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Stir-fry is generally not my thing.  Half the battle is in the fact that I find rice utterly boring to eat.  The other half of the battle might be that Nate is not a big fan of soy sauce.  If we're going to willingly eat stir-fry, it almost always involves noodles instead of rice.  And the good crunch of a nut is added incentive.   I don't even generally eat red peppers and yet this caught my interest.  I guess those cashews got to me and then I imagined how delicio...

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Remember that Asian-Orange Chicken I told you about a few weeks ago, the one that was my debut into Asian cooking on this blog?  Well, it's back again, kinda, sorta.   These Orange and Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs are the rich man's version of orange chicken.  They are the solution to a dinner party where you want to impress but know your guests would be just as happy with some chinese takeout.  Many of the same flavors are married together in a different presentation, leaving y...

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It's 55 degrees and windy here.  What better day to start bringing in the Fall flavors and cooking techniques?  It's time to celebrate the use of your oven for the warmth it provides and start roasting everything!  Roasting can be a perfect option for the at-home mom.  It often takes only simple prep work up front to get the dish in the oven.  What it does need, though, is considerable time to sit there and grow warm and tender.  When you get home from work at 6:20 as I used to, it feels c...

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I believe this is my first-ever Asian-inspired post.  About four times a year I get a craving for Chinese food, but that usually means a run to the local Chinese take-out place.  Nate, on the other hand, loves Chinese and considered this a roaring success.  "Tastes just like real take-out," he said.  I'm not sure whether that is a particularly good thing or not, but I'll tell ya what - the leftovers are long gone.   I appreciated being able to control the freshness of th...

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This week I was craving good food.  I was craving green vegetables, bright fruits.  I was craving fresh flavors, forget the roasting or steaming process.  I was craving summer.  Or maybe I was just craving a meal that hadn’t been sitting in a Tupperware in my fridge for a week.     Either way, this recipe came to me.  It was a combination of a few different sources of inspiration that I thought might pull together nicely in a meal that boasted both quick and fresh.  The salty, tangy te...

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Sandwich Friday has managed to go the way of the wind, since our life has turned to total scheduling mayhem. Every week looks different, every week seems booked solid, every week we are too rushed to run out the door on time to have a well-planned meal. Fortunately this week Sandwich Monday (which doesn’t really exist) was in effect. And this was a sandwich worth a Monday night in.   I managed to finally cook this chicken perfectly; still juicy and tender on the inside with a nice layer of sl...

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Just in case you were needing an excuse to throw together those homemade Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits, there are these chicken skewers.  They are what I used to justify the need for biscuits as part of my meal.     This chicken has good flavor, but it didn't wow the socks off anyone.  They're tangy and limey, and frankly mostly fun to look like at all scattered on the platter.  But ultimately, I say, "Pass the biscuits, please."   Margarita Chicken Skewers Originally from foodnetwork.com...

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I’ve probably never gone longer without posting a sweet recipe than I have since starting food blogging.  This in no way means that I haven’t been getting my chocolate dosage, though.  I don’t know how it happened, but this is not the remedy yet.  This is not a blog about dessert.  It’s a blog about dinner.  A nice, have-your-friends-over dinner.     It’s got all the decadent favorites: nuts and a quality cheese.  A sauce with tons of flavor and no nutritional value.  O...

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Since we are spending ten days in Panama (right now!) eating seafood, sipping daiquiris on the beach and probably munching on lots of fried things, I was looking for some light meals to keep us afloat until we go.  I know that despite my love of totally unhealthy food, halfway through the trip I’ll be wishing I had some fresh greens on my plate.  I was trolling for some new recipes (a regular habit) and jonesing for some good salad when I ran across this Sara Moulton recipe on the Food ...

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I’m officially back in the saddle again.  I made dinner last night from start to finish, no pre-bought products, brand new recipe.  And it was deliciously satisfying and perfectly, boldly flavorful.  Just how I like it.  The recipe?  A result of my newest magazine subscription, Fine Cooking. The Southwestern flavor combos were enough to entice me away from my recently meatless cravings.  It’s been awhile since I stopped obsessively buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts and freezing...

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