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It was a dark Sunday morning, the rain was coming down (duh, Seattle), when a text from my mom-in-law asking if she can bring over some crab curry. Um, I believe the only way to answer that text is with a giant eff-yeah! My mom-in-law has been mentioned numerous times in this feed. Her food is nothing short of amazing — whether a mushroom pie made from fungi she foraged herself, or mouthwatering Malay fare like this curry, made with local Dungeness crab. Lucky us, we dug into this very messy, but super satisfying meal without hesitation (swipe for a closer look). What was the last food gift you gave or received? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #foodgift #curry #crab #crabcurry #shellfish #PNWfood #seattlefoodie #malaycuisine #motherinlaw #delicious #yum #dungenesscrab #getinmybelly #dinner #messyfood #interractivefood #malaysian #spicy #rice #homecooked #fromscratch #foodpic #instafood #instagood #tastyspork


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Sometimes you just want what you want. #eggandnoodles #tastyspork


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As I write this, big fluffy snowflakes are falling outside and the temp is firmly below freezing. This might be ho-hum for your city, but for Seattle this is not the norm and usually cause for complete pandemonium. Luckily the city is stocked up on snowplows and I am stocked up on comfort food. These oxtails, simmered slowly for the better part of yesterday in herbs, veggies, and red wine. Over creamy polenta, even my younger gave it a try. While it was a bit rich for him, the rest of us indulged. I’m thinking the leftovers will be even better. Swipe to see how I couldn’t wait to take a bite. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #comfortfood #snowday #oxtails #braised #braisedoxtails #redwine #redwinebraise #slowcook #slowfood #getinmybelly #polenta #creamypolenta #meaty #rich #butter #yummy #winter #dinner #mealideas #homecook #homecooked #tastyspork


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Meatloaf is basic, I know. In our house it’s a beloved basic. We will fight you on this. Sometimes even a cherished basic needs a little sumthin the next day. In this case it is a smoky tomato jam. Tomato whaaa? Isn’t that just artisan ketchup? (Catsup, ketchup, catsup, ketchup.) Well, yeah sorta. It’s sweeter, sharper than that old stand by. If you want to try, see the quasi-recipe for a quick batch below. A few spoonfuls of that craft gave my sandwich some serious legs. I know the actual meatloaf is hard to see in the photo, but I promise it’s there (along with melted Gouda, onions, banana peppers, and lettuce). As I’m inclined to do, I was a little heavy handed with the condiments and the meal turned into a knife and fork ordeal. Sometimes a spork just doesn’t cut it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Quick Tomato Jam - enough for 2 or so sandwiches Roughly chop 2 medium tomatoes, put into a small saucepan with 1 tbs minced shallot, tsp each of sugar & salt, 1/2 tsp each ground pepper and smoked paprika, 3 tbs balsamic vinegar, 1 tbs water. Bring to a gentle simmer for about 10 min or until the tomatoes break down, the shallots are soft and the liquid reduces and it looks like jam. Season more if you want. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #meatloaf #meatloafsandwich #tomatojam #condiments #ketchup #catsup #homemade #fromscratch #quickmeal #artisan #basic #lunch #dinner #leftovers #blueplate #blueplatespecial #bananapeppers #onions #homecook #yummy #getinmybelly #instafood #foodpic #tastyspork


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My new year’s resolution is to eat more curry. I like to aim high and challenge myself. Just kidding, the resolution is to eat more pineapple. So, logically, I go full fiery pineapple curry on my ass. If you are someone who can’t stand pineapple cozying up to some bacon on a pizza or feel that pineapple just needs to stay in its lane when it comes to savory, keep strolling and scrolling. I have a fruit-phobic son, so I’m trying to be sensitive. 😘 All the rest of youse if you haven’t already, do try adding tangy sweet pieces to your coconut based curries. Not boring. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #curry #thaicurry #coconutcurry #thaichickencurry #spicy #pineapple #pineapplecurry #quickandeasy #redcurry #lemongrass #limeleaf #rice #dinneridea #dinner #quickmeal #somethingnew #kidapproved #weeknightmeal #yum #resolution #fruit #savory #coconutmilk #tastyspork


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Thank you for all the love in 2019! I am looking forward to what 2020 holds. I wish peace and love to you all. My #topnine includes dishes I tested for Recipes for Refuge (1&7), a recipe project benefitting The Refugee Women’s Alliance here in Seattle. Not surprising at all that these won favor as they are full of flavor, history, and life. To make them yourself, you can still order the book by searching the title on the @booklarder, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble sites. Happy New Year! 😘 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #topnine #yearinreview #food #recipes #homecook #happynewyear #delicious #imstafood #recipesforrefuge #rewa #cookbook #refugeewomensallaiance #seattlefood #seattelfoodies #tastyspork


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I hope those who celebrate it had a lovely Christmas. I am surrounded by a wonderful community of family and friends. I recognize that I am lucky in that respect and I feel especially grateful when I can spend time with those I love during the festive season. In addition to gift opening, eating, and drinking, we took in the new Star Wars movie. What a blast! We will continue our Hanukkah celebrating for a few days, indulging in fried goodies like these doughnuts. I made them with a good flavoring of cinnamon and nutmeg, then filled them with raspberry and Nutella. Swipe to see my Star Wars movie date. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #christmas #hanukkah #starwars #doughnuts #sufganiot #winterholidays #friedfood #yum #treat #fromscratch #homemade #familytime #homecooked #dessert #nutella #donuts #tastyspork


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As a young man, my grandfather left his family and journeyed to the States to find his fortune. His life took many loops and twists as an immigrant. Like many of his countrymen he took on jobs as a laborer, and even found a stint working on the Golden Gate Bridge construction. Later in life he opened a series of Chinese restaurants in small towns in the American west. Also, like many Chinese immigrants turned restaurant owners, he had to adjust his cooking style to suit western palates. This dish is one of many, based on an authentic one, but adjusted over time until it became a mainstay in a relatively young cuisine that is Chinese American. I don’t know if my grandfather served pepper steak, but I definitely channeled thoughts of him when I did. Swipe to see a photo of my handsome grandpa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #immigrantstories #journeystory #chineseamerican #chinesefood #peppersteak #takein #beef #stirfry #peppers #dinner #homecooked #spicy #blackbean #yummy #lunch #dinneridea #quickmeal #weeknightmeal #nostalgia #tastyspork


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Somehow I had plenty of challah leftover from the loaves I baked last weekend. I took the opportunity to turn it into this lovely strata. It was even kid approved! Kale, mushroom, caramelized onions, fresh sage, nutmeg, and a gruyere crust. Dang! It was made for a dinner meal, but the leftovers became the most amazing breakfast. Mr. Tastyspork warmed slices of it in a cast iron until they got a nice, golden crisp on the sides. *sigh* Swipe to see a nice bite. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #challah #freshbread #strata #savorybreadpudding #casserole #fromscratch #freshbaked #leftovertransformation #leftovers #kale #mushroom #gruyere #cheesy #comfort #yummy #cozy #dinneridea #breakfast #lunch #brunch #homecooked #instafood #foodpic #meatless #vegetarian #tastyspork


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Circle of bread, circle of cat. It’s been a cozy weekend. I’ll be ready to rock tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #winterhabits #cozyweekend #catsofinstagram #bakingbread #challah #breadwreath #honey #sesameseeds #baked #fromscratch #homecook #warmbread #freshbaked #breadandbutter #homecook #orangecat #instafood #yummy #comfort #tastyspork


