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Turning Potstickers into Egg Rolls

This week at NEB, join me for a series of fun recipes, a giveaway, and a great Photo Friday. I’m taking a one-week blogging break as I enjoy the week with my family. You’ll see me back next week with some great stories, pictures, and bentos. Be the bento everyone! In the last two months [...]

Crab Meuniere Topping

This week at NEB, join me for a series of fun recipes, a giveaway, and a great Photo Friday. I’m taking a one-week blogging break as I enjoy the week with my family. You’ll see me back next week with some great stories, pictures, and bentos. Be the bento everyone! Previously on Not Exactly Bento, [...]

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

NTM stands for New-to-Me, a regular feature here at Not Exactly Bento. With the start of my bento-making in 2007, I began to try many new foods to expand my palate and my recipe files. New-to-Me has expanded into all sorts of food items that I now try and review. Here is the latest item [...]

Recipe: Soba Sauce Stirfry

soba sauce stirfry

Thursday’s bento post will feature this stirfry. It’s quick, simple, and light. No cornstarch is involved. Three ingredients make the sauce. It can easily be made vegetarian by pulling out the chicken and adding more veggies. It all started with my cry for help when I had tried yakisoba at a local Japanese restaurant. I [...]

Recipe: Puerco Pibil

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It all started with that pork loin. Then, I went and posted about the process on twitter and Not Exactly Bento’s Facebook page. And there a reader stated when she has a pork loin to cook she often utilizes a recipe from a movie: Puerco Pibil (the recipe, not the movie). I read the recipe [...]

Recipe: Mini Meat Pies

Meat Pie Cross Section

There is a town up north from me known for a culinary speciliaty in Louisiana: Natchitoches meat pies.  It’s related to an empanada in its construction, but has the flavors of Louisiana instead.  It’s a deceptively simple little treat: browned and seasoned ground meat in a flaky pie crust exterior.  The deception is in the [...]

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Bowl of Gumbo

Gumbo is a staple of the Louisiana culinary scene. And one that I don’t eat too often, or at least not in my youthful past. Until now.

Recipe: Sausage Jambalaya

Sausage Jambalaya is without a doubt one of the top comfort foods of my childhood and now my adult life. It’s something my mom made because it was quick, easy, and simple. I enjoy it for those same reasons. It can be a bit of a poor man’s dinner too. Rice, a few spices, and [...]

Recipe: Vegetarian Wontons

For a printable recipe card, click here.  It will open a new window (you need Adobe Acrobat reader).  It should print out on a 4×6 index card or photo paper.  There are two sides, a full-color front and instructions on the back. I’ve shown off these vegetarian wontons in my bentos lately. I’ve finally getting [...]