Monthly Archives: July 2016

Bacon, Corn, and Parm Pasta

Made this Smitten Kitchen recipe to take advantage of some of the corn we brought back from Jersey. It was a hit (though maybe slightly second fiddle to my MMM bacon pasta recipe in my heart).

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Sesame Soy Meatball Noodle Bowl

This was an interesting clean-out-the-fridge and put-random-recipes-together dinner. I wanted to try out these meatballs my sister made years ago for Thanksgiving for the project. So I decided to make a noodle bowl out of them. I made a cold soba noodle salad, dressed it with some leftover dressing from the steak tataki from earlier in the week, and added some togarashi corn on the side. It was pretty good (forgot to take a pic of everything assembled as a bowl – it was quite pretty).

And now for the critiques: the meatballs are a little greasy, so I’d consider A) using bison next time (I’ve come to realize I’m just not huge on beef-only meatballs) and B) Maybe try using half the amount of sesame oil? John LOVED these as-is though, so that was a win. As for the noodle salad, I would say the mustard component of the dressing was probably unnecessary/a bit distracting in this application if I made this again from scratch.

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Pressure Cooker Black Refried Beans

I got sucked into buying an Instant Pot on Amazon Day, and decided to try this recipe for my first use. Good stuff! I have a feeling I’ll be turning to that blog for several new recipes as I begin to become acquainted with my new toy.

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Sweet Corn with Togarashi

Yum, good combo. I wanted to bring a bit of Asian flair to the corn I was pairing with our tataki salad, and this got the job done.

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Leftover Steak “Carpaccio” Salad

One more recipe for our leftover London Broil. This was good – I didn’t need quite as much parmesan. I subbed a mix of delicate greens for the arugula because our store was out of it. I also threw on about 1 oz of homemade croutons before I served it (not pictured), and cut down the oil pretty significantly.

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Leftover Steak “Tataki”

This is honestly one of my favorite things I’ve made recently. Go Serious Eats. We had leftover London Broil, and used the majority of it up with this.

Notes: I used 6 oz instead of 8 oz of steak because I wanted to use the rest in another recipe, and did not use up all of the dressing. I also subbed onion for shallot because we didn’t have any.

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Ali’s Awesome London Broil

My friend Ali made this when we were visiting her shore house and I was a huge fan. It’s easy to double/triple, too, if needed.

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Crab Balls

These basically were mini crab cakes, and they were quite good. I just improvised them.

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Cold Noodles with Crab

I was really looking forward to making this recipe, but I thought it was a letdown. Too many sweet flavors – the crab, the peas, the noodles (which are cooked in mirin). But I’m hoping the leftovers taste better tomorrow reheated in a salty broth of some sort. We’ll see.

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Pimento Cheese Meatballs

John and I liked these but weren’t knocked out. The cheese oozes out of the meatballs a little, and they’re a bit greasy.The fact I didn’t really meatball-ify these much with binders meant they tasted more like miniburgers than meatballs. Still tasty, though, and a good way to use up leftover pimento cheese (if you ever have any). My recipe makes a huge batch so this is actually a situation I find myself in often, even though John could eat pimento cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The fact I didn’t really meatball-ify these much with binders meant they tasted more like miniburgers than meatballs. We served these with a big salad for dinner – I had some leftovers with rice for lunch, which wasn’t bad, either.

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