Monday, November 28, 2011

Honey-Roast Pork (Char Siu)

I am discovering that I like roasting meat: you can just leave it there to do its thing while you go about your business. Plus, it smells amazing while it cooks itself. This recipe makes enough pork for about 3 to four servings, but that really depends on how much you want to eat at a given time. If you have a big appetite, count on less leftovers.

I got this recipe from the blog Adora's Box. Check it out: you won't regret it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rice with Beans, Tomatoes and Spinach

I admit it, this wasn't the most delicious thing I've ever made. It needs work. Especially in the flavor department. But it is a good way to use up extra beans, so get on it! This recipe makes 2 servings.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Salad

Please excuse the terrible quality of the pictures. I don't know what happened. Well, technically, I do know: I was in a hurry because my show was going to be on t.v. But then the show was cancelled because of some music awards thing. Oh boy was I angry!!

Anyway, everyone absolutely loved this. Except me. I'm not a fan of blue cheese, even though I decided to try it, so the salad wasn't really mt thing. Also, I need to get a hot sauce that isn't Tabasco. But the chicken was crispy and perfect, so I'll try this again.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spicy Tomato Soup with Sausage and Beans

This soup was really easy to make and really good, not to mention spicy. It'll make you breathe right, that's for sure! The sausage had a nice smoky flavor, and the soup was filling without being too heavy. This recipe makes two generous servings.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fried Rice with Cauliflower

I really liked this: it was simple, easy to make, and tasty. The cauliflower retained some of it's crunch, and that was nice. As a rule I don't like firm cauliflower, but I'm now willing to make exceptions.
I'm not sure it needed as much oil as I used.

Beef and Bean Chili

This was my first-ever chili and it turned out really well: hearty, simple yet complex and, most importantly, delicious. I dare you to make this at home! This recipe makes about 3 servings.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chicken and Vegetable Saute with Parmesan Rice

This recipe turned out really well, and I was also really excited about getting to use my new plate. Technically it's a small serving platter, but who wants to quibble about semantics? The point is the chicken and vegetables were simple but delicious, and the rice was creamy with just the right amount of cheese.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cheeseburger Casserole

The other day I was really, really craving a McDonald's cheeseburger. Alas, I don't live within walking distance of one, and also I'm usually too cheap to buy fast food. So, instead, I made this casserole! If I did it again, I think I'd leave out the tomato liquid, put a bit less cheese, and maybe half the pickle. But as it was it turned out delicious! This makes one really large serving, or 2 smaller ones.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn Harvest Granola

This granola is nutty and a bit deeper-flavored than the one I usually make. It's a nice change and a good way to celebrate some of the flavours of Fall!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chicken Caruso

Ah , comfort food! What makes a food comforting, you ask? Well, I think it varies from one person to another, but there are probably some common elements.

Cheese is something that comforts people, I think, especially milder cheeses. They aren't shocking. They're smooth-tasting. Cheese has protein so it makes you feel sated and a little indulgent. When cheese is warm it feels creamy. I think this feeling of smoothness is something common to many forms of comfort.

For many people, carbohydrates are comforting. They're metabolized more easily into sugars than plant foods, and they make you feel satisfied. Pasta is a common comfort food.

Bacon, of course, is deliciously high in fat. It's exactly what our primitive bodies crave, and a ready source of energy.

Many people's comfort foods are things that they ate as children. Maybe it was a special treat; maybe it was a Friday-night staple. But whatever it was, it's all tangled up with memories of being happy, and safe, and satisfied. The food taps into, or fills, a certain emotional need.

I wonder if there's ever been a study done on what qualities foods possess that make people feel comforted?

Anyway, we used to have this all the time at my house, and it falls into my category of comfort foods. It's also pretty easy to make. Go ahead and try it: you won't have regrets! (well, you might, but they won't be about the food)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dr Pepper Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Fried Rice

This was pretty good, though I have to admit the sauce is a tiny bit surprising. You have to get used to it...even though it's good, there's something the tiniest bit odd about it. I made this stir-fry because I had leftover Dr Pepper glaze and didn't know what to do with it. A good cooking rule-of-thumb is 'when in doubt, stir fry!'

Broiled Salmon with Dr Pepper Glaze

The glaze on this salmon was pretty subtle, actually, which I'm going to go ahead and say is a good thing. I got the idea for the glaze from the blog An Edible Mosaic, which is a pretty darn cool blog. I did end up making some changes, mostly due to a lack of proper ingredients. You should check out the blog and see the original!