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Lunch for one: bacon cheeseburger

With everyone out of the house today, I thought I'd keep things simple and have leftovers for lunch. But I had a craving -- a bad craving for meat. Since there was a pack of ground beef in the fridge and a couple of buns from last Sunday's all-burger lunch, I decided to make … [Read more...]

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Pork, chicken and pineapple stew

A stew that has cubes of pork belly and chicken portions, the dish is a combination of two recipes in the archive. The chicken version is a favorite with my mother-in-law's so when we decided to spend a part of Christmas day at her house, it was a logical choice for the … [Read more...]

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A Christmas ham story

A funny thing happened while we were preparing for our Christmas Eve meal. As agreed upon, I did not cook regular food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead, we ate sandwiches here and there all day.By five o'clock in the afternoon, we realized that we were running … [Read more...]

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Osso buco pasta

Holiday-perfect party food.The most visually exciting way to serve this pasta dish is to top each bowl of noodles with a whole cross cut of beef shank with the bone marrow intact. In some meat stores, it is possible to choose the shank so that you can get pieces that are … [Read more...]

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Pan-fried pork with pesto, peppers and tomatoes

What's the best way to get ideas on what to cook everyday? In my case, ninety percent of the time, it's about what we have in the fridge, the freezer and the pantry. You know... put them together and what have you got? It's not bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, however, as there is no … [Read more...]

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Gaeng om: Thai herbed pork and vegetables

Gaeng om is a herb-y, spicy and hot pork dish with vegetables. I use "spicy" and "hot" separately because... well, it's funny how so many people say spicy when they mean hot. Spicy can mean any number of things: zesty, piquant, earthy, pungent and, yes, hot. But "hot" … [Read more...]

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Pork and herbed dumplings stew

Say dumplings in Asia and it means steamed or fried dough with meat or sweet filling. In other parts of the world, dumplings look different, taste different and may be prepared differently too. But all share something in common -- the dough.Dumplings are cooked balls of … [Read more...]