Curried Honey Baked Chicken

If you have been following me for awhile, you already know I like curries. Of course a lot of people do too, but we don’t always have time to plan and put together a curry from scratch. Today I have solved that problem by sharing a curry recipe that is much easier and faster to make than you might expect.

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Stir Fry Chicken with Broccoli

There are some nights all I want to eat for dinner is a bowl of rice with some sort of Asian stir-fry. With stir-fry dishes you can pretty much use any veggies you have on your hand — I get mine from my veggie garden during spring time like it is now. Today I will be using broccoli, showing you how to get just the right amount of tenderness and flavor.

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Thai Shrimp Fried Rice

Most of the rice dishes that I feature on my blog require fresh-made rice. When I make fresh rice, I usually make much more than necessary so that I have cold leftover rice to use another day. The cold leftover rice works great to make fried rice, which is today’s quick and easy recipe.

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Ham Salad Sandwich

If you follow my blog you might have noticed that I like to use ham a lot. I like ham for its taste and because I often find a good deal on it at the grocery store. I typically first make a ham dinner with part of it, and then have lots of leftover ham from which I make a variety of dishes. One of the easiest and most popular is ham salad. I serve this as an appetizer or as a filling for a sandwich.

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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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Hoppin’ John with Creamy Polenta

Back when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit I decided to stock up on essentials like cans of beans and soup that have a long shelf life. Even though I didn’t know exactly what it was, I wound up with a few cans of Hoppin’ John’s black-eyed pea stew in my cart. It looked really delicious! I never got around to making this until recently. While I did rely on ready-made stew from the can, I found it necessary to add quite a bit of extras to jazz it up and help the stew reach its full potential.

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Chocolate and Macadamia Cookie Bars

I don’t make sweets at home that often, as I don’t really eat them. My family however, likes cookies, cakes, pies, and — you get the idea — any types of sweets. Since Christmas is just around the corner, I got really excited about baking. An added benefit is that my son likes to help when cookies are involved, so it makes it a family experience.

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Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Ham (Pho)

I developed a passionate love for Vietnamese food when I used to work for a popular Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Corvallis. One of the best experiences was when our boss and owner — whose family was from Vietnam — would make a feast for us employees after the evening shift. We got to sample authentic homestyle dishes that were not on the regular menu. It was like a trip to Vietnam! One of my favorites was pho made from ham bone, a recipe that I will share with you today.

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Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli

This week I have been spending a lot of time cleaning up my summer garden and taking care of new fall plantings such as kale, chard, and spring mix. I’ve also been trying to exercise more and cook less. Therefore this blog is about how to spend less time in the kitchen. The recipe we make today is a relatively fast one called beef and broccoli.

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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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