Tag: Salt

Pot Stickers – Pork Dumplings

Pot Stickers – Pork Dumplings

  When I was a kid, we called dumplings, “Pot Stickers,” but I guess now we have adjusted to calling all Asian noodle wrapped parcels either boiled, steamed or fried as dumplings.   We tend to stick to the pork and chive or green onion 

Almondy Cinnamon Granola

Almondy Cinnamon Granola

It was my mom’s  idea to make granola. Then my mom told me the story of my uncle Roger who made granola for Christmas presents. Then we had this idea to make granola for our teachers, so we did and now Jackson and I are 

Ribollita – Tuscan Bean and Vegetable Soup

Ribollita – Tuscan Bean and Vegetable Soup

Ribollita

Clearly the translation will not sound appealing, as Ribollita means reboiled. Who would like a bowl of reboiled for dinner? Doesn’t sound quite as appealing when translated.  Even better, the consistency of this “soup” is thicker and well, more mushy than soup, so who would like a bowl of reboiled mush for dinner?

If you’ve been to Tuscany, you may have had this dish as it is one of the regional specialties.  Traditionally, Ribollita contains dark kale (cavolo nero), leftover bread, beans and vegetables.  I first tried Ribollita in Siena, Italy.  I spotted it in the ready made section of a deli, packed in a rectangular plastic take away box, not typical soup packaging.   I was willing to eat it cold, but thankfully the shop owner heated it up in the microwave, popped the lid off, drizzled olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan on top.   I loved the thick garlicky richness of the creamy white beans mixed with the greens and vegetables.

Upon my return to the US, I turned to Lidia Bastianich for inspiration.  I continue with her tricks for smashing garlic cloves and leaving them whole, adding a Parmesan heel to the soup and serving with a drizzle of olive oil.   Instead of Cavolo Nero, I use chard, which is plenty hard to find in Hong Kong.   I use canned beans since I was never able to get dried beans to soften while soaking overnight.  My secret for Ribollita is not stale bread, but rather garlic rubbed toasted baguette.  When making the garlic rubbed toasts, I have to make a double batch as Shane eats half of them before I have a chance to add them to the soup.

 

 

 

Pasta Carbonara with Peas

Pasta Carbonara with Peas

Traditional Carbonara does not have peas or cream, onions or garlic, but this is the version that our family loves, and since it has bacon and eggs…what else could we call it?

Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos Al Pastor

Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos Al Pastor

As I understand it, Al Pastor refers to the method of cooking sliced pork topped with fresh pineapple in a vertical roasting style similar to shawarma, however, we are accustomed to referring to anything marinated with chiles, spices and pineapple as Al Pastor.   Pork 

Lemony Garlic Chicken

Lemony Garlic Chicken

Lemony Garlic Chicken

The zing of lemon and garlic plus a few shallots and spices work together to create a bright and smoky marinade for grilled chicken.  We currently lack access to a barbecue, or backyard for that matter, so we cook the chicken on a stovetop grill pan (which has ridges to leave grill marks on the meat).  When we make this recipe, it is called, “Jackson’s favorite chicken.”  My hope is that one day he will stop dipping it in ketchup.  Leftovers make a great salad.

Juicy Bacon Cream Cheese Bites

Juicy Bacon Cream Cheese Bites

I love the Bacon Cream Cheese Grapes. I made this because it is a delicious appetizer. I was inspired by it when my Grandpa had his 8Oth birthday and we made it with Red Grapes rolled in creamy Blue Cheese and Diced Nuts. Then we 

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

  Leftover baked (not boiled) potatoes are a huge time saver.  No roux, slurry or béchamel required for this super easy bowl of happiness.   Each person can still customize flavor toppings as if personalizing his or her baked potato.

Smoky Hummus

Smoky Hummus

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Smoked paprika pushes the otherwise standard hummus recipe over the top!