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Recipes that include vinegar (apple cider)

Kale Salad with Grapes and Toasted Hazelnuts

Monday, October 21, 2013

For my mom’s birthday (in September), we threw a casual dinner party and had family over. It’s my mom’s ideal way to celebrate. She’s the biggest fan of my cooking (maybe tied with Lon) and I know what she likes which makes it easy to impress her. We started with pizza as an appetizer, topped with crumbled sausage and green peppers. The main course was bouillabaisse served with fresh baked crusty bread. There was a side of Balsamic Drenched Portobellos, a safe winner that I’ve made for my mom so many times. And, the salad stole the night! I made the most gigantic bowl of Kale Salad with Grapes and Toasted Hazelnuts, a combination I dreamed up just that day, and it was devoured. Everyone raved! Even my dad, a no-veggies kind of guy (especially salad) took seconds. Even as dessert, a Peaches ‘N Cream Pie, was served, the last few bites of kale salad were being polished off.

Kale Salad with Grapes and Hazelnuts (title pic)


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Dungeness Crab with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Monday, October 19, 2009

If you’re wondering where Lon has been, he’s still here. We’re still happily married and he’s still the tech support, web designer, and general problem solver. He hasn’t written much lately because work has been demanding, and one of us has to get paid in money. He’s usually gone before I wake up and he gets home around 8pm, and I’ll have dinner ready on the table. Of course, I understand that he’s tired but I do miss his cooking.

Dungeness Crab 2


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Cumin Scented Pickled Beets

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cumin Scented Pickled Beets 3

Beets have a natural sweetness to them that makes them perfect for pickling, becoming sweet and sour. It’s the perfect salad topper, relish for meat, or if you like tart stuff as much as I do, you’ll just snack on this all by itself. I used Chioggia beets, which have such pretty patterns, but feel free to use any beets you like. The cumin scent knocks this one out of the park for me, giving just a touch of complexity, but the process is uber easy.


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Fiesta Egg Roll

Sunday, June 21, 2009

For our Reader’s Choice: Egg Roll, you voted and the Black Bean Burrito Roll won. I changed the name but it’s basically the same concept. It has a couple of different components, so feel free to just use parts of this recipe. The Chipotle Rice that Lon made, is a nice side dish with some heat. The Black Bean Corn Salsa is an easy and colorful accompaniment for any barbecue or picnic. If you have time, put it all together, and have a fun Tex-Mex inspired Egg Roll. The Cotija Cheese, which I first heard about at The Duo Dishes, was a perfect match for this dish. It’s crumbly and doesn’t melt, but softens nicely, adding a nice salty milkiness.

Fiesta Egg Roll 4


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

In preparation for our upcoming Grilled Cheese extravaganza, we need some awesome mustard.  As you may know from reading Jessica’s bio, she loves mustard.  And at the moment we probably have six or eight different store-bought mustards at home.

Yellow Mustard Seeds


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Fast Seafood Rice

Thursday, March 5, 2009

We had a yellow tilefish for dinner the other night and I wanted to extend the seafood theme into a side dish. So I came up with a new seafood rice side dish. I wanted the flavor to be all American, but I didn’t really want it to be southern. This was actually a hard target for me, since most rice recipes I know are foreign or southern. In the end, I think this worked out pretty well and was easy. Especially, since I used frozen seafood, that we had on hand.

Fast Seafood Rice 2


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African-Style Stewed Skate

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jessica chose a Moroccan dish to prepare for Sophia & Justin last night. We had picked up a large skate wing (about 1.75 pounds) in Chinatown without deciding what to do with it. So when she asked me to figure out what to do, I decided to stick with with the continental theme, rather than national. I started researching African fish recipes and found that quite a number of them had a similar style. Since I’ve eaten African a few times, I figured I could come up with my own recipe, inspired by the recipes I found online.

The Flaking Skate


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Bacon-Wrapped Tiger Prawns over Slaw

Monday, February 9, 2009

Justin really enjoyed the Bacon-Wrapped Scallops last month, so for his birthday (another post with more about his birthday dinner coming up), we had to improve upon those! We picked up some plump tiger prawns and got to work. Our plan was to wrap them in thin bacon, and deep fry them with a panko crust. Instead of a sauce, we came up with a flavorful slaw to accompany the dish.

Served over Slaw


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Two More Barbecue Sauces

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What’s better than barbecue sauce? Two barbecue sauces! In continuing our Pulled Pork fest, I made two more barbecue sauces. The first is a nice and spicy sauce that features molasses and heat. The second is a super basic sauce, similar to one my mom used to make for chicken.

Spicy BBQ Sauce


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Pulled Pork & Killer BBQ Sauce

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wandering through BJs the other day, Jessica spotted a luscious looking pork leg and asked if I thought we should make it. Of course my answer was “YES!” However, the two of us came to our senses and decided to just buy a pork shoulder weighing in at just under nine pounds, as opposed to the leg, which was probably 20 or 25 pounds.

pork shoulder


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