Cuban Style Pork Burger

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.

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Spicy Pork with Cabbage

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 food cart, but to be honest the food is a bit bland for my husband and I. I think it’s because they make it mild for American tastes, or are just trying to save on costs. Vegetables and spices are not cheap and so this restaurant may compromise on flavor to keep the food at a certain price point.

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Pork Fried Rice

This week is all about cooking quick and easy meals in our house. I made Mapo Tofu recently where I used only half a pound of pork. I had another half pound to play around with. I thought of many things to make but settled for pork fried rice. It’s simple to make and easy to clean up the dishes. No one likes washing dishes, right? In our house, we always have some amount of cooked white rice sitting in our refrigerator. I grew up in Bangladesh where rice is eaten twice or even three times a day. I’m so accustomed to eating it that it feels wrong not to have it each day. Fried rice is an easy way to make cooked white rice very interesting.

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Mapo Tofu (Tofu with Pork)

A dear friend brought me a jar of Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch seasoning a couple months ago. This interesting concoction is great to drizzle over rice, egg, and vegetable dishes. It has a mild but delicious combination of spices. I thought this would add a really nice flavor to a Chinese dish I like called Mapo Tofu. To make this dish I also needed to pick up some more interesting ingredients at an Asian grocery store, so headed to my local favorite, which is called HK Asian Market. I love strolling through every aisle and picking out things that speak to me!

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Ají de Cerdo (Pork Chili)

A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a friend. She mentioned a stew she used to have — and loved — in Ecuador. The name of the stew was Aji de Carne (beef chili). This chili was made with onion, tomato, beef, plantain, peanut, milk, and other ingredients. Just listening to her description of this flavor-packed stew made my mouth water. I immediately set out to figure out how to make this recipe in my kitchen.

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