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Maple Dijon Pork Chops

To brine or not to brine… !When it comes to white meat the decision is pretty easy for me… if the recipe involves some kind of sauce or gravy, brining is not needed, but if the recipe has no flavorful liquid involved, then brining is a MUST! Related Posts:Spicy Marinated Skirt SteakSpicy Roasted ChickenRoasted Sweet

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Ceviche with Coconut and Mango

A perfect appetizer for the hot summer days!  It’s chilled, super flavorful and the best part… you can make it ahead of time.  Sure you can make a simple citrus ceviche, but why not add some exotic flavors like coconut and mango!! 🙂  I promise this is the best summer appetizer you’ll serve this season.

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Clam Linguine

Looks fancy huh?  A dish that will impress your fanciest guests. I was always intimidated by clams… how to clean it, how long to cook it, will they open up, etc. etc.  But once I gave it a shot, my mind was blown.  It is the easiest thing to cook and super quick!  And with

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Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Salad with Shrimp

This asian inspired salad is absolutely delightful.  I adapted the recipe from http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/cucumber-and-napa-cabbage-coleslaw/.  It’s wonderful as a side salad, but is just as amazing as an entrée when topped with any kind of protein. I’ve served it with skirt steaks for a fancy meal.  Here I paired it with some garlic shrimp (which I always have

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Lentil Fritters / Piyaju

Piyaju, Red Lentil fritters have a special spot in my heart.  I grew up eating these in my country Bangladesh, but it only came during a special time. Not sure where this originated from, but Piyaju is a special treat made during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.  I remember walking through the busy city streets of

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Raspberry Pie

A raspberry pie is just fitting for the holidays!  The bright red color is just perfect for the christmas dinner table. It’s very similar to a blueberry pie, I actually follow the blueberry pie recipe, but has a unique texture.  This recipe is for 2 mini pies, but you can use the same recipe for

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Kopi Bhaaji/Aloo Gobi (Spicy Cauliflower and Potato)

Kopi Bhaaji, commonly known as Aloo Gobi which is just the Indian translation, is a spicy cauliflower and potato stir fry. I grew up with this as a side dish or a breakfast dish, now as a grown up with time constraints, this has become a very common dinner item for me.  It’s super simple and

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Apple Rose Tart

How pretty are these!!! Just looking at these make me so happy.  I baked them for my office party and they were gone within 2 minutes….. not kidding.  They look really delicate and complicated, but truth be told they are one of the easiest treats I’ve ever made.  And they are absolutely delicious and always

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Daal (Spicy Garlicky Red Lentil)

Daal is like my “chicken noodle soup”.  It is my go to comfort food for when I need some TLC 🙂  I have it when I’m sick, when I’m sad or just pissed off at the world … hehe.  Daal is a must have on any Bengali dinner table, so it’s also got a nostalgic

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dijon & Maple

If there’s one thing you make this Thanksgiving, it should be these sweet potatoes with a drizzle of dijon and maple.  It’s super quick, easy and absolutely delightful. Also, try this Herb Roasted Potatoes for a quick and easy side dish. Related Posts:Maple Dijon Pork ChopsKopi Bhaaji/Aloo Gobi (Spicy Cauliflower and Potato)Spicy Roasted ChickenSpicy Marinated Skirt

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