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
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
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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
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It’s winter time again, folks. And while some might be bemoaning the loss of all of the summers’ vegetable crops, my family is going crazy over the wealth of fresh picked winter squash and sweet potatoes available at our local Walmart.… Read the rest
Ranch dressing is the number one seller in America. This Texas-based dressing recipe is good on everything from leftover pizza to broccoli at dinner. It’s wonderful for dipping chips or as a condiment on a chicken sandwich. Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is so easy that you’ll be kicking yourself for buying it in stores all these years.
Are you ready for the big secret?… Read the rest
When you’re heading for breakfast, where you are is important. Alaska has reindeer sausage. Chicago has the blintz. Californians love their breakfast burritos. New Mexicans argue about red or green chile sauce, no matter what the dish is. But in Texas, the breakfast taco reigns supreme, and today I have the perfect breakfast taco recipe for you.
To be more specific, this is San Antonio’s favorite breakfast taco recipe, the bean and cheese taco, a staple for almost every San Antonian I know.… Read the rest
(Formerly 10 Juices and Smoothies to Boost Your Energy)
There are times when you just need to boost your energy. You’re worn out, tired, jet lagged or maybe like too many of us, you just didn’t get enough sleep last night. For whatever reason, you need a jolt to the system, but you’d prefer that it didn’t come from a can or a shot-glass sized bottle. … 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
This gorgeous dish almost never existed. It was, quite frankly, never intended to exist. For the first installment of #theSaladBar monthly blogging group I’d planned a lovely little salad with frisée, strawberries, blueberries, some fresh cheese and a yogurt dressing. Unfortunately the end of the school year left our schedule in tatters and many of my ingredients inedible.
If you’re looking for a recipe that will please anyone in your life, this is it. This dish is not only vegan and gluten-free but it’s as quick and easy as it gets. The flavors are complex and satisfying, yet there are only five ingredients. In short, this is the perfect side for anyone without nut allergies.
I’ve seen variations of this dish that include such things as butter, walnut oil, sesame oil and parsley.… Read the rest
This recipe is inspired completely by my wife, who told me about something similar she had in Turkey shortly after her return there. It’s nothing more than Squeezed lemon, a bit of mint and sugar with boiling water added but like so many simple dishes the final product is something that is somehow ethereal and infinitely sublime.
Perhaps it’s that this simple drink looks as magical as it tastes. … Read the rest
From the archives. It’s apple and nut season across a lot of the U.S., so it’s the perfect time to wip up a batch of these gems. You’ll be glad you did!
Recipe ideas can come from anywhere. This post is proof of that. The idea for baked apples was driven into both my head and that of my oldest son one afternoon during an episode of “Little Bear” that the youngest was watching on NickJr. … Read the rest
From the archives. The weather is cooling off a bit for most of us, and this is the perfect side to warm things up with
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish usually served on Halloween. The name is derived from the Gaelic “cal ceann fhionn”, which translates to “White Headed Cabbage”, but it is made with green cabbage or kale. I’ve made colcannon before, but that version was taken directly from Monica Sheridan’s “My Irish Cook Book” (now available in updated form as The Art of Irish Cooking) and was as close to the traditional Irish version Ms.… Read the rest
Before anyone starts anything, I know that you probably have your own ideas on what makes the perfect grilled cheese sandwich and I’m pretty sure that this one isn’t it. For me though, nobody will ever make a more perfect grilled cheese sandwich than the one I’m discussing here. Why? Because my son made it and you can’t top my son’s very first grilled cheese sandwich for the perfect sandwich.… Read the rest
If you can imagine an incredibly savory pierogi mixed with a wonderful, chewy Mediterranean flatbread, you’ve pretty much captured the flavor and texture of this Turkish staple, Patates Gozleme. The word gozleme actually comes from the Turkish word “Goz” or “Eye”, and refers to the “Little Eyes” or brown circles that form on the dough as it cooks, but the flavor…
Oh, the flavor!… Read the rest
One of the treasures my wife brought with her on her recent visit home was her version of Turkish style mashed potatoes. While you might not find mashed potatoes something sexy, with the addition of a few ingredients they are. Oh yes, they are.
While these are generally made with saffron in Turkey, we opted for turmeric. This was mostly a cost issue, since we’re feeding 5 and turmeric is an awful lot less expensive here in the States than saffron is.… Read the rest
Some of the highlights of my wife’s recent visit home was that she’s spent quite a bit of her time learning to cook authentic Turkish food. Over the three weeks she was home she got to share some of those recipes with us and now we get to share them with you.
This recipe for flatbread (gozleme) is one that I think every kitchen needs. … Read the rest