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 can also make it with beef, mutton, chicken, or vegetables.

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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.

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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 you how to make Massaman curry with beef. You can get by with using a curry paste from the store, so this is pretty easy to make. It has peanuts and a touch of sweetness so it’s not your typical curry. If you know someone who says “I don’t like curry,” you may change their mind with this one.

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Eggplant with Chickpeas

If you’ve been following my blog you know I’ve put in a new garden this year. One of the things I’ve tried is eggplant. Eggplant pairs well with spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. At first the eggplant in my garden wasn’t doing too well but by now in September it’s producing well. It complements Indian dishes like the curry I will make today. I am making an eggplant curry with chickpeas. The chickpeas add a really nice texture and color to the dish.

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Chicken Tinga

Are you looking for a fast and easy 30-minute dinner idea? I have so many in mind it’s hard to write them all up. This one came to me when I bought some rotisserie chicken from the store last week. It was very hot so I didn’t want to turn my oven on at home. I bought whole roasted chicken instead.

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Pasta with Sausage and Arugula

I have been reminiscing about the delicious sausage I once had at a relief sale a long time ago. A “relief” sale means the proceeds go help people in need around the world (this relief sale was for Mennonite Central Committee). The sausages were made by local people who were involved in the sale. I had just came from Bangladesh and had never eaten sausage before. It was so good that I kept going back for extra servings — it was an all-you-can-eat affair!

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Red Curry with Tofu

It has been hot outside recently so I’ve been cooking meals that don’t require me to turn the oven or stove on. I’ve made lots of salads, sandwiches, and grain bowls.

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Chicken Tagine

For the past few weeks I have been harvesting quite a bit of zucchini from our garden. Let me tell you it was a battle to grow these zucchini! First we were fighting off deer. We put up a fence. Then came rabbits. We had to add a layer of chicken wiring to keep those critters away. Now we have mole problem. I think we have called truce with the mole.

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Pork Adobo

There are so many recipes from around the world, and I never get bored of looking for new things to try. A few years back I discovered a dish from the Philippines called Adobo. It sounded fairly simple and easy to make.

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