Bangladeshi-Style Aoo Bhorta (spicy mashed potatoes)

During my youth, I ate potato dishes every day in my Bangladeshi household. Potatoes were super cheap and easy for my family to get ahold of.

My love for potatoes came from my Mom. She made fried potatoes with spices to eat with rotis (homemade flour tortilla) for breakfast. She also made bhortas to go along with lentil dishes. Aloo bhorta was our comfort food.

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Ham and Potato Cakes

Christmas is a special holiday that l look forward to each year. Often after a big holiday meal I have leftovers such as cooked ham and mashed potatoes. I found myself in this circumstance this year and so wanted something creative to make with them. Yes I could have served the leftovers as is — my family would have been happy that way — but I really wanted to try out the recipe that I present to you today.

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Potato Gratin with Caramelized Onion

If you are looking for something different to put on your dinner table, make my potato gratin. It doesn’t take that much time to put together, but is a great potato dish to enjoy. The thing about this gratin is that you can customize it to your liking by adding your own favorite types of cheese, potatoes, and herbs.

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Ham and Potato Soup

I love cruising grocery stores and finding things I haven’t noticed before. A couple days ago I was walking in the deli section and noticed some small packages of cooked ham that were only about one pound each. This seemed a super-convenient size for making different meals during the week. Once I bought a couple of these, I decided to make a creamy ham and potato soup. As the weather gets cooler outside I like making soups for our family.

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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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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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Llapingachos Oregon Style

Sometimes I lose track of what is in my pantry. I periodically must go in and dig around to see what I have on hand. This last time I rediscovered a couple of things that a dear friend brought for me from Ecuador several months back. One of them was a jar of refrito paste, which is a form of spice paste that has a number of ingredients including Annatto powder. Another was a jar of red palm oil, something I had never bought or cooked with before.

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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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Traditional Style Potato Salad

How to cook potatoes and eggs:

To cook the potatoes, place the peeled potatoes in a large pot of water and add about 1 tbs salt. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for up to 15 to 25 minutes. To test the potatoes, use a knife to gently pierce it in the middle. If the knife goes in with little effort, it’s done. Turn off the heat and wait till it’s cool enough to handle.

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