Ternera Guisada con Bolitas de Platano (Stewed Veal with Plantain Dumplings)

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What have you been up too? I am on a hunt.  A hunt for a house in Dallas. It’s amazing how hard it is to find a house without carpet.  Then sometimes I find one without carpet, but it has wood paneling or worse floral wallpaper.  Next week OB and I head down to Dallas… 

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Thai Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger

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It’s Memorial Day weekend. The official beginning of summer when we all dust off our grills. This post isn’t a recipe about how to make the perfect burger. This is about toppings on a burger. Forget about ketchup, mustard & pickles. Let’s talk peanut butter, bacon and pineapple. You heard me right. I think I… 

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Lamb Meatballs & Mint Pesto Linguine

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These meatballs have been rolling around in my head for months. HA!! Get it? Meatballs…rolling around. It’s funny! No? Come on! Don’t get me wrong…I know it’s not side-splitting hilarious, but can’t I at least get a chuckle, so I don’t feel like a complete doofus? Ok, what about this one. Where did the spaghetti… 

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Moroccan Chicken with Lemon, Olives & Prunes

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Last week I ran, hiked and was doped into taking a class at the gym that I though was core and stretching.  Instead we did 1,234,244 squats, I won’t even mention the side planks.  Evil, pure evil.   I walked hobbled crawled out of that studio and dragged myself to the car.  My legs almost too… 

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Red Wine Braised Beef

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Of all the possible ways to cook a hunk of meat, my absolute favorite is braising. Without a doubt, I love to braise.  It makes everything tender, delicious, and it’s low maintenance.  It’s the best way to make an inexpensive and tough cut of meat into a delectable, elegant dinner. You could braise a boot… 

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Pollo Fricassee (Chicken in Red Wine)

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It’s been coooold!  Like frozen purple toes cold.  My house has a huge open living room with cathedral ceilings and it’s virtually impossible to warm.  As of late my wardrobe has been flannel pants, an oversize hoodie, wool socks and a blanket.  Let’s be honest the blanket is really an accessory, because an outfit is never… 

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Coquito and Puerto Rican Christmas Spread

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Christmas is just a few days away and holiday parties are in full swing.  In fact I already have a few fabulous parties under my belt.  Christmas is a huge, huge deal back home in Puerto Rico and it lasts well past Christmas day.  Christmas starts the first day after Thanksgiving till January 6 which… 

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Apple Cider Braised Beef Shanks

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I am a bad blogger.  I should be fired, but I guess I would have to fire myself and that’s not going to happen, so you are stuck with me. I apologize for my disappearance but I was sequestered for a month and a half in the middle of nowhere Pawhuska, OK helping feed these hungry folks…. 

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Spicy Malta Pulled Pork

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Pork is a big deal in this home.  It could have something to do with being Puerto Rican.  It’s the choice meat on our little island. Seriously, instead of a Christmas ham we roast pig with the skin on until crispy.  We even have Christmas songs about roasted pig.  It’s titled “That Poor Pig”. Ese… 

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

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This is how a regular conversation with OB goes about an unknown/not previously used ingredient, when he accompanies me to the grocery store.  “Ooooooh oyster mushrooms!” “What are those?” “Oyster mushrooms, smell them,” “They smell like fish!” “That is why they are oyster mushrooms.  I’m going to get some!” “What for?” “To cook with…duh!” “What are you… 

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