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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 [...]

Oven Roasted Green Beans

oven roasted green beans

Last week, I featured oven roasted green beans in a bento. I decided to throw green beans in the oven compared to steaming for two reasons. First, I had pan roasted green beans for my puerco pibil bento box and was subsequently asked by the Feisty Foodie if I had oven roasted them. I was [...]

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: Stuffed Pork Loin

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In yesterday’s post, I commented on the need to start eating meals that didn’t include a tomato base. Last night, I went for the ultra simple when cooking. This particular “recipe” should be called something else considering it took no time to prepare and was easy to cook. A small pork loin (about 2.5 pounds) [...]

Black Beans with Orange Juice

black beans with orange juice

Black Beans with Orange Juice. The title of this recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian seems both simple and slightly odd when I first read it. The ingredients are what made the decision to try the recipe. First, it indicates to serve over rice. Perfect. I was looking for a black bean [...]

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.