Instant Pot Brown Rice used in Greek Brown Rice Salad

Instant Pot Brown Rice

White Rice is generally my choice in rice (and I’ll explain why, below) but sometimes Brown Rice is the perfect thing. Especially when you want those nutty, slightly chewy grains to complement a dish. And making Instant Pot Brown Rice is a game changer.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice

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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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Hawaiian Fried Rice with Ham & Pineapple

Hawaiian Fried Rice

This easy dish is great for leftover ham!!

Do you need a fun, fresh take on a dish for your Holiday Ham leftovers? Something easy, fast and crave-worthy? You’re gonna want to try this Hawaiian Fried Rice. And you’re gonna look like a genius when you bring this to the table! 🙂

Hawaiian Fried Rice with Ham & Pineapple

Hawaiian Fried Rice with Ham & Pineapple

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Skillet Porcupine Dinner

Porcupine Skillet Dinner

Porcupine Skillet - easy ground beef meal with rice. Fast & quick down home cooking

Ok, I love to cook. “Obs” as some of my young friends would say. Or I wouldn’t have a food blog. But sometimes you want something you can toss together with your eyes closed. Something simple and fast and easy – and maybe nostalgic? That’s where this Porcupine Skillet Dinner comes in.

Skillet Porcupine Dinner

Skillet Porcupine Dinner =so fast, so easy and fun to tinker with

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If you have a hand blender, feel free to use it. I used my trusty blender.

Drunken Fried Rice

Drunken Fried Rice - Yes there IS such a thing and thank goodness because it's amazing! Just like drunken noodles but use leftover rice.

Drunken Fried Rice! Yes, there is such a thing and I’m soooo happy to know it! See, my baby sis just told me she was having leftover take out Drunken Noodles for lunch and a craving hit. Maybe even a touch of jealously. But poor me, no takeout, no noodles in the cupboard. I was planning on making Fried Rice, though, and made extra rice last night with dinner just so I’d have rice ready.

Drunken Fried Rice

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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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Puerto Rican Rice

Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

This rice has a Puerto RIcan flair - fantastic with Pernil

I gotta admit that usually when I’m looking for a killer side, I’m thinking potatoes. What can I say? I’m from the North and have Irish roots – so maybe it’s genetic, lol! Sometimes rice just feels right, though, and it definitely did when I served Pernil, an herby, garlicky pork roast with Puerto Rican roots. Whoever guesses what recipe is coming next gets a prize…a free recipe for Pernil!

Puerto Rican Rice

Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

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Salmon en Papillote

Salmon en Papillote

So January has rolled around and so has my annual attempt to eat healthy. Are you with me? At least for a while, anyway? Besides, this Salmon en Papillote is so lovely, you won’t even care whether its healthy or not.

Salmon en Papillote

Salmon en Papillote – this will keep cooking inside the packet, so open immediately

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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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Poor Man’s Paella

Paella is a dish that for years was wrapped in mystique, seemingly out of reach of the average American. It’s a darn shame because a simple Paella is a stunning dish and very doable dish for a week-night dinner.

Poor Man's Paella - chicken, regular rice. Fantastic, even on a budget.

Poor Man’s Paella – chicken, regular rice. Fantastic, even on a budget.

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Greek Meatball Soup

Greek Meatball Soup

Greek Meatball Soup - so different, tiny little meatballs in a creamy broth. Use a scoop to make them easy!

While many of us, even here in the States, have at least a passing familiarity with the classic Greek soups enriched with Avgolemono and flavored with lemon, this Greek Meatball Soup is quite a bit different. Tiny, flavorful little meatballs floating in a beefy broth spiked with Parmesan cheese and cream.

Greek Meatball Soup

Greek Meatball Soup

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Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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