Wonton Meatballs

Why yes, I do still make new meatball recipes. I thought these would have a bit more flavor, but my friends liked them well enough, and it’s an interesting recipe.

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Kara-age

This has been something I’ve been excited to make for the Japanese food challenge (it’s one of John’s favorite foods). We had a friend coming over who loves fried chicken and avoids gluten – so this recipe using potato starch is great for her. Beyond involving deep frying, this is a pretty easy recipe. From the “Tokyo Cult Recipes” cookbook.

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Cucumber Cooler Punch

To go with our Indian feast, I adapted this cocktail recipe into a punch and it was really terrific. There is some estimating here, so keep that in mind.

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Pressure Cooker Dal

A fried recommended this recipe, which is an adaptation of a Smitten Kitchen recipe. Super easy and delicious! I would definitely make this again as a weeknight meal.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Masala

This was fine but I thought it was missing something. I tinkered a bit with the sauce at the end, but it still wasn’t exactly how I wanted. That said, guests raved.

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Pressure Cooker Saag

Indian feast! I made a bunch of Indian dishes for Jen’s birthday, all using the pressure cooker, to great success. Also pictured here (recipes to follow): chicken and chickpea masala, and dal (as well as some chickpea-only masala using previously-frozen sauce on the side for our vegetarian guest). Really liked this saag recipe, though I subbed kale and collards for the mustard greens because I couldn’t get any.

Note: to make this saag paneer, just stir in cubed paneer at the end and heat through. Whole Foods was out of paneer and I substituted farmers cheese, but it was too crumbly for my taste – fell apart in the sauce.

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Chicken with Broccoli

I was craving takeout-style chicken broccoli and had all the ingredients on hand to try it out. Martin Yan’s brown sauce was the building block for this easy stir-fry.

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