Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pork Chile Verde (Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooker)

I tinkered with this recipe a bit but the ultimate results were quite good. My beans were not cooked after the recommended 7-8 hours. To fix this, I cooked them under pressure for 20. Other options include boiling on stovetop, soaking ahead, cooking longer.

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Matsutake Gohan

When in doubt, Just One Cookbook always seems to have the Japanese recipe I’m looking for. I picked up some matsutake mushrooms at the farmer’s market, and was googling around for typical ways to serve it. This rice dish seemed to be a classic preparation, and I trusted JOC would have a good version. John and I both really enjoyed this – you almost steam the mushrooms in the rice cooker, which is a neat preparation. We also used the leftovers to make John’s favorite chicken and rice dish (which might have been a trashy move but was delicious nonetheless).

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Welsh Rarebit

I almost didn’t make these for the party because I wasn’t confident in my ability to make them mostly ahead of time. But it wasn’t a problem at all. Just pre-make the sauce, and then spread it on toasts and broil when it’s party time. So good.

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Actually Good Potato Salad

I’ve never been a potato salad fan (well, a mayo-based one), but either my tastes are changing or Smitten Kitchen can convert me to anything. Really liked this recipe, and I give credit to the pickles. Neglected to snap a pic, sadly.

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Miso-Glazed Salmon

I would have liked this recipe fine had the quality of my salmon not been subpar. Would make again with better fish.

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Schmaltzy Vinaigrette

Why yes, the word “schmaltzy” did convince me to try this Cooking Light recipe. It’s a nice dish – the vegetables remind me of something we could make for Thanksgiving.

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Okonomiyaki-Style Omurice

I absolutely love the idea behind omurice (fried rice omelet, which I’ve been making with Chinese leftovers before I even knew it was a Japanese dish). But I am not a fan of ketchup, which plays into many versions of the dish. Not this okonomiyaki-influenced one, though. We adored the flavors here. My omelet was a little messy but still rather impressive, I think.

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