Niku Jaga (Japanese Meat and Potato Stew)

Nikujaga (肉じゃが, meaning meat-potato) is a Japanese dish of meat, potatoes, and onion stewed in sweetened soy sauce and mirin, sometimes with yam and vegetables. As I love to experiment with recipes from different parts of the world, today I thought it might fun to make this yummy comfort food dish. There are some slight […]

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Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Lime’Onade)

When your good friend from college comes to visit with a bag full of homegrown lemons, you make darn good lemon/limeade with a simple twist of English cucumbers! Ingredients: • 1 cup cold water, plus (up to) 4 cups • 1/2 cup white sugar • 1 cucumber, sliced • 4-6 fresh lemons, juiced (includes extra […]

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Cast Iron Skillet Brookies

I love how this recipe turned out!  I never even knew ‘brookies’ existed…LOL. You will definitely have the best of both worlds with these chewy, gooey brownie-chocolate chip cookies. And, might I add, I adore the concept of baking them in a cast iron skillet. Ingredients: (Most are organic unless noted otherwise) For the Brownie […]

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Spicy Salt and Pepper Ribs

Hello! It’s been a while… I made my first Chinese food dish and had a number of requests for the recipe. There are a few steps involved with the process, but the end result will have you craving for more!

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Classic Virgin Bloody Mary

I love an occasional spicy Bloody Mary with just a hint of vodka…but, for a healthier Bloody Mary this classic, guilt-free version is sure to please any V8 fan!

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A Spoonful of Sugar and Water…

David Attenborough Urges Everyone To Leave A Spoonful Of Sugar And Water In Their Garden To Save Humanity By NewsRoom24 on July 4th, 2018 Bees are often seen as one of humanity’s biggest enemies, and yet they help to keep us alive.  You don’t have to be a tree hugger to respect the environment that […]

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Home Baked French Baguettes

What better way to start off your day with freshly home baked baguettes? I came across this Basic French Baguette recipe from the HOMEMADE vegan pantry cookbook. The technique of developing the no-knead method originated from Jim Lahey.  Lahey discovered that all you have to do was simply mix the dough, then set it aside […]

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Poached Egg with Arugula Salad

Breakfast isn’t usually my thing, but this morning, poach eggs with a drizzle of garlic EVOO and balsamic reduction over a handful of fresh arugula, a medley of cherry tomatoes, and red onions slices alongside simply toasted crostini’s came to mind…

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Dolmades with Egg-Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono)

Egg-lemon sauce (Avgolemono) is the secret ingredient to finish of a variety of Greek dishes. In this instance, the egg-lemon sauce acts as a thickening agent, thereby giving a unique, creamy texture and tangy homely flavor to the Dolmades.

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Palayok (Clay Pot)

I was very proud of myself for having made Paksiw na Isda for the first time. It’s one of my favorites amongst the various fish entrees commonly cooked in a Filipino household. To be able to cook it using my mom’s treasured clay pot from many moons ago was an honor in itself, and even […]

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Sous Vide Pork Belly, Mexican Rice & Egg (over a bed of Black Bean Salsa Casera)

The other day hubby and I discovered a quaint restaurant in Aptos, Ca, namely Cafe Sparrow. Right before walking through their entrance door, I spotted a dish on the menu board that caught my eyes right away, pork belly with eggs! It read so simply, yet the thought of grilled pork belly over a bed […]

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Letter To Santa, From A Shelter Dog

Dear Santa Claws, Some people don’t believe in you, but I do, because last year you brought me a tube of tennis balls, some yummy treats, a new dog sweater, and a plush, fleecy blue sheep that goes “Baaa-aaa-aaa” when I squeeze and chew on him. I stayed awake a long time next to the […]

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