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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

January 25, 2012 1 comment

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

With the 49ers doing well, we hosted several football weekends at our house. I had gone through the usual chili, buffalo chicken dip and artichoke spinach dip. I had been craving meatballs for a while (never made them) and I craved the buffalo chicken dip again but didn’t want to subject guests to repeat dishes. This double craving resulted in a recipe search for buffalo chicken meatballs. I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe (ground the thigh meat myself) and left the meatballs in a crockpot on low so they’d stay warm throughout the game. Read more…

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Andrew Zimmern’s Countertop Dill Pickles

September 8, 2011 1 comment

Sandwich w/pickles

My second attempt at dill pickles yielded MUCH better results, thanks to Andrew Zimmern, who tweeted this recipe for his countertop pickles. My first batch was not crisp enough and too vinegary, but this one is perfect–crisp with just the right balance of salt, vinegar and spices. I won’t be buying Clausen pickles anymore! Read more…

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Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers

August 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Shishito Peppers

One thing I’ve been obsessed with lately is shishito peppers and their cousins, padrona peppers (neither of which are spicy). I’ve had roasted shishito peppers as appetizers and padrona peppers on pizza at restaurants and really enjoyed them. I had never cooked them until last week when Joel picked up a few baskets for me from the Mission Community Market. He also picked up some pork belly ramen to go from HapaRamen for me: Read more…

Whole Wheat Pizza Bites

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Whole Wheat Pizza Bites

I hate showing up at someone’s house empty-handed. I learned it from my mom. She would always show up at peoples’ houses with something to share: a box of mangoes she got on sale, a bulging bag of goodies from her garden, a tiny pepper plant, or freshly baked zucchini bread.

Sure, wine is a no brainer but we eat at my cousins’ houses often enough that I feel like I should contribute something more. However, impromptu weeknight dinners always pose a challenge: what can I prepare in the 30-45 minutes I have between getting home and heading over for dinner?

Last week, it was pizza bites inspired by Annie’s Eats. I made a batch of Bittman’s whole wheat pizza dough the night before. We took walnut-sized balls of dough, flattened them out and stuffed them with various combinations of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, marinara and sun-dried tomato pesto. I put the balls seam-side-down, brushed the tops with olive oil, and sprinkled parmesan cheese and oregano on top. I baked them at 400F for about 20 minutes.

Whole Wheat Pizza Bites

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Thai Sausage Stuffed Peppers & Mushrooms

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Thai Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms & Peppers
Thai sausage stuffed mushrooms & sweet bell peppers

We were originally planning on having Thai sausage banh mi for dinner–thai sausage patties (from the freezer) with Vietnamese pickled carrots & daikon (do chua). However a last minute dinner invite required some redirection to avoid waste and provide a quick contribution.

Since it was a weeknight, I didn’t have much time to prepare anything so I picked up some mushrooms and sweet peppers on my way home from work. I quickly stuffed them with the sausage mixture and slid everything into the oven at 500F until the meat was cooked through, approximately 20-30 minutes. Read more…

Spicy Parsley Hummus (from dried chickpeas)

July 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Spicy Cilantro Hummus

I read somewhere that the best hummus is made from dried chickpeas (not canned) and I now have to agree. We’ve made hummus before from canned chickpeas and though it was good, it was never great.

This batch originated from dried chickpeas (from Berkeley Bowl) and I have to admit it isn’t much harder…you just have to remember to soak the chickpeas overnight. Or maybe my new 9-cup processor just makes it easier to make a big batch of hummus than in my mini food processor, when everything would inevitably overflow. Whatever it is, we’ve found our hummus mojo.

Since Joel likes spicy hummus, we threw in a serrano pepper which wasn’t spicy enough…so we added chili pepper powder and chili pepper flakes to bring up the heat. I also had parsley leftover from the pasta puttanesca and added two fistfuls of that to the food processor. Read more…

Bacon, Jalapeno & Cheddar Corn Muffins

July 10, 2011 1 comment

Bacon, Jalapeno & Cheddar Corn Muffins

Another treat from our 4th of July BBQ last weekend. These corn muffins have the light texture of your usual sweet cupcake but with the savory corn goodness of regular cornbread.

I made these in the morning so was able to enjoy one fresh out of the oven for breakfast. I don’t really like sweets, especially for breakfast. I would much rather have one of these muffins than a blueberry muffin. I might just put this into a pan next time–making cupcakes is kind of annoying. Read more…