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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

 

 This is a quick, easy, and versatile recipe that works wonderfully with Asian flavors (particularly Vietnamese and Thai), but also with Mexican flavors for burritos, and rice bowls. That extra hit of cilantro and lime really punches up the flavor of your rice and helps you recreate that Chipotle burrito […]

Drinks

“The Big Ginger” Drink

 

 Ginger Ale, Whisky and Lime Drink This drink is popular at Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins play. It is a perfect summer drink. It wasn’t until I realized how the flavors of ginger and lime would pair well with Vietnamese and Thai cuisine that a whole new world opened […]

Sidedishes

Asian Cucumber Salad

 

 This is perfect as an accompaniment to all kinds of Vietnamese and Thai dishes. I like to serve it on top of Banh Mi, with pork meatballs in an Asian sauce and rice, with Chicken Satay, or with Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowls. It’s amazing in the summer because it is […]

Breakfast

Perfect Blueberry Muffins

 

 Adapted from King Arthur Flour Famous Department Store Blueberry Muffins These muffins are the perfect combination of sweet with a delicate crumb. They are quick and easy to make, you will never reach for a mix from a box again. I like to use frozen wild blueberries because the berries […]

Sidedishes

Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

 

 I love to put a light cole slaw on tacos (this would go well on fish or chicken tacos), but this one really makes a Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwich sing! It also is great as a side dish for any kind of BBQ. The acid from the lime juice […]

Cookies

Best Cut-out Sugar Cookies Ever

 

 Adapted from out of print Joy of Cooking recipe This is the cut-out cookie recipe that my mom always made when I was growing up from her 1960s era Joy of Cooking cookbook. In it, it’s called “Rich Roll Cookies”. It makes a dough with no leavening (i.e. baking soda […]

Sandwiches

Banh Mi Sandwiches

 

 Luckily, I live in a town with lots of places to get my favorite sandwich, the Banh Mi! A delicious import from Vietnam, it combines Asian flavors and spices with the crusty bread of baguette. My take on the Banh Mi is not very authentic, partly because the ingredients I […]

Cookies

Citrus Palmiers ala Capri

 

 Adapted from Ina Garten’s Palmiers Is it possible to improve on an Ina Garten recipe? I didn’t think so, until I decided to try to make her palmiers. When my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Italy, we went to a bakery everyday to try cookies and sweets. […]