurants this place cooked it fresh right in front of you as you stood in line. It was always worth the wait for this fantastic dish. Today I will try to replicate that.

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Big Mac Home Version

When I first came to the United States and was a student, I worked at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant for a period of time. Their most famous sandwich is probably the Big Mac. This is a towering sandwich with two patties and three buns. This was too much for me (and still is!) but there is something about the unique flavor of the Big Mac sauce that I have always liked. When I took my lunch break, I would ask my co-workers to make a regular hamburger for me, but with the Big Mac sauce that I liked. I don’t know if that is something that you can still do, but for me it’s what I liked at McDonald’s back then.

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