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.

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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 meat or shellfish, and vegetables likes celery, bell peppers, and onions. To make it hearty and satisfying, gumbo uses thickeners such as roux (cooked flour and butter) and filé powder.

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Baked Chicken in Indian Spices

I have been meaning to make this chicken recipe for a long long time; about 23 years now! I finally got around to doing it. It is such a wonderful dish and brings back good memories of my first couple of months in the United States. This recipe was served to my husband and I by my wonderful sister-in-law when I first visited her home. The recipe is called “Indian Chicken” and is from the More With Less cookbook. Even though this is called Indian chicken, this doesn’t taste like most Indian dishes, because it has soy sauce and honey. I remembered, however, that it was very tasty!

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Kung Pao Chicken

I have been really enjoying creating my favorite Chinese take-out dishes at home. They are pretty easy to make and are fresh tasting. You can have a wonderful meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. Today I show you my favorite way to make kung pao chicken at home. Kung pao chicken originated in the Sichuan Province of China but is now popular all over the world.

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KFC-inspired Chicken Fingers

I have mentioned on my blog a few times that I love making fried chicken at home. Today I am showing how to make chicken fingers (or tenders) that have the 11 herbs-and-spices recipe that you will find in the popular KFC chain of restaurants. The fresh way that I prepare it below will be much better than what you find at a fast-food restaurant, however.

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Caldo de Pollo (Chicken Soup)

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I like the changing color of leaves, pumpkins, sunny days, chilly evenings, and wearing scarves. I tend to sleep better when the days get shorter and colder, and I love dreaming up soup and stew recipes that would not have made sense in hot summer weather. If you’ve been following my blog, you might have noticed that I have been posting a lot of soup recipes lately. My family and I enjoy trying out soups from around the globe.

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Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I love a good fried chicken sandwich once in awhile. To me the chicken needs to be crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and the buns need to be toasty while the condiments are fresh and evenly distributed. It is no surprise that fast food restaurants often fail in one of these areas, but even fancy restaurants can be hit or miss. Surprisingly I have had good luck at a fast food restaurant called Popeyes. Whereas other fast food restaurants seem to get at least one thing wrong — resulting in a sandwich that is dry, cold, soggy, or simply not fresh — Popeyes has done a good job the few times I’ve been to one.

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Red Chicken Curry

Curry was a dish I ate practically every day while growing up. My mother would make curry with whatever vegetables, meat, or fish she had on hand. While every household made curry, it tasted different by household and even from day to day since a lot of variation is possible. My mom never made curry the same way every time. One of my absolute favorites was red chicken curry, but we only ate this when it was tomato season.

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Tandoori Chicken

When my husband and I were students and had very little money to spend, one splurge was to go to an Indian buffet. This was a chance to enjoy a variety of South Asian meals that I didn’t have experience making at home. One of my favorite dishes ‒ like so many people ‒ was the Tandoori chicken, as it was grilled, had nice vibrant colors, and had a very unique taste from all of the spices.

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Creamy Pasta Salad

I love the simplicity of pasta dishes. You don’t need a long list of ingredients, spices, or long hours in the kitchen to get something delicious on the table. Many of the ingredients could already be in your pantry. What makes it easy is store-bought pasta. You can try this with as many different shapes or color of pasta as you like.

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