Scallion-Ginger Sauce

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Scallion-Ginger SauceThis stuff is unbelievably delicious.  Spoon-over-the-sink kind of delicious.  The simplicity of the mixture just doesn’t jive with the amount of flavor you experience.  It’s a perfect foil for steak, grilled chicken or pork or salmon.  Or an Asian-inspired Sloppy Joe!  You have to make this sauce.  Continue reading

Portuguese-Style Tuna Steaks with Onions

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Portuguese-Style Tuna Steaks with OnionsI usually lean toward an Asian flavor profile when I make tuna steaks.  But, I just wasn’t feeling that today.  After our time in Portugal, I decided to wander in that direction.  More of a meander, really.  The main thing to remember with tuna, is to not over-cook it.  You want it crisp on the outside and very pink on the inside…and very delicious.  Continue reading

Great Wall Spicy, Tangerine-Beef Stir-Fry

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Great Wall Spicy, Orange-Beef Stir-FryThe key to a successful stir-fry, is a hot wok and having your mis en place, in place (pun totally intended!).  Have everything sliced and diced before you even put the pan on the stove.  Then, turn on the exhaust fan and crank the heat!  Continue reading

Quick Garlic Aïoli

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Quick Garlic AïoliAïoli is something you need to know how to make.  It’s a basic mayonnaise, but with a good hit of garlic.  I don’t tend to make aïoli from scratch, because it doesn’t keep as well, as it contains raw egg yolks.  This version, which used purchased mayonnaise, keeps well, is more stable and is just plain delicious.   Continue reading

Deep-Fried Potato Peelings with Garlic Aïoli

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Deep-Fried Potato "Peelings" These are not potato skins.  Not the way we know them.  These are potato peelings, but they deep-fry up to a nicely crisp, slightly chewy chip.  And what makes them so exceptional, is that they’re fried in olive oil!  And they’re served with Garlic Aïoli…oh, yes!  Continue reading

Bacon-Cheeseburger Soup

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Bacon-Cheeseburger SoupA Bacon-Cheeseburger in liquid form.  Seriously, this soup really does taste like the real deal.  It’s a great soup for kids…of all ages!  This is an excellent soup for Super Bowl Sunday (or any other day), and it tastes even better reheated. Continue reading

Cuban Ham Dip-Updated!

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Cuban Ham Dip-UpdatedThe original Cuban Ham Dip is delicious.  It is.  But, it’s evolved.  The Latin Lover likes the evolution.  He thinks it’s even better than the original.  It still has a smoky, sweet-sharp flavor, and it’s still creamy and robust.  But, it’s more complex.  It makes a great sandwich.  Or maybe a Super Bowl slider?  Continue reading

Hot Dog Pizza

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Hot Dog PizzaThis was our Friday night pizza.  I’ve made it before, but it had slipped my mind, but Hot Dog Pizza is just a hot dog, deconstructed into pizza form.   Why not?  It tastes great and kids (of all ages) love it.  It’s perfect for the weekend, for kid or adult sleep-overs, and Super Bowl Sunday!  Are you sensing a theme here?  Continue reading

Pizza Fondue-Skillet Dinner

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Pizza Fondue-Skillet DinnerThis came together in no time at all.  I was hungry for pizza.  Really, more the flavor of pizza.  Does that happen to you?  Do you get hungry for certain flavors, too?  Anyway, that what this was born of…the hunger for a flavor!  Continue reading