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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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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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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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Spicy Roasted Chicken

I have way too many people in my family who want that drumstick… me being one of them.  Since our Thanksgiving dinner includes 22 people, 1 turkey is never enough for the dark meat lovers. So I always end up making a few chickens, this way there’s enough dark meat for everyone. Since I get a

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Spicy Steak Tacos with Onion Relish

How pretty is that taco?  And it tastes just as good 🙂 🙂 Growing up in Queens, NY has taught me well about authentic tacos.  The taco trucks under the 7 train have always been my go to spot for a late night snack/meal.  These tacos are so simple and fresh.  They are never loaded

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Mexican Corn

Doesn’t corn just scream summer to you?… it does for me.  Can’t have a summer party without some corn.  While I love just plain ‘ol corn on the cob with some butter, this just is such a crowd pleaser.  A bit spicy, a bit salty, a bit creamy… I can eat bowls of this.

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Spicy Marinated Skirt Steak

So I made this for a friend’s 4th of July bbq and totally stole the show (totally unintentionally!). My friend’s bbq was in a whole different state, which made it a bit trickier.  I really wanted to contribute to the menu, but needed something that would carry well in the summer heat and everyone would love.

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Tuna Sliders

Trust me… your summer party will stand out for all the right reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic all beef slider, but by the 4th bbq of the summer…. #IJustCan’t !!  The tuna slider is such a great alternative to a regular beef slider.  It’s healthier, lighter and is packed with a lot of flavors.

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Sriracha Aioli

Sriracha mayo… kicked up a notch!  A bit zingy-er, a bit fresher and a bit healthier.  Perfect with seafood, poultry and everything else 🙂 Ingredients: 1/2 cup greek yogurt (my favorite is Fage) 1/4 cup mayo 4 tbsp sriracha 1 garlic clove, very finely minced 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves 1 tsp lime or lemon juice

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