Jun29

Queso Blanco

There are certain foods that I crave and am completely unable to resist.    One of those foods is queso blanco.  This creamy cheese dip is finding its way on to the menus of  Tex-Mex restaurants next to the traditional orange chili con queso.  It is made with a variety of white cheeses and spices depending on where you buy it.      Of course, I decided to try making my own queso blanco, but most of the recipes I found resulted in...

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Jun26

Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast

I love pork products, and I love finding new ways to cook with this most versatile ingredient. I am not a big fan of pork roast, however.  Most of the pork roast I have had has been dry, tough, and flavorless.  Even with elaborate stuffing, injections, and coatings I have found most pork roast to be boring.   It is sad because most people I know love pork roast, including my husband. Ever the culinary adventurer, I decided to buy a...

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Jun24

Five Spice Roasted Chicken Thighs with Peanut Rice Noodles

I don’t pretend to be an expert on Asian cooking.  Far from it. However, I know what I like, and I know what tastes good, and this chicken and noodle dish certainly does taste good!  The chicken and the noodles could stand alone as separate dishes, but I adore the spiced chicken with the peanut noodles. The noodles are important.  Certainly you could substitute whatever you have available, but the rice vermicelli has two...

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Jun22

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 It is a wonderful thing to have a good, trusty cookie recipe. It’s good because a trusty recipe can be changed, added to, and amended to create all kinds of different cookies.  I have a lot of recipes that are what I consider ‘base’ recipes.  They are fine on their own, but add a little of this and a little of that and you have a whole new dish that you can add to your rotation.    The ‘base’ recipe for...

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Jun19

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Is there anything more comforting than the smell of warm cinnamon rolls?  If there is, I can’t think of it right now.       While I love the traditional cinnamon roll, and believe me I do, I thought it would be fun to take my cinnamon roll dough and make it into a swirled loaf.  I tried that very thing with my regular recipe and it was a disaster.  The buttery filling left the bread wet and the eggs and fat in the dough left the...

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