Namasu is something of a mystical dish. This simple salad of daikon radish and carrots is as simple to make as the similar tsukemono (overnight pickles), but is ready in just about 15 minutes. Namasu has a tangy-sweet flavor and incredible crisp texture that makes it a perfect pair to rich fried foods or hearty soups.… Read the rest
There are certain recipes you know you just have to try the very first time you hear of them. You know the ones, don’t you? It’s that certain something that sticks in your memory once you’ve seen or heard of it. It won’t leave you alone until you can recreate it or find somewhere that sells it so that you can see what all the hype was about. … Read the rest
My family loves rice. And I mean loves it. My son’s favorite dish is something we call “Rice and Goop”, which is basically rice covered in sausage or beef gravy. For me, it’s fried rice or spam musubi. My wife will take rice in just about any form, but if given a choice, she prefers onigiri.… Read the rest
Sausage dressing is a staple at Southern tables, and not just around the holidays. I’ve used this recipe (or variations of it) to stuff Turkey, chicken, cornish hens, pork chops, and bell peppers.… Read the rest
Rice. It’s an unassuming grain that also just happens to be the staple food of nations all over the world. It’s speculated that rice may have been cultivated in Japan for as long as 6,000 years.… Read the rest
A few weeks ago I was flittering around Pinterest and I stumbled on a pin for sausage balls. If you can believe this, I’d never heard of them. Not once. Ever.
I showed the picture to my wife, who has heard of these little gems. She immediately launched into tales about how her Grandmother used to make sausage cheese balls for her all the time, how much she loved them as a kid, and how much she missed them.… Read the rest
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The Holidays are here, and inevitably you’ll be faced with the challenge of having friends or family over for dinner. The problem with most Holiday meals, whether it’s Christmas or New Year, is that you get stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is out enjoying the festivities.… Read the rest
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Thanksgiving can be a hectic time of year, whether you’re the one hosting dinner or not. The last thing you need to worry about is complicated desserts or appetizers. That’s where these simple and absolutely delicious Berry Cheesecake Egg Rolls com in. … Read the rest
If I have one truly guilty fast food pleasure, it’s hash browns. You know…the deep fried kind. Crisp and crunchy on the outside, but pillowy soft on the inside. I’ll take those over a breakfast sandwich any day. (Or at least get a double order.)
Usually to make this kind of hash brown at home, I’d buy the frozen hash brown patties at the MegaMart and fry them up myself.… Read the rest
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Back to school time comes with its own set of challenges. Less time. More stress. Schedules that need to be rearranged. If you add a complicated dinner menu to that, you’ve got the perfect recipe for overload.
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered, in spades.… Read the rest
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Nothing really beats a family movie night. (O.K. I’ll be honest. In our case this usually mean family movie afternoons, since I work nights and am rarely home once it gets dark out.… Read the rest
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up dinner or an after school snack, but think it requires a ton of effort, it doesn’t. You can whip up these cheesy breadsticks as a gorgeous side or snack in just a few minutes. It won’t even take a call to your local pizza joint.… Read the rest
As a former Californian and a current Texan, there are few foods in the world that scream warm weather like a heaping dish of cool, refreshing, chunky guacamole. (Pico de Gallo also goes on this list.) It’s one of the first things put on your table in most good Tex Mex restaurants, will always be found at a cookout or tailgate party.… Read the rest
When it’s hot outside you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen putting a meal on the table. You want to sit back, relax and eat. Enter zaru somen (Literally: basket noodles.) Chilled Japanese noodles, a delightfully light and mild sauce to dip them in, and some refreshing, crisp green onions make this the perfect dish for a hot afternoon or evening.… Read the rest
I’m glad that my wife loves talking with people. Everywhere we go either she or I is asking a waitress or a cook how they prepared something. In most cases the cook or chef is happy to oblige. This dish is a result of my wife’s insatiable curiosity regarding new recipes and her ability to charm the socks of of anyone… Even if that someone happens to be a chef in Izmir, Turkey. … Read the rest
Look at these toasted pumpkin seeds. Aren’t they adorable? Sitting there all shy and peaceful, like a little girl in a schoolyard. You know, the one in the pink dress with the pigtails and the stunning smile. They could never possibly do anything mean or cross, right?
You would be right if that little girl had a pension for torturing small furry animals and little brothers.… Read the rest
Don’t let the ghouls, goblins, ghosts and other beasties spook you this Halloween. At least not if they’re these baked flour tortilla chip monsters. These snack chips are super easy to make, versatile and instead of being afraid, the kids will gobble up the monsters this year. (The adults make pretty quick work of them, too!)
This is a great way to get the little ones involved in cooking.… Read the rest
From the archives – A quick and easy side dish for back to school season. Sure to put a smile on the face of any tomato lover.
Tomatoes pack a huge amount of flavor into a very small package. so much so that there is not much need to “guild the lily”, to turn a phrase. I made this dish as a side for the tomato glazed chicken we had the other night, but then had to make it again yesterday as a light lunch for myself.… Read the rest
Bean dip is a San Antonio favorite. It’s such a distinctly Texan recipe that the very first Texan entry in Clementine Paddleford’s Great American Cookbook is For Bobbie Coleman’s Texas Bean Dip, and was served to Mrs. Paddleford just a few miles from my home, in the Alamo Heights district of San Antonio. She declared that bean dip “True Texas Cuisine.” We Texans couldn’t agree more.… Read the rest