Recipes

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.

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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Shakshuka

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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Tikka Masala

This is a quick and fairly simple way to make something with the flavors of an Indian curry. I have tried it with the meat from the legs and thighs of a whole chicken as well as with the breast meat. My preference is to use breast meat, but either are great. Using dark meat

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Tuna Salad

This comes together very quickly and can be adjusted to your tastes and what you have in the house. Have celery and like a little crunch? Then add about 1T of finely diced celery to the mix. Don’t like tomatoes? Then just leave them out. You could also add grated parmesan, parsley, different types of

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Three Bean Chili

This is a simple, vegetarian chili recipe that can be customized to your tastes or what you have available. It freezes well and can be reheated in the microwave. Different vegetables and beans may be used, and cheese or sour cream make great toppings. Fresh beans may be used, but canned are easier and the

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Country Style Ribs

This is more of a technique than a recipe as there can be a wide variation in the thickness and size of the “ribs” available at the store. If you are working with smaller pieces of meat then you may want to reduce the time of the baking when uncovered to reduce the risk of

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