Tagged: ‘cilantro’

Microwave Brown Bag Popcorn

The microwave is the true home for popping popcorn. While there are quite a few specialized types of microwave popcorn poppers on the market, the good old brown bag method reigns supreme in my mind, especially if you are without any other contraption in which to pop.

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The Rice Cooker: Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice

I became enthralled with cilantro and lime rice after eating a burrito bowl at Chipotle’s Mexican Grill fast food restaurant. I had heard that people ate there just for the rice, it was that good. So off I went to give it a try. And I wasn’t disappointed.

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Summer in the Slow Cooker Tips plus Chinese Apricot Pork Roast with Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad

It’s September and still hot as blazes. While we often think of the slow cooker for those long cooked winter stews, the slow cooker is the premier tool for summer cooking as well. Think of turkey breast, pork roasts, even lamb shanks.

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Chinese Chicken Salad

There might be a riot if there was not a Chinese chicken salad in the Weeknight Cooking book; it is that popular a salad. Chicken salads on the whole are immensely popular, but this dish tops them all since it combines sweet, crunchy, spicy, cold, and sour all in one.

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Cornish Game Hens with Cornbread Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes

Cornish game hens are like a small plump chicken. They are the poultry of choice when serving only a few diners. Here is a basic recipe for crock-roasting and cooked with a stuffing on one side and sweet potatoes on the other.

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Creamy White Chicken Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Really this was dubbed the “The Best White Chili Ever” by my sister Meg, who loves anything and everything creamy. This is a mild chili and utilizes leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Its almost a no brainer, out of the cupboard meal.

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Farmhouse Butter Churned the Food Processor

Any type of milk produces enough cream to be churned into a full fat butter. Homemade butter is easily made with a food processor in a fast, clean, and very efficient manner. Because making butter is so simple, it makes a great project for kids as well as adults. It’s a remarkably fast and easy process that lets you see for yourself where this ever-so-basic and familiar food comes from.

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The Microwave: Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip

I have been served any number of eggplant dips, the most famous being Baba Ghanoush. Eggplant is in the same family as the potato and tomato, and is native to India, where it is prepared in numerous ways. The microwave does a remarkable job of cooking the whole eggplant and the interior flesh, which retains its lovely spring green color, is ready to mash with other ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

There is chili and there is chili. Chili used to mean Texas style with meat and beans. Enter the vegetarians and the use of dried black beans, as called turtle beans, an integral part of Central American and Cuban cookery. They are easily found in the dried bean and rice section of the supermarket. Black bean chili was born and it has become probably the most beloved of all vegetarian dishes.

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The Slow Cooker: Moroccan Chicken Thighs with Garbanzos and Cumin


This is really a simple tagine, or stew, sort of Moroccan daily home cooking.  We kept this one less spicy, traditionally speaking, although you can add some chopped preserved lemons is you like.  It is sort of like a simple…

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