Category Archives: Main Dishes

How To Cook Perfect Rice

How To Cook Perfect Rice
How To Cook Perfect Rice

Cooking rice is something that I do at least once a week. Growing up with a Vietnamese mom afforded me many rice-eating opportunities! It could be my genetics or my diet growing up, but I love rice. I don’t think I could live without it actually. If you have a rice cooker, cooking rice is a cinch. However, it’s one of those single-use appliances that can take up a lot of room in a kitchen.

Cooking rice in an ordinary pot is extremely simple. In fact, you can make perfect rice just about every time in an ordinary pot. You never have to even measure out the rice. It works regardless the amount of rice you put in the pot. I’m about the share an Asian secret that will take all of the mystery out of making rice turn out great each time you cook it. Are you ready? Read the rest of this entry

Easy, NO-KNEAD Bread

Easy, NO-KNEAD Bread
Easy, NO-KNEAD Bread

I have wanted to bake bread for a long time now, but just hadn’t committed to it. I was turned off by the many steps and the length of the process. And, truth be told, I’m lazy when it comes to bread. It’s not that I don’t like to make complicated dishes. I do! But, I unwittingly held bread to a lower standard. I felt it was sort of a carrier for other foods. It’s the stuff that held sandwiches together. It kept my butter and jam in one place. The stale pieces would become great french toast.

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers With Yogurt Sauce

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers With Yogurt Sauce
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers With Yogurt Sauce

 

I have to admit that I never had stuffed peppers until I moved overseas.  They were just something that I’d never tried.  In fact, I rarely ate any kind of pepper besides the teeny, tiny spicy kind.  My time in Bulgaria exposed me to these wonderful plants and I have not looked back since.  In Bulgaria, this very common and delicious dish is called “Pulneni Chushki” which literally means ‘filled peppers.”

If I have any Bulgarian readers, I hope you aren’t looking for something completely authentic!  As with many of my recipes, this is an interpretation of the dish and certainly the addition of quinoa is not typical.   Read the rest of this entry

Spicy Chick Pea Stew (Chana Masala)

Spicy Chick Pea Stew (Chana Masala)
Spicy Chick Pea Stew (Chana Masala)

 

Chick peas are such a wonderfully versatile legume.  They can be made into endless different types of dishes.  I have come to really enjoy the deliciousness of Indian cuisine and chick peas are used as the basis for many dishes. This dish that I’m sharing here is a modified version of ‘chana masala’ which means something like ‘spiced chick peas.’ Read the rest of this entry

Pad Thai Made Easy!

Pad Thai Made Easy!
Pad Thai Made Easy!

Pad Thai is probably one of the most beloved Thai dishes, and is enjoyed around the world.  It is tangy, fresh and really delicious.  It is also one of the items that I love to order when I go to a Thai restaurant.

As I’ve begun to eat almost exclusively at home, I wanted to learn how to make my favorite dishes from scratch.  Pad Thai was definitely on my list.  I have made it in the past, but I used a recipe that I didn’t care for and the result was just ok.  Since then, I have searched and searched for different recipes and I think I’ve come up with a version that is delicious and not too difficult to tackle either. Read the rest of this entry

Need a Little Comfort Food? Try Some Savory Butter Paneer Masala

Need a Little Comfort Food? Try Some Savory Butter Paneer Masala
Need a Little Comfort Food? Try Some Savory Butter Paneer Masala

 

I have been on a cooking Indian kick lately.  However, this streak of Indian cooking is a desire that’s been a long time in the making.  The first time I had Indian food was in a little restaurant in Provo, Utah about 19 years ago.  Now, you wouldn’t think that Provo, Utah would have good Indian food but you would be wrong.  This Indian food rocked my world and changed any preconceived notions I’d had about the cuisine.  I was immediately in love.  It was like a spice explosion for my taste buds and I became a devotee right away.

After Utah, we moved to the East Coast and we found many wonderful Indian restaurants there that we would frequent.  My favorite dish was Chicken Tikka Masala.  I loved the sauce.  I could taste the ginger flavor but couldn’t make out what the other spices were.  It just tasted so complex.  It was this complexity of flavor that kept me away from trying to cook it on my own.  I was far too intimidated.  But, not anymore. Read the rest of this entry