The recipes here are things that I have made many times as they are things that me or my family enjoyed at one point in our lives. Therefore, these recipes are more for me, my family, or other meal-time guests as a reminder of how something was made. While I enjoy cooking and learning the science and techniques around it, and therefore spend quite a bit of time experimenting in the kitchen, I am not looking to put recipes here just for the sake of content. Except for maybe some stand-out cases that I expect to make multiple times, you will not find things here that use tools or ingredients that are not easily accessible to me, or use complicated, time-consuming techniques. For more food content, please visit the Pictures / Videos link in the menu and select the Food section.

The serving size for most recipes here are between two and four unless it is something that can be frozen that still tastes good when reheated. In most cases, measurements or even ingredients are suggestions, and are only provided as a baseline. Unless a more time-consuming process or “exotic” ingredient adds a significant improvement to my subjective enjoyment of the meal, these recipes will take the easier albeit arguably less “elevated” path. So, take what you find here as a distillation of those things that have made a lasting impact on me in one way or another.

Brussel Sprouts

Over the years, I tried to find as many vegetable dishes as possible that my kids would enjoy or at least tolerate eating. While I had tried preparing brussel sprouts in various ways, it was not until I came across the method of slicing the sprouts into strips that the kids came on board. The

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Egg Drop Soup

I once had an “authentic” version of egg drop soup at a restaurant in Chinatown in Las Vegas. It was not the bright yellow, gelatinous version that you find in many Chinese restaurants in the US. Instead, it was a lighter, more nuanced broth with various items added to it such as spinach and mushrooms.

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Shepherd’s Pie

This is a nice comfort food that can be frozen and reheated in a microwave. However, I usually eat it a few days in a row without freezing. Different vegetables may be added based on what you need to use. The ingredient list is a bit long, but except for the ground lamb they are

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Miso Soup

This is a versatile and easy-to-make soup. This recipe is how I usually make it as a side dish, but other things could be added such as mushrooms, softened vegetables, spinach or kale, thin slices of cooked pork, chunks of cooked chicken, and more. The dashi (the broth that is made after straining but before

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Kung Pow Chicken

This meal comes together quickly, although if serving with rice then extra time may be needed. The ingredients may also be prepared in advance, including adding the chicken to the marinade, and stored in the refrigerator for a few hours until ready to cook. I like some spice heat in my food and this recipe

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This is a hearty and versatile tomato and egg dish which is great for chilly mornings when you are not in a rush. The tomato base can be modified in many ways to get the flavors you want or to use up produce. While this recipe uses spinach, olives, and feta cheese, those are optional

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Pellet Grill Pulled Pork

For my daughter’s graduation party, I wanted something that could serve a lot of people over the course of an afternoon and evening with little time and attention needed. A couple large pork shoulders (called pork butts) cooked in a pellet grill seemed like a great solution. Most of the preparation could take place the

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