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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Last night it was V-Day so I made coconut shrimp for my husband.  I’d never made them before, but it was very simple.  You just take peeled shrimp, cover it with sweetened shredded coconut, place them on a lightly greased … Continue reading

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Broiled polenta

I have to admit it: I’m not a polenta fan.  Indeed, for a great part of my life I had a huge love-hate relationship with polenta.  I associate polenta with my grandfather Tito, who may have very well eaten it … Continue reading

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Gas Grilling Baby Back Ribs

Yesterday I got some pork loin backribs (aka baby back ribs) at the supermarket. I had never made them before so I had to look up how to cook them. The method I found worked perfectly and resulted in fall-off-the-bone … Continue reading

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Mashed Potatoes

A couple of days ago I made mashed potatoes to go with the short ribs I was serving for dinners (you have to have mashed potatoes if you serve short ribs!). Usually, I follow a very good recipe for buttermilk … Continue reading

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Frozen Banana Leaves

Yesterday I made a dish that required cooking in banana leaves, so I looked up exactly how to do it.  It was fairly easy. You can buy frozen banana leaves at Asian and Latin markets in the US.  They are … Continue reading

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Beef Back Ribs

Beef back ribs are often on sale at Safeway. I’ve never gotten them before because they are sold “previously frozen” (though not actually defrosted), and I tend to stay away from frozen beef, as freezing interferes with texture.  But I … Continue reading

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Peeling Chayote squash

Mika wanted squash soup for dinner the other night and chayotes were on sale, so I figured why not give them a try? I found this recipe at epicurious.com, which got great reviews, and without much consideration I decided to … Continue reading

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Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

I made this epicurious.com recipe for Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme last night. It produced an amazingly juicy chicken that Mika couldn’t get enough of. I think it was even juicier than the rotisserie chicken I make, BUT it … Continue reading

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Mika’s Egyptian Birthday Cake

Mika wanted to have an Ancient Egyptian Birthday Party and that meant an Ancient Egyptian cake. We usually get Safeway birthday cakes because they are pretty good and they offer a choice of whipped cream as frosting and filling. I … Continue reading

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Cooking London Broil

Last night I made London Broil with Soy Citrus Mayonnaise from epicurious.com It was fairly simple (though you need to marinate the meat for several hours) and the meat was quite tasty. It was a bit tough (it’s London Broil, … Continue reading

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