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Thu Jun 6, 2019

Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches

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Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches

I grew up with a mother who had a soft spot for fast food roast beef sandwiches, so it's no surprise that I also have an engrained fondness for this staple, and marrying someone who shares this love means it's steadily remained in my diet, and will likely do so for a long time. As much as fast food roast beef will always provide me with a level of comfort, I can still admit that they're really not all that good. That got me to thinking, what would a true beef and cheddar sandwich taste like, one that starts with a whole beef roast cooked medium-rare on the grill, that is then topped with a real cheddar cheese sauce, and a spiced ketchup made with ingredients you can pronounce—well the result is these incredible homemade beef and cheddar sandwiches.

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Thu May 30, 2019

Vietnamese Pork Chops

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Vietnamese Pork Chops

Pork chops? Meh. That's my general feeling on this cut of meat. I am a sucker and order them now and again when I see them on menus, but I think the times I've been disappointed by them have outnumbered the instances when they've left me with something to talk about. I do have a soft spot though for Vietnamese lemongrass pork chops, but I've been burned by these too before, adding to my soured perception overall. I figured if I make them at home though, they're bound to be delicious, and on my first shot at cooking them I used Kenji's recipe, which outputted the best Vietnamese pork chops I've ever had, and maybe just the best porks chops overall too.

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Thu May 23, 2019

Huli Huli Chicken Tacos

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Huli Huli Tacos

In recent years, I've become more conscious in writing about food and cultures that are not my own. For me, that hasn't translated to limiting my recipe scope, but understanding more where the food comes from, what it means to people, and trying to honor that as much as possible. I'm not sure how much of it comes across in my posts and recipes, but it's definitely in my thoughts as I tackle dishes I'm planning on sharing here. That has led to me searching out more ingredients and processes that are true to a recipe's origins, but I'm also aware I haven't been everywhere, know everything, and am sometimes naive and prone to mistakes—everything's a learning process, right? Sometimes I'm led down wrong paths, and the first time I cooked and shared a post on huli huli chicken that I had based off of a recipe I saw in Cook's Illustrated, commenters let me know that it wasn't totally faithful to its Hawaiian origins, although it was delicious in its own right. I keep coming back to this recipe that coats chicken with a sweet pineapple glaze, and it felt really fitting to resurrect it in this taco form for a Tiki-themed Meatwave I hosted recently, but I'm left wondering if it's time I drop the "huli huli" label and give it a name that doesn't have representation complications attached.

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Thu May 9, 2019

Grilled Pineapple Fried Rice

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Pineapple Fried Rice

We eat a fair amount of rice in my household, and that means pretty consistent rice leftovers, which translates to a lot of fried rice. While I find myself making fried rice often, I've stuck to two variations—most often it's Filipino-style garlic fried rice, and every now and then I do a Thai fried rice. When planning my Tiki-themed Meatwave last month, I started to think that fried rice would be an apt and plentiful side to serve, and it would also allow me to spread my wings a bit into new fried rice territory. Since I was thinking along Tiki lines, it should be no surprise that pineapple was on my mind, and that led me to this great grilled pineapple fried.

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Thu May 2, 2019

Spicy Bulgogi Rice Burgers

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Korean BBQ Rice Burgers

Oh Korean barbecue, is there no wrapper this stuff doesn't taste great in? I've had Korean barbecue stuffed in lettuce, steamed buns, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, dumplings, and more and it always tastes right at home. Well, I have another deliver method to share with you today that's just as delicious, and even more impressive—rice burgers!

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