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Sometimes I eat salads for dinner. When I do, it’s usually because I know I should because adults do that, right? Even though they can be a chore to make and eat, I can get excited about them if they have the right stuff. I really dig a green mango or papaya salad — especially if the spice factor is there 😈. Also, I can never turn down an anchovy, so clearly this salad niçoise works for me, not to mention the other briny components. I can’t keep up with tradition, so I skirted the usual and used smoked trout and roasted delicata squash to round out the plate. My favorite dressing is a simple shake of diced shallot, Dijon, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a fresh thyme sprig or two. It’s tasty on salad or as a dressing for any sort of fresh veggie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #saladfordinner #salad #eatyourveggies #saladenicoise #healthymeal #salad #nicoise #smokedtrout #anchovies #eggs #dinner #dinnerideas #homecooked #yummy #instafood #colorfulfood #lightmeal #squash #saladdressing #olives #tastyspork


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I’ve recently been released from pie prison. Our family has two Thanksgiving gatherings — so much food and fun. We are so lucky to be surrounded by family and good friends. I am the designated pie baker for these dinners, and I joke, but I love making pies for people. In our family pie is beloved, but complicated. We have the full gambit of food restrictions: grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, sugar-free, not to mention my son’s fruit phobia 🙄. What I ended up with were seven pies and two tarts. Some were dairy free, some gluten free, two Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) friendly. Three clear winners were a grain-free, dairy-free salted chocolate tart from @gimmesomeoven , and a SCD friendly banana cream pie dream that I found over at @alifeofhappenstance - swipe to see - and a chocolate bourbon pecan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #thanksgivingpies #scddesserts #grainfreedesserts #dairyfreedesserts #dairyfreepie #grainfreepie #foodrestrictions #sweetenedwithhoney #bananacreampie #saltedchocolatetart #saltedchocolate #tart #pecanpie #chocolatepecanpie #pie #dessert #chocolatetart #homemade #fromscratch #gimmesomeoven #homecook #instafood #yummy #sweet #tastyspork


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Before I embark on my “life of pie” over the next several days, I’m treating myself to a toasty bowl of savory onion soup with a cheese crouton crust. Sigh. So cozy and très French. My insta buddy @zabisinthekitchen will need to tell me what French onion soup is called in France (I’m guessing something along the lines of “onion soup” 😆), but whatever it is called, it’s freaking genius! Concentrated caramelized onion flavors (hey @gordlyfood 😉), beef stock, bay leaf, thyme, and that cap of salty, nutty Gruyère gratin is so welcome at this time of year. Swipe to see a spoonful of the onion soup. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #frenchonionsoup #soup #cozy #cheesy #crouton #cheesebread #gratin #onionsoup #getinmybelly #homecooked #homecook #foodmemories #savory #lunch #dinner #caramelizedonions #gruyere #warming #treatmeal #instagood #instafood #instabuddy #yummy #foodie #seattle #delicious #french #tastyspork


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If you could glimpse into my soul, just past the bowls of noodles and glasses of Pinot Grigio, you will find a nice helping of mapo doufu. The They Might Be Giants song was written for me, “Mapo Doufu In Your Soul.” 😏 You get the picture. I love this dish and I think I’m funny. 😂 I’ve posted this before, a vegan version with mushrooms instead of pork. Either one works for me with firm, soft, or silken tofu, as long as it has that healthy dose of flower pepper. 🔥🥰🔥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mapodoufu #mapotofu #sichuanpeppercorn #numbingspice #spicy #tofu #chinesefood #comfortfood #favoritedish #sichuancuisine #homemade #homecook #dinner #chinesetakein #花椒 #huajiao #malaspicy #instafood #tastyspork


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The husband made this deliciously spicy lamb vindaloo at my request the other night when we had a date night in. He’s a great cook, but doesn’t get the chance very often because I’m a kitchen hog. We ate this in front of the TV as if we never had kids (don’t tell them) and took in the long awaited Deadwood movie. Okay, it’s a good thing the meal was so tasty, because that movie was a stinker. Although it was nice to see all the old characters again (Robin Weigert’s Calamity Jane 💕💕), it was a pretty underwhelming 110 minutes. Were you a Deadwood fan back in the day? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #datenightin #husbandcooks #lamb #indianfood #lambvindaloo #takein #curry #datemeal #dinnerandamovie #nokids #homemade #homecook #nightoff #instafood #potatoes #naan #spicy #yummy #dinner #deadwood #tastyspork ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀


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Trying to keep it cozy over here in Seattle. We don’t tend to get extreme temperatures, but rather a seemingly constant bone-settling chill during the rainy months. Leftover chicken helped me bubble up something to comfort us on a dark, drizzly evening last night. It’s nothing special, but brothy noodles always give me the happy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #noodles #soupynoodles #noodlesoup #noodlesandbroth #chickensoup #asianchickensoup #rainydayfood #seattle #homemade #ricenoodles #leftovercreation #leftovertransformation #leftoverchicken #chicken #veggies #broth #instafood #chilies #limey #warming #comfortfood #homecook #momming #tastyspork


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This French toast story starts with Mr. Tastyspork leaving a forgotten loaf of crusty bread in the oven overnight and through an oven preheat the next day. It happens. When it does, we make it right by turning that neglected bread into brunch. My method for French toast has always been to dip in a batter that was mostly beaten eggs. I just recently learned that if I dialed back the egg, added more milk, whisked in some flour, the toast would have a nice fluffy texture. I love happy accidents and learning something new. Did you know about this? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #brunch #breakfast #frenchtoast #crustybread #newmethod #learningsomethingnew #walnuts #blackberries #lemonadeoutoflemons #maplesyrup #homemade #frenchbread #sundaymorning #foodpic #instafood #tastyspork


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I’m hot, sticky sweet. And I’m also tofu. Sesame tofu to be exact. That’s right kids, tofu is cool again. And I just made it uncool by typing that sentence. You’re welcome, tofu. The curd is extra-firm, crispy panfried. It pairs perfectly with the spicy, tangy, and honeyed sauce. Quick and filling for a weeknight meal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #tofu #sesametofu #crispytofu #chinesetakein #vegetarian #vegan #dinner #quickdinner #weeknightmeal #healthymeal #sweettofu #stickytofu #panfried #beancurd #firmtofu #dofu #instafood #foodpic #easydinner #sesame #kidapproved #pickyeaters #tastyspork


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What’s better than laksa for dinner? Leftover laksa for breakfast, of course. I cannot take credit for this delicious bowl, only the eating of it. My mom-in-law is the most amazing cook (as I’ve mentioned before) and I am just the lucky person who married into her good food. While she has no available children for you to marry into the family, you can still get your paws on the recipe. This laksa recipe (swap in prawns for eggs), is one of the many family sourced recipes in Recipes for Refuge, which is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Larder. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #recipesforrefuge #breakfast #laksa #noodles #noodlesoup #coconutmilk #familyrecipe #prawns #eggs #laksasoup #spicy #lemongrass #belacan #limey #shrimppaste #instagood #rewa #cookbook #mominlaw #coriander #foodpic #getinmybelly #goodnessinabowl #soup #lunch #dinner #tastyspork


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Repost from a very talented lady! sub to her NOW! . . . When your friend mentions onion rings in conversation, you find that you can’t stop thinking about them, then you go home and immediately make them. . . Slice an onion into coins, about 1/2 inch thick. Break up into skinnier rings, then soak them in buttermilk. Don’t have buttermilk? Don’t worry. Just milk with about a tablespoon of lemon juice or cider vinegar. It’ll do. If you can wait an hour, that’s good, but not necessary. Wait like 20 mins. . . . Make batter by combining a cup of flour with a teaspoon each of salt and paprika. Whisk in a cup of beer and half cup of water. Drink the rest of the beer if that’s your thing. In a separate bowl, combine a cup of flour, teaspoon each of salt, paprika, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne. . . Then heat oil in a sturdy pot or cast iron to 375. Pull the rings out of milk, shake, then dredge in flour mix, batter, then gently into the oil bath. Don’t crowd, soon you will have golden rounds cooling on paper towels. Eat as they come or keep in warm oven until all are ready. Don’t delay eating beyond this point! I recommend dipping in fry sauce. . . . . #oinonrings #beerbatter #friedfood #treatyoself #fromscratch #homecook #homecooked #deepfried #frysauce #lucilesboulder #ketchup #instagood #crunchy #foodporn #delish #foodpic #tastyspork


