Category Archives: Appetizers

Salmon Tartare (Dad’s Recipe)

Contains:  Seafood, nightshades.  Is: Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, if you leave out or modify any crackers, of which I certainly never minded doing.  Is:  An appetizer. This is perfect for an item in your Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian … Continue reading

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Lamb Kidney Puff Pastries

Contains:  Gluten, nightshades (in the ras al hanout).  Is:  Nut-free.   Towards the bottom of this post is a photo of lamb kidneys prior to cooking.  Just a heads up. Kidneys are  very healthy organs, if obtained from pastured animals.   … Continue reading

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Slow Braised Rooster Wings – Rooster Legs: Dual Recipes

Since I did this as a test, I only cooked one Ziploc pack of wings from the recent farm-harvested roosters.  It held five whole wings, and I’d left the drumette attached to the dual-bone part.  For guests, separate the drumette … Continue reading

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Pyogo Jeon, Korean Stuffed Mushrooms, Lunar New Year

I started hunting around for a good Lunar New Year recipe from any appropriate Asian culture that celebrates this time of year.  I stopped dead in my tracks with this potentially gluten-free Korean recipe that incorporates… mushrooms!  And, you can … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Cauliflower and Onion Pakora

Several months back, I stopped at an Indian restaurant, the Aroma Bar and Grill, on my way home, and ordered a meal.  My meal came with pakoras (among other things) on the side.  Seriously, those things ranked 10 out of 5, and … Continue reading

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Squid Stuffed With Seafood (and Some Veggies)

I like food challenges, as long as they’re not of the ilk of “Combine Ritz crackers with Marshmallow Fluff and hazelnuts, and show us your dish”, which is what a lot of Chopped seems to be.  Indeed, I like to … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls

Yes, I am referring to the rolls make with the rice paper.  The rice paper itself is labeled “rice spring roll wrappers”.  But recently I ordered Vietnamese spring rolls out at a restaurant… and got served skinny greasy rolls with … Continue reading

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Dining Out: Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, Flushing, NYC

Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao (Chinese: Jiangnan, Shanghai, Wuxi, Sichuan), 59-16 Main St,  Flushing (Queens) New York City, NY 11355  (This experience with a couple of friends was a jewel of an event!  Okay, it was back in mid-March this very year, but … Continue reading

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Eyes of the Forest Deviled Eggs

This one would be great for Halloween, or as in this case, fun to do for a Murder Mystery Dinner, of which I participated in last this past Saturday.  Or, you could leave the decorations off, and serve just – … Continue reading

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Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas) with Lamb

I’ve done the lamb variant twice now, and the vegan/vegetarian variant once.  I want to work with the vegan Dolmas a time or two more before I post that recipe; I found my venture to be a bit too “soggy”. … Continue reading

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