Mar07

Five-Spice Beef Stir-Fry

There was a cooking program that I used to love called Simply Magic. It is an Australian cooking show presented by Kylie Kwong and it features Chinese food.  Her recipes are healthy, made with fresh ingredients, and they are attainable in a home kitchen.  Needless to say… I adore her.  It was while watching her show that I saw a recipe for Chicken Fillets with Honey and Ginger.  I made them the very next day and they were...

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May14

Coconut Curry Braised Short Ribs

I love coconut curries.  They are common on Thai menus and I adore their rich, creamy, and spicy flavors. Thai flavors have become rather common in my kitchen in recent years.  After I have my first bite of Pad Thai nearly ten years ago I became almost obsessed with trying new dishes and deconstructing them so I could make them at home.  Some of the attempts have been successful.  Other, not so much.  So, when I was wondering how to...

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May05

Mexican Rice

Happy Cinco de Mayo!   Where I live May 5th is celebrated as a day to enjoy some tasty Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican food, have a few beers, and get together with friends and family.   I love Tex-Mex, which I think I have said before, so any excuse is a good when my favorite food is involved.  One of my favorite Tex-Mex recipes is for Mexican Rice.  This side dish is often done very poorly, which is sad because it is such an easy dish...

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Feb22

Sweet and Sour Chicken

 Sometimes it is all about the sauce.   The best part of this meal is really the sauce.  It is the right combination of tangy and sweet, unlike the neon red sauces served by most Chinese carry-out places. Not to say my mixture of chicken and vegetables in this dish are not fantastic, because they are, but it is the sauce that makes this dish such a superstar.     Aside from being really good, it is really easy and fairly quick to put...

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Jan08

Mushroom Risotto

When the weather turns cold and the wind begins to howl, nothing warms me up faster than a bowl of creamy risotto. Shockingly, I have never had Risotto until last year!  To be honest with you, it was always the last thing I considered ordering because I love pasta so much, but one night at a local Italian place I decided to forgo my usual and try their Mushroom Risotto.  It changed my world.  From that moment on I knew risotto would...

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