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Mr. Tastyspork and I don’t go on many weeknight dates. Especially during the school year, the evenings are hectic, full, and way too short. Now that we are headed into the dark season, bedtime comes early too. As a family we try to make a point to eat together every evening when possible. Sometimes, though, I choose to make a dish that I know my little dudes’ palates are just not ready to appreciate. Sometimes I make kid food for them to eat alongside the adult food. Other times, I feed them first and have a nice, calm meal with the husband. I even light a candle, just like they do downtown. 😉 This beautiful dish is a poached wild Alaskan cod in a fennel and saffron broth. The addition of potatoes and smokey sausage gives the elegance a hearty nudge. I adapted a recipe for this dish from a Dinner Illustrated cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen. Swipe to see another shot of the plate. The color is just too beautiful to narrow down to one pic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #datenight #elegantmeal #poachedcod #poachedfish #fish #saffron #saffronbroth #fennel #crustybread #savory #simpleandelegant #fishfordinner #harvestmeal #harvest #fall #autumn #tasty #pescado #brothy #instafood #seafoodporn #potatoes #sausage #spanishcuisine #testkitchen #homecook #parenting #tastyspork


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Nothing new to report here. Excuse me while I egg and noodle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #noodles #friedegg #sunnysideup #noods #indomiegoreng #indomie #favoritemeal #lunch #breakfast #dinner #snack #instantnoodles #shiitake #instafood #foodpic #yolk #yolkporn #tastyspork #sameasiteverwas


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I’ve noticed that @johnmacdonald has been working his sheet pans lately. Great idea,Johnny Mac 😉. With my previous antique oven, I avoided sheet pan meals because the cooking was so uneven. Now I’m in a whole new world! Okay I know the end result isn’t a true sheet pan meal as other pots were used. I served my roasted goodies (fennel, mushrooms, parsnips, red cabbage, Italian sausage) over rice with a tangy/sweet sauce made with brown butter, mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Swipe to see my full plate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #sheetpanmeal #italiansausage #fennel #mushrooms #fall #falldinner #dinneridea #brownbutter #applecidervinegar #parsnips #roasted #easymeal #kidapproved #roastedcabbage #redcabbage #honey #instainspiration #instafood #homecook #tastyspork


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I like it spicy. That’s not a secret. Hot sauce is important in my life. I carry it in my purse for emergencies. Yet, I’ve never made my own. Until now, that is! I have to say that my creation will knock you on your ass, but not before it melts your face. Heh, I couldn’t be more pleased or feel more like Walter White. Also, it has a nice flavor, which is just as key as the heat factor. I used three varieties of chilies (Washington grown) and I didn’t play around with anything that had a base rating less than 150,000 Scoville Heat Units. In the first photo you can see the ingredients I used, including the chilies: habaneros (orange), the fatalii (yellow), and a couple of ghost (red). Not pictured is the small amount of apple cider vinegar I used to add some sweetness and more acid to the mix. Swipe to see the final product and to see the most important hot sauce making equipment. #useprotection ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #hotsauce #habanerosauce #fatalipepper #fataliipepper #washingtongrown #chilies #chilipepper #spicy #meltyourface #hot #fromscratch #preserve #homemade #picantesauce #scoville #fallproduce #freshproduce #condiment #somelikeithot #tastyspork


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It was a warm Sunday morning. I was with my family and we had walnut waffles with warm apples, pears in cinnamon, caramelized brown sugar and butter. I can’t improve on this without involving a noodle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #waffles #cinnamon #nutmeg #warming #applecompote #pearcompote #cinnamonapple #walnuts #walnutwaffles #applewaffles #sundaymorning #breakfast #brunch #fromscratch #homemade #caramelized #butter #brownsugar #maplesyrup #instafood #tastyspork


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A few posts ago I wrote about my oven woes. I’m happy to report that my vintage beast has been replaced by a sleek, new convection number. *Joy* I’m trying to adjust my cooking habits as I get used to using an even and efficient range and oven. If you are curious, the first thing I cooked on the range was a fried egg (surprise, surprise 😏) and the first thing baked was a gooey pan of caramel brownies. Excellence on both accounts. A dish like chicken parmesan is a great way to put the whole appliance to the test. No more adjusting the fillets while frying so that they are only on the left side of the burner, no more guessing the temperature of the back of the oven vs the front. The only complaint I have is that I am not used to how quickly things cook, as you can see by the color on the cheese. Oops! Swipe to see the old one, then the new one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #chickenparmesan #chickenbreasts #chicken #dinner #newstove #breaded #cheesy #pasta #redsauce #comfortfood #noodles #instafood #foodpic #dinnerideas #kidapproved #pickyeaters #homemade #homecook #newoven #lg_homeappliances #tastyspork


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I should change the name of my account to “tasty egg on top.” I know eggs on top feature in many of my posts and it might be a little tired. But seriously, how could I not put a nice sunny side up on kimchi fried rice? Also, this was breakfast for me, so I had to get some protein in there so I could face the day. Also in there are a bunch of sad veggies that needed to get eaten and some forgotten rice. Add in kimchi and that’s a legit meal. Plus the runny yolk, of course. Swipe to see that action, because I know you want to. 🍳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #friedrice #breakfast #kimchifriedrice #kimchi #sunnysideup #yolkporn #eggontop #eggs #leftovers #mealidea #lunch #bokbokbitch #throwtogethermeal #homecook #instafood #yolk #egg #rice #tastyspork


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This one is because the germ parade has started and people in my house have been sick. When my boys are sick and home from school, I try to make something brothy for comfort. This time it was a ginger spiked veggie broth with noodles and tofu. Perfect for weather and being under the weather. Swipe to see my 7 yr old’s super simple version. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #noodlesoup #veggiebroth #vegetablebroth #mushrooms #ginger #noodles #jammyegg #yolkporn #getinmybelly #tofu #savory #brothy #getwell #comfort #soup #ricenoodles #vermicelli #sesame #kimchi #momming #sickfood #homemade #softboiled #fromscratch #homecook #instafood #noodlesforlife #vegetarian #lunch #tastyspork


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Looking at this cheery platter, you would have no idea that Seattle is drenched in drear and almost devoid of sunlight this morning. No matter, I know the light will return, and until then I’ll just have to make my own sunshine. Over the weekend I made an unplanned visit to the West Seattle Farmer’s Market. Because I don’t get over to WS much, this was the first time I’d had the pleasure of this particular market. We are lucky to have so many lovely @seattlefarmersmkts in the city, and the one in West Seattle has an easy flow and great sense of community. I’ll have to venture back again. While I was there I picked up some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and some chilies that will be in a future post. As you can see, we went with a simple caprese salad, dressed with a balsamic reduction. It was a perfect side dish for our roast chicken dinner. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattlefarmersmarkets #westseattlefarmersmarket #growninwashington #shoplocal #eatyourveggies #vegetarian #localfarm #caprese #simplefood #slowfastfood #side #salad #balsamicreduction #tomatoes #heirloom #vintageplate #homecook #dinnerside #seattlefood #instafood #tastyspork


