Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

January 12, 2016 2 comments

Bo kho

After an unusually warm and dry year, the cold and rain have finally arrived…which means it is perfect weather for bo kho, Vietnamese beef stew. When I was a kid, I hated cooked carrots, so I would always pick them out and only eat the beef and potatoes. I LOVED dipping the french bread into the broth. Luckily, my very hungry almost 1-year-old LOVES to eat, especially cooked carrots, so I figured this would be a good way to introduce her to more Vietnamese flavors.

My mom used to make this with a combination of stew beef and oxtails, which the butchers at the grocery would give to us for free because nobody ate that stuff back then.  I set out to do the same, but I guess people have finally realized oxtails are delicious and the one store I went to wanted $10.99/lb. I opted for 2 lbs short ribs instead for less than half the price. The end result was delicious but lacked some of the gelatinous variance in texture that oxtail would have added. I highly recommend doing half ox tails and half stew beef or short ribs. Read more…

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Cauliflower Souffle

January 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Cauliflower soufflé

Happy new year! I’m not resolving to post more often. This will continue to be an archive for recipes I want to refer back to. My only resolution this year is to brush my daughter’s teeth every night (because we never seem to remember she even has teeth).

11 months

Like croquettas, cauliflower souffle is another classic recipe from a beloved family friend. Lighter than a gratin but similarly satisfying, I thought it would go well with my family’s Christmas Eve prime rib dinner. It was a hit! Better yet, it was quick and easy!

Okay, the hardest part was hand-whipping the egg whites, but if you have a larger kitchen than I do and your KitchenAid isn’t tucked into the back of a hard-to-reach cabinet, you could easily use it to whip the egg whites without tiring out your wimpy arm.

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Chicken Tinga Tacos

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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You may have noticed I like stewy chicken. Well, here’s another easy recipe for stewy chicken in taco form! This chicken is smoky, slightly spicy and very flavorful. I did all of the heavy lifting on Sunday afternoon and all the flavors had time to develop by the time I served on Monday night. All we had to do after the baby went to bed was heat and assemble.

The original recipe says it serves 4-6 but it really only served the 2 fatties in my household. I’ve doubled the recipe outlined below so that the can of adobo doesn’t go to waste and my efforts provide 2 full meals. I also had some leftovers on top of my savory oatmeal this morning–yum! Read more…

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Basque Chicken Stew

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Basque chicken stew

I had a specific craving for saucy, stewy chicken with olives over rice…and luckily a quick Pinterest search yielded Basque chicken stew. I borrowed from a few recipes and made modifications based on laziness, my hatred of green bell peppers and the desire to use whole units of stuff. Here’s where we ended up: Read more…

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Mushrooms, Greens & Toast from Smitten Kitchen

August 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Mushrooms toast and greens

Since the baby arrived, I don’t spend as much time cooking and even less time documenting. In the 60-90 minutes we have between when we all get home  and when she goes to bed, I try to spend that time with my family rather than in front of the stove…which means we eat fairly simple meals during the week: roasted vegetables and quick cooking meats, soups or stews prepared the previous Sunday, fish tacos or delivery. Read more…

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Beef Stroganoff

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Beef stroganoff

This is the first new dish I’ve cooked since the baby was born. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually had beef stroganoff…maybe on an airplane or in a frozen TV dinner as a kid. To me, it is cafeteria food. For some reason, I got curious and made a batch last week.

It was surprisingly delicious, though the amount of butter, sour cream and pasta probably means this won’t make it into our regular rotation. Not surprisingly, my Midwestern husband LOVED it. Happy to indulge him every once in a while.

My dad arrives this week to meet the baby. Looking forward to some Vietnamese home cooking! Read more…

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The best thing I’ve baked so far…

January 22, 2015 2 comments

The best thing I've baked so far

Born January 8, 2015. 11 days overdue, 1lb bigger than predicted and so far…she’s pretty cool. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking around here lately. We’ve just been reheating whatever family and friends are generous enough to drop off, eating out of the freezer and calling takeout.

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