Things a Monkey Could Cook: Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice

Back when I was a ravenous resident of your average college dormitory—where the selections at the cafeteria often looked suspicious at best—those of us who might’ve found fish bones in their lasagna like I did were often waiting up into the wee hours for the blessed manifestation of the eggroll man, who’d bring whatever hadn’t sold at his restaurant that night right into the lounge, where we’d then pounce upon it with the last of our pocket change....more

Make Dinner Wait for You: Simple Salt and Pepper Salmon with Lemon Thyme Rice and Roasted Green Beans

Next week I’ll have a post on Scary Mommy‘s Scary Mommy Society. To go along with it, I’m offering you some of my strategies for getting dinner on the table. Check out some of my other family-themed posts: the good, the bad and the ugly. Today: Make Dinner Wait for You I like weeknight recipes that are not time-dependent. If there’s an emergency poo-plosion, dinner must wait! Contrast a typical spaghetti alla carbonara that begs you to sit and eat as soon as its noodles are cooked, to a typical baked ziti that sits patiently in a warm oven (or even on the counter under foil) for an extra 20-30 minutes waiting for you to relaxingly enjoy its stringy cheese....more

Mexican-Ukrainian Fusion???

If Mexican-Korean Fusion works, maybe Mexican-Anything Fusion can. Let’s test this theory with these Mexican Holubtsi (a.k.a. cabbage rolls). This recipe fulfills my New Year’s Resolution since it’s good for me (brown rice, cabbage and lean poultry), it’s got Zumba in the seasonings AND it makes me feel good, like all things Ukrainian. My grandfather (Gee Gee) came from the Ukraine as did the parents of my grandmother (Baba, the one who made such wonderful chicken soup). Ukrainian food (perogies, pyrizhky, holubtsi) takes me back to their kitchen and to my own childhood home. The cabbage roll filling used here is a heated-up version of the traditional Ukrainian style. The cabbage is napa (Mexican-Ukrainian-Chinese Fusion???) and is uncooked, lending crunch and a mustardy flavor, something all self-respecting Ukrainians relish....more

Sonia’s Arroz Con Pollo


Multi Vegetable Paella

Multi Vegetable Paella ...more

Quintessentially Thai : Mango Sticky Rice!

Slow Cooker Sunday - Stuffed Peppers

The ingredients. I cheated and cooked the rice first. Was not sure how the rice situation would work. Didn't want to chance it. I normally use minute rice but this time I used Jasmine rice. Which my newer microwave does not cook rice nicely. So I used more water hoping it would not be super dry and almost burnt (but not done) like usual and this time it turned out mushy....more

Pumpkin risotto

International Signs of Friendship

Village Chai and Yakhni Pulao. AND GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!! ...more

Unexpected Cleaners

Unexpected Cleaners   Use white bread to: Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.Use oatmeal to: Scrub very dirty hands....more