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Guest cook post! — My mom-in-law is feared by wild mushrooms everywhere. Her hunting skills are relentless and well honed. Before you ask, sorry her hunting grounds are top secret. Lucky for me I get some of her spoils every year (if I don’t go along with her on a hunting trip). Along with some the raw bounty, she will often bake us a chicken and chanterelle pie. It is magnificent. She uses sour cream in her pastry mixture, which produces the most delicate flaky crust. Sigh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe to see my chanterelle haul and a close up bite of the pie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #potpie #chanterelles #chickenpotpie #chickenandmushroompie #wildmushrooms #foraged #chickenpie #mushroompie #sourcreamcrust #homemade #foodgift #fromscratch #savorypie #pie #dinner #lunch #breakfast #mominlawfood #instafood #fallfood #comfortfood #autumnfood #harvest #tastyspork


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For us meatless Monday was also sandwich Monday. This bahn mi reminds me that tofu doesn’t have to be boring. I marinated it, grilled it, and dressed it up nice with all the typical bahn mi flare. It also reminds me of a vintage orange and green mahjong set. Go look it up and you will see what I mean. 😆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #meatlessmonday #vegetarian #bahnmi #tofu #eatyourveggies #mayo #vietnamesesandwich #notboring #homecook #homecook #homemade #pickledcarrots #marinated #sandwich #cilantro #jalepeno #dinner #lunch #instafood #foodpic #tastyspork⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


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Mornings are getting crisp, kids are back in school, football is back, these are all indications that it’s chile season. Usually I will roast a few pounds of Pueblo (hey Colorado) or Hatch (wink, wink NM), and freeze what I don’t use in a batch of chile verde stew. This year, I did put my broiler to use with some of the stew ingredients, but I found some pre-roasted chiles at my favorite neighborhood grocery store @kensmarket. This made me beyond happy, because life has been on busy mode lately. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wrote about this stew last year and how it makes me think of my grandmother, who had a version that is beyond anything I could make, simply because it was made by her. She passed away earlier this year and she will be missed. Just the smell of roasting peppers can send me back to my childhood and time spent in her kitchen, watching her cook. Eating this stew (roasted chiles, tomatillos, garlic, onions, cilantro simmered for hours with pork shoulder) with a fresh flour tortilla fills me with warmth and helps me preserve her memory. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe to see a photo of my beautiful grandmother as a young woman and that roasted goodness from Ken’s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #childhhoodfood #chileverde #grandmasfood #memories #nostalgia #foodmemories #greenchilestew #greenchili #roastedchilies #hatch #pueblo #homemade #fromscratch #tomatillos #newmexicanfood #coloradofood #chicanofood #grandmadiditbest #instafood #comfortfood #foodhug #porkshoulder #stew #fall ##kensmarket #autumn #tastyspork


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My 1952 Hotpoint double oven has finally bit the dust. Well, it’s gnawing at the dust to the point that it’s just too spendy to fix it. I will miss the way it looks in my retro kitchen, but that’s about it. I have a new stove on the way and will be fast forwarding almost 6 decades in technology. I cannot wait. However, that Hotpoint was much larger than the standard range size, so now I have to get a new cabinet made. Can’t have a new cabinet without a sweet butcher block top, right? And oh, gee, that fridge is super old, but I’m gonna have to take out those other cabinets to get a standard sized one into my 1928 non-standard home. Sigh. Why can’t it just be simple to replace a stove? Simple like this cod in parchment that had to be grilled rather than baked, because you know the stove doesn’t work. Flaky cod, lightly steamed in a paper parcel with white wine, butter, shallots, tomatoes, and capers. Simplicity for sanity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe to see a photo of that old Hotpoint clunker. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inwiththenew #outwiththeold #simple #dinner #cod #enpapillote #inparchment #whitewine #poachedfish #easydinner #quickmeal #grilled #capers #tomatoes #lemon #fresh #lightmeal #homecooked #homemade #hotpoint #sensiblemeal #fishdinner #instafood #tastyspork


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I messed up my grocery order the other day and bought 3 times as much basil than I needed. Nothing’s gonna breaka my stride. I put on my big girl pants and made some pesto. This flatbread is the third meal I’ve incorporated it into. It’s roasted with fresh mozzarella, zucchini, olives, shallots, and pink shrimp. I finished it off with the pesto, arugula, and some bitty lemon slices. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #flatbread #pizza #basil #pesto #messups #saves #dinner #dinnerideas #shrimp #arugula #rocket #eatyourveggies #zucchini #freshmozzarella #homemade #homecook #freshherbs #lemons #dinnersolutions #instafood #foodpic #yum #tastyspork


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Way back in May, I did a harvest of my rhubarb plant. After that I didn’t really even look at it except to chop down the flower stalks. The result was a massive rhubarb haul from my scrappy plant. I froze quite a bit and offered some up to my local buy-nothing group. That’s all so satisfying. I also used some of it to make these adorable strawberry rhubarb hand pies for my neighbors. Although we are headed into fall, it felt like spring for a bit. 🍓 . . Swipe to see the pie insides and the rhubarb haul. . . . . . . . . #rhubarb #harvest #gardentotable #strawberryrhubarb #strawberries #pie #handpies #treats #seasonalfood #neighbors #fromscratch #homemade #homecook #dessert #butter #flakycrust #sharing #tastyspork


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When you try to eat all your daily veggies at once, but it’s not a real meal until you put an egg on top. You know how this one goes from here. No yolk porn warning needed. . . . . . . . . . . #yolkporn #eggontop #eatyourveggies #veggiebowl #gonnacarbloadlater #egg #healthyandquick #lunch #salad #vegetarian #fastfood #homecooked #tastyspork


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I mentioned to my 12 yr old just yesterday that he is going to have to make his own breakfast this school year. Schedules have changed with him starting middle school and my other son still in elementary. He’s of course adept at making toast and pouring cereal, but really enjoys a good omelette or scrambled egg. I appreciate the protein component at breakfast too. Normally I make that part for him, but we thought that would either need to be prepped or he would have to take care of it himself. To my utter delight he was in the kitchen this morning, before his 6th grade orientation, making himself a nice little breakfast. He turned off the stove and didn’t leave a huge mess either. Nutella toast, cheese omelette, bye mom! 😭 . . Sometimes I just need to get out of the way, I guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Swipe to see him in action at our single and diminutive kitchen work counter. . . . . . . . . #goestoofast #middleschool #kidcook #breakfast #nutella #eggs #cheese #cheeseomelette #protien #cheesyeggs #growingup #6thgrade #byemom #homecook #instafood #smallkitchen #tastyspork


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In Seattle, our schools start about a month after the rest of the country — not until the week after Labor Day in most cases. So, that long weekend is the last hurrah for my kids. For years my BFF and I have been taking our boys on a mini-trip to Yakima over the Labor Day weekend. For those who are unfamiliar with the “Palm Springs of Washington,” Yakima is a town in an agricultural valley on the other side of the mountains. It is sunny, dry and we love eek-ing the very last of the summer there by the hotel pool. My friends who grew up in Yakima are always baffled by this excursion, but we love it. Do you have a last summer hurrah tradition? . . Speaking of eek-ing out summer, I feel like I’m doing this with every meal I make, like this one. Fresh whole trout is one of my favorite ways to eat fish and just screams summer to me. I like it simple: salt & pepper, stuffed with herbs, butter, and lemon. Usually we prefer to grill it, but alas the bbq was out of fuel. Another indication that summer is winding down. Sigh. . . . . . . . . #summermeal #summerfood #endofsummer #grilling #wholefish #trout #idahotrout #freshherbs #lemons #shallots #butter #fishfordinner #fish #dinner #instafood #foodpic #dinnerideas #quickmeal #homecook #homemade #tastyspork


