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Recipe: Red Pepper Bites

red pepper bites

These are such a little thing to be proud of, but proud of them I am.  It’s not often I dont’ follow a recipe to its complete letter.  These red pepper bites were an idea, a whim, something I wanted to try and see how it turned out.  And in one of those amazingly rare [...]

Recipe: Versatile Meat Mix

versatile meat mix

Okay, that does sound like an odd title for a post, but this one recipe is what allowed me to make both the recent meatballs and red pepper bites.  Here’s the basic recipe for the meat mix: 1 pound lean ground beef, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 [...]

Bento: Meatloaf (175)

bento 175

When I first moved into my house many moons ago, I came to the quick realization that, while convenient, take-out wasn’t going to work forever.  One quickly tires of constantly eating take-out hamburgers, Chinese food, chicken, and the like.  Not to mention the expense and expansion of one’s waistline.  However, my attempts at finding a [...]

Recipe: Beef Stew

beef stew

Get ready for some goodness.  This was awesome.  Here’s the original recipe from Recipezaar.  I made a small batch of this beef stew using a 1lb package of stew meat from my local grocery.  I didn’t want to make too much then not like it.  I very much did like this dish and am looking [...]

Recipe: Kibi Filling & Grecian Sauce


As I mentioned in my last post, I enjoyed the wonders of Greek-Lebanese food this weekend at a local restaurant. The dish I tried and liked the most was kibi. I especially enjoyed the filling. I decided to try my hand at making just the filling this weekend. Here’s a quick peek. Delicious looking don’t [...]

Recipe: Nachos

nachos 2008

Tonight, I had a hankering for nachos. Ever get one of those cravings that just won’t go away? I’ve had one for nachos for about a week now. Tonight, I succumbed to the temptation of the cheese. Here goes… Here’s all you need to make these nachos: tortilla chips, cheese, ground beef, black beans, salsa, [...]

Recipe: Black Bean & Beef Tacos

black bean beef tacos

Okay, I’ve had a few questions about how I made these. So here’s a quick & dirty recipe.  Here’s the original post. Ingredients: 1 lb of lean ground beef. I prefer ground sirloin, so that’s what I use. 1 can of black beans 1 jar (about 12 oz.) of salsa. I like Whole Foods’ 365 [...]