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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 baking sheet and cook in a preheated 400F oven for about 15 minutes (for medium […]

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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 every day of his life until the day he died.  I spent a lot of […]

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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 delicious baby back ribs. The rub I used, however, wasn’t that great so I’ll try […]

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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 mashed potatoes from the The Zuni Cafe Cookbook. This time, however, I didn’t have either […]

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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 usually in the same area where they have other wrappings (eggroll skins, empanada shells, etc.).  […]

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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 finally decided to give them a try.  I  cooked them by separating them into chunks […]

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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 make it. It wasn’t my thing in particular – then again, soup never is – […]

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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 was quite lacking in the flavor department. The sauce that came with it was just […]

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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 don’t really like other frostings, specially as they are probably full of trans-fats and high […]

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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, after all), but I was quite happy with the results. That said it wasn’t special […]

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