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Continuing my tomato kick, I played around with some vegan sushi the other day. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the effect of a tomato stand in. Even fooled Mr. Tastyspork. Okay, I know it’s not the same thing as a lovely piece of sashimi grade tuna, but with the right seasoning the tomato flesh does a great job of mimicking the texture. Also, I don’t have the added thoughts of mercury content and sustainability with every bite. Plus, cha-ching! 🤑 Roma tomatoes are hella cheap and/or easy to grow! . . For some instructions and marinating ideas, I found some great ones on @rootyfruityvegan ‘s blog. Check it out! Her insta-feed has some great plant-based inspiration too. Swipe to see a close up and rolls made with other veggies. 🥑🥒🌶🍅 . . . . #tomatoes #tomatosushi #plantbased #somethingnew #vegansushi #veganleaning #vegetarian #eatyourveggies #dinner #romatomatoes #experimenting #pickyeaters #homemade #homecook #dontknockit #instainspirarion #instafood #instagood #sushiroll #tastyspork


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It is the time of the tomato! My favorite produce, my favorite time of year. My IG-buddy @zabisinthekitchen posted the most glorious tomato tart the other day - you should go look at it now. Anyway, she inspired me to get my tomato on! Using other summertime produce, I made this robust tomato-veggie soup. The roasting of the red peppers, Walla Walla sweet onions, and garlic give it depth. Add in carrots, celery, herbs, the fresh tomatoes and you are golden with croutons. It was tempting to splash some cream in there, but I refrained after a taste test. This soup has its own velvet underground going on. . . . . . . . . #tomatoes #tomatosoup #roastedredpeppersoup #roastedtomatosoup #veggiesoup #summerfood #summerproduce #vegan #vegetarian #meatless #croutons #freshveggies #eatyourveggies #brothy #velvety #hearty #dinneridea #dinner #lunch #homemade #homecooked #fromscratch #wallawallasweetonions #pnwfood #instafood #tastyspork


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We returned from 2 1/2 weeks away to a very bare pantry. It was right about dinnertime too. If you are like me and you know you will be away for any length of time, you clean out that fridge before you leave. Otherwise you get unintended science experiments. So, yeah I did a clean out before and made that “use or loose it” noodle soup of a couple of posts ago. This one is the other side of the sandwich, the “slim pickings” noodle soup. Turns out red cabbage has a long life, but I helped re-jazz it a bit by sautéing it in some sesame oil. That and some sad carrots helped out some freezer items to make a pretty colorful soup. Not too shabby. Also, am I ever going to stop posting throw together bowls of noodles? No. . . . . . . . . #emptyfridge #noodlesoup #noodles #noods #soup #dinner #budgetmeal #throwtogether #freezersoup #quickandeasy #fastmeal #quickmeal #instanoodles #instagood #instafood #homemade #wastenot #tastyspork #knorrbouillon #nogrocerychallenge


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I spent the last four days off the grid, in a place that is difficult to describe. By this I mean I don’t feel I have the words to express the beauty or the poetry of how I feel when I’m there. It’s a secluded place in a red-rocked canyon. The days were hot with hikes on deserted, but peaceful trails that led to cliff-dwelling ruins. The evenings were cooler and showed jewel colored sunsets that led to star heavy skies. We gazed at them from atop warm rocks, surrounded by air scented with sagebrush. To say the least, my soul has been restored and I cannot wait to return. . . This was our second visit to this paradise and this time we brought a couple of friends to share it with. This meant communal meals too. One of my favorite things! The first meal we had was cod and shrimp in coconut curry foil packets, with basil fried rice. Unfortunately those photos were not the best. No matter, we had leftover rice the next morning pre-hike. Of course, I put an egg on it. 😉 Swipe to see photos of our cabin, sunset, and the gorgeous canyon rock face. . . . . . . . #mcelmocanyon #vacation #offthegrid #dreamland #southerncolorado #fourcorners #cliffdwellings #seclusion #unplug #unwind #disconnect #family #travel #paradise #airbnb #friedrice #basilfriedrice #breakfast #eggs #sunnysideup #thaifriedrice #leftovers #breakfastideas #remotecooking #getaway #instafood #instatravel #homecook #tastyspork


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I call this “use it or loose it soup.” We are headed out on a two week trip and need to clear out the fridge. I made this yummy soup last night for dinner and had a very eclectic salad for lunch today. I feel extremely satisfied in using up everything in the refrigerator that would spoil otherwise. Since I’m of the mind that noodles go with everything, I didn’t hesitate to plop a nice piece of wild salmon in my soup. Surprisingly, I’ve never done this before and I was pleased with the addition. And of course no self-respecting bowl of noodles at my house is without some @voraciousmarket chili oil! . . . . . . . #noodles #noodlesoup #wastenot #kitchensink #stonesoup #noods #salmon #alaskansalmon #wildsalmon #salmonnoodles #usewhatyouhave #dinner #dinnerideas #veggies #eatyourveggies #chilioil #fish #voraciousmarket #homecooked #homecook #egg #soup #mushrooms #brothy #instafood #tastyspork


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Soondubu jjigae is not only my favorite Korean stew, but it is also one of my favorite dishes of all time. It has all the notes I want: spicy anchovy broth, pork, Korean chili pepper, pillowy soft clouds of tofu, seafood, mushrooms, and the best part is that an egg is cracked into its bubbly goodness right before serving. With rice and kimchi, I couldn’t be happier. . . Although it’s my go to order when I go out, I have never attempted making it for myself. It turned out pretty well, but I think I need to practice. I didn’t add any shellfish this time, but I think it would improve the broth for sure. If you have any soondubu tips for me, I’d appreciate it! . . . . . #soondubu #jjigae #koreanstew #koreanfood #porkstew #softtofu #enokimushrooms #shiitakemushrooms #favoritefood #dinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms #yolkporn #eggs #spicy #kimchi #spicystew #instafood #homecooked #homemade #homecook #tastyspork


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I think I’ve mentioned before that my extended family gatherings can be tricky due to various diet restrictions. Sometimes though, I figure out something that not only works for everyone, but pleases all. . . Yesterday we celebrated my older son’s birthday and I had the added caveat of honoring his birthday food wish of sushi. While I love making sushi, I don’t relish the idea of doing it for a big group, especially such a discerning one. The solution was a make your own sushi(ish) bowl! I made sushi rice and provided many options for toppings. As you can see from my very full bowl (yes there is rice in there too 😏), there was something for everyone and then some. Phew! I feel like I need a trophy for this one. 🏆 Swipe to see the lovely sashimi from Uwajimaya and my choices labeled. . . . . . . . #sushi #sushibowl #sashimi #fattytuna #tobiko #spinachgomae #salmon #eggs #ricebowl #partyfood #familyparty #foodrestrictions #pickyeaters #kidapproved #somethingforeveryone #homecooked #dinnerideas #partyideas #dinnerparty #diy #instafood #fancyfood #uwajimaya #nori #dinner #foodpic #tastyspork


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I love eating Vietnamese style vermicelli bowls anytime, but especially in the dead of summer. It’s light, refreshing, cool, and crisp. Garden fresh greens and herbs mixed with crunchy cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, and radish. Oh and don’t forget the meatballs flavored with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and mint. The noodles are the perfect highway to carry the nuoc cham makes it all around the bowl. . . . . . . . #summerfood #vietnamesebun #noodlebowl #vermicelli #vermicellibowl #freshherbs #basil #mint #cilantro #meatballs #pork #homecooked #homecook #dinner #dinnerideas #quickmeal #weeknightmeal #noodles #instafood #instagood #foodpic #tastyspork


