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Old dishes made new

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Some dishes, despite their observed lack of mainstream popularity in today’s society, have endured through several decades. I found several updates to the recipes for these dishes and present them below. Based on these upgraded dishes, I’m surprised they’re not found on more menus (or homes).

Meatloaf: How often do you refer to this dish as “Mom’s Meatloaf”? Is mom even making it anymore? It seems if you’re going to take the time to mold ground beef, you may as well make meatballs or hamburgers. Following recipes will add more prep time, but hopefully the results will be worth it.

Casserole: Whenever I think of old TV shows like “Leave it to Beaver,” I always think of casserole. In the 1950s, favorite ingredients included beef and corn, tuna and potato chips, and chicken and vegetables. The only time I eat casserole is when it’s in the form of shepherd’s pie.

Chicken a la King: Cubed chicken and cream sauce over noodles, rice or bread. That’s it. The appeal of this dish for the cook is that you usually combine leftovers to make it, and/or you mix Campbell’s cream of mushroom with Uncle Ben’s rice. Let’s improve that formula, shall we?

Salisbury Steak: I associate this so-called steak (it’s ground beef with gravy) with school hot lunches and TV dinners. According to, the term became more prevalent in World War I when Americans wanted an alternate to the German word “hamburger.”

Pinterest food boards

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Photo from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

It’s amazing the amount of food-related pins that exist on Pinterest. I myself pin creative cocktails (e.g. the watermelon keg), delicious dishes (e.g. garlic cheddar biscuits), food- and beverage-related products (e.g. the amp fridge) and places (mostly bars) I’d like to visit or have visited.

Here’s a round-up of food-related pinboards worth checking out:


Food Art

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New ways to enjoy Sriracha

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Sriracha has been in the news a lot lately. As a few examples, folks in Irwindale, Calif., sought to (temporarily) shut down a manufacturer of Sriracha because of the odors emanating from the plant,  Los Angeles played host to the first Sriracha Festival (which sold out) and Subway introduced a Sriracha chicken melt and a Sriracha steak melt.

I’ve always enjoyed adding Sriracha to pho as well as mixing it with soy sauce and sesame oil as a dip for pot stickers. However, I’ve since found numerous new and creative ways to enjoy the hot sauce, which by the way, is actually not that hot; in fact, it’s less spicy than an jalapeno, which may be why it’s so universally liked.

Try it these ways:

  • With oatmeal and an egg. The Sriracha certainly helps an otherwise bland bowl of oatmeal. If you’re in a time pinch, just microwave the egg and oatmeal instead of cooking it on the stove.
  • In a lollipop with bacon. I’m not stunned to see bacon in candy, but including Sriracha jumped out at me.
  • In peanut butter cookies. As the description says, Sriracha adds that savory component usually not found in a cookie.
  • As part of a lobster grilled cheese sandwich. This is a serious upgrade to a simple sandwich. You also can use crab meat.
  • The topping to a soda float. Trader Joe’s came up with this sweet concoction.

Of course, you can find many other recipes, especially the less-crazy ones, on the web. You also can buy the Sriracha Cookbook. If you have a favorite Sriracha-enhanced dish, tell us what it is in the comments section.

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