Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

I’ve made a few versions of smashed chickpea avocado sandwiches. It’s been a try this with the recipe, try that with the recipe, using whatever’s at hand. I haven’t come up with an actual “recipe” that I wanted to share, though, until I hit upon a combination of Southwestern flavors. So here’s my Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich.

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

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New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein - Stovetop directions, too.

Instant Pot Yaka Mein

I have seen so many articles and posts about Yaka Mein, ever since Anthony Bourdain featured Miss Linda Green on his show, “No Reservations.” But Yaka Mein first came on my radar in this article from Go Nola. I knew I just had to taste Yaka Mein and I knew the only way that was going to happen is if I made it myself. So here is my Instant Pot Yaka Mein. (Stovetop directions included, too.)

New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein - Stovetop directions, too.

New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein – Stovetop directions, too.

Yaka Mein has a long history so I’m not going to go too much into that because it’s been covered extensively elsewhere, like in this article from The Deep South. I am going to tell you to make it if I can be so bossy! And make it soon. There’s no need to lose another day without having Yaka Mein in your belly!

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Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

So over the long weekend, temps way up in the 90’s (oh why is the weather so craaaazy this year?) I somehow got the idea that I wanted some of that Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad. You know the one I mean, all cool, creamy deliciousness with a few crunchy veggies and that tuna that somehow melds in and makes everything so rich.

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

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Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

Want a simple one-pan skillet dinner? Make paella. Seriously. If there’s ever been a simple dish so wrapped in mystique with so many rules, I don’t know what it is. If you want a “world class” Paella, follow them all. If you want a fabulous supper, keep reading. Yeah, we’re gonna break a few rules and get you a fantastic Paella. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

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Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Pineapple Chicken

Ok, it’s February, now. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but it’s cold, here, and we have feet of snow. Yeah, feet. And it’s just the time of year when it gets old. So I wanted a little pick me up. Something with a little tropical flair? Maybe something with pineapple!

Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Pineapple Chicken – Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir-fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

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Thai Chicken Burgers

Thai Chicken Burgers

I’m sitting in what seems to be the red meat capital of the world, folks. Right smack dab in the Midwest. At my folk’s in a small town outside of Sioux Falls. (We even went to see bull riding last winter!) So it might be considered a bit of a stretch to serve my fave octogenarians a chicken burger. And Thai Chicken Burgers, no less!

Thai Chicken Burgers

Thai Chicken Burgers

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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad: Done in the style of Southern Germany with Bacon & Vinegar. This is based off an old family recipe handed down from Grandma!

If you’ve never had a really good German Potato Salad, you might think you might think you don’t care for it. I know this to be true because I’ve tried, from time to time, grocery store deli German Potato Salad. It doesn’t compare to what you can make at home.

German Potato Salad

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Pork Fried Rice

Better than Take-Out Pork Fried Rice.

Does it seem that time is just slipping by faster and faster or is it just me? I meant to post this for you as an option for leftovers from the Country Style Ribs in the Slow Cooker. I made that recipe months ago! At long last, here’s my favorite home-cooked better than take-out Pork Fried Rice. And I’m posting it right along with my newer Drunken Fried Rice, so you’ll have two options.

Pork Fried Rice from Leftover Pork Shoulder or any other type of pork you’d like to use

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ABC Dip, Neiman Marcus Dip, Million Dollar Dip, One Million Dollar Dip

Million Dollar Dip

So how’s everyone doing on their New Year’s resolutions? If this blog is any indication with the Million Dollar Dip, below? Me? Probably not so great. But hey, it was the Super Bowl last week and I felt like I had to make this dip…

ABC Dip, Neiman Marcus Dip, Million Dollar Dip, One Million Dollar Dip

Million Dollar Dip

Million Dollar Dip is the dip of many names: ABC Dip, Neiman Marcus Dip, Million Dollar Dip, One Million Dollar Dip. Well, you get the idea.

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Shortcut Pork Ramen made from Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Shortcut Pork Ramen made from Vaguely Vietnamese Pork

Shortcut Pork Ramen: Make this with Vaguely Vietnamese Pork or almost any leftover Pork Shoulder dish (with the juices)

If you’ve been following along (Do I sound like a teacher? Class?) you’ve probably seen my most marvelous recipe for Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos last week. If you haven’t, take a peek, because that recipe is the starter for this Shortcut Pork Ramen. And as good as those tacos were, this spin-off recipe is even better.

Shortcut Ramen made from Vaguely Vietnamese Pork

Shortcut Ramen made from Vaguely Vietnamese Pork

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Bulgolgi, I'm talking about wafer thin slices of tender beef, marinated overnight. Then grilled (or in this case) cooked in a skillet until the edges caramelize

Bulgogi (Korean Beef)

Korean Bulgolgi, I'm talking about wafer thin slices of tender beef, marinated overnight. Then grilled (or in this case) cooked in a skillet until the edges caramelize This is insane!

Is it just me or is Korean food trending, now? It’s hard to tell sometimes because when I crave sumpin’, I seem to see it everywhere! I’m blaming Momofuku. I keep hearing so much about the restaurants and books and owner/chef David Chang.

Bulgolgi, I'm talking about wafer thin slices of tender beef, marinated overnight. Then grilled (or in this case) cooked in a skillet until the edges caramelize

Bulgolgi, I’m talking about wafer thin slices of tender beef, marinated overnight. Then grilled (or in this case) cooked in a skillet until the edges caramelize.

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Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Here’s another one of my recipes that tastes and looks all “gourmet” but gets dinner on the table in no time at all – Soused Chicken. I’ve made this for years and the somewhat unusual flavoring gets rave reviews. Seriously, people think you’re going all fancy whenever wine and a little cream or half and half are in the picture.

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

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Cowboy Caviar Salad

I just recently learned the history of Cowboy Caviar – along with the original recipe. The earliest recipes were basically pickled black-eyed peas with a bit of onion and garlic! While we’ve come a long way since then with all kinds of additions, bottled salad dressing just isn’t one I approve of! But then you probably already knew that if you’re a regular reader! Simple dressings like this are so easy and inexpensive to make at home and there are no worries about strange additives.

Cowboy Caviar Salad

Cowboy Caviar Salad

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