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That lovely chicken and saffron rice from the last post is living new life in this bright avgolemono. This is one of my favorite soups and I make it a lot since I am a frequent chicken/rice eater. This time the soup was so sunny yellow from all the saffron and turmeric of the previous dish that I had to share. Do you have a standard leftover dish? . . . . . . . #chickenandrice #avgolemono #lemons #chicken #leftovers #leftoverideas #favoritefood #dinner #dinnerideas #weeknightdinner #quickmeal #lightmeal #lemony #summerfood #homecooked #homecook #instafood #foodphoto #tastyspork


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The first time I tried this recipe several years ago, I did it blindly and served it to company. Pretty gutsy since it’s kinda an odd one that isn’t super appealing to look at, in my opinion. However, I trust everything I read on the Internet 😉 and the Internet told me that it was good. So true. Jamie Oliver’s chicken in milk is uber famous on the ‘nets and still one I go to when I want something different in my whole chicken repertoire. The basic idea is that the chicken is seared, then baked in a lovely bath of milk, lemon zest, garlic, cinnamon stick, and fresh sage. The result is a super moist, flavorful bird surrounded by an amazingly aromatic and curdy broth that is not quite photogenic, but brilliant. The curds are the best part and brimming with the concentrated flavors. I add my own flare to the dish by throwing in cardamon pods, a couple teaspoons of sugar, a pinch turmeric, and 1/4 cup white wine. I served it over some saffron rice. . Have you tried this dish? If so, let me know what you add or do differently. . . PS: Just to illustrate just how tasty the dish is, I had a houseful of some mildly picky boys when I pulled the chicken out of the cooker. They all followed the scent stream cartoon-style and devoured the chicken immediately. That’s a review that works for me! . . . . . #chickeninmilk #jamieoliver #chicken #wholechicken #roastchicken #goodrecipe #dinnerideas #dinner #pickyeaters #sage #lemonzest #cinnamon #cardamom #kidapproved #homecooked #homecook #instagood #uglyfood #uglydelicious #saffronrice #tastyspork


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I’m slowly getting my buns back into the kitchen. I have not been food inspired or even hungry - a condition that is so rare for me. Ever have that problem? Before you start checking in with my doctors, I’m fine both physically and mentally. Thanks for you concern. I think my food obsession needed a rest, also an IG break is good for the soul. . . I had grand plans for dinner last night, but ended up with a simple, spicy shakshuka with flatbread. A perfect meal anytime, but especially when the summer lazies get you. I spiced the tomato sauce with red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, fresh garlic, and cumin. . . . . . . #lazyfood #summertime #quickandeasymeal #simplemeal #eggs #bakedeggs #shakshuka #eggsinpurgatory #flatbread #poachedeggs #homecooked #instagood #dinner #dinnerideas #breakfast #lightmeal #vegetarian #tastyspork


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Life has been pretty crazy around here and I haven’t been doing much cooking of interest, but I thought I’d share this with you all. My folks are visiting from Colorado. We love it when they are in town because our boys become their boys. In fact, they just left in a well packed car (Pop’s specialty) for the night. We will join them tomorrow, but this is a gift for everyone involved. . . They also came bearing a gift of liquid gold from their bee hives. It’s sticky just like the stuff you buy at the store, but that’s where the similarity ends — it’s so much more complex. My mom is a master gardener and has an amazing vegetable and flower garden she plants with her bees in mind. I swear I can recognize all her lavender and herbs in the honey flavor. As you can see the wax and honey are very yellow, which is all the pollen that is usually filtered out. Swipe to see a close up. Have you ever had raw, unfiltered honey? . . . . . . . #foodgifts #family #honey #rawhoney #unfilteredhoney #backyardbees #summertime #homesteading #coloradohoney #tastyspork


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One of my favorite jokes is the one where a mushroom walks into a bar and gets thrown out. He protests by saying, “Hey, I’m a fungi!” 🤣 Works for me on all levels. Well, this sandwich does too. The mushrooms walked into buttered French bread and got stuck in some gooey havarti cheese. Yum. Mushroom French dips are now one of my favorite meatless meals. Do you use mushrooms as a meat stand in? 🍄 . . . . . . . #meatlessmonday #vegetarian #veggiefrenchdip #mushroomfrenchdip #aujus #vegetarianfood #dinner #dinnerideas #kidapprovedfood #pickyeaters #lunch #homecooked #homecook #foodpic #biteme #mushrooms #quickmeal #slowfastfood #familydinner #instafood #savoury #tastyspork


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Summertime life is busy. I have been meaning to and failing to post this crazy good Filipino style barbecue chicken we had last week. Inihaw na Manok marinade is sweet, spicy, and tangy — all the notes you would hope for when biting into a crispy, juicy chicken thigh on a summer day. The tanginess and sweetness come from fresh lime juice, banana ketchup, and lemon-lime soda (I’m not gonna say which brand I prefer because I know that could be controversial). If you do make this, be sure to make enough marinade to cook down for extra sauce. 🥰 . . . . . . . #summertimefood #bbq #filipinofood #tangy #bbqsauce #barbecue #homecooked #grilled #chicken #feedfeed #foodpic #dinnerideas #busysummer #kidapproved #bayleaves #tastyspork


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Today life told me to sit the *beep* down and eat my veggies. So I did, because I’m a good girl. 😉 Luckily, my fridge is bursting with tons of veg options. So I took a page out of my insta buddy, @natsacook ‘s book and worked with what I had. (You should check out her colorful, healthy, tireless meal preps. She’s amazing!) I did a simple sauté with shallot, garlic, kale, tomatoes, jalapeños, red cabbage, cauliflower, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. My luck continued as I had access to my kids’ leftover cheese/carb d’jour. Altogether it was basic and simple, but dang tasty. As you can tell, because I can’t not tell you, I was pretty dang pleased with myself. . . . . . . . #simplemeal #improptumeal #vegetarian #eatyourveggies #healthymeal #healthyfastfood #lightmeal #lunch #dinner #kale #redcabbage #veggiesandpasta #pastasalad #veggiebowl #homecook #colorfulfood #instafood #tastyspork #instabuddies #foodinspirations


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This is the season that salmon lovers wait for, when you can get these Copper River sockeye beauties - brilliant color and buttery flavor. As you can see, I channeled my inner @johnwmacdonald with some salt bling, then I roasted them low and slow. They were served on a throne of mashed Yukons/cauliflower, dressed with toasted panko, fried capers, tomatoes, herbs, and fried scallions. Swipe to see the full plate. Summer at its best! . . . . . . #sockeyesalmon #copperriversalmon #summermeal #capers #tomatoes #mashedpotatoes #pankobreadcrumbs #herbs #homecooked #homecook #instafood #instagood #dinner #fishfordinner #lowandslow #saltbling #feedfeed #foodpic #healthyfood #lightandfresh #pnwfood #seattlefood #tastyspork


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“Chicken stroganoff is like the beef one, but with chicken. Pretty good.” This is an actual review of the dish from my 11 yr old. Phew! He’s a tough customer. I meant to make a completely different meal, but neglected to purchase some key ingredients. While not super photogenic, this impromptu dinner lead to a happy discovery of a new kid-approved meal. Winner, winner! . . . . . . #kidapproved #familydinner #weeknightmeal #chicken #chickenstroganoff #mushrooms #vodkacreamsauce #savoury #chickendinner #chickenbreasts #kidfood #pickyeaters #dinnerideas #homecooked #homecook #stroganoff #momlife #tastyspork


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Okay, this salty babe is back in her wheelhouse today. What’s better than a pickle? Duh, one that has been beer battered, fried, and dipped in a spicy, garlicy aioli. Now that I’m done berating you, let’s talk about how much sodium goodness I enjoyed last night. The best part of being the cook, is the sampling and quality control you must undertake. Apparently, the quality of these had to be checked several times. So good, so bad. We didn’t just stop at eating them with the aioli, we also put them on our burgers at dinner. No photos of that, sorry. I was preoccupied. However, you can swipe now to see a close up bite. . What’s your favorite indulgent, “sometimes” food? . . . . . . . #pickles #friedpickles #spicymayo #garlicaioli #beerbattered #friedfood #everythingisbetterfried #treatyoself #saltygoodness #homecooked #instafood #foodpic #getinmybelly #instagood #pubfood #tastyspork


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Sometimes I can be sweet. Not often, but I do have that ability. Usually it happens when summer fruit is in season and the livin’ is easy. My dessert deprived household loves this time of year too (because it’s usually a dessert desert, ha! I kill me). I was inspired by the bottle of locally crafted bourbon my kids gave their old man for Father’s Day. Yes, they have fake IDs. I commandeered the bottle of Backbeat Bourbon from @3howls Distillery and made a mean chocolate sauce — see recipe below. Naturally, I had to drizzle it on some grilled angel food cake, nestled in fresh whipped cream and garnished with grilled peaches, strawberries, and blueberries from our backyard bushes. Even a salty chick like me couldn’t say no. . Are you on board with a boozy dessert? . . . Bourbon chocolate sauce 1 cup heavy cream, or full fat coconut milk 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate 2-5 tbs bourbon (choose your booze level) Bring cream and sugar just to a simmer until sugar dissolves. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over chocolate in large bowl in stages. Whisk until chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk in bourbon. You can store in the fridge in a sealed container or jar. Just zap for 30 sec or reheat over low heat. . . . #dessert #bourbon #bourbonchocolatesauce #angelfoodcake #fruity #grilledpeaches #strawberries #blueberries #summerfruit #summerdessert #treatyoself #boozydessert #chocolatesauce #whippedcream #sweettreat #instagood #indulgent #homecooked #homecook #tastyspork


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I call this lovely bowl of noods, desperation soup. This is because I was casting around for something noodle-soupy the other day, but only had some remnants of two different dried noodles. Sweeping the minute crumbs of the packages together I figured I could make a proper bowl of noodle soup I desperately wanted (there’s tons of greens underneath, bolstering the sad amount of noodle). When you get a noodle need, it’s fierce, but obviously not fierce enough to get my butt to the grocery store. . . Noodle problem solved, I realized I was out of broth. None to be found in the freezer or pantry. No miso, not even a lousy bouillon cube. Don’t worry, I survived and MacGyvered the hell out of it. Mustard greens, kombu, grated ginger, kimchi, shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, fish sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil. Phew! Do you have an impromptu broth or other food hack? . . . . . . . #noodlesoup #foodhack #soup #breakfast #lunch #macgyvered #fakeittillyoumakeit #noods #noodleporn #kimchi #casualmeal #noodlebowl #ricenoodles #instafoo #getinmybelly #noodles #stonesoup #ramennoodles #homecooked #shiitake #tastyspork


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I was in Salt Lake City a few days ago and while there, I purchased some locally sourced saffron at a farmer’s market. I bought a bright little gram for a very reasonable price. I was so please with myself, I had to put those threads to work right away in a bouillabaisse. I planned to make it a very PNW version with Dungeness crab, but I was lured by the lobster tails on display. These shells along with fennel, leeks, garlic, carrots, bay leaves, white wine, and of course the saffron made for a lovely broth. This was ladled over potatoes, salmon, cod, and mussels. Oh and don’t forget the rouille (a heavenly sauce, you will want to spoon directly from the blender to your gob, made of garlic, soup broth, lemon juice, red pepper and bread crumbs) on grilled bread. . . How do you like to use saffron? . . . . . . #bouillabaisse #fishstew #provencalfishstew #lobster #saffron #mussels #shellfish #fennel #broth #slowfood #grilledbread #garlicky #salmon #cod #rouille #instagood #instafood #getinmybelly #fancyfood #foodporn #frenchfood #homecooking #homecooked #hobbycook #locallysourced #shovessaffron #yum #saltlakecity #pnwfood #tastyspork


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I find that keeping it simple when roasting chicken and veggies is best. For the chicken, just a liberal seasoning and maybe some garlic/herbs in cavity produces a juicy roast and crispy skin. I roast veggies separately and just with a toss of oil and simple seasoning. The keep their color and textures well this way. That said, I still like a bit extra when it all gets onto my plate. Let’s face it, with me that extra usually comes from a hot sauce bottle. I’m so predictable that way, well that is until I’m not. Heh. This time around I made a lemony butter sauce with anchovies, red pepper flakes, garlic, and parsley. Gahhh! I’ve been putting it on everything including the roasted chicken, fennel, carrots, and radishes. Swipe to see a close up of this awesome sauce. . . . . . . . . . #roastchicken #chickendinner #roastedfennel #radishes #roastedcarrots #eatyourveggies #dinner #mealideas #simplefood #anchovies #anchovysauce #everythingisbetterwithbutter #butter #springfood #instagood #homecooked #homecooking #fennel #healthymeal #healthyfood #freshandlight #tastyspork


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Eggplant was one of the foods I used to despise as a kid. I feel differently now, but I think my childhood antithesis to it has carried on into my adulthood in that I rarely cook with it. That’s a shame. Think of all the eggplant parmesan (among other dishes) I’ve been depriving myself of! Currently that’s not the case as I made a huge batch of it last night. I like to oven “fry” the breaded eggplant just to lighten it up a bit. Naturally, I consider this a green light to eat even more of it. I also used mozzarella and asiago, in addition to parmesan. In the photos I served it with angel hair, but I have plans for nestling it in some lovely Italian bread this weekend. Be sure to swipe for that bite close up! . . . . . . . #eggplantparmesan #comfortfood #eggplant #vegetarian #eatyourveggies #pastatarian #pasta #italiancuisine #marinara #redsauce #cheesy #goodfood #dinner #plannedleftovers #casserole #mealideas #familyfriendly #lightenedrecipe #ovenbaked #homecooking #instafood #noodles #tastyspork


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My insta buddy @big.bobs.world is a man with many interests: fishing, hunting, gardening, salsa making, food preservation, etc. I joke that when the zombie apocalypse happens, I’m headed to his family’s home in Texas. He recently posted about growing and storing his oregano supply and he asked how people use it. Well, this is my answer. He keeps Italian oregano, but I figure my preference of Mexican oregano is close enough. I like the lemony smell of the plants in my yard. I tend to use it in Mexican/Southwest dishes. The other day I used it to season this carne asada (swipe for a close up). Also I put it in guacamole and pico de gallo. What kind of oregano do you prefer and do you grow it yourself? . . . . . . . #oregano #mexicanoregano #carneasada #texmex #guacamole #picodegallo #newmexicancuisine #zombieapocalypse #instabuddy #foodfriends #tacos #homecooking #gardening #herbs #homecooked #marinate #yummy #getinmybelly #instagood #foodpic #tastyspork


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As a mom, I naturally feel my boys are amazing. But also I recognize my kids are unremarkable, in that like so many kids they love a boxed mac and cheese. Knowing this, I still stubbornly made a fancy non-box version and had the nerve to serve it to them. They are so observant when they want to be and they immediately called out the “red specks” in the sauce. Although to date, I’ve yet to poison them, they are always suspicious of my new-fangled food attempts. I thought about telling them it was something fun like eel’s blood 😈, but I let them know it was just paprika. In the end, they ate my mac & cheese, but it didn’t have to be said that they would have preferred the boxed one. What can you do? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Swipe to see a close up of those microscopic “red specks.” . . . . . . . #kidfood #macandcheese #pickyeaters #slowfastfood #macaroniandcheese #pasta #fromscratch #homecooked #roux #instagood #cheesy #homecooking #getinmybelly #comfortfood #mealideas #simplefood #dinner #lunch #tastyspork


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Seattle weather did an about-face, gorgeous and sunny yesterday, gray and spitting rain today. For this reason, I turn to this beautifully simple, but delicious bowl of Chinese comfort food. I feel about stir-fried egg and tomato the way many people feel about pb&j. It’s a basic standard, with ingredients almost always on hand, and it’s quick/cheap to make, but nutritious and filling. Want to make it? Keep reading, I’ll post instructions below. I say “instructions,” because like making a pb&j, you don’t really follow a recipe. . . . Stir-fried Tomato and Egg . . Heat a few tbs oil in a wok or pan until super hot. Beat a couple of eggs with a tablespoon of water. You want to season them now. Do this with a bit of salt/pepper at most basic, or add a tbs some soy sauce, fish sauce, and/or a splash of shaoxing wine. Pour egg mixture into hot pan, wait a few seconds, then stir until all cooked and fluffy, then remove. It will be one big glob of scrambled egg. Don’t worry, you will break it up later. . . Cut up a couple of medium tomatoes of any variety or one large beefsteak. I like the chunks to be larger than bite size, as they will cook down. Season with a pinch each of salt and sugar. I like the sweetness of the sugar with the tomatoes, so I add two pinches of that. Now if you have on hand, maybe some ginger, green onions, and/or garlic. In a tbs hot oil, stir-fry tomatoes and any additions for about 5 min, then add eggs, breaking up into bite size chunks. Serve over rice, noodles, or as is. This will make enough for two sorta hungry people or just right for one regular hungry person. #eggandtomato #stirfriedeggsandtomatoes #eggsandtomatoes #xihongshichaodan #fanjiachaodan #蕃茄炒蛋 #西红柿炒蛋 #comfortfood #fastfood #simplefood #homestyle #chinesefood #nostalgicfood #childhoodfood #oldfavorite #stirfried #tomatoes #eggs #instagood #homecooked #fromscratch #easymeal #breakfast #lunch #dinner #tastyspork


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Back to those oxtails (see two posts ago). I decided to go with a Chinese style braise for the remainder of my haul. So damn delicious, I’m still recovering. The braising liquid included light and dark soy sauces, shaoxing wine, ginger, garlic, rock sugar, black bean paste, star anise, cloves, and because I like it with spice, some chili sauce. With the help of my pressure cooker, these babies were fall off the bone in about an hour. Served over white rice with some braising liquid, it’s stupid good. Swipe for a close up bite. . . . . . . . . #oxtails #braised #chinesebraisedoxtails #chinesecomfortfood #comfortfood #beefporn #succulent #dinner #mealideas #pressurecooker #multicooker #instantpot #fastslowfood #instagood #foodporn #getinmybelly #chinesecuisine #staranise #homecooking #homecooked #hobbycook #tastyspork


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On a lighter note, we had some lovely and filling vegan tostadas last night. It was a great opportunity to use up some veggies. I sautéed purple yam, red cabbage, and red onion with cumin and garlic. Stacked that stuff up with mashed avocado, limey-wilted dandelion greens, roasted yellow pepper, jalapeños, and plenty of hot sauce (not shown because it’s almost embarrassing how much I douse my food). I lean toward habanero sauces and even carry a small bottle in my purse. Do you hot sauce? . . . . . . #tostadas #vegan #plantbased #vegetarian #roastedpeppers #dandeliongreens #limey #avocado #purpleyam #redcabbage #dinnerideas #eatyourveggies #fridgecleanout #simplefood #slowfastfood #homecooked #texmex #homecooking #instafood #instagood #yum #tastyspork


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I recently came into some oxtails. Well, by that I mean I bought enough at once for more than one meal. Heh. First up is this slow cooked ragù. Oxtails plus red wine, simmered for 4 1/2 hours creates a rich, concentrated flavor that is pure opulence. We ate it with some pappardelle last night (swipe to see a close up). A little bit of oxtail goes a long way, so you know there are leftovers and if you think oxtail ragù is not a breakfast food, you are wrong. . . . . . . #oxtail #ragu #oxtailragu #pasta #slowcooked #slowfood #homecooked #indulgence #pappardelle #heartymeal #dinner #dinnerideas #alittlegoesalongway #homecooking #hobbycook #redwinesauce #rich #concentratedflavor #instagood #instafood #tastyspork


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Okay, I haven’t been quiet about my love for @voraciousmarket chili oil. Dang, but that stuff is good! Anyway, they are now making spice blends and I got my hands on the Cajun one. Needless to say I’m thrilled and I took that baby for a spin last night with some shrimp po boys. The blend seasoned up the shrimp and a lovely, spicy aioli. So good! . . Voracious Market is one of many local business I love to support. Do you have a favorite local business you like to patronize? Go ahead and give ‘em a shoutout in the comments. 😉 . . . . . . . #shoplocal #voraciousmarket #spiceblend #cajunblend #shrimppoboy #poboy #friedfood #getinmybelly #homecooked #spicy #dinner #dinnerideas #sandwich #lunch #tastyspork


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Yesterday it was 87 degrees on Seattle. For those of you who know, that means the whole city simultaneously sun worships and complains at lack of A/C. It’s one of those we wants it, okay that’s too much kind of things. Cooking in that heat is not ideal, but grilling we can do! We had some cedar planked steelhead over orzo and adorned with Chermoula, one of the jewels of saucery (cilantro, parsley, preserved lemon, garlic, toasted spices, saffron, lemon juice, olive oil). Sunshine on a plate. What do you think, dress up a grilled fish or let it strut on its own merit? . . . . . . . #simplemeal #chermoula #moroccansauce #herby #steelhead #cedarplank #grilling #fish #grilledfish #summertimefood #seattle #sunshine #homecooked #sunnydays #backyardfood #diningalfresco #tastyspork


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There’s this great dive bar/Japanese comfort food place in Seattle’s International District. A couple of decades ago (eek!) I could be found buttoning up a night out by gobbling up a late plate of katsu curry at Fort St. George. Seriously, if you find yourself in the city sometime and want a cozy meal, head there to choose from dishes like curries, ramen, donburi, and even spaghetti. Good stuff. . . Anyway, I wanted to chow down on some katsu curry at at respectable hour and luckily @nom_life featured a recipe in a recent story. Thanks guys, great timing! The plate I put together is not quite what I can get at Fort St. George, but it made me just as happy. . . . . . #katsucurry #curryrice #tonkatsu #pork #porkcutlet #japanesecurry #latenightfood #comfortfood #dinner #fortstgeorgeseattle #seattlefood #instagood #instafood #foodmemories #friedfood #japanesecomfortfood #gravy #homecooked #tastyspork


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I have not planted anything in my garden this year, because we are planning on redoing our yard. In fact I’ve not even touched the backyard, except to take from the green onions and herbs that grow happily whether I tend to them or not. Another plant that grows just fine without my attention is rhubarb. It usually goes into my favorite strawberry pie, but this time I went in a savory direction. A bright, buttery sauce for a roasted spring chicken. . . Do you ever go savory with rhubarb? . . . #springtime #seasonalfood #rhubarb #chickendinner #roastchicken #gardenfresh #dinner #mealideas #savory #homecooking #homecooked #hobbycook #simpleandfresh #springchicken #instagood #instafood #foodpic #crispyskin #asparagus #kidapproved #yummy #tastyspork


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This is the last incarnation of the Easter ham. Because I like it that way 🔥, it’s a spicy black bean soup. The ham and roasted green chiles make the smoke and the fire for this soup. . . . . . . #soup #leftovers #blackbeansoup #wastenot #hambone #roastedchiles #roastedchilies #greenchile #spicy #beans #dinner #mealideas #homecooked #tastyspork


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