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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: 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) [...]

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: Pork Loin Roast

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Last night at the grocery store, I found this pork loin roast. I’ve never cooked one before, the price was right, it seemed the right size for just me. And I bought it.

Recipe: Apple/Walnut Stuffed Pork Chops

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Yet again, I’ve tried my hand at designing a recipe on my own. This had rattled around in my brain for long enough. It was time to work it out. It came out well enough. There is just one problem…the sort of mushy bread.

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 [...]

Pulled Pork Recipe

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After a week of being sick and busy at work, I couldn’t have asked for a simpler, tastier pulled pork recipe than this one found in Better Homes and Gardens’ Best Slower Cooker Recipes book.  Thanks Mom for that great gift!  Using the recipe as a guide, here was the process to get the pork [...]

Recipe: Gourmet Pigs-in-a-Blanket

As promised yesterday, I’m sharing my process to make the above “gourmet” pig-in-the-blanket.  They were inspired by one I ate while shopping at Whole Foods earlier this month.  Their deliciousness comes from its ingredients: pizza dough, uncured hot dog, red and yellow peppers, red onion, and mozzarella cheese.  They are perfect for my bento box